Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park Awarded Active Trails Grant
Contact: Laura Williams, Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park, (808) 985-6304
Contact: Alanna Sobel, National Park Foundation, (202) 354-6480
Thirteen national parks receive grants from the National Park Foundation to support interactive and engaging projects that will strengthen Americans' connection with their national parks
Hawai`i National Park, HI (May 26, 2011) – The National Park Foundation announced that it is proud to award Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park a grant to support the launch of Digital Mountain: It's My Trail Film Festival, an innovative project for students in grades 7 – 12 to make a film about the trails in their National Park. The grant is part of the National Park Foundation's Active Trails program that uses national parks as a venue for community engagement and promotes healthy lifestyles through various forms of recreation and volunteer service on land and water trails.
"It is an honor to receive the Active Trails grant," said Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park Superintendent Cindy Orlando. "This exciting opportunity gives us another way to engage local youth in being active with their families on the trails in Hawai`i Volcanoes, and the grant allows us to offer great prizes, including computers and cameras, to the young filmmakers," she said.
Digital Mountain: It's My Trail Film Festival is a dynamic endeavor for seventh through twelfth graders. Students will participate in trail maintenance projects with their families and make a film illustrating why the park and the trails are important to them.
Students and teachers interested in learning more can contact Laura Williams at (808) 985-6304 or by clicking the Laura Williams email link above. The project begins Aug. 1, 2011 and culminates with a gala event showcasing the films at Kīlauea Visitor Center Oct. 29, at 6 p.m. The films will also be available for viewing on YouTube.
"With these grants, we're actively encouraging Americans to personally connect with their national parks through fun and engaging activities that not only promote a healthy lifestyle, but also help protect and preserve some of the most treasured places on earth for generations to come," said Neil Mulholland, President and CEO of the National Park Foundation.
The National Park Foundation, in partnership with the Coca-Cola Foundation, awarded Active Trails grants to 13 national parks across the country.
A full list of grantees and project descriptions will be available on the National Park Foundation website.
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