- GETTING READY FOR 2016:
A Call to Action
- Action Item:
- Take a Hike, Call Me in the Morning
- Year Accomplished:
Lake Clark National Park and Preserve has a new partnership with Samaritan Lodge Alaska. Nestled on the shore of Lake Clark in the heart of the Park, Samaritan Lodge Alaska is a brand new program of Samaritan's Purse, a Christian relief organization. The lodge seeks to offer healing experiences for wounded veterans and their spouses in a wilderness setting. It offers fishing, bear viewing, boat trips, hikes, and other wilderness adventures as well as marriage counseling and a comfortable setting for personal renewal. The Park is working with the lodge to offer tours of a park historic site-the home of Dick Proenneke an Alaskan Homesteader and World War II veteran, provide interpretive programming at the lodge, offer access for lodge guests to park field research sites and National Park Service researchers, and begin conversations regarding trail improvements. Park staff is excited to welcome our veterans to the Park.
In 1901 John Muir declared, "Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves." It is our hope that Lake Clark's wilderness will offer nature's peace to our wounded soldiers and their spouses.