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National Public Lands Day Celebrated September 24, 2011

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Date: September 8, 2011

Sitka National Historical Park News Release

Date: September 8, 2011

PIO or Contact Person: Becky Latanich or Joshua Montanari
Telephone Number: 907-747-0132 or 907-747-0110
E-mail address: becky_latanich@nps.gov or joshua_montanari@nps.gov

National Public Lands Day Celebrated September 24, 2011 
 

Sitka National Historical Park (September 8, 2011) - Did you know that one-third of the land in America is yours? There's a special joy in getting our hands dirty when it helps keep our land beautiful-the spaces where we can all hike, bike, climb, swim, explore, have a picnic or simply relax. National Public Lands Day is a great opportunity for youths to experience stewardship over their community and to see their peers leading by example.

So, please join the Girl Scouts and staff at Sitka National Historical Park as we celebrate the 18th annual National Public Lands Day! Together we will work to clean up our treasured park.
Bring some water, a friend, and a willingness to give back to your community. We will meet at the Visitor Center at 1:00 p.m. Trash bags, safety vests, protective gloves and "Leave No Trace" educational programming will be provided, along with light refreshments. There will also be park-oriented films, including works by Ken Burns, continuously playing in our lobby theater throughout the day. Prizes will also be awarded to all of those who participate.

To learn more about this nationwide celebration, visit http://www.publiclandsday.org.

The submissions from participants in our recent "Reflections of Renewal on Indian River" photo contest will also be on display in the Visitor Center lobby, along with a display provided by the Girl Scouts revealing some highlights from their recent public service trip to Glacier Bay National Park!

Also be sure to visit Sitka National Historical Park's new Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/SitkaNationalHistoricalPark to receive updates on events and activities around the park!

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.