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Free Outdoor Family Expo to Highlight National Parks in Arizona
Contact: Maureen Oltrogge, 928-638-7779
National Park Service, Ariz. - A free event to celebrate National Parks in Arizona and other public lands will take place on the University of Arizona campus in Centennial Hall and on the nearby grounds on Saturday, August 29, 2009. The expo, hosted by Arizona Public Media, in collaboration with the Morris K. Udall Foundation, Friends of Saguaro National Park, and Western National Parks Association, is aimed at getting families outside and enjoying the National Parks in Arizona and nation-wide. The event will include booths with activities for all ages, a screening of the upcoming film by PBS and Ken Burns entitled The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, and a panel discussion on the “State of the National Parks.”
The event will take place on the University of Arizona campus in Centennial Hall and on the nearby grounds. All activities are free of charge to the public. The interactive booths will be open from 2 to 4 p.m. and will provide a variety of hands-on activities for children of all ages. A sneak peak at the PBS film “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea” by Ken Burns will be shown from 4 to 5 p.m. indoors at Centennial Hall; the entire six-part, 12-hour film will begin airing Sunday, September 27 at 8 p.m. on PBS. Finally, following the screening will be a panel discussion from 5 to 6 p.m., “Community Conversation: The State of the National Parks.” Participants confirmed for the panel include Senator Mark Udall of Colorado; Congressman Raul Grijalva of Arizona; and Darla Sidles, Superintendent of Saguaro National Park – Steve Martin, Superintendent of Grand Canyon National Park may also participate.
National Park sites from around the state will be represented at the interactive booths, including Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, Chiricahua National Monument, Coronado National Memorial, Fort Bowie National Historic Site, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Grand Canyon National Park, Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site, Petrified Forest National Park, Pipe Spring National Monument, Saguaro National Park, Tonto National Monument, and Tumacacori National Historical Park. Some of the activities include adobe brick making, gourd painting, weaving, critter tracking, traditional costumes for trying on and much, much more.
For information about the event’s other partner organizations please visit these websites:
Did You Know?
The Cambrian seas of the Grand Canyon were home to several kinds of trilobite, whose closest living relative is the modern horsehoe crab. They left their fossil record in the mud of the Bright Angel Shale over 500 million years ago.