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  • National Park Foundation Announces The 2013 “Share the Experience” Photo Contest Winners | National Park Foundation
    complete list of 2013 winners and their photos are available for viewing at www nationalparks org photowinners The 2014 Share the Experience photo contest is now accepting entries through December 31 brought to you by the National Park Foundation ACTIVE Network and Celestron Celestron a leading optics manufacturer and the world s 1 telescope maker is proud to be a part of this year s contest encouraging all Americans to enjoy their favorite outdoor hobbies in our national parks The grand prize for the winning image is 10 000 followed by 5 000 and 3 000 for second and third place in addition to outdoor gear provided by Celestron hotel packages courtesy of Historic Hotels of America and an annual Federal Recreational Lands Pass There are also prizes for fan favorites and the following six category winners Adventure and Outdoor Recreation Historical and Cultural Scenic Seasons and Landscapes Let s Move Outside Wildlife Night Skies a new category for the 2014 contest Share the Experience is the official photo contest of America s national parks and federal recreation lands The 2014 contest is sponsored by the National Park Foundation ACTIVE Network and Celestron in partnership with the National Park Service the Bureau of Land Management the Bureau of Reclamation the U S Fish and Wildlife Service the U S Forest Service and Recreation gov The contest entries showcase the more than 500 million acres of federal lands and draws entries from all across the United States For a full listing of prizing and rules or to submit a photo please visit www sharetheexperience org Find out more about how to support the work of the National Park Foundation at www nationalparks org ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION The National Park Foundation is the official charity of America s national parks and nonprofit partner to the National Park Service Chartered by Congress in 1967 the National Park Foundation raises private funds to help PROTECT more than 84 million acres of national parks through critical conservation and preservation efforts CONNECT all Americans with their incomparable natural landscapes vibrant culture and rich history and INSPIRE the next generation of park stewards Find out more and become a part of the national park community at www nationalparks org ABOUT CELESTRON Celestron is a leading designer manufacturer and importer of high quality optical products including computerized and non computerized telescopes and related accessories outdoor devices binoculars spotting scopes and microscopes Since manufacturing its first telescope in 1960 Celestron has grown to become the world s 1 telescope maker and enjoys brand name recognition among serious amateur astronomers for superior optics outstanding design and innovative technology Celestron s extraordinary products continue to receive numerous industry and consumer media accolades adding to an already impressive list that includes awards for product innovation from Reader s Digest Popular Science PC Magazine Popular Mechanics the Consumer Electronics Association and more Celestron is a privately held company with corporate offices and manufacturing facilities in Torrance California Visit Celestron com for

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  • National Park Foundation Celebrates Nearly 10 Years Of Support From Somerset Trust Company | National Park Foundation
    bank s sixth generation family owner Henry Cook served as a Stage II jurist selecting the winning design for the memorial and he also served as a member of the Flight 93 Advisory Commission Few events have impacted Somerset County as much as the events of September 11 2001 and the establishment of Flight 93 National Memorial said Henry Cook President and CEO of Somerset Trust Company The reforestation effort will provide a lasting tribute to the heroes of Flight 93 as well as enhance the beauty of the national memorial site It is an honor and a privilege to be part of this event particularly during our 125 th year of serving the people of Somerset County The tree planting events will take place from 9 a m to 2 p m on April 25 26 Flight 93 National Memorial will still be open to the public during regular visiting hours 9 a m to 7 p m with last entry at 6 30 p m on the days of the tree planting effort The previous two years reforestation efforts consisted of hundreds of volunteers planting nearly 28 000 seedlings This year a team of more than 400 volunteers under the guidance of tree planting experts will have the special opportunity to continue this effort and plant an additional 20 000 seedlings over 30 acres at the memorial These trees which are a mixture of several native species will form an essential windbreak to protect trees planted in nearby memorial groves and create a living memorial to remember the 40 men and women of Flight 93 Many sponsors have joined with the National Park Foundation to make this effort possible including Alcoa Foundation Arbor Day Foundation Ed and Lin Snider Enterprise Rent A Car Roy A Hunt Foundation and The UPS Foundation Additional National Park Service partners include the American Chestnut Foundation Appalachian Regional Commission Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative Bittner Vending Department of Agriculture U S Forest Service Department of Interior Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement and U S Fish and Wildlife Service Green Forests Work Indiana University of Pennsylvania Penn State University Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Bureau of Forestry Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation Pittsburgh CPR LLC Rosebud Mining Company Starbucks Somerset In addition to Flight 93 National Memorial other parks in Western Pennsylvania will also be hosting their own National Park Week events For a full listing of all National Park Week events in Pennsylvania and across the country go to www nationalparkweek org For more information about how to support Flight 93 National Memorial visit www nps gov flni ABOUT FLIGHT 93 NATIONAL MEMORIAL On September 24 2002 President Bush signed into law the Flight 93 National Memorial Act The Act created a new national park unit to commemorate the passengers and crew of Flight 93 who on September 11 2001 courageously gave their lives thereby thwarting a planned attack on our nation s capital The

