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  • Summit Sets Course for Protecting National Parks | National Park Foundation
    statement regarding the Summit Tom Kiernan president of NPCA Neil Mulholland president of NPF and Derrick Crandall counselor of NPHA said Our parks need to evolve with us The passionate leaders and advocates who attended this Summit are committed to a united vision for the national parks to thrive in the next century We understand that appropriate funding diverse outreach natural resource protection and conservation updated facilities and adequate staff are necessary to make sure our national parks remain attractive healthy places for people to visit and enjoy And though there are many challenges we are confident that this newly unified focus support and dedication by the park community will make these goals obtainable Among the most notable directives coming out of the Summit were to increase outreach to youth and other diverse populations to make units within the NPS system more representative of the diverse makeup of the nation to use technology such as social media smart phone applications video games and other electronic technologies to attract visitors and improve park experiences to highlight healthy food and opportunities for safe active fun during park visits to increase public awareness of the 2016 centennial to create an endowment to provide the NPS with secure funding for the future to encourage supporters and lovers of national parks to become more engaged with their members of Congress and other decision makers and to grow the base of support for national parks particularly among the health education and tourism communities Leading up to the 2016 centennial the current stewards of our national parks will take up the gauntlet thrown by this Summit Through their work these original goals will be enhanced and the shared vision will become action MEDIA CONTACTS National Parks Conservation Association Jeff Billington 202 419 3717 jbillington npca org National Park Foundation Marjorie Hall 202 354 6480 mhall nationalparks org National Parks Hospitality Association Derrick Crandall 202 682 9530 dcrandall funoutdoors com Since 1919 the National Parks Conservation Association NPCA has been an independent nonpartisan organization working to address the major threats to America s national parks and the resources they contain As the only nonprofit membership organization dedicated solely to preserving and enhancing national parks NPCA and its more than 600 000 members and supporters advocate on behalf of the national parks www npca org 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 The National Park Hospitality Association NPHA is the national trade association of the businesses that provide lodging food

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  • "Ticket to Ride" Program Makes National Park Field Trips Possible | National Park Foundation
    the country to experience America s national parks during this school year We are dedicated to giving all audiences an equal and abundant opportunity to experience enjoy and support these special places especially our young people said Neil Mulholland President and CEO of the National Park Foundation Ticket to Ride makes it possible for us to engage the younger generation in a life changing experience while simultaneously developing future park stewards who will support these treasured places for years to come The National Park Foundation recognizes that one of the greatest barriers preventing our youth from experiencing the national parks around them is transportation The goal of the Ticket to Ride program is to provide efficient transportation support for students to visit our national parks This goal is shared with our partners at the National Park Service as we strive to provide this vital transportation to at least 100 000 students per year Dedicated to giving our young people a Ticket to Ride the National Park Foundation is ensuring students do not miss the opportunity to directly experience America s national parks Once in the parks a world of learning begins as young people discover their natural cultural and historical heritage participate in volunteer and service learning activities enjoy recreational opportunities and most importantly begin a lifelong relationship with their national parks For more information about the Ticket to Ride program and ways to support this and the other exceptional National Park Foundation programs go to 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

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  • American Latino Heritage Fund Announces New Initiatives | National Park Foundation
    be a living document that will cover Latina o history since the 15th century Led by the National Park Service and a team of Latino scholars the theme study will serve as a national model for future reports examining ethnic groups participation in American history It will also play a vital role in identifying and evaluating locations relevant to Latino contributions and of historical significance for the National Register of Historic Places and for National Historic Landmark designation Designation of American Latino Landmarks and Historic Sites The 2010 census counted 50 5 million Latinos in the US Yet despite a 400 year history in North America and the existence of vibrant communities throughout the United States only 3 of the 86 000 sites on the National Register of Historic Places explicitly recognize and celebrate our country s ethnically diverse cultures The National Park Foundation s ALHF will seek to assist the National Park Service in its efforts to identify document nominate and preserve historic places highlighting Latino contributions In an effort to involve the Latino community in the process members of the public are also encouraged to participate in this effort by visiting the National Park Service s designated website for related American Latino Heritage projects Nationwide Youth Summits The American Latino Heritage Fund is supporting the National Park Service and the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation on a youth summit in Washington State involving Latino students and teachers later this year The summit is designed to educate and involve younger generations in historic preservation in their communities and will equip teachers and preservation organizations with the tools needed to motivate and engage Latino youth on stewardship of historic places and national parks The Foundation s American Latino Heritage Fund is proud to play a vital role in the successful

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  • Impact Grants to Enhance & Improve America's National Parks | National Park Foundation
    and ultimately build a stronger community of park enthusiasts who share our commitment to protecting America s Best Idea their national parks Ranging in size and scope each of the selected parks demonstrated a clear need in which an efficient amount of funding would make a profound difference Project themes include connecting underserved students to their local parks conservation and preservation projects healthy living education as well as recycling and sustainability programs to name a few A full list of grantees and project can be viewed at the National Park Foundation website Private support of our nearly 400 national parks is critical to ensuring their vitality and continued existence This year s Impact Grants are made possible in part through partnerships with ARAMARK through the Yawkey Foundation The Fernandez Pave the Way Foundation and The HISTORY Channel For more information on the National Park Foundation s work and ways you can help to support this critical mission go to 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 Contact Marjorie Hall Director Communications National Park Foundation 1201 Eye Street NW Suite 550B Washington DC 20005 Direct 202 354 6480

