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  • NPF receives $500,000 grant from Disney to help kids and families explore America's National Parks | National Park Foundation
    s grant also supports the National Park Foundation s America s Best Idea program which connects diverse underserved and under engaged populations throughout the country with their national parks through innovative and meaningful experiences In addition to the grant Disney s Friends for Change a program that inspires kids and families to make a positive impact on their world by helping people and the planet developed a public service announcement PSA that will launch during National Parks Week and air on Disney Channel and Disney Online The spot features Disney Channel star Caroline Sunshine Shake it Up and encourages kids and families to explore the outdoors whether at a local state or national park Disney Friends for Change also created an online action kit disney com friends that helps families plan a park visit in four easy steps and provides ideas on park activities ranging from hikes to wildlife exploration The more kids are exposed to the great outdoors the more they appreciate and understand the beauty and value of our natural resources from our national parks to our own backyards said Leslie Goodman senior vice president of Disney Corporate Citizenship Disney is proud to work in collaboration with National Park Foundation to make a park experience possible for tens of thousands of young people We hope that these outdoor adventures inspire lifelong conservation values For more information on Ticket to Ride America s Best Idea or any of the National Park Foundation s programs please visit www nationalparks org ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION You are the owner of 84 million acres of the world s most treasured memorials landscapes ecosystems and historic sites all protected in America s nearly 400 national parks Chartered by Congress the National Park Foundation is the official charity of America s national parks

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  • Planet Green and National Park Foundation partner to celebrate National Park Week 2012 beginning on-air on April 23 | National Park Foundation
    the coming months continuing a commitment to discover the untamed beauty of America s majestic grounds This partnership with the National Park Foundation underscores our steadfast pledge to feature the very best of the American landscape and natural history programming said Marc Etkind senior vice president of content strategy for Destination America As we transition from Planet Green to Destination America natural wonders and history will be woven into the fabric of our brand and we will incorporate this mission into our programming on air online and on social platforms National Park Week is a great time for first time visitors and long time parkgoers alike to explore our nearly 400 national parks said Neil Mulholland President and CEO of the National Park Foundation We are excited to have Planet Green celebrating with us Together we are inviting new audiences to discover visit and support America s treasured places The programming line up for NATIONAL PARK WEEK is as follows all times are 8 9pm E P Fearless Planet Grand Canyon Monday April 23 Following the life story of the Grand Canyon from the moment of its birth to a painstaking period of growth over billions of years and through the dramatic events that created this massive and breathtaking landscape viewers get a rare look at how this powerful sight came to be National Parks Extreme Maintenance Tuesday April 24 There s more to national parks than wilderness This one hour special explores another side of frontier activity happening behind the scenes as the National Park Service preserves and protects in ways you wouldn t expect Secrets of Hawaii s National Parks Wednesday April 25 Hawaii is the epitome of an island oasis that every American dreams of With lush land of astounding contrasts and ongoing creation from pools of paradise to black sand beaches viewers will be whisked away on a romantic ride Wonders of the National Parks Thursday April 26 From the world s largest concentration of natural arches and a grand tapestry of canyons to the ongoing pyrotechnics of a volcano a grizzly gathering and an international biosphere reserve these definitive wonders are too awe inspiring to miss Secrets of Denali National Park Friday April 27 We ll uncover a back country Mecca for all who seek solitude and vast open tundra where wildlife roam free Adventures include rappelling from the icy edge of a glacial crevasse to reveal a glorious frontier Additional information on America s national parks can be found at www planetgreen com www nps gov or www nationalparks org ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION You are the owner of 84 million acres of the world s most treasured memorials landscapes ecosystems and historic sites all protected in America s nearly 400 national parks Chartered by Congress the National Park Foundation is the official charity of America s national parks We work hand in hand with the National Park Service to connect you and all Americans to the parks and to make sure that

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  • Earth Day 2012: Green Parks Plan for Sustainability | National Park Foundation
    adopt greener transportation methods Buy Green and Reduce Reuse and Recycle purchase environmentally friendly products and increase waste diversion and recycling Preserve Outdoor Values minimize the impact of facility operations on the external environment Adopt Best Practices employ sustainable best practices in all park operations Foster Sustainability Beyond Our Boundaries engage visitors about sustainability and invite their participation to take sustainable actions in the park and at home Each goal includes specific objectives For example by 2020 the National Park Service will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from on site fossil fuel combustion and electricity consumption by 35 percent and non irrigation potable water use by 30 percent Jarvis said change begins with thousands of small actions to conserve water and energy but he also highlighted two highly visible success stories at Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area in California and John Day Fossil Beds National Monument in Oregon The buildings are called Net Zero because solar panels generate all power needed for operations The John Day project a ranger station built in 2010 actually produces more than the energy required for its operation enough to charge an electric car for 15 000 miles a year The Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center is one of more than 40 LEED certified buildings in the National Park Service At the LEED certified platinum level it is the first federal LEED certified building in California Other sustainability projects at national parks include Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky The park has reached the Green Parks Plan goal with more than half of all waste diverted from the landfill and recycled The Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool The 90 year old pool is gone the new pool which reduces water usage from 7 million to 5 million gallons of water is due to open this summer Through relighting Big Bend National Park in Texas reduced its light bill by 95 percent and garnered the park official Dark Sky designation from the International Dark Sky Association It s one of 10 dark sky parks in the world and a boon to night sky tourism Assateague Island National Seashore installed solar panels that provide 50 percent of power at a new ranger station and solar power for night lights at campground toilets It also has portable recycling units around the park to divert waste from the landfill The Green Parks Plan also focuses on outreach with concessioners local communities and other partners to promote sustainability Concessioners for example are one of the early success stories when it comes to environmental sustainability in national parks Concessioners have programs to recycle and compost waste conserve water and energy and reduce fleet fuel consumption They also look to the National Park Service for guidance on care and greening of historic buildings To succeed we must think and act on a scale that extends beyond park boundaries Jarvis said We will collaborate with and learn from our partners concessioners and surrounding communities We will share our success stories and explain our

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  • National Geographic to release National Parks Guide app for iPhone | National Park Foundation
    pro In the user hub travelers will find picks from National Geographic editors of their favorite hikes and activities park news and related events including Canon sponsored photo workshops around the country Detailed maps allow users to locate park points of interest filter them by activity and seasonality get directions from their current location add them to a customized park itinerary or a list of favorites or share the information on their social networks Visiting a park also earns users a customized stamp that is stored in their user hub and can also be shared socially Expanded park guides can be purchased in app ranging from 99 cents to 1 99 with the first guide free The additional content in these guides includes unique photo hotspots written by a world class photographer with tips for capturing the same photo yourself exclusive park secrets and fun facts and an expanded list of must do activities and must see sights Also available from National Geographic on the App Store is National Park Maps HD 3 99 an award winning app for iPhone iPad and iPod Touch which features trail maps for 20 top U S parks National Park Week presented by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation encourages people across the country to enjoy explore learn share and give back to America s nearly 400 national parks The theme for 2012 is Picture Yourself in a National Park more information is available online at www nationalparkweek org National Geographic will also celebrate National Park Week online with a hub page at http travel nationalgeographic com travel national parks featuring photo galleries travel tips and blog posts and by sharing the best photos submitted through Instagram using the hashtag parkpic Available offline is the newest edition of the best selling guidebook National Geographic Guide to the National Parks of the United States which has been updated with new information on 58 scenic national parks About National Geographic Digital Media National Geographic Digital Media is the multimedia division of National Geographic one of the world s largest educational and scientific nonprofit organizations reaching more than 400 million people a month worldwide At the forefront of the digital media revolution NGDM publishes www nationalgeographic com mobile apps and mobile games delivering multimedia content to digital consumers on a number of platforms About Canon U S A Inc Canon U S A Inc is a leading provider of consumer business to business and industrial digital imaging solutions With approximately 45 6 billion in global revenue its parent company Canon Inc NYSE CAJ ranks third overall in U S patents registered in 2011 and is one of Fortune Magazine s World s Most Admired Companies in 2012 Canon U S A is committed to the highest levels of customer satisfaction and loyalty providing 100 percent U S based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes Canon U S A is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility

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  • L.L.Bean Bootmobile heads off for Spring/Summer tour to support national parks | National Park Foundation
    time outdoors could add years to your life Bootmobile Kicks Off National Tour To help raise awareness about the Million Moment Mission campaign and the benefits of being outdoors the L L Bean Bootmobile will be traveling the country in 2012 The 13 foot high and 20 foot long vehicle left Boston this week on a Spring Summer tour designed to raise awareness and funds to help more children learn about and enjoy the national parks The Bootmobile and L L Bean s Outdoor Discovery School guides will accompany the Bootmobile providing free advice and outdoor recreation instruction For every person who attends these events 1 will be donated to the National Park Foundation Real Life Stories Help Others Discover Something While the Bootmobile is educating consumers outdoors indoors L L Bean is also launching new advertising online and in movie theatres to help inspire people to get outside and explore nature this summer The Discover Something campaign features video spots of three L L Bean customers who tell their story of outdoor discovery and the rewards of spending time outdoors Steve Gadecki one of the customers profiled in the Discover Something videos has visited 18 national parks and hiked more than 100 mountains with his L L Bean backpack over 15 years According to Gadecki It s a real sense of pride in your country when you re standing in front of Half Dome or the majestic Sequoias Looking down upon the Grand Canyon or hiking up the rocky coast of Acadia Everything in your life seems to make sense and even though it was a journey to get there you re glad you made it If you ve ever thought about going why are you waiting Don t hesitate Go With the theme if you think there s nothing left to explore just get outside and find something new to discover the spots are being featured in theaters nationwide and at llbean com About L L Bean Inc L L Bean Inc is a leading multichannel merchant of quality outdoor gear and apparel Founded in 1912 by Leon Leonwood Bean the company began as a one room operation selling a single product the Maine Hunting Shoe While its business has grown over the years L L Bean still upholds the values of its founder including his dedication to quality customer service and a love of the outdoors L L Bean products are rigorously tested guaranteed to last and always shipped free In the past five years L L Bean has donated over 6 million toward conservation and land stewardship The 200 000 sq ft L L Bean retail store campus in Freeport ME is open 24 hours a day 365 days a year and welcomes more than 3 million visitors every year L L Bean can be found worldwide at www llbean com Facebook Twitter and YouTube About the National Park Foundation You are the owner of 84 million acres of the world s most treasured memorials landscapes

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  • National Park Service and National Park Foundation Suggest 10 Healthy Things to Do During National Park April 21-29 | National Park Foundation
    coral reefs of Biscayne or the kelp forests and sea caves of Channel Islands Or take a canoe or kayak ride through Big Cypress to observe manatees and birds Go Underground Travel below the surface and discover the dazzling sights found along more than 900 miles of passageways in caves Check out Mammoth Cave the longest cave in the world or the 14 acre Big Room in Carlsbad Caverns If you are really adventurous sign up for a spelunking trip Sleep Under the Stars Experience the simple pleasure of an evening campfire sleep in the great outdoors and wake up in some of the most beautiful surroundings in the world Choose your setting mountain view ocean view or even city view The 12 000 campsites in national parks include spots in New York City and in Boston Go For a Ride Some of the prettiest scenery you ll ever see is along the 5 450 miles of paved road in national parks In fact 1 100 miles are designated parkways designed especially for sightseeing Just be sure to get out of the car at overlooks or trailheads and stretch your legs It s amazing what you will find not far off the road Wander to a waterfall at Shenandoah or meander through a meadow at Rocky Mountain View Wildlife National parks are the best places to view wildlife in their natural habitats Don t get too close but enjoy seeing everything from baby birds to two ton bison in a park Watch the strutting age grouse perform its annual courtship dance in Grand Teton or the spring migration of grey whales at Point Reyes Or encounter prehistoric wildlife such as a saber tooth cat at Badlands or a Stegosaurus at Dinosaur There are 233 national parks with preserved fossils some which date back two billion years Be a VIP Help out as a Volunteer In Park on National Volunteer Day on April 21 Participate in the spring planting at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens a shoreline clean up at Golden Gate or park day at Stones River Check out a list of volunteer opportunities at http www nps gov getinvolved volunteer htm Go Green Take part in Earth Day activities at many national parks There will 50 exhibiters food music and family activities at John Muir s birthday celebration at John Muir National Historic Site Saratoga will host exhibits and an art show featuring pieces made from natural and recycled material The Grand Canyon will have a variety of interactive exhibits at its largest ever Earth Day event Perry s Victory International Peace Memorial will host an Earth Day Jamboree Explore Learn Protect Kids five to 12 years old are encouraged to take part in free Junior Ranger programs in almost every national park Ask for a Junior Ranger booklet at the visitor center and earn a badge by completing different activities Many parks will host special events on Junior Ranger Day April 28 Take to Two Wheels One of the most

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  • NPF Announces 2012 Parks Climate Challenge Grantees | National Park Foundation
    program provides the educators both in person trainings and a wealth of online resources to draw from Providing teachers the platform information and tools to develop hands on service projects they in turn create dynamic lessons for their students incorporating national park experiences either within or outside the boundaries of a national park Teachers will also lead their students on field trips to the parks they are studying to deepen their understanding of climate change and their connection to the national parks The parks participating in the 2012 Parks Climate Challenge program include Glacier National Park Montana Cape Cod National Seashore Massachusetts Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Wisconsin Capulin Volcano National Monument New Mexico Lake Mead National Recreation Area Nevada Yellowstone National Park Wyoming Crater Lake National Park Oregon National Mall and Memorial Parks Washington D C Though these grant recipients will participate directly in the National Park Foundation program teachers everywhere can utilize the unique and versatile program model to replicate the value learnings and strategies nationally through the online site www parksclimatechallenge org This project was made possible through the generous support of Inner Spark Foundation and individual donors and is done in partnership with the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation For more information visit www parksclimatechallenge org ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION You are the owner of 84 million acres of the world s most treasured memorials landscapes ecosystems and historic sites all protected in America s nearly 400 national parks Chartered by Congress the National Park Foundation is the official charity of America s national parks We work hand in hand with the National Park Service to connect you and all Americans to the parks and to make sure that they are preserved for the generations who will follow Join us in supporting your

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  • National Park Foundation Launches New Website | National Park Foundation
    www nationalparks org include Parks Near You Wherever you are instantaneously discover the national parks nearest you with nearly 400 parks in the system you may be surprised to discover one right around the corner What s Your Favorite Park Everyone has a favorite what s yours Easily select yours and discover news photos videos and even the real time weather at your favorite national park destination Parks By The People With one click learn the latest about your national park destination from other park visitors and supporters Photos videos tips news and even up to the minute Facebook and Twitter tidbits direct from the National Park Service find it all in one place on nationaparks org park pages Share Your Story Have an amazing national park photo story or video Let your experience inspire others by sharing it with the world and other national park fans like you National Park Marketplace Now you can shop online and support your national parks at the same time Visit the new National Park Marketplace and discover great NPF merchandise and other products that go to support the national parks ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION You are the owner of 84 million acres of the world s most treasured memorials landscapes ecosystems and historic sites all protected in America s nearly 400 national parks Chartered by Congress the National Park Foundation is the official charity of America s national parks We work hand in hand with the National Park Service to connect you and all Americans to the parks and to make sure that they are preserved for the generations who will follow Join us in supporting your national parks this is your land www nationalparks org ABOUT STRATMARK STRATMARK is a direct response fundraising company with a proven track record of excellence

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