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National Park Service Hosts Staff from Polish Sister Park

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Kampinos National Park's Małgorzata Mickiewicz and Ewa Siatecka visit Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.
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News Release Date: September 16, 2013
Contact: Bruce Rowe, 219-395-1609

INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE: Two employees, Małgorzata Mickiewicz and Ewa Siatecka, from Poland’s Kampinos National Park will spend three weeks at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore as part of a “Sister Park” program to learn how U.S. national parks are managed. Ms. Mickiewicz is the Deputy Director for Scientific Research, Monitoring, Education, Communication and Tourism and Ms. Siatecka is the park’s Specialist in Tourism and International Affairs. During their stay, which ends September 27th, they also want to learn how the National Park Service plans recreational areas for people with disabilities and how it manages different user groups.  
 
The formal “Sister Park” program between the two national parks began in 1998 with the signing of a Memorandum of Cooperation. The intent of the program is to promote international cooperation and to exchange technical and promotional knowledge that will help improve the management of both parks. Kampinos, like the national lakeshore, has upland dunes intermixed with marshes and other wetlands. Both are botanically rich with great diversity despite being located near large population centers.
 
Living expenses for the Polish visitors are being supported through a donation by the Dunes National Park Association. The association is a non-profit organization that supports the protection, preservation, and promotion of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.
 
For additional information, contact public information officer Bruce Rowe at 219-395-1609 or by e-mail at bruce_rowe@nps.gov
 
www.nps.gov/indu
 
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is part of the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 401 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov.

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water color painting of a wetland

Poet Carl Sandburg and Artist Frank Dudley were inspired by the dunes. Today, through the park's Artist-in-Residence program, artists come to the dunes to create and share their work.