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  • National Park Foundation Invites You To Celebrate National Park Week! | National Park Foundation
    visitors to Go Wild and discover the diverse wildlife iconic landscapes vibrant culture and rich history found in America s national parks This new infographic includes interesting and fun facts about natural historical and cultural treasures in America s national parks As the infographic reads These treasures can be found beneath us beside us and in the skies above us National Park Week is hosted by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation There are countless ways to enjoy National Park Week Using the resources on the National Park Week website visitors can plan adventures share national park photos videos and tips and learn about all the ways to help support national parks A complete list of National Park Week events taking place across the country is available at www nationalparkweek org ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION The National Park Foundation is the official charity of America s national parks and nonprofit partner to the National Park Service Chartered by Congress in 1967 the National Park Foundation raises private funds to help PROTECT more than 84 million acres of national parks through critical conservation and preservation efforts CONNECT all Americans with their incomparable natural landscapes vibrant culture and rich history and INSPIRE the next generation of park stewards Find out more and become a part of the national park community at www nationalparks org Support Your Parks Help protect and preserve your more than 400 national parks Give 100 Give 50 Get the Free Owner s Guide Sign up for the latest park news and travel tips and get a free copy of the National Park Owner s Guide Sign Up Now National Park News 25 New Projects Getting More Kids Adults 140 000 4th Graders To Visit Public Lands Than President Obama And First Family To Light

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  • 9 Great Days, 9 Great Ways To Celebrate National Park Week | National Park Foundation
    Disneynature film Bears premiering just in time for Earth Day and National Park Week on Friday April 18 For every ticket sold during Bears opening week April 18 24 Disneynature will make a contribution to the National Park Foundation to protect wildlife and wild places across America s National Park System Go wild for Junior Ranger Day On April 26 young visitors can celebrate National Junior Ranger Day by taking part in special family friendly activities Go wild for a walk in a park More than 100 free ranger led walks are offered during National Park Week Hike to a cloud forest take a sunset stroll wander through John F Kennedy s neighborhood and more Go wild for Earth Day Tour John Muir s house in California and take part in a combined John Muir Birthday Earth Day Celebration with music food and family friendly events Go wild for Hawaiian culture Experience first hand the traditions of Hawaiian sailing and Hawaiian crafts Join a sailing expert guide for a ride on a double hulled canoe and learn interesting tidbits about Hawaiian sailing techniques history and culture Immerse yourself in Hawaiian crafts such as lauhala weaving coconut leaf weaving and lei making Go wild for Patriot s Day Commemorate the opening battle of the American Revolutionary War with parades reenactments and special ceremonies in Massachusetts Go wild for waterfalls Take the Whiskeytown Waterfall Challenge at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area in beautiful northern California and hike to Brandy Creek Boulder Creek Crystal Creek and Whiskeytown Falls Go wild for national park road trips Enjoy a self guided tour to historic places most of which are listed in the National Register of Historic Places Each trip takes you to a variety of places significant in American history architecture archeology engineering and culture Go wild for wildflowers Spring has sprung and it is the perfect time to see nature in all of its colorful glory in parks across the country Parks including the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee and Cumberland Gap and Mammoth Cave in Kentucky will have wildflower walks and talks Using the resources on the National Park Week website visitors can plan adventures share national park photos videos and tips and learn about all the ways to help support national parks National Park Week also offers many opportunities for the public to explore local parks trails and architectural gems sustained by National Park Service programs such as the Rivers Trails and Conservation Assistance program and the National Register of Historic Places www nps gov ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE More than 20 000 National Park Service employees care for America s 401 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close to home recreational opportunities Learn more at www nps gov ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION The National Park Foundation is the official charity of America s national parks and nonprofit partner to the National Park Service Chartered by Congress in 1967 the National

