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Date: July 9, 2008
Contact: Linda Friar, 305-242-7714

Student Transportation Interpreters to Spend Summer at Everglades National Park

Superintendent Dan Kimball announced today that Everglades National Park received a student transportation interpreter, thanks to the National Park Foundation and through the generous support of Ford Motor Company, proud partner of America’s National Parks. Sean Collins from Lake Worth, Florida will spend the summer in the park working to help visitors learn about the Everglades.

Sean Collins is one of the eighteen students who will work in fifteen national parks across the country this summer providing visitors with invaluable information about the many alternative modes of transportation available to them within national parks. The Ford Transportation Interpreter Program is made possible through a partnership between the National Park Foundation, the National Park Service, and Ford Motor Company.

"We are very happy to be one of the parks selected to participate in this great initiative, sponsored by Ford! This program brings young people to work in the park who can be a great asset in developing activities and messages that resonate with their generation. This is clearly a win-win situation where the student and the park can both learn and benefit from the experience as they work together to create innovative ways to incorporate new ideas to better reach young park visitors," said Superintendent Kimball.

As a Proud Partner of America’s National Parks, Ford is working closely with the National Park Foundation and the National Park Service to help develop innovative transportation and environmental solutions that enable visitors to enjoy the nearly 400 national parks without compromising their beauty. The Ford Transportation Interpreter Program was developed to encourage national park visitors to use alternative modes of transportation, such as trolleys, trams, or ferries, with the ultimate goal of reducing vehicle congestion as well as noise and air pollution.

"The National Park Foundation is thrilled to have Ford’s support as a Proud Partner of America’s National Parks," said Vin Cipolla, President and CEO of the National Park Foundation. "Our national parks are protected and cherished today because of the generosity and support of individual Americans who wanted to make a difference – these young Ford Transportation Interpreters and Transportation Scholars are carrying on that fine tradition and, with their support, we will ensure that national parks will continue to be cherished by future generations."

Sean Collins will be working at Everglades National Park through August 23rd, 2008

Spanning 1.5 million acres on the southern tip of the Florida peninsula and most of Florida Bay, Everglades National Park is the largest subtropical wilderness in North America. It combines a subtropical climate, a broad, shallow river, and a stunning diversity of plants and animals. The park's boardwalk nature trails, 156 miles of hiking, biking and canoe trails, and 2 campgrounds are close to the Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Naples, and Fort Myers metropolitan areas.

About the National Park Foundation

The National Park Foundation (www.nationalparks.org) is a 501(c)(3) organization chartered by Congress in 1967 to continue a century-long tradition of private philanthropy ensuring funding to preserve and enhance the legacy of our National Parks. As the official non-profit partner of America’s National Parks, the National Park Foundation does not receive federal appropriations for their support. The National Park Foundation serves to strengthen the connection between the American people and their national parks by raising private funds, making strategic grants, creating innovative partnerships and increasing public awareness. Support of the National Park Foundation ensures that the evolving history and rich heritage of our Nation remains vital and relevant.

Ford Motor Company believes it is important to be a good corporate citizen. Ford continues to support nonprofit organizations that enhance opportunities for the people who live and work in communities where the company does business. A Proud Partner since 2000, Ford works closely with the National Park Foundation and the National Park Service to bring alternative transportation solutions to America’s 391 National Parks in order to enhance the visitor experience and preserve park resources. For more information, visit http://www.nationalparks.org/proudpartners/partner_ford.shtml.

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