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Help Us Make America's Best Idea Even Better! Join Rocky Mountain National Park on September 26 for a Day of Service and Celebration

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Date: September 22, 2009
Contact: Kyle Patterson, 970-586-1363

Be part of an unprecedented event on September 26, when Rocky Mountain National Park and national parks across the country invite you to make America’s Best Idea – the national parks – even better. Presented by the National Park Service and National Park Foundation, it will be a special day of service and celebration for visitors and volunteers to experience their parks and catch a sneak preview of Ken Burns’s new documentary The National Parks: America’s Best Idea premiering on PBS on September 27.

"We are excited about the opportunity to greet old friends and welcome new visitors to explain how Rocky Mountain National Park is part of America’s Best Idea,” said Superintendent Vaughn Baker. “Making that best idea even better is our goal and one we can only accomplish with the support of our visitors, volunteers, and partners.”

Rocky Mountain National Park is looking for volunteers to help reroute a section of the Continental Divide Trail on the west side of the park near Grand Lake. The US Forest Service is coordinating several Public Lands Day projects in Grand County including the trail project in the park. For additional information see the National Public Lands Day website at: www.publiclandsday.org.

The park will offer a sneak peak of the new Ken Burns film The National Parks: America’s Best Idea that premieres on September 27. At the Kawuneeche Visitor Center near the west entrance to the park on Highway 34 at 7:00 p.m., a one hour program will look at the making of the film series including behind the scenes footage, interviews and excerpts. At the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center near the east entrance to the park on Highway 36 at 7:00 p.m., see a preview of the film series which explores the history of the national parks and celebrates the stories of the countless people who helped create and preserve them for future generations.

The Rocky Mountain National Park event is just one of many occurring in national parks across the country. The nationwide program is cosponsored by the National Park Foundation (www.nationalparks.org), the National Park Service’s Congressionally-chartered philanthropic partner. See www.nps.gov/September26/ for more information.

For more information on the Rocky Mountain National Park events please call 970-586-1206.

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