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  • National Park Week April 21-29 | National Park Foundation
    kayak trips to camping and exploring park visitors can plan their National Park Week at www nationalparkweek org Discover information about events special activities for visitors of all ages how to share your park adventure with other travelers and how to support the parks America s national parks have something for everyone said National Park Service Director Jonathan B Jarvis Take a break and experience something new enjoy some fresh air get some exercise and see where history happened And since admission is free to all 397 parks all week long National Park Week is a great time to get up get out and explore a park This is our annual celebration of America s best idea our national parks said Neil Mulholland President and CEO of the National Park Foundation We are proud to stand with our partners at the National Park Service and encourage people everywhere to enjoy learn from and support our nation s greatest treasures www nps gov About the National Park Service More than 20 000 National Park Service employees care for America s 397 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 nearly 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 www nationalparks org Support Your Parks Help protect

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  • NPF Welcomes Four New Directors To Its Board | National Park Foundation
    President and Chief Executive Officer of American Nevada Company the real estate development arm of the Greenspun Family of Companies In addition to his NPF appointment Mr Deifik has been involved in numerous other charitable and philanthropic endeavors Henry Muñoz Henry R Muñoz III is a successful entrepreneur an award winning designer a cultural activist and a philanthropist He is Chairman and CEO of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of Kell Muñoz Architects Inc Additionally Mr Muñoz is a founder of the effort to create a National Latino Museum on the mall in Washington D C He has extensive experience in museum planning development and management of similar museums Ernesto Vasquez Ernesto Vasquez a veteran architect is a Founding Partner of the design and planning firm McLarand Vasquez Emsiek Partners MVE Mr Vasquez has been a member of the Urban Land Institute National Council of Architectural Registration Boards American Institute of Architects National Association of Home Builders Building Industry Association and Home Builders Council for over 20 years As a community advocate Mr Vasquez has been actively involved in supporting various nonprofit and educational organizations Mary Jo Veverka In 2003 Mary Jo Veverka retired from a highly successful career with over 20 years of management consulting experience initially as a partner with Booz Allen Hamilton and later as a partner with Accenture Ms Veverka currently focuses her time on numerous philanthropic activities including running a family foundation that she founded serving on several boards of non profit organizations and providing pro bono management consulting services to the non profit sector 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

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  • NPF Announces "Share The Experience" Photo Contest Winners | National Park Foundation
    day three night trip for four people to a National Recreation Area of his choosing a Magellan GPS eXplorist 610 a REI gift card and a Federal Recreational Lands Pass First prize went to Vanessa Lau of Springfield Virginia for her photo of Montana s Glacier National Park Gilda Brasch from Pacific Palisades California received second prize for her photo of a sea turtle in Kaloko Honokohau National Historical Park in Hawaii and third prize went to Laura Vu of Fort Worth Texas for her photo of Ouachita National Forest in central Arkansas and southeastern Oklahoma This year s honorable mention recipients are Ilene Eberly of Stone Harbor New Jersey Jeremy Evans of Valencia California Michael Hamilton of Santa Fe New Mexico Jeanne Johnson of Land O Lakes Florida Michael Kirkland of Chicago Illinois Raghuveer Makala of Sunnyvale Calfornia Craig McCaskill of Boulder Colorado Eve Schrank of Milwaukee Wisconsin Chris Summitt of Tuscon Arizona and Murrey Walker of Branson Missouri In total 14 886 photos were submitted over the course of the contest which ran from June 1 2011 to December 31 2011 A complete list of winners and honorable mentions and their photos are available for viewing at www nationalparks org photowinners Share the Experience is the official photo contest of America s national parks and federal recreation lands Sponsored by the National Park Foundation in partnership with the National Park Service the Bureau of Land Management the Bureau of Reclamation the U S Fish and Wildlife Service and the U S Forest Service the contest entries showcase the more than 500 million acres of federal lands and draws entries from all across the United States Find out more about the work of the National Park Foundation and how to help at www nationalparks org Support Your Parks Help

