Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
MEDIA RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 26, 2014
Michael Twist, Park Ranger
(360) 816-6246, firstname.lastname@example.org
FREE JUNIOR RANGER DAY ACTIVTIES AT PEARSON AIR MUSEUM APRIL 26, 2014
VANCOUVER, WA - The National Park Service at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site is pleased to announce Junior Ranger Day, Saturday, April 26, from 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm. The activities are free and take place in the center of Pacific Northwest aviation history.
Pearson Air Field is one of the oldest operating airfields in North America. In 1905 pilot Lincoln Beachey completed the first aerial crossing of the Columbia River in an airship, landing on what would later become Pearson Airfield. In 1911 a runway was constructed, allowing pioneer "aeronauts" an area to take off and land early flying machines. During the years 1917-1918, the site served the national war effort as the world's largest spruce cut-up mill, producing high quality Sitka Spruce for the construction of American and Allied aircraft used during World War I. After the war, an Army Air Corps Squadron was stationed at Pearson Airfield from 1921 through 1941.Following World War II, Pearson became a civilian airfield, serving the local community to this day.
Come join us on Junior Ranger Day at Pearson Air Museum, where activities for the kids will include a basic aeronautics course, educational/historical videos, toy aircraft construction and flight, and perhaps a little insight of the typical day of a National Park Service Ranger. After completing a few fun activities, kids will be able to earn their own Fort Vancouver Junior Ranger Badge! This event is free and open to all young people (and the young at heart).
For more information about this program and other programs by the National Park Service please call the Visitor Center at 360.816.6230 or visit www.nps.gov/fova.
WHERE: Pearson Air Museum, 1115 E 5th Street, Vancouver, WA 98661.
WHEN: April 26, 2014 from 12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
BACKGROUND: Fort Vancouver National Historic Site is one of the 401 national parks which make up the National Park System and it is located in both Washington and Oregon. This national park is also the heart of the Vancouver National Historic Reserve which is located in Vancouver, Washington. The Vancouver National Historic Reserve brings together a national park, a premier archaeological site, the region's first military post, an international fur trade emporium, one of the oldest operating airfields, the first national historic site west of the Mississippi River, and a waterfront trail and environmental center on the banks of the Columbia River. The partners of the Reserve teach visitors about the fur trade, early military life, natural history, and pioneers in aviation, all within the context of Vancouver's role in regional and national development. The National Park Service's vast array of public programs -- including living history events, festivals, cultural demonstrations, exhibits, active archaeology, and other special activities – serve communities in Washington and Oregon and create a dynamic, fun, and unique tourist destination for people of all ages.