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Montezuma Castle/Tuzigoot National Monument RECIEVES NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION AWARDS TO ENGAGE THE NEXT GENERATION OF NATIONAL PARK STEWARDS

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Date: September 26, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Montezuma Castle/Tuzigoot National Monument
Deborah DeCovis, Deborah_DeCovis@NPS.gov 928-821-0745
National Park Foundation: Marjorie Hall, mhall@nationalparks.orgm 202.354.6480
University of Phoenix: Renee Moore, renee@reneemoorepr.com, 602-920-4345

Montezuma Castle/Tuzigoot National Monument RECIEVES NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION AWARDS TO ENGAGE THE NEXT GENERATION OF NATIONAL PARK STEWARDS

Camp Verde Arizona September 26, 2012 - The National Park Foundation, the official charity of America's national parks, announced today that Montezuma Castle/Tuzigoot National Monuments are among the national parks to be awarded grants as part of the 2012 Park Stewards program. Since 2009, the National Park Foundation's Park Stewards program has made it possible for high school teachers and their students across the country to build a deeper connection and sense of stewardship for their national parks through personal engagement and service learning projects. This year, University of Phoenix has partnered with the National Park Foundation making it possible for 22 high school teachers to work in parks over the summer break, creating curriculum that will then be taught to their students in the coming school year. During the summer, the teachers and park staff also develop service-learning projects that will be implemented by high school students throughout the course of the school year. The projects tie to state academic standards and are meaningful to the national parks.

This will be an exciting and productive 2012-2013 Park Stewards Program at Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments. Five different classes from two local high schools will continue to learn about the ecology and biology of the local environment. One major goal of the program is to provide students with practical experience by teaching hands-on applications for jobs in the real world. Students will learn about native and invasive plants; as well as the

care and management of plant species grown within each school's greenhouse. This year we are incorporating water and soil monitoring techniques from areas within the monuments' boundaries. Each class will spend one day a month at the monuments throughout the year.

"Our national parks provide an ideal physical backdrop for students to learn relevant information about the world around them," said Neil Mulholland, President and CEO of the National Park Foundation. "Simultaneously, this innovative program imparts the importance of these extraordinary places on our young people, planting the seeds of lifelong engagement with their parks."

"Connecting high school teachers and students to our national parks is a vibrant way to inspire the environmental stewards of tomorrow," said Seth Mones, VP of Sustainability for Apollo Group (the parent company of University of Phoenix). "The Park Stewards program provides a wonderful environmental and educational experience, and University of Phoenix is excited to support this excellent program."

In addition to Montezuma Castle/Tuzigoot National Monument, the 2012 Park Stewards grantees include:

• Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Wisconsin

• Assateague Island National Seashore, Maryland

• Aztec Ruins National Monument, New Mexico

• Badlands National Park, South Dakota

• Capulin Volcano National Monument, New Mexico

• Catoctin Mountain Park, Maryland

• Channel Islands National Park, California

• Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio

• Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Arizona

• Golden Gate National Recreation Area, California

• Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

• Hopewell Culture National Historical Park, Ohio

• Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Indiana

• Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site, Arkansas

• Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, Vermont\

• Natchez Trace Parkway, Mississippi

• Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Site, Texas

• Saguaro National Park, Arizona

• Timpanogos Cave National Monument, Utah

For more information about the participating parks, please visit the National Park Foundation website.

For more information on the National Park Foundation or how you can support and protect America's national parks, please visit www.nationalparks.org.

About the National Park Foundation. You are the owner of 84 million acres of the world's most treasured memorials, landscapes, ecosystems, and historic sites -- all protected in America's nearly 400 national parks. Chartered by Congress, the National Park Foundation is the official charity of America's national parks. We work hand in hand with the National Park Service to connect you and all Americans to the parks, and to make sure that they are preserved for the generations who will follow. Join us in supporting your national parks -- this is your land. www.nationalparks.org

About University of Phoenix. University of Phoenix is constantly innovating to help students balance education and life in a rapidly changing world. Flexible schedules, challenging courses and interactive learning can help students pursue personal and career aspirations without putting their lives on hold. University of Phoenix serves a diverse student population, offering associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs from campuses and learning centers across the U.S. as well as online throughout the world. For more information, visit phoenix.edu.

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