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Celebrate National Park Week: Picture Yourself at Congaree

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Date: April 18, 2012
Contact: Lauren Gurniewicz, 803-647-3969

Congaree National Park Superintendent Tracy Swartout invites you to picture yourself at Congaree National Park during National Park Week, April 21-29.National Park Week is celebrated throughout the almost 400 units of the national park system.This year's theme is "Picture Yourself in a Park".During National Park Week, visitors are invited to join park rangers and volunteers for a variety of guided programs at Congaree.Young visitors can become Junior Rangers any day, but Saturday, April 28 is a day just for them.Complete the Junior Ranger book, attend Junior Birding Ranger activities or a Junior Firefighter hike and earn special Junior Ranger badges and patches on National Junior Ranger Day.

 April 21   9:30 am Nature Discovery Hike
Meet a park volunteer at the Visitor Center to take a hike into Congaree's floodplain forest.
              
1:00 pm Surviving Scorch
Meet at park ranger at the Visitor Center to take a hike to learn about fire in National Parks and recent prescribed burns at Congaree.
               
8:00 pm Owl Prowl
Meet at the Visitor Center to join park staff on a nighttime trek into the forest
(reservations required by calling 803 776-4396).

 April 22    2:00 pm Surviving Scorch
Meet a park ranger at the Visitor Center to take a hike to learn about fire in National Parks and recent prescribed burns at Congaree.

April 28   National Junior Ranger Day!
              
  9:00 am-7:00 pm Junior Ranger book activities available
              
  9:30 am Nature Discovery Hike
Meet a park volunteer at the Visitor Center to take a hike into Congaree's floodplain forest.
                
10:00 am-12:00 pm Junior Birding Ranger Activities
Fly into the Visitor Center breezeway for fun activities about Congaree's winged residents and visitors. Participants will earn a Junior Ranger patch or badge.
              3:00 pm Surviving Scorch:Junior Firefighter
Meet at park ranger at the Visitor Center to take a hike to learn about fire in National Parks and recent prescribed burns at Congaree. Participants will earn a special Junior Firefighter patch.
                 8:00 pm Owl Prowl
Meet at the Visitor Center to join park staff on a nighttime trek into the forest
(reservations required by calling 803 776-4396).

An international biosphere reserve and federally-designated Wilderness area, Congaree National Park serves as a classroom and laboratory for visitors, students, and scientists from around the world. Visitors can explore 26 miles of hiking trails, 2.5 miles of boardwalk, a wilderness canoe trail, campground, and visitor center, each providing unique experiences.

Join Congaree National Park on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/CongareeNP) or Twitter (@congareenp), to share your National Park Week experiences.For more information about National Park Week visit http://www.nps.gov/npweek/.

Did You Know?

Construction on the Harry Hampton Visitor Center

The Harry Hampton Visitor Center is the first national park visitor center built in partnership with Army and Air Force National Guard civil engineering units, the South Carolina Richland County Delegation, Richland County and Columbia’s River Alliance.