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  • AAEF Reveals Great National Park Celebrations | National Park Foundation
    the Titans All movies are appropriate for families and start at 2 PM Following the movies there will be group discussion on the significance of the movie to the African American community and society as a whole In honor of Black History Month the park is offering free bus service for any school group interested in visiting the park Interested teachers and schools should contact the park for more details George Washington Carver National Monument Missouri Coffee with Carver February s conversation is The Tie That Binds a look at the influence of Mariah Watkins on young George Washington Carver s Christian faith A park ranger will give a short talk followed by a how to on family genealogy and the task of tracing George Washington Carver s roots Bring a friend and enjoy a cup of freshly brewed coffee This program for ages 18 and up is free of charge and no reservations are required Thursday February 16 at 10am inside the visitor center Maggie L Walker National Historic Site Virginia Students from the Prince George High School Drama Club will present Voices Of Our Past From Civil War To Civil Rights character interpretations of persons involved in the American Civil War and the American Civil Rights Movement These young performers will illuminate the lives and the times of Richard Eppes Elizabeth Van Lew William Lloyd Garrison and Maggie L Walker just to name a few The hour long program is presented in partnership with Petersburg National Battlefield Park and Prince George High School Saturday February 25 at 2pm Mary McLeod Bethune Council House and Carter G Woodson Home National Historic Site Washington DC Come learn more about world renowned African American artist Faith Ringgold through an interactive advanced art workshop conducted by Gina Marie Lewis Participants ages 8 11 will learn about artist Faith Ringgold and create collages on famous female civil rights leaders After the workshop participants will tour the home and the National Archives of Black Women s History and view an original quilt made by Faith Ringgold The viewing will be facilitated by NPS site curatorial staff Reservations required Saturday February 18 at 1pm Nicodemus National Historic Site Kansas Explore a photographic display of The Politicians of Nicodemus throughout the month of February at the park visitor center I ask all of you to make it a priority to go and visit these sites where history actually happened said Ernest Green one of the Little Rock Nine and African American Experience Fund board member We are so fortunate that these historical treasures have been preserved and it is our collective responsibility to learn and encourage others to learn about the untold and undertold stories of African American s contributions to American history AAEF has identified 25 National Park Service sites that tell the African American story Several of these sites highlight the contributions of African American women including the Maggie L Walker National Historic Site Virginia honoring the life of the first woman in the

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  • NPF Reveals Romantic National Park Getaways | National Park Foundation
    the National Park Foundation s mission to help and protect America s nearly 400 national parks Once properly outfitted you will be ready to enjoy one of the National Park Foundation s exceptional suggestions for romantic park experiences Find out more about these adventures and many more at the National Park Service s events calendar 1 Watch the sunset at Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area California Join a ranger for an easy hike to Rancho Sierra Vista and enjoy the romantic scenery as the sun sets and the evening wildlife comes alive Bring binoculars and flashlight Meet at main parking lot at 5pm All ages welcome Rain cancels More information at http prks org y0T925 2 Paddle together in the Florida Bay at Everglades National Park Florida Start the day off right with a Flamingo Morning Canoe Trip through freshwater marsh and mangrove swamp while enjoying a variety of wildlife including birds dolphins and manatees More information at http prks org yu5hAf 3 Enjoy a scenic wagon ride in Oxon Cove Park Oxon Hill Farm Maryland Relax and enjoy a scenic wagon ride through the park to discover some of the natural and cultural jewels of Oxon Cove Park More information at http prks org xZCukA 4 Take your love bird on a birding adventure at Padre Island National Seashore Texas Padre Island National Seashore is one of the top birding places in the nation Join us as we take you on a birding tour to various parts of the island More information at http prks org zvoldE 5 Walk along the beach at Virgin Islands National Park Virgin Islands Take a stroll along Trunk Bay considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the world and then spend the afternoon exploring the 225 yard long underwater snorkeling trail More information at http prks org xcTd00 Whether it is on Valentine s Day or any other day of the year it is the generous support of individuals foundations and corporations that allow the National Park Foundation to continue its Congressionally chartered mission to support and protect America s treasured national parks Find out more about the work of the National Park Foundation and how to help at 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 they are preserved for the generations who will follow Join us in supporting your national parks this is your land www nationalparks org Join us This is Your Land www nationalparks org FACEBOOK http www facebook com nationalpark TWITTER http twitter com goparks MEDIA CONTACT Marjorie Hall 202 354 6480 mhall nationalparks org Support Your

