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National Parks - The Place to be for Family Fun this Summer

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Date: May 27, 2009
Contact: David Barna 202 208-6843
Contact: Gerry Gaumer 202 208-6843

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 18, 2009

David Barna 202 208-6843

Gerry Gaumer 202 208-6843

National Parks - The Place to be for Family Fun this Summer

Washington, D.C. – The National Park Service (NPS) is pleased to kick-off

the upcoming summer travel season with many new and exciting adventures awaiting park visitors, as well as traditional programs that families come back time and again to enjoy. From the shores of Maine and Alaska to the Rocky Mountains of Colorado to the warm beaches of California and the Virgin Islands, national parks offer something for everyone.

"National Parks have been the family summer vacation of choice for

generations – they offer tradition, heritage, recreation, and fun for all

members of the family," said Acting NPS Director Dan Wenk. "There are

incredible opportunities for you to experience the marvelous natural and

cultural heritage of our country and pay homage to our ancestors and

inspire our children to become better stewards of the parks for tomorrow.

Enjoy a ranger program, experience the beauty – and our history. I welcome you to come out and enjoy your national parks this year and every year."

The National Park Service has developed and made available a web site to help inform visitors about what’s new in national parks this year and the many ranger led programs, activities and commercial services available.

Find out what a great summer is waiting for you this year in your National Parks by visiting the "National Parks: The Place to be for Family Fun"

website at: http://www.nps.gov/pub_aff/parks2009/index.htm.

The National Park Service always recommends stopping by the park’s visitor center to get the latest, most up-to-date park information. In addition, NPS reminds visitors that safety is critical, and hikers should stay on marked trails and let family members and/or friends know their whereabouts.

Remember to dress appropriately for the elements and activities you are

going to engage in, and it’s always best to have plenty of water on hand.

Parks Rangers are easily recognizable in their distinctive green and gray

uniforms and ranger hats. Ask questions…that’s what they are there for!

-NPS-

Did You Know?

A Bighorn Sheep

Desert Bighorn sheep live in matriarchal societies. A dominant female leads a herd, which for much of the year consists primarily of ewes and their lambs. The rams tend to stay together in bachelor groups until the summer breeding season.