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  • President Obama and First Family to Light the National Christmas Tree | National Park Foundation
    D C the flagship public broadcasting station in the nation s capital Check local listings for times or visit www thenationaltree org for more information Originally started by President Calvin Coolidge in 1923 this year s ceremony marks the 89th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting The event has become an American holiday tradition For more information about the 2011 National Christmas Tree Lighting visit www thenationaltree org The 2011 National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony is presented by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation and produced by Alex Coletti Productions The premier sponsor of this year s National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony is UL Underwriters Laboratories a global safety organization Now in its fourth year the premier sponsorship of the National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony is part of a national safety campaign by UL to encourage families to Commit a Minute to Safety this holiday season You can learn more at www SafetyAtHome com Other event supporters include GE Lighting The Coca Cola Company Nicolas Holiday Inc Amtrak Guest Services Inc Hargrove Inc Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Washington D C Hudler Carolina Tree Farms Mayflower Renaissance Hotel Performance Video Systems W Washington D C and the Willard InterContinental Washington D C ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System and its 397 National Park sites for the enjoyment education and inspiration of this and future generations The National Park Service works with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world For more information visit www nps gov ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION You are the owner of 84 million acres of the world s most treasured memorials landscapes ecosystems and historic

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  • 2011 National Christmas Tree Lighting Performers Announced | National Park Foundation
    Originally started by President Calvin Coolidge in 1923 this year s ceremony marks the 89th National Christmas Tree Lighting The annual event has become an American holiday tradition For more information about the 2011 National Christmas Tree Lighting visit www thenationaltree org The 2011 National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony is presented by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation and produced by Alex Coletti Productions The premier sponsor of this year s National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony is UL Underwriters Laboratories a global safety organization Now in its fourth year the premier sponsorship of the National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony is part of a national safety campaign by UL to encourage families to Commit a Minute to Safety this holiday season You can learn more at www SafetyAtHome com Other event supporters include GE Lighting Amtrak Guest Services Inc Hargrove Inc Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Washington D C W Washington D C Hudler Carolina Tree Farms and the Willard InterContinental Washington D C ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System and its 397 National Park sites for the enjoyment education and inspiration of this and future generations The National Park Service works with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world For more information visit www nps gov 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

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  • National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 1 | National Park Foundation
    the status of their request online or through the call center after the conclusion of the lottery The tickets are free and may not be sold Tickets will be mailed by Monday November 14 to ticket winners through the U S Postal Service The package that ticket lottery winners will receive provides their tickets and other important event information including directions map event schedule restricted items and other planning information Please be advised tickets are required for every attendee including all children The National Park Service is also pleased to announce there will be 14 000 additional public tickets in a standing room area Ticket seekers are advised this area will be a strictly standing room only as there are no chairs nor are portable chairs allowed in the event site The standing room only section will have a clear view of the National Christmas Tree and a large screen showing the stage production but will have a limited view of the event stage Tickets for the standing room area will be available through the same ticket lottery described above The gates for the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will open for all ticket holders at 3 00 p m and all ticket holders must be in their seats or in the standing room area by 4 30 p m This year s talent line up for the lighting ceremony will be announced in November Talent announcements as well as other event details and a live webstream of the ceremony will be available at www thenationaltree org Guests are reminded that aerosols of any kind fireworks firecrackers animals except guide dogs duffel bags suitcases backpacks coolers real or simulated ammunition knives of any kind mace pepper spray laser lights pointers chairs and glass containers are prohibited This list may not be inclusive Law enforcement personnel reserve the right to prohibit any other items determined to be a potential public safety hazard Strollers wheelchairs and diaper bags are allowed but guests should be prepared for a search of all items carried onto the site Parking is not available near the White House The National Park Service strongly encourages the use of public transportation The closest Metro stops are Metro Center Federal Triangle Farragut North Farragut West and McPherson Square For questions about the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony please call the White House Visitor Center at 202 208 1631 or visit the National Park Service website at www nps gov whho or the event related web site at www thenationaltree org The National Christmas Tree Lighting will also be made available to television viewers on PBS stations across the country Check local listings for broadcast times The National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is presented by the National Park Foundation and National Park Service with support from premier sponsor Underwriters Laboratories Other supporters include G E Consumer Industrial ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System and

