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National Park Week 2008 Celebrates Kids in Parks

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Date: April 17, 2008

National Park Week (April 19th-27th) is an annual Presidentially proclaimed week devoted to celebrating and recognizing our National Parks - living examples of the best our Nation has to offer. President Bush’s 2008 proclamation is available on the White House website: http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2008/04/20080416-5.html

Activities planned for the week in Sitka this year reflect the 2008 theme of “Kids in Parks.” Between April 21st and 25th , Sitka National Historical Park Education Specialist Kristi Neilson will work with Keet Gooshi Heen teacher Rebecca Himschoot to introduce 2nd through 5th grade students to the concept of National Parks with a wide range of activities including games, craft projects, computer programs, classroom discussions, a trivia contest with prizes, and an in-classroom exploration of tidepool creatures.

A National Parks trivia contest for the Sitka community is also planned. On April 23rd at 8:18 AM, Neilson will be a guest on Raven Radio to ask questions about National Parks. She will return with Himschoot the next day to announce contest winners and discuss National Parks.

Neilson and Himschoot have worked together over the past year on another National Park Service program. The Teacher-Ranger-Teacher program employs teachers as seasonal rangers in National Parks. Teachers then develop lesson plans based on their experience for use in the classroom. Through Himschoots’s participation, Sitka is the first park in Alaska to have engaged in the program. For more information about these activities, please contact Kristi Neilson at 747-0134.

Did You Know?

Historic photo of Castle Hill

The transfer of Alaska from Russia took place in Sitka. On October 18, 1867, the Russian flag was lowered on Castle Hill, home of Alaska's Russian governors, the American flag was raised, and a brief exchange of statements completed the transfer of Alaska to the United States.