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  • ALHF Shares Five Great Ways To Celebrate Hispanic Heritage In America’s National Parks | National Park Foundation
    Heritage Fund of the National Park Foundation We invite you to discover and enjoy all the ways our national parks preserve and honor our shared history Below are five great ways to celebrate Hispanic Heritage in our national parks For more information about events happening in America s national parks visit the National Park Service s calendar Take a guided walk to the Cuban American Friendship Urn on the National Mall in Washington D C and find out why it was made and what it symbolizes Experience labor activist César E Chávez s commitment and dedication to improve working and living conditions and wages for farm workers at the César E Chávez National Monument in California Explore Dry Tortugas National Park and learn how Spanish explorer Ponce de León discovered this cluster of seven coral reef islands off the coast of Florida Watch the American and Mexican flags fly together at the Chamizal National Memorial in Texas and recall the historic treaty that ended a century long dispute between the two nations Catch up on the exciting 2013 American Latino Expedition adventures to Mesa Verde National Park Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Olympic National Park Established in 2011 ALHF works to ensure that America s national parks preserve and reflect the diverse stories and contributions of American Latinos throughout our nation s history ALHF also focuses on connecting American Latinos to national parks through increased visitation and stewardship activities To date ALHF has provided more than 180 000 to support the nominations of historic places including the César E Chávez National Monument in California and the Casa Dra Concha Meléndez Ramírez site in Puerto Rico ALHF has pledged to continue funding nominations of additional sites into the National Park System and is actively fundraising to meet its goal To

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  • The National Park Foundation Announces The Completion Of The Flight 93 National Memorial Capital Fundraising Campaign | National Park Foundation
    Memorial and all of our country s more than 400 national parks Through its Flight 93 National Memorial Capital Campaign the National Park Foundation has raised 40 million in private support from more than 110 000 individuals foundations and corporations Funds have made possible the construction of the park s Memorial Plaza Wall of Names 40 Memorial Groves the Field of Honor and major reforestation of the landscape Additional construction through 2015 will include a Visitor Center Complex consisting of a permanent artifact exhibition Learning Center and Flight Path Memorial Walls The generous contributions of so many individuals and business from around the world along with the hard work and coordination of our friends at the National Park Foundation ensure the long term success of Flight 93 National Memorial said National Park Service Director Jonathan B Jarvis The National Park Service and our partner organizations will work together to preserve forever the memory of the 40 passengers and crew of United Flight 93 and inspire future generations with the story of the sacrifice While the National Park Foundation s capital campaign is complete the Foundation has 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 The Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial like the hundreds of other local philanthropic park Friends Groups across the country will provide support for the operational needs and programmatic opportunities of the memorial Through a grant from the National Park Foundation the Friends have hired full time Executive Director Norwood R Dennis The Flight 93 National Memorial campaign is just one example of the National Park Foundation s extensive work in support of America s national parks and the National Park Service The National Park Foundation will award 16M in support to the parks this year Through grants to over 150 parks the National Park Foundation will reach nearly 100 000 people in 2013 making an impact in the lives of youth and undeserved audiences The Foundation is sending more than 30 000 students to national parks through its Ticket to Ride program working with teachers in all 50 states to embrace national parks as classrooms and centers for active learning and restoring and improving 250 miles of waterways and trails connecting parks to communities and promoting healthy lifestyles through the Active Trails program Please visit www nationalparks org for more information about the National Park Foundation and how its work and programs support America s 401 national parks 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

