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Lowell Celebrates National Park Week April 22 – 26, 2013!

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News Release Date: April 11, 2013
Contact: Phil Lupsiewicz, 978-275-1705

Lowell, Massachusetts. Celebrate National Park Week at Lowell National Historical Park. All week long, from Monday, April 22, to Friday, April 26, the Boott Cotton Mills Museum is offering free admission for all visitors. Come experience the power of 88 working looms in the Boott Mills weave room. Discover the stories of the people who came from all over the world to build this city and work in its factories. Explore Lowell's industrial legacy and the impact that industrialization has had on the local, regional, and even global, environment.

Throughout the week, join us for a series of special programs that reveal the connections between Lowell's industrial history and the past, present, and future of the environment. All programs listed below are free and take place or begin at the Boott Cotton Mills Museum. No reservations are needed.

National Park Week Special Programs:

Industrial Watershed Workshop
Monday, April 22
2:30-3:30
Industrial pollution - visible and invisible - travels through our watershed, contaminating the water sources humans rely on. It is one of the unfortunate legacies of industrialization. Join a ranger for a hands-on workshop experimenting with groundwater tanks to discover how pollution travels both above and below ground. (Recommended for Grade 7 - Adult)

Hidden History Ranger Talk - Unintended Consequences

Tuesday, April 23
1:00-1:30

The development of waterpower and factories in Lowell had a huge impact on the environment, both near and far, and we still feel that impact today.Join a ranger to discover some of the surprising and unintended environmental consequences of Lowell's industrial history. Find out how your National Parks are working to fix some of the problems that the industrial revolution created.

Controlling Nature Guided Tour
Tuesday, April 23
2:30-4:00

The river and the canals in Lowell have been used for transportation, power, recreation, dumping waste, and even as a source of food. Balancing the different uses of the waterways has been a challenge throughout Lowell's history. How do you think Lowell's water resources should be used? Share your ideas and discuss the environmental legacy of Lowell's textile industry. Join a ranger for a ½ mile guided walk along the Riverwalk, a visit to the River Transformed exhibit at the Suffolk Mill, and a trolley ride back along the Merrimack Canal.

Make Your Own Nature Journals
Wednesday, April 24

11:00-12:00
Learn to make amazing, useful art from ordinary recycled materials! Design your own nature journal, then head outside to start creatively recording Lowell's unique urban wildlife. (Recommended for ages 6 and up).


This Land is Your Land: Celebrating National Parks in Story and Song

Wednesday, April 24
1:00-2:00

Have you ever imagined singing the stories of your life? Come to Lowell National Historical Park and share stories of your experiences in national parks. Join a ranger to experience the process of creating a song from a spoken story. It could be your story!

Industrial Watershed Workshop
Wednesday, April 24
2:30-3:30

Industrial pollution - visible and invisible - travels through our watershed, contaminating the water sources humans rely on. It is one of the unfortunate legacies of industrialization. Join a ranger for a hands-on workshop experimenting with groundwater tanks to discover how pollution travels both above and below ground. (Recommended for Grade 7 - Adult)

Hidden History Ranger Talk - Unintended Consequences
Thursday, April 25
1:00-1:30

The development of waterpower and factories in Lowell had a huge impact on the environment, both near and far, and we still feel that impact today.Join a ranger to discover some of the surprising and unintended environmental consequences of Lowell's industrial history. Find out how your National Parks are working to fix some of the problems that the industrial revolution created.

Controlling Nature Guided Tour
Thursday, April 25
2:30-4:00

The river and the canals in Lowell have been used for transportation, power, recreation, dumping waste, and even as a source of food. Balancing the different uses of the waterways has been a challenge throughout Lowell's history. How do you think Lowell's water resources should be used? Share your ideas and discuss the environmental legacy of Lowell's textile industry. Join a ranger for a ½ mile guided walk along the Riverwalk, a visit to the River Transformed exhibit at the Suffolk Mill, and a trolley ride back along the Merrimack Canal.

Rethinking Nature- A Creative Writing Workshop
Friday, April 26
12:30-2:15 p.m.

What is the nature of a city? How can industry work with nature? This question has been present throughout Lowell's history, and it is a question that environmentalists are still debating. Join Ranger Resi in a collaborative creative writing workshop and explore this issue with stories and writings from Lowell's past, and imaginatively reflect on what "urban nature" means for Lowell today.

Equal Pay for Equal Work
Friday, April 26
2:30-3:30

Women earn 80 cents on the dollar compared to their male counterparts.It's called the gender wage gap, and it has a major impact on the purchases women are able to make for their families. Can women afford to be environmentally conscious consumers? How can we bridge the gap between income and environmental responsibility? Is our environmental responsibility as consumers dependent on income? Come join in the discussion.

For more information about the park and its offerings, visit www.nps.gov/lowe or call us at (978) 970-5000. Park hours are 9-5 daily for the Visitor Center at 246 Market Street, and 9:30-5 for the Boott Cotton Mills Museum at 110 John Street. Free parking is available at the Visitor Center (Use 305 Dutton Street on your GPS).

For a complete list of upcoming special events and programs, including April Play-cation Week (April 16-19) and Junior Ranger Day (April 20), check out Lowell's calendar at http://www.nps.gov/lowe/planyourvisit/events.htm.

National Park Week is celebrated throughout the country, and all parks that charge entrance fees will be offering free admission from April 22 to April 26. Many of the 401 National Park units will also be offering special programming during the week.For more information about National Park Week events in parks near and far, visithttp://www.nps.gov/npweek.

 

Did You Know?

Weave Room, Lowell National Historical Park

By 1850 the mills in Lowell were annually producing enough cloth to circle the earth twice!