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  • Midy Aponte Named Interim ED of the American Latino Heritage Fund | National Park Foundation
    honor and preserve the full spectrum of American Latino history and tell a more complete story of Latinos contribution to American Society I am honored to have the opportunity to shape and lead the American Latino Heritage Fund during this critical phase in the endowment s development said Aponte The work of ALHF will demonstrate Latinos indelible imprint in American Civilization by concretely documenting their cultural economic and civic contributions to American history for perpetuity As a bicultural and bilingual communications and business strategist Aponte is a seasoned tactician in conceptualizing multi faceted programs entailing advocacy organizational and coalition building efforts for private and public sector entities Aponte is also President and CEO of The Sánchez Ricardo Agency a Hispanic Communications and Digital Media Consultancy she founded in Washington D C in 2009 that combines high level strategic communications with bottom up social media strategies to raise awareness spark genuine interest and generate engaged action from target audiences Aponte is a graduate of Florida International University 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 THE AMERICAN LATINO HERITAGE FUND The American Latino Heritage Fund is a program of the National Park Foundation designed preserve the full spectrum of American Latino experience and tell a more complete story of Latino contributions

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  • Hooray for the Holidays Sweepstakes - December 19 Through 23 | National Park Foundation
    s most treasured places Give The Gift Of The Parks Looking for the perfect holiday gift Look no further Visit the nationalparks org and give the gift of America s national parks Make a donation this holiday season to the National Park Foundation on behalf of your loved ones and you will receive a special printable certificate to include in a stocking or under your Christmas tree You will have the satisfaction of knowing that your gift to the National Park Foundation the only national non profit that directly supports the national parks will make a difference in preserving America s treasures This year donations to the National Park Foundation between now and December 31st will be doubled Thanks to the generosity of the National Park Foundation board all year end gifts will be matched up to 75 000 Your year end gift will be matched dollar for dollar ensuring that our national parks will be here for the next generation to enjoy Park enthusiast can also use the National Park Foundation s Gift Guide to shop for gifts that give back to the parks Check out the full Gift Guide here at http www nationalparks org giftguide 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 www nationalparks org

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  • Celebrate the Season With American's National Parks and NPF | National Park Foundation
    also use the National Park Foundation s Gift Guide to shop for gifts that give back to the parks Check out the full Gift Guide here at www nationalparks org giftguide Hooray for the Holidays In the spirit of yuletide cheer the National Park Foundation would like to give back to all of those that have supported our national parks throughout the year and been a part of the parks community December 19th through December 23rd join NPF at www facebook com nationalpark and you could win the ultimate national park prize pack including a free annual pass to America s nearly 400 national parks and roundtrip airfare to any national park destination Southwest Airlines can take you to outstanding outdoor gear NPF apparel and more Don t wait join us at www facebook com nationalpark today Holidays In The Parks The holidays are a magical time to experience America s national parks From Alaska to Georgia the National Park Foundation has released its list of not to be missed holiday celebration s for you to enjoy Can t make it to a park No problem let the National Park Foundation bring the spirit of the season to you with the 2011 National Christmas Tree Lighting from President s Park Join President Barack Obama First Lady Michelle Obama and their family along with a star studded list of performers including Big Time Rush and Ellie Goulding OneRepublic Rodney Atkins Marsha Ambrosius Kermit the Frog and host Carson Daly by watching the show on demand at www thenationaltree org or by checking local PBS listings for airdates and times 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

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  • NPF Reveals 2011 National Park Holiday Celebrations Not-To-Be-Missed | National Park Foundation
    four different park locations tree decorating and a live performance from Nordic Kids Iowa Herbert Hoover National Historic Site December 2 through December 4 the birthplace of Herbert Hoover the 31st President of the United States will host A Christmas Past events Louisiana Cane River Creole National Historical Park Stop by the Magnolia Plantation Overseer s house on December 10 for Christmas crafts and live music by the LaCour Trio The whole plantation complex will be open for self guided tours Missouri Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Come out and enjoy the 2011 Historic Holiday Traditions Weekend Series on December 3 December 10 and December 17 The Historical Old Courthouse will feature music and activities that will take place in the rotunda which will be adorned beautifully with Victorian decorations Complimentary cookies and juice will be served during all weekend events Montana Grant Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site On December 4 explore the elegant Kohrs family ranch house It will be decorated to reflect a Victorian Christmas Nebraska Homestead National Monument of America From November 25 through December 31 the Winter Festival of Prairie Cultures celebrates the winter traditions of people who lived on the Great Plains during the homesteading era New Mexico Petroglyph National Monument On November 26 visitors can celebrate the beginning of the 2011 winter season at a Holiday Open House at the Visitor Center Light holiday refreshments will also be served A traditional horno oven Pueblo Indian bread baking demonstration will take place New York Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site Visit the Vanderbilt Mansion from November 25 to December 21 to view the holiday decorations or kick off the holiday season at the special Holiday Open House on December 4 Ohio Cuyahoga Valley National Park Journey to the North Pole on The Polar Express Children s Holiday Train November 17 through December 20 Enjoy hearing a reading of The Polar Express en route to the North Pole Passengers are encouraged to wear their pajamas Cookies and hot chocolate are served Pennsylvania Steamtown National Historic Site Join in the merriment and festivities aboard the steam powered Holiday Express rides to Moscow Pennsylvania on November 23 24 and December 1 Enjoy holiday songs stories and other fun activities for the children at both the former passenger station and freight depots Utah Golden Spoke National Historic Site From December 28 30 visitors can take part in the annual Winter Steam Festival and watch one of their locomotives in action as well as at rest in the same spot where the transcontinental railroad was completed over 142 years ago Washington Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Friday evenings through mid December visitors take park in a guided lantern tour through the Fur Store the Counting House and Bake House You will learn what activities would have occurred once the sun set at Fort Vancouver Washington D C The White House and President s Park After kicking off the holiday season with The National Christmas Tree Lighting on December 1st visitors are invited

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