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  • National Park Foundation Awards $250,000 In Grants To Support Alternative Transportation Solutions In America’s National Parks | National Park Foundation
    our parks will become increasingly important as the National Park Service prepares to begin its second century of stewardship The 2014 Transportation Scholars national park recipients include Bandelier National Monument New Mexico Scholar project Implement a wayfinding and signage plan and move forward with efforts to create the Bandelier Bike Loop a multi use path in the Bandelier region Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area Georgia Scholar project Kick off a three year planning effort to develop a park wide trail plan that will provide sustainable and accessible trails that connect regional and transit trails in the area Cuyahoga Valley National Park Ohio Scholar project Carry out a multimodal access pilot study in a low income neighborhood in Cleveland scope an international transportation plan for the park conduct an on site shuttle feasibility study and develop an access site plan for the northern gateway of the park Devils Tower National Monument Wyoming Scholar project Collect data research alternative transportation options and formulate strategic solutions that will be used to improve visitor safety traffic circulation and overall visitor experience with a focus on the visitor center Natchez Trace Parkway Alabama Mississippi Tennessee Scholar project Inform a planned bicycle safety campaign by providing usage data for areas of high cyclist use identifying priority target areas of concern and making recommendations for appropriate signage highlighting bicycle safety 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 The National Park Foundation s Transportation Scholars program is made possible in part through the support of CSX Transportation Eno Center for Transportation Federal Highway Administration Motorola Solutions Foundation the National Park Service and the Paul S Sarbanes Transit in Parks Technical Assistance Center For more information on the National Park Foundation and how you can support and protect America s national parks please visit www nationalparks org For more information about the National Park Service please visit 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 Visit us at www nps gov on Facebook at www facebook com

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  • The African American Experience Fund Shares Eight Great Ways To Celebrate Black History In America’s National Parks | National Park Foundation
    is Coming Songs of Freedom Resistance and the Underground Railroad Find out more here Massachusetts Experience the powerful story of the Civil War soldiers of the 54 th Massachusetts Regiment an all black Civil War contingent at Springfield Armory National Historic Site Find out more here Missouri Encourage all fourth graders you know to enter the George Washington Carver National Monument s annual Art and Essay Contest This year s theme is Overcoming Obstacles Struggle and Triumph in the Life of George Washington Carver Find out more here New York Take part in an African Beads Workshop or the African Person Puppet Workshop led by anthropologist and designer Vickie Fremont at the African Burial Ground National Monument Find out more here Ohio Help preserve the incredible legacy of Colonel Charles Young and join the African American Experience Fund in its efforts to establish the Colonel Charles Young Leadership Academy at the Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument The academy will focus on leadership and through community service it will inspire young leaders cultivate future park stewards and rangers to follow in the footsteps of an officer and a gentleman who never wavered in his pursuit of excellence Virginia Spend the next three Saturdays at the Maggie L Walker National Historic Site watching the award winning PBS series The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow Find out more here Washington D C Celebrate the life of Frederick Douglass with a community wide birthday party at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site Live music games films speakers and plays will fill the day Find out more here Everywhere Experience Dr Martin Luther King Jr s legacy by exploring www WeAreStillMarching com Not only can you read Dr King s historic I Have a Dream speech and record yourself reciting it but you can also connect with the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom The interactive site transports you to August 28 1963 and allows you to engage with the momentous march that epitomized the civil rights movement Established in 2001 the African American Experience Fund of the National Park Foundation is dedicated to protecting preserving and telling the stories of African Americans that are reflected in national sites managed by the National Park Service AAEF supports initiatives to increase diversity in our national parks With a mission to connect all Americans to the role of African Americans in our country s history AAEF s primary goals are to protect the full spectrum of African American history through the preservation of national African American historic sites connect youth the general public and park visitors to a more inclusive interpretation of America s history including African American history inspire more African Americans to learn about visit and support parks and sites that reflect our collective heritage and history To learn more about the work of the African American Experience Fund and how to support its important efforts visit www aaexperience org ABOUT THE AFRICAN AMERICAN EXPERIENCE FUND Established in 2001 the African American

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  • NPF Recognized By Department Of The Interior For Tree Planting At Flight 93 National Memorial | National Park Foundation
    groups to engage nearly 1 200 volunteers in planting more than 35 000 tree seedlings in 2012 and 2013 to provide an essential windbreak to protect trees planted in nearby memorial groves Plant a Tree at Flight 93 will eventually result in 150 000 new trees at the Flight 93 National Memorial a reclaimed coal mining site Many sponsors joined with the National Park Foundation to make this effort possible including Alcoa Foundation Arbor Day Foundation Enterprise Rent A Car NASCAR NRG Energy Pocono Raceway 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 Department of Agriculture Natural Resources and Environment W W Friedline Trucking Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial Green Forests Work Home Depot Lowe s Somerset National Environmental Education Foundation Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Bureau of Forestry Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Rosebud Mining Company Starbucks Somerset WITF Public Radio For more information about the Flight 93 National Memorial please visit www nps gov flni ABOUT THE 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 memorial is near Shanksville Pennsylvania where Flight 93 crashed with the loss of its 40 passengers and crew For more information about the Flight 93 National Memorial please visit www nps gov flni 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

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  • NPF Celebrates 2013 Successes | National Park Foundation
    enthusiasts across the country and the globe working to shape the next century of our national parks together TEST The National Park Foundation works to address the unique and changing needs of the parks across the country including conservation and preservation efforts establishing national parks as powerful place based learning environments and giving all audiences an equal and abundant opportunity to experience enjoy and support America s treasured places The National Park Foundation creates programs to inspire the next generation of park stewards strengthen and advance local philanthropic park partners and also raise critical funds for parks devastated by fires floods and other disasters In 2013 the National Park Foundation achieved numerous successes in support of America s national parks including The National Park Foundation completed its capital campaign for the Flight 93 National Memorial raising more than 40 million and ensuring that private funding for the memorial s major features and phases is in place The National Park Foundation also helped to establish a local philanthropic organization the Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial which will continue to fundraise on behalf of the national memorial Through its Ticket to Ride Active Trails and America s Best Idea programs the National Park Foundation connected more than 100 000 people with their national parks and for many it was their first visit to a national park One of the National Park Foundation s Transportation Scholars secured 10 3 million from the Federal Lands Access Program for the Gardiner Gateway Project which is redesigning the historic Roosevelt Arch entrance at Yellowstone National Park The American Latino Heritage Fund of the National Park Foundation launched its 2013 American Latino Expedition in which bloggers from across the country applied for the opportunity to participate in a national park adventure focusing on education park stewardship outdoor recreation and exploration all the while highlighting historic American Latino contributions at each site Bloggers reached new and diverse audiences and shared their experiences online through blogs and social media using the hashtag ALEx13 The African American Experience Fund of the National Park Foundation worked with Google and Organic Inc to create a first of its kind web and mobile destination to commemorate the 50 th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and Martin Luther King Jr s historic I Have a Dream speech Not only was the public invited to read MLK s words and engage with the historic moment in history but everyone was given the opportunity to become part of a meaningful audio mosaic online by recording their own voice saying MLK s words at www WeAreStillMarching com In response to the vandalism of the Lincoln Memorial the National Park Foundation created the RespectLincoln campaign which garnered support and funds necessary to clean up the memorial and further efforts to protect national parks against vandalism For more information on how to support America s more than 400 national parks visit www nationalparks org ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION The National Park

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  • After The National Christmas Tree Lighting: The Festivities Continue | National Park Foundation
    p m Saturday Sunday 1 8 30 p m Santa s Workshop Families are invited to visit Santa and his elves as they make toys for all the good little girls and boys Santa s Workshop presented by UL is open through Tuesday December 24 Monday Thursday 4 6 30 p m and 7 9 30 p m Friday Sunday 12 30 4 30 p m and 5 30 9 30 p m December 24 11 a m 3 p m Pathway of Peace National Christmas Tree Railroad Fifty six trees one for every U S state territory and the District of Columbia surround the National Christmas Tree Each tree is decorated with one of a kind ornaments American artists and youth have given their time and talents to design and create the ornaments which symbolize our history heritage and culture For the 20 th year the model National Christmas Tree Railroad always on time to deliver good cheer will chug around the National Christmas Tree The Pathway of Peace is open 10 a m 10 p m daily through January 1 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 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

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  • President Obama And First Family To Light The National Christmas Tree December 6 From President’s Park | National Park Foundation
    of America s more than 400 national parks The ceremony will be streamed online LIVE at www thenationaltree org beginning at 4 30 p m ET with the exclusive National Christmas Tree Lighting pre show Hosted by Emmy Award winning actress Jane Lynch this year s National Christmas Tree Lighting features a talented line up of performers including The Avett Brothers Grammy award winning violinist Joshua Bell multiple Grammy award winning superstar Mariah Carey acclaimed soprano and musical ambassador Renée Fleming multicultural operatic trio Forte Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin singer songwriter Janelle Monáe Latin music superstar Prince Royce jazz legend Arturo Sandoval the multiplatinum Grammy winning band Train and Nolan Williams Jr and Voices of Inspiration This year folk Americana duo Aberdeen Green singer songwriter Del Travar and The U S Army Blues will perform in the pre show co hosted by 94 7 FRESH FM s Tommy McFLY and ABC7 WJLA TV s Jummy Olabanji The event can also be seen on public television throughout December Broadcast times can be found by checking local listings or visiting www thenationaltree org Presented by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation the official charity of America s national parks and produced by Bounce AEG the National Christmas Tree Lighting is the first event in a four week holiday celebration in President s Park This year s ceremony marks the 91 st annual National Christmas Tree Lighting an American holiday tradition started by President Calvin Coolidge in 1923 For the sixth consecutive year UL is the premier sponsor of the National Christmas Tree Lighting As an independent safety science company UL s mission is to promote safe working and living environments for all people More information can be found at www UL com Other event supporters include GE Lighting Amtrak Guest Services Inc Hargrove Hilton Garden Inn Washington DC Downtown Hudler Carolina Tree Farms Loews Madison Hotel Washington D C Mesh Int l Nicolas Holiday Uber United and Willard InterContinental Washington D C More information about the 2013 National Christmas Tree Lighting can be found at www thenationaltree org and on Twitter at http twitter com thenationaltree Follow the conversation using the hashtag NCTL2013 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 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 JOIN US This is

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  • NPS & NPF Announce Mariah Carey To Perform At The 91st Annual National Christmas Tree Lighting | National Park Foundation
    will kick off the holiday season in our nation s capital and can be viewed online LIVE at www thenationaltree org beginning at 4 30 p m ET with the exclusive National Christmas Tree Lighting pre show The event can also be seen on public television throughout December Broadcast times can be found by checking local listings or visiting www thenationaltree org Presented by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation the official charity of America s national parks and produced by Bounce AEG the National Christmas Tree Lighting is the first event in a four week holiday celebration in President s Park This year s ceremony marks the 91 st annual National Christmas Tree Lighting an American holiday tradition started by President Calvin Coolidge in 1923 For the sixth consecutive year UL is the premier sponsor of the National Christmas Tree Lighting As an independent safety science company UL s mission is to promote safe working and living environments for all people More information can be found at www UL com Other event supporters include GE Lighting Amtrak Guest Services Inc Hargrove Hilton Garden Inn Washington DC Downtown Hudler Carolina Tree Farms Loews Madison Hotel Washington D C Mesh Int l Nicolas Holiday Uber United and Willard InterContinental Washington D C More information about the 2013 National Christmas Tree Lighting can be found at www thenationaltree org and on Twitter at twitter com thenationaltree 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 the official charity of America s national parks raises

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  • NPS & NPF Announce Aretha Franklin To Perform At The 91st Annual National Christmas Tree Lighting | National Park Foundation
    multicultural operatic trio Forte and Nolan Williams Jr and Voices of Inspiration will join singer songwriter Janelle Monáe Latin music superstar Prince Royce jazz legend Arturo Sandoval and the multiplatinum Grammy winning band Train in performing a collection of holiday favorites Follow TheNationalTree on Twitter and visit www thenationaltree org for the most up to date information The 2013 National Christmas Tree Lighting will take place Friday December 6 on the Ellipse at President s Park in Washington D C The ceremony will kick off the holiday season in our nation s capital and can be viewed online LIVE at www thenationaltree org beginning at 4 30 p m ET with the exclusive National Christmas Tree Lighting pre show This year folk Americana duo Aberdeen Green singer songwriter Del Travar and The U S Army Blues will perform in the pre show co hosted by 94 7 FRESH FM s Tommy McFLY and ABC7 WJLA TV s Jummy Olabanji The event can also be seen on public television throughout December Broadcast times can be found by checking local listings or visiting www thenationaltree org Presented by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation the official charity of America s national parks and produced by Bounce AEG the National Christmas Tree Lighting is the first event in a four week holiday celebration in President s Park This year s ceremony marks the 91 st annual National Christmas Tree Lighting an American holiday tradition started by President Calvin Coolidge in 1923 For the sixth consecutive year UL is the premier sponsor of the National Christmas Tree Lighting As an independent safety science company UL s mission is to promote safe working and living environments for all people More information can be found at www UL com Other event supporters include GE Lighting Amtrak Guest Services Inc Hargrove Hilton Garden Inn Washington DC Downtown Hudler Carolina Tree Farms Loews Madison Hotel Washington D C Mesh Int l Nicolas Holiday Uber United and Willard InterContinental Washington D C More information about the 2013 National Christmas Tree Lighting can be found at www thenationaltree org and on Twitter at http twitter com thenationaltree 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 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 This is Your Land www nationalparks org Support Your

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