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  • National Park Foundation Shares Five Great Ways To Enjoy Labor Day Weekend In America’s National Parks | National Park Foundation
    setting at the 44th Saguaro National Park Labor Day Run The rolling 8 mile and 5k courses loop through a cactus forest in the foothills of the scenic Rincon Mountains at Saguaro National Park East CALIFORNIA Gather all your sand castle supplies and your most creative architects and head to the 32nd Annual Sand Sculpture Contest at Drakes Beach in Point Reyes National Seashore FLORIDA Check out a historic weapons demonstration at Castillo De San Marcos National Monument an American Latino Heritage Fund site Rangers and volunteers will demonstrate the weapons and relate the experiences of the colonial Spanish soldier of 1740s St Augustine Re enactors will be putting on an amazing show to demonstrate the weapons of the Colonial Era HAWAI I Join a park naturalist on a 2 hour guided hike along the Pipiwai Trail in Haleakalā National Park The hike passes though the bamboo forest and includes views of Makahiku Falls and Waimoku Falls LOUISIANA Experience the story of the Battle of New Orleans on the very grounds where American troops defeated the British army in 1815 at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve NEW MEXICO Sunset strolls are a great way to end your day Enjoy a leisurely one hour ranger guided walk through sand dunes at White Sands National Monument and learn about the geology plants and animals of this unique area These walks along the dunes are offered daily one hour before sunset VIRGINIA Listen to Privates by Choice perform original musical scores highlighting the labors of our nation during the Civil War at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park The group will perform a unique selection of newly composed acoustic folk songs during this free concert at the Wilderness Road Campground Amphitheater For more national park inspiration visit www nationalparks org theplacesnobodyknows and

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  • We Have a Dream: Organic and the National Park Foundation Launch Immersive Web and Mobile Experience to Connect Users to Historic March on Washington | National Park Foundation
    to an audio mosaic of other user generated recordings uniting many voices around the same tenants that Americans united around 50 years ago Freedom for all Prominent national figures including Hawaii high school teacher and sister of President Obama Dr Maya Soetoro Ng and influential hip hop poet and Grammy winning artist J Ivy have recorded and submitted personal recordings of the speech We are honored to team with Organic and Google to engage people in a meaningful way with the historic March on Washington and Dr Martin Luther King Jr s I Have a Dream speech said Neil Mulholland President and CEO of the National Park Foundation Through this initiative people will better understand how America s national parks preserve and protect our shared history Fifty years ago on August 28 1963 Dr Martin Luther King Jr delivered arguably the greatest speech in American history centered around four simple words I have a dream said Organic Chief Creative Officer David Bryant This experience gives everyone a chance to speak those universal words and celebrates the quarter of a million people who marched on Washington that day Other elements of WeAreStillMarching com include Over 200 images of the March on Washington some never before published and a gallery of civil rights milestones curated by Organic NPS conducted contemporary video interviews with Congressman John Lewis the last surviving formal speaker and Representative Eleanor Norton Archival video interview with the late Dorothy Height Ten contemporary audio interviews with March attendees including three photographers who covered the event Archival footage of many of the major speakers during the formal program as well as newsreel coverage Audio excerpts from day of news radio coverage 30 march images geo located on a Google map showing the exact area of the Mall where they were taken Then and Now composites overlaying select March images on top contemporary photos of the location Organic and National Park Foundation will present WeAreStillMarching com at the March on Washington Memorial Youth Mentoring Summit today and will host an exhibit on the National Mall on the day of the actual anniversary of the March and speech August 28 th The Summit is being hosted by the African American Experience Fund of the National Park Foundation the National Park Service and the National Alliance of Faith and Justice and will provide youth and college students with hands on learning experiences about America s Civil Rights Movement with the goal of inspiring future youth leaders and park stewards On both occasions the public will have the opportunity to experience the web and mobile destination and record their voices live on the spot ABOUT ORGANIC Organic is a digital agency connecting people with brands on every screen Founded in 1993 Organic is the world s first internet based agency and is now part of the Omnicom family Clients include Hilton Worldwide Kimberly Clark Procter Gamble Intel Pepsi and Visa For more information visit www organic com and follow us on Twitter Organicinc ABOUT THE