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  • Secretary Salazar Announces National Park Fee Free Days for 2012 | National Park Foundation
    free dates for 2012 are January 14 to 16 Martin Luther King Jr weekend April 21 to 29 National Park Week June 9 Get Outdoors Day September 29 National Public Lands Day and November 10 to 12 Veterans Day weekend More information is available at http www nps gov findapark feefreeparks htm In addition the Bureau of Land Management the U S Fish and Wildlife Service and the U S Forest Service will waive their entrance and standard amenity fees January 14 to 16 June 9 September 29 and November 10 to 12 The U S Fish and Wildlife Service will also have a fee free day on October 14 in recognition of National Wildlife Refuge Week The Bureau of Reclamation will waive standard amenity fees on September 29 and November 12 Many park related hotels restaurants gift shops and tour operators will offer specials on fee free days The majority of national parks don t have an entrance fee and those that do charge a maximum of 25 a week for an entire family said National Park Service Director Jonathan B Jarvis We realize there are additional expenses when visiting a park so many associated businesses will have discounts and enhancements on the fee free days One of the great things about a national park vacation is it can be as economical or luxurious as desired added Jarvis A visit can be a few hours or several days One could pack their lunch or eat at a snack bar cafeteria or gourmet dining room One could sleep under the stars in the backcountry or stay in a campground motel or majestic lodge There is something for everyone at each of the country s 395 national parks So mark the dates grab a friend or family member especially one that

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  • NPF Reveals Great National Parks for Fall Foliage Viewing | National Park Foundation
    This year s list and the optimal times for foliage viewing includes CALIFORNIA Whiskeytown National Recreation Area Peak colors expected middle to end of October On October 18 a hiking event to Whiskeytown Falls offer a perfect way to view the foliage during the peak season COLORADO Curecanti National Recreational Area Peak colors begin in late September and run through the end of October MISSISSIPPI Natchez Trace Parkway In middle to late October the maple hickory oak and other hardwood trees begin to change colors MONTANA Glacier National Park The bright yellow and gold colors on the aspen and larch trees run through mid October covering the trails around the park but particularly along Summit Trail For more information on the best trails to see colors or view photos of the fall colors visit Glacier s Facebook page http www facebook com glaciernationalpark PENNSYLVANIA Flight 93 National Memorial The trees across the Flight 93 National Memorial begin to turn around mid October Check out honorflight93 org webcam today to find instant inspiration for a trip to the site or to take a virtual fall foliage tour TENNESSEE Great Smokey Mountains National Park The Great Smokey Mountains boast over 130 different tree species many of which produce breathtaking Autumnal colors Peak foliage viewing depends greatly on the various levels of elevation found within the park but overall the Smokies foliage shows run from late September through October UTAH Zion National Park Peak foliage colors appear at the end of October and into the first few days of November VIRGINIA Shenandoah National Park Peak colors in the upper elevations begin early to mid October with lower elevations peaking at the end of October into November VERMONT Marsh Billings Rockefeller National Historical Park Rich with sugar maples and 400 year old hemlocks this site boasts outstanding fall foliage each year This year s prime viewing is expected from mid October through early November WISCONSIN Apostles Islands National Lakeshore Peak foliage viewing various depending on inland or coastal location however the foliage show runs from late September through October Additionally many bird species are migrating through the park right now so foliage seekers get an extra show from Mother Nature These are only a few of the exceptional national parks from which to take in the changing of the seasons To find out more about what is happening in the national parks and for ways to support these American treasures 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 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 at www nationalparks org

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  • National Parks Waive Entrance Fees September 24 | National Park Foundation
    to encourage active and healthy lifestyles The National Park Service has developed a special Junior Ranger program for the day that will give kids a pedometer and encourage them to walk the length of trails in national parks across the country National park rangers will also help kids try out a climbing wall and test their speed in a tent raising race Also on September 24 Nickelodeon s networks and website will go dark from 12 p m to 3 00 p m ET PT in an effort to inspire kids and families to get up and get active Visit http www worldwidedayofplay com for more information In addition to the Worldwide Day of Play activities taking place in Washington D C National Public Lands Day will be celebrated in national parks coast to coast Here are some great ways to enjoy the day and the fee free admittance to all of America s 395 national parks CALIFORNIA John Muir National Historic Site Grand opening of the renovated visitor center COLORADO Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument No Child Left Inside Day unplug and join in fun games and music HAWAII Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Lei Hula and Ukulele Lessons LOUSIANA Jean Lafitte National Historical Park Folklife Demonstrations of Cajun music dancing and quilting MICHIGAN Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Au Sable Day 2011 celebrates the park s 1874 light station with tours and games MINNESOTA Mississippi National River Recreation Area Paddleboat RAVE MISSISSIPPI Natchez Trace Parkway Pioneer Day VERMONT Marsh Billings Rockefeller National Historical Park Forest Festival Weekend with horse drawn wagon rides and wood crafts for kids VIRGINIA Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park and Richmond National Battlefield Park are just two of the Civil War parks featuring living history encampments National Public Lands Day is the country s biggest single day effort to spruce up parks and other open space Volunteer work projects are planned for every state There are 70 national parks among the hundreds of sites hosting events Sign up and join 170 000 people who are going to come out and help care for the land that day A complete list can be found at http www publiclandsday org Every volunteer will receive a voucher for free entrance to a national park on a future day of their choosing FLORIDA Help remove marine debris at Biscayne National Park GEORGIA Restoration work on historic homes at Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site GUAM Plant native seeds at War in the Pacific National Historical Park IOWA Reconstruct an 81 acre tallgrass prairie at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site PENNSYLVANIA Plant flowers at the Liberty Bell Center ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE More than 20 000 National Park Service employees care for America s 395 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 You are the owner of 84 million acres of

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  • NPF Unveils Saguaro National Park Electronic Field Trip Site | National Park Foundation
    and the world will be able to take part in this unique learning experience The Electronic Field Trip Desert Diversity A BioBlitz at Saguaro National Park will include two live hour long broadcasts 1pm ET and 4pm ET from Saguaro National Park made available through the website www electronicfieldtrip org as well as on participating public television stations The companion website features five lessons plans covering some of the same skills scientist will be using during the BioBlitz to count and discover species living within the park The lesson plans as well as interactive games cover topics such as species identification plant adaptations measuring and recording observations the importance of diverse life zones and the implications of climate change and how to conduct your own schoolyard BioBlitz The FREE program is designed for students in the 4th through 8th grades The Saguaro program is the next in a series of investigative EFTs produced by the National Park Foundation to discover the valuable lessons that science being done in national parks can provide to students in classrooms Previous EFTs have educated millions of students across the United States and around the world on historical events climate change biodiversity and more For more information about the National Park Foundation s EFT program and a full catalogue of all previous EFTs visit www electronicfieldtrip org The Saguaro EFT made possible through support from the Lowe s Charitable and Educational Foundation is done in partnership with the National Park Service and National Geographic ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION You are the part owner of 84 million acres of the world s most treasured landscapes ecosystems and historical 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

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  • 10 Ways for Kids to Play in America's National Parks | National Park Foundation
    Service and National Park Foundation invite everyone to go out and play Here are ten fun packed national park adventures for kids and families MAINE Acadia National Park Sea life bingo keeps youngsters excited tallying green sea urchins orange sea stars and other curious marine creatures that reside in tide pools that surface at low tide Watch for harbor seals farther out in the water FLORIDA Biscayne National Park Families visiting Biscayne between December and April can sign up to attend Family Fun Fest a daylong program held on the second Sunday of those months and focused on activities tied to the park s diverse resources MASSACUSSETTS Cape Cod National Seashore Cycling is one of the best ways to get around the Cape thanks to its paved rail trail which leads through the woods pass kettle ponds created by retreating glaciers and to spurs leading to Coast Guard Marconi and Le Count Hollow beaches WYOMING Grand Teton National Park Teens looking for a challenge can measure themselves against the Tetons thanks to climbing schools where world class guides will teach them the basics and lead them to the summit of 13 770 foot Grand Teton COLORADO Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve Kids love to get sandy on the tallest sand dunes in North America Rising to about 650 feet these dunes in the heart of the park are perfect for skiing sand boarding or just plain old rolling down CALIFORNIA Lassen Volcanic National Park Budding geologists will be fascinated with Lassen Volcanic as it can count all four major types of volcanoes shield plug cinder cone and composite There s even a Volcano Club kids can join to learn more about this volcanic landscape KENTUCKY Mammoth Cave National Park A Mammoth Cave trip is built around a cave tour with the family or three Take the Violet City Lantern Tour to experience the passageways by flickering lamp light as many of its first visitors did view the incredible flowstones on the Frozen Niagara Tour or visit the Snowball Room with its ancient autographs inscribed with soot WASHINGTON Olympic National Park Kids can start the day with a snowball fight on Hurricane Ridge and end it soaking in warm springs like those at Sol Duc Hot Springs MICHIGAN Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Winter isn t the off season here as there are trails for snowshoeing and cross country skiing And if there s enough snow kids and adults can even sled down the 100 ft Dune Climb To learn more about these and other great national park adventures for kids and families check out the National Park Foundation s special guide Parks for Play 35 National Park Adventures for Kids of All Ages ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE More than 20 000 National Park Service employees care for America s 395 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

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