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Zion National Park Celebrates National Public Lands Day

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Date: September 18, 2009
Contact: Ron Terry, 435-772-0160

Be part of an unprecedented event on September 26 when Zion 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 Zion National Park is part of America’s Best Idea,” said Superintendent Jock Whitworth. “Making that best idea even better is our goal and one we can only accomplish with the support of our visitors, volunteers, and partners.”

Zion National Park is looking for volunteers to assist with a cleanup of South Campground and the Pa’rus Trail, including picking up trash and cleaning fire pits. Anyone wishing to volunteer must contact Adrienne Fitzgerald, Volunteer Coordinator, at 435-772-0184 no later than Thursday, September 25. 

To thank volunteers, 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.

Zion Waives Entrance Fees for National Public Lands Day

The Zion National Park event is just one of many occurring in the 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 Zion National Park event please call 435-772-0184.

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