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  • Go Wild For National Parks! | National Park Foundation
    19 and 20 Our National Park System has something for everyone and we invite people everywhere to join us and go wild for the history nature beauty fun and culture in our national parks said Neil Mulholland President and CEO of the National Park Foundation We are proud to support the work of our partners at the National Park Service and to present this annual celebration that highlights all that our national parks have to offer Using the resources on the National Park Week website visitors can plan park experiences based on their specific interests A calendar of events includes many special National Park Week programs including National Junior Ranger Day activities on April 26 Young visitors can take part in family friendly activities and be sworn in as junior rangers at many parks Visitors using the website can also share national park photos videos and tips and learn about all the ways to help support national parks all year National Park Week also offers many opportunities for the public to explore local parks trails and architectural gems sustained by National Park Service programs such as the Rivers Trails and Conservation Assistance program and the National Register of Historic Places ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE More than 20 000 National Park Service employees care for America s 401 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close to home recreational opportunities Learn more at www nps gov ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION The National Park Foundation is the official charity of America s national parks and nonprofit partner to the National Park Service Chartered by Congress in 1967 the National Park Foundation raises private funds to help PROTECT more than 84 million acres of national parks through critical conservation and preservation efforts

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  • National Park Service Announces Public Engagement Campaign As Centerpiece Of 2016 Centennial | National Park Foundation
    making all 401 national parks go to destinations the campaign will highlight the historic preservation and outdoor recreation work the National Park Service does with communities across the country and the value it brings to Americans every day We are excited to use the Centennial to invite every American to get to know their national parks and to understand how our one hundred years of conservation experience translates into on the ground revitalization projects in their neighborhoods said National Park Service Director Jonathan B Jarvis Our campaign will encourage Americans to Find Your Park to discover a personal connection to a place or a story that provides inspiration or enjoyment and to then join us in our second century of stewardship of America s most treasured places We are proud to support the National Park Service in this historic milestone said Neil Mulholland President and CEO of the National Park Foundation Together and in concert with many partners around the country we will set the course for the next hundred years with an engaged citizenry who love their national parks and proudly show their support through visitation volunteerism and philanthropy Marking the first phase of the campaign the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation unveiled two new additions to the National Park Service brand family Building off of the National Park Service s iconic arrowhead the new graphic identities highlight the partnership between the National Park Service and its Congressionally chartered nonprofit partner the National Park Foundation The arrowhead will continue to serve as the official seal of the National Park Service Learn more about the History of NPS Visual Identity In addition the National Park Service and National Park Foundation both launched Centennial web pages today the start of a robust communications effort that will kick into high gear in early 2015 across all digital platforms to invite engagement in Centennial activities The National Park Foundation has retained Grey New York to develop the multi channel public engagement campaign which includes the creation of strategic partnerships with media corporations and talent To help guide Centennial efforts Jarvis asked the National Park System Advisory Board to create a Centennial Advisory Committee made up of 31 members representing the broad spectrum of National Park Service partners and stakeholders The committee is chaired by Gretchen Long For more information about the National Park Service s Centennial visit www nps gov centennial or www nationalparks org centennial ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE More than 20 000 National Park Service employees care for America s 401 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close to home recreational opportunities Learn more at www nps gov ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION The National Park Foundation is the official charity of America s national parks and nonprofit partner to the National Park Service Chartered by Congress in 1967 the National Park Foundation raises private funds to help PROTECT more than 84 million acres of national parks

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  • National Park Foundation Releases “I Heart Parks,” A Free Online Guide To Romantic Getaways In Your National Parks | National Park Foundation
    wedding to simply indulging in a night away together Visit www nationalparks org iheartparks to download a FREE copy today From sunsets and sunrises to jazz concerts and bike rides the unique trip suggestions in our latest Owner s Guide I Heart Parks reflect the incredibly diverse experiences America s national parks can offer no matter the occasion said Neil Mulholland President and CEO of the National Park Foundation The I Heart Parks guide helps park lovers find the solitude and space to reconnect with each other and with their favorite parks Suggestions include a walk down Lovers Lane in Golden Gate National Recreation Area a picnic lunch on the National Mall a relaxing boat ride along the mangrove coast of Everglades National Park an intimate wedding in Acadia National Park and much more Visit www nationalparks org iheartparks to download a FREE copy of I Heart Parks today There visitors will also have access to other great FREE resources from the National Park Foundation including the original Owner s Guide a comprehensive guidebook to America s more than 400 national parks For more information on the National Park Foundation and how you can support and protect America s national parks please visit www nationalparks org ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION The National Park Foundation the official charity of America s national parks raises private funds that directly aid support and enrich America s more than 400 national parks and their programs Chartered by Congress as the nonprofit partner of the National Park Service the National Park Foundation plays a critical role in conservation and preservation efforts establishing national parks as powerful learning environments and giving all audiences an equal and abundant opportunity to experience enjoy and support America s treasured places Support Your Parks Help protect and preserve your

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  • National Park Foundation Partners With CSX Transportation To Plan And Implement Alternative Transportation Solutions In America’s National Parks | National Park Foundation
    Scholars program CSX Transportation recognizes that addressing growing transportation issues is vital to the future of America s national parks and we are grateful for their support said Neil Mulholland President and CEO of the National Park Foundation Through this partnership the Transportation Scholars program can enhance visitor safety and accessibility while simultaneously protecting America s national treasures Working with the National Park Foundation s Transportation Scholars Program helps protect the environment a key area of CSX community focus also while developing young people in the field of transportation logistics This new partnership is a winning solution for the parks the scholars and the transportation industry said Tori Kaplan CSX AVP of Corporate Social Responsibility The Transportation Scholars program model has proven so successful that the Transit in Parks Technical Assistance Center TRIPTAC launched a complementary program in 2011 expanding the program to other public lands This extension the TRIPTAC Public Lands Transportation Scholars Program is based on the NPF program model and matches Transportation Scholars with other federal land management agencies The two programs work together to train and mentor scholars with the shared goal of preserving our nation s valuable natural cultural and historic resources and enhancing the visitor experience by implementing sustainable alternative transportation in national parks and public lands Previous scholars work has resulted in fourteen million dollars in private and public funding to put the Transportation Scholars plans into action Past scholars have gone on to careers with the National Park Service the Federal Highway Administration the Department of Transportation and many private consulting agencies For more information on the National Park Foundation and how you can support and protect America s national parks please visit www nationalparks org ABOUT CSX CSX based in Jacksonville Florida is a premier transportation company It provides rail intermodal and rail to truck transload services and solutions to customers across a broad array of markets including energy industrial construction agricultural and consumer products For more than 185 years CSX has played a critical role in the nation s economic expansion and industrial development Its network connects every major metropolitan area in the eastern United States where nearly two thirds of the nation s population resides It also links more than 240 short line railroads and more than 70 ocean river and lake ports with major population centers and small farming towns alike More information about CSX Corporation and its subsidiaries is available at www csx com Like us on Facebook www facebook com OfficialCSX and follow us on Twitter twitter com CSX ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION The National Park Foundation the official charity of America s national parks raises private funds that directly aid support and enrich America s more than 400 national parks and their programs Chartered by Congress as the nonprofit partner of the National Park Service the National Park Foundation plays a critical role in conservation and preservation efforts establishing national parks as powerful learning environments and giving all audiences an equal and abundant opportunity

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