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Contact: Chris Smith, 715-779-3398 ext 1801
July 31 is World Ranger Day, celebrated annually to commemorate rangers and other protected area workers killed or injured in the line of duty, and to honor the commitment of rangers to protecting the world’s natural and cultural treasures and serving the public.
You are invited to attend a World Ranger Day program at the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore recognizing the dedication and sacrifice of rangers around the world.
Where: Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Visitor Center, 415 Washington Ave., Bayfield WI
When: Sunday, July 31st at 3:30 pm
The event will begin with brief remarks putting our own national park and its rangers into the international conservation context. This will be followed by a screening of the documentary film “The Thin Green Line,” which has been shown all over the world. The film is a captivating documentary of the commitment, inspiration, challenges, and risks of the hard-working men and women who give their all, and sometimes their lives, to protect the world’s natural and cultural heritage.
Around 5:00 pm we will move to the visitor center lawn, where we will unveil a new permanent exhibit on the Dedication and Sacrifice of the world’s rangers. This exhibit was “virtually” dedicated at the recent 8th World Ranger Congress, held outside of Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. Rangers from 62 nations participated in this event, which was held for the first time in the US to mark the Centennial of the US National Park Service. Following the dedication, attendees will be encouraged to linger and share stories over light refreshments, generously provided by the Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. The day should wrap up around 6:00 pm.