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  • Spring Into Your National Parks With NPF | National Park Foundation
    for an evening of photography demonstrations including helpful techniques and tips designed to get that perfect shot Photographers of all levels are invited and encouraged to attend More information at http www nps gov findapark event listing htm eventID 10628 4 Compete in a scavenger hunt in Great Smoky Mountains National Park Tennessee North Carolina Round up your friends and family for the 4th Annual Great Smoky Mountains Scavenger Hunt on March 3 2012 The hunt uses roads and official trails all across the park More information at http www nps gov findapark event listing htm eventID 766 5 Learn how your life compares to life in the Arctic at Kobuk Valley National Park Alaska Ever wanted to learn about life in the Arctic Here s your chance Come check out the Arctic Circle Film Series every Tuesday evening from 7 9pm More information at http www nps gov findapark event listing htm eventID 2 6 Celebrate Women s History Month at Lowell National Historical Park Massachusetts March is Women s History Month Since 1996 Lowell National Historical Park has been celebrating Lowell Women s Week Join in on the fun and celebrate the important role women have played in history and present day with Lowell Women s Week March 4 March 12 2012 More information at http www nps gov findapark event listing htm eventID 10730 7 Make a lei necklace at Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site Hawaii Join Aunty Martha from the Hawaii Pacific Parks Association for lei making demonstrations More information at http www nps gov findapark event listing htm eventID 10824 8 Enjoy a river walk at Tumacácori National Historical Park Arizona Hike to the Santa Cruz River and explore the natural and cultural history found in this national park one of the National Park Foundation s American Latino Heritage Fund sites More information at http www nps gov findapark event listing htm eventID 9677 9 Indulge your artistic side at Weir Farm National Historic Site Connecticut Be creative be inspired and Take Part in Art at Weir Farm National Historic Site home to three generations of American artists The park will provide graphite pencils colored pencils and chalk pastels for all ages and experience levels More information at http www nps gov findapark event listing htm eventID 7921 10 Sit back relax and chat on the patio at White Sands National Monument New Mexico Enjoy a weekend afternoon chat on the patio with the rangers The rangers will lead discussions on a variety of topics More information at http www nps gov findapark event listing htm eventID 8171 In addition to these events the National Park Foundation and the National Park Service are inviting people everywhere to experience the beauty and wonder of America s nearly 400 national parks for FREE during National Park Week 2012 which will be celebrated Saturday April 21 through Sunday April 29 For more information on these and other events happening in America s national parks please visit the National

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  • NPF Awards More Than $120,000 in Grants To NPS Employees | National Park Foundation
    The recipients of the fund which is a partnership between the National Park Foundation and the National Park Service and managed by the WASO Capital Training Center symbolize the spirit of the men for whom the grant was named Directors Horace M Albright and Conrad L Wirth A 2011 Albright Wirth fund recipient Ranger Ben Hansel used his award to complete his private pilot s license which has permitted him to take more than 300 aerial photographs of Canaveral National Seashore documenting beach erosion boundary and structures for the park s photo archives Whether it is the Albright Wirth Employee Development Fund or another National Park Foundation program it is the generous support of individuals foundations and corporations that allow the National Park Foundation to continue its Congressionally chartered mission to support and protect America s treasured national parks Find out more about the work of the National Park Foundation and how to help at 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 they are preserved for the generations who will follow Join us in supporting your national parks this is your land www nationalparks org Join us This is Your Land www nationalparks org FACEBOOK http www facebook com nationalpark TWITTER http twitter com goparks 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

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  • LL Bean Celebrates 100th Anniversary With a Year-Long Mission With NPF | National Park Foundation
    across the country it s possible to receive a personal guided tour by park rangers who in the summer would be hosting tours for large groups Making the Most of Winter Outdoor Moments One of the barriers to getting outdoors this time of year can simply be the temperatures for many L L Bean Outdoor Discovery School guide Rob Hutchison said In fact weather was the number one reason parents gave for staying indoors One of the first things we teach parents in our winter classes is how to layer clothing correctly to be comfortable in any climate said Hutchison Research shows that even 15 minutes outdoors a day in the winter months can have tremendous benefits for increased concentration mood elevation and physical health Hutchison offers the following advice for busy parents Discover Something New Remember the thrill of seeking out a new adventure you had as a child Your family will be energized when you try a new outdoor recreation experience together or seek out a park you ve never tried before Layer up and schedule a date for an afternoon to explore together Consider registering your family for one of our L L Bean Outdoor Discovery School courses They are a great value and make trying a new sport easy safe and fun Find Small Pockets for Outdoor Fun Even a short 15 minute walk can be an opportunity for physical activity observation and conversation with your children While the children may be reluctant to go outside in winter if you set the example they ll enjoy it too Read and Research Take advantage of your local nature centers Winter is a great time to learn about animal habits and habitats Ignite your child s curiosity and they ll enjoy taking that knowledge with them to the local park or your own backyard Discover Your Outdoor Passion Share It Online In the Million Moment Mission While taking steps to spend more time outdoors this year Americans will have an opportunity to help children in underserved communities experience our National Parks as part of L L Bean s Million Moment Mission L L Bean is pledging to donate 1 up to 1 million for every outdoor moment Americans share online or by attending one of L L Bean s many outdoor events this year The funding from L L Bean will support the National Park Foundation s America s Best Idea program connecting diverse underserved and under engaged audiences in local communities to national parks L L Bean is also offering a newly expanded curriculum of outdoor recreation excursions for families and individuals through its growing Outdoor Discovery School The Outdoor Discovery School winter curriculum offered in states including Connecticut Illinois Maine Maryland Massachusetts New Hampshire New Jersey Pennsylvania and Virginia offers fully outfitted half day full day and multi day winter sport experiences To join the Million Moment Mission find out more about the Outdoor Discovery School and learn about other 100 year anniversary activities visit www

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