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Yellowstone Offers "America's Best Idea" Special Events in September

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Date: September 15, 2009
Contact: Al Nash, 307-344-2015
Contact: Stacy Vallie, 307-344-2015

Yellowstone National Park
P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
September 15, 2009     09-086    
Al Nash or Stacy Vallie (307) 344-2015


Yellowstone Offers "America’s Best Idea" Special Events in September

Yellowstone National Park plans to offer a variety of special programs in September in conjunction with the "America’s Best Idea" theme of both National Public Lands Day, and the film series by Ken Burns which will premiere on PBS in late September.

The public is invited to attend one of two previews of the public television series.   The first will be hosted by the West Yellowstone Chamber of Commerce on Thursday evening, September 17 at 7:00 p.m., in the West Yellowstone Visitor Information Center.   A second preview will be held Saturday, September 26 at 4:00 p.m., in the Map Room of the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel, hosted by Xanterra Parks & Resorts, at the conclusion of a National Public Lands Day volunteer service project in the park.

Weather permitting, Yellowstone will offer informal live ranger talks over the Old Faithful streaming web cam from 10:00 a.m. to Noon, and from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 26, and Sunday, September 27.  Ranger George Heinz will point out erupting geysers and other natural and historic features of the Old Faithful area as well as speak to the "America’s Best Idea" theme.  The programs will be available online at

Visitors and park employees are also invited to watch the two-hour live premiere of the PBS series "The National Parks: America’s Best Idea," at either the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel Map Room or in the auditorium of the Canyon Visitor Education Center at 8:00 p.m. Sunday, September 27.

The month is capped off by the Eighth Annual Fall Photo Festival, which will be held at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 30, at the West Yellowstone Visitor Information Center. 

Amateur and professional photographers will share some of the favorite images they have taken in National Park Service sites.

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