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We’re Turning 96!

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Date: August 24, 2012
Contact: Kevin Turner, 702-293-8712

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior


For Immediate Release: August 22, 2012
Release No.: 2012-34
Contact: Kevin Turner 702-293-8712

We're Turning 96!



Las Vegas: On Saturday August 25, Lake Mead National Recreation Area will celebrate the 96th birthday of the National Park Service by having a birthday cake in the park's temporary visitor center at park headquarters located at 601 Nevada Way, Boulder City. Park staff will also present two evening talks on the history and diversity of the national park system. One program begins at 7:00 PM at the Boulder Beach Campground Amphitheater, and the other begins at 8:00 PM at the Katherine Landing Amphitheater in Bullhead City. In honor of our 96th birthday Western National Parks Association Bookstore will offer a 15% discount on all bookstore items, such as books, postcards, T-shirts and other gifts. The bookstore is located in park headquarters.

"National parks belong to all Americans and offer something for everyone - so visit the park, wander a trail, take in the scenery, or take a boat ride. Children especially enjoy the popular Junior Ranger program where they earn a badge by taking part in kid-friendly activities," said Lake Mead National Recreation Area Superintendent William Dickinson.

Junior Ranger badges and patches are available at the temporary visitor center.

The National Park Service was established on August 25, 1916. The United States was the first country in the world to set aside its most significant places as national parks so that they could be enjoyed by all. Today, we care for 397 national parks throughout the country - each one an important part of our collective identity. Some parks commemorate notable people and achievements, others conserve magnificent landscapes and natural wonders, and all provide a place to have fun and learn something. Plan your visit at www.nps.gov/findapark.

The mission of the National Park Service extends beyond parks into communities across the country where we work with partners to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities that revitalize neighborhoods and enhance the quality of life.


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