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Park to Celebrate National Public Lands Day on September 29th

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Date: September 17, 2012

PIO or Contact Person:Bryan Frohbieter

Telephone Number: 907-747-0110

E-mail address:bryan_frohbieter@nps.gov

Park to Celebrate National Public Lands Day on September 29th

Sitka National Historical Park (September 14, 2012) -On Saturday, September 29, tens of thousands of volunteers will visit their favorite parks, beaches, wildlife preserves, or forests and chip in to help improve these treasured places. They will be taking part in National Public Lands Day (NPLD), the largest, single-day volunteer event for public lands in our country.

This year marks the 19th annual National Public Lands Day, an event that brings together thousands of volunteers from coast to coast to improve and restore the lands and facilities that Americans use for recreation, education, exercise and just plain enjoyment. Last year, more than 170,000 Americans participated at more than 2,000 sites in all 50 states, Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Washington, D.C.

So, please join the Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, volunteers and staff at Sitka National Historical Park as we celebrate the 19th annual National Public Lands Day. This year's event will be held in conjunction with the Ocean Conservancy and Turning the Tides to contribute to the International Coastal Cleanup Day. Together we will work to clean up our treasured park while keeping our eyes open for some interesting Japanese tsunami debris! Bring some water, a friend, and a willingness to give back to your community.

 

Schedule of Events:

National Parks Film Festival

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

We will be showing new National Park-oriented films in our theater throughout the day. Stop by and enjoy a virtual trip to one of the national park system's 397 units.

Park Cleanup

10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Meet at the Visitor Center at 10:30 a.m. for some light refreshments. We will meet with Lynn Wilbur from the Ocean Conservancy who will introduce participants to the International Coastal Cleanup Day efforts and Ranger Bryan Frohbieter who will review Leave no Trace ethics. Prizes will be awarded to all of those who participate in the cleanup event and there will be a "Golden Ticket" search for youth participants. Trash bags, safety vests, and protective gloves will be provided.

Did You Know?

Painting of Tlingit warriors

The Battle of 1804 marked the beginning of Russian governance in Alaska. All that remains of this last major conflict between Europeans and Alaska Natives is a clearing at the site of the Tlingit fort and battlefield.