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Contact: George E. Price, Jr., Superintendent, 508-957-0701
Superintendent George Price announces that Cape Cod National Seashore joins parks, programs and partners across the country to encourage everyone to find their park and share their stories online at FindYourPark.com. Launched yesterday by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation, Find Your Park is a public awareness and education campaign celebrating the milestone centennial anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016 and setting the stage for its second century of service.
"Find Your Park" invites the public to see that a national park can be more than a place -- it can be a feeling, a state of mind, or a sense of American pride. Beyond vast landscapes, the campaign highlights historical, urban, and cultural parks, as well as the National Park Service programs that protect, preserve, and share nature, culture, and history in communities nationwide.
"Find Your Park" is also be the theme for this year's National Park Week, April 18 –26. The national seashore will offer several programs during the week, many of which are geared towards families. All programs are free.
Sunday, April 19: A Passion for Birds 11 AM
Performance artist Henry Lappen is back by popular demand to share his masks and stories about birds. Engaging for the whole family. Takes place at Salt Pond Visitor Center.
Tuesday, April 21: Find Your Beach! 9:30-11:30 AM
Discover animals that live on and off shore of Cape Cod. Bring sharp eyes and a digital camera or smartphone to record your finds. Binoculars are helpful, but not required. Meet at the Coast Guard Station, Coast Guard Beach, Eastham.
Wednesday, April 22: Wildland Firefighting 10:30-11:30 AM
Tour the national seashore's wildland firefighting facility, touch trucks, and see and use some of the equipment firefighters use to put out forest fires. Meet in front of the national seashore headquarters building at the Marconi area, Wellfleet.
Wednesday, April 22: Find Your Park! 1-3pm
Stop by Salt Pond Visitor Center at Route 6 and Nauset Road in Eastham to pick up your "Find Your Park" mystery packet. Travel on your own to up to five secret locations in Eastham and Wellfleet to perform fun, Earth-friendly activities and receive a clue. Once you have completed your mission, return to the visitor center to obtain a Junior Ranger patch! If you'd like to help plan this