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  • See “Bears,” Protect Our National Parks | National Park Foundation
    said Neil Mulholland president and CEO of the National Park Foundation We are proud to team with Disney a dedicated supporter of our national parks to invite moviegoers everywhere to join us as we work to ensure that our nation s most treasured places and all that they protect thrive for generations to come Advance tickets for groups of 20 or more will be available later this fall at 1 888 DISNEY6 ABOUT THE MOVIE In an epic story of breathtaking scale Disneynature s upcoming True Life Adventure Bears showcases a year in the life of a bear family as two impressionable young cubs are taught life s most important lessons Set against a majestic Alaskan backdrop teeming with life their journey begins as winter comes to an end and the bears emerge from hibernation to face the bitter cold The world outside is exciting but risky as the cubs playful descent down the mountain carries with it a looming threat of avalanches As the season changes from spring to summer the brown bears must work hard to find food ultimately feasting at a plentiful salmon run while staying safe from rival male bears and predators including an ever present wolf pack Bears captures the fast moving action and suspense of life in one of the planet s last great wildernesses Alaska Directed by Alastair Fothergill Earth African Cats and Chimpanzee and Keith Scholey African Cats Bears arrives in theaters April 18 2014 to celebrate Earth Day ABOUT DISNEYNATURE Disneynature was launched in April 2008 Its mission is to bring the world s top nature filmmakers together to share a wide variety of wildlife stories on the big screen in order to engage inspire and educate theatrical audiences everywhere Walt Disney was a pioneer in wildlife filmmaking producing 13 True Life Adventure motion pictures between 1948 and 1960 which earned eight Academy Awards The first four Disneynature films Earth Oceans African Cats and Chimpanzee are four of the top five highest overall grossing feature length nature films to date with Chimpanzee garnering a record breaking opening weekend for the genre Disney s commitment to conservation is a key pillar of the label and Disneynature films empower the audience to help make a difference Through donations tied to opening week attendance for all four films Disneynature through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund has planted three million trees in Brazil s Atlantic Forest established 40 000 acres of marine protected area in The Bahamas protected 65 000 acres of savanna in Kenya protected nearly 130 000 acres of wild chimpanzee habitat educated 60 000 school children about chimpanzee conservation and cared for chimpanzees For more information about Disneynature like us on Facebook facebook com Disneynature and follow us on Twitter twitter com Disneynature ABOUT DWCF The Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund works to save species and habitats and to connect kids to nature to help develop lifelong conservation values To date DWCF has granted more than 20 million to support conservation programs in

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  • The National Park Service Turns 97 on August 25 | National Park Foundation
    birthday wishes or stories pictures or video from your latest or favorite national park adventure Each and every day of the year the National Park Service protects our country s treasures our national parks said Neil Mulholland National Park Foundation president and CEO This month we are excited to celebrate the 97 th birthday and extend our thanks to the National Park Service for their vital role in preserving America s awe inspiring landscapes and rich history If you can t make it to a park for the big day there are still many ways you can join the fun The work of the National Park Service extends beyond park boundaries into communities across the country The National Park Service works with partners to help preserve local history and create close to home recreational opportunities that revitalize neighborhoods and enhance the quality of life Go to www nps gov communities states htm to see how we re helping in your community 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 Visit us on Facebook www facebook com nationalparkservice Twitter www twitter com natlparkservice and YouTube www youtube com nationalparkservice 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

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  • NPF’s 2013 Impact Grants Enhance And Improve America’s National Parks | National Park Foundation
    bring these original program ideas to fruition In a time when national park budgets have been tightened exponentially these Impact Grants make an enormous difference said Neil Mulholland President and CEO of the National Park Foundation Leveraging the grants parks are able to strengthen their interpretation and education programs improve the visitor experience and further engage with their surrounding communities Ranging in size and scope each of the selected parks demonstrated a clear need in which funding would make a profound difference Among the 2013 Impact Grants recipients are Cape Cod National Seashore Massachusetts This national park will continue its work to positively impact how youth perceive and engage with the outdoors Working in partnership with the Boys Girls Clubs of Boston and their Torch Club program which teaches leadership skills and promotes community service Cape Cod National Seashore will connect youth ages 11 14 years with a national park in their backyard and share the importance of conservation in a hands on environment Golden Gate National Recreation Area California This national park will promote Healthy Parks Healthy People by launching a Park Prescriptions pilot program with the Southeast Health Center of the San Francisco Department of Public Health They will develop culturally relevant park programming that can be specifically prescribed and promoted by the health center staff In addition they will work to make the park more accessible and welcoming to first time and infrequent park visitors and will plan a Saturday Welcome Series to encourage new visitors to enjoy the park through guided group walks Moores Creek National Battlefield North Carolina This national park will work with a local community partner to offer fun and engaging curriculum based summer camps that will provide local youth with the opportunity to explore nature and history in a hands on environment Through the Wild Detectives program a science based camp area youth will be exposed to the importance of protecting their local environment including water quality testing and ecosystem preservation Campers will also explore the creek with guided canoe tours along the waterways that run through the park River Raisin National Battlefield Park Michigan Students and teachers from Detroit will engage with social media and web based applications to learn about the significance of this national park and gain a greater understanding of and appreciation for those who have fought to protect our rights as U S citizens Students and teachers will learn the importance of preserving this battlefield in addition to other national state and local War of 1812 sites including Perry s Victory and International Peace Memorial in neighboring Ohio For a full listing of participating parks and program descriptions please visit the National Park Foundation website The National Park Foundation wishes to thank ARAMARK through the Yawkey Foundation and The Fernandez Pave the Way Foundation Inc and for their generous support of the Impact Grants program For more information on the National Park Foundation or how you can support and protect America s national parks please visit www

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  • NPF Unveils Five Great Ways To Celebrate Independence Day In America’s National Parks | National Park Foundation
    are five can t miss national park events taking place across the country in celebration of the 4 th of July Find five more great suggestions on July 4 th fun in the parks at the National Park Foundation s website FLORIDA Swing by Castillo de San Marcos National Monument an American Latino Heritage Fund site during the day to witness cannon firing demonstrations highlighting the 150 th anniversary of the Civil War Then come on back in the evening as this national park will be the perfect place to watch the City of St Augustine s fireworks display starting at 9 30pm PENNSYLVANIA Come on out and join our friends at Gettysburg National Military Park and the Gettysburg Foundation as they commemorate the 150 th anniversary of the Civil War and the Battle of Gettysburg in the places where these historic events took place Starting Saturday June 29 through Sunday July 7 they will be hosting special events and programs including ranger led tours and hikes the 150 th Junior Ranger challenge and artillery demonstrations Be sure to check out the Commemorative Events Guide 2013 to get the inside scoop WASHINGTON Celebrate July 4 with the 50 th annual incredible fireworks display at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Enjoy traditional family fun games and entertainment all day WASHINGTON D C The fireworks and musical performances at the National Mall Memorial Parks are a good time and always impressive for park goers of all ages If you re looking for something a little off the beaten path and less crowded check out Frederick Douglass National Historic Site Connect with Frederick Douglass powerful words at this African American Experience Fund site with a reading of his memorable speech What to the Slave is the 4 th of July that he delivered on July 5 1852 in Rochester NY WYOMING Head on over to Fort Laramie National Historic Site for some good old fashioned Fourth of July fun Participate in sack races and other games watch the military flag raising ceremony hear the cannon fired listen to the 38 gun salute watch the equestrian drill team and help recreate a parade from 1876 For more national park inspiration visit www nationalparks org theplacesnobodyknows and download a free copy of National Park Foundation s newly released The Places Nobody Knows the third special edition in NPF s Owner s Guide series For more information about events happening in America s national parks visit the National Park Service s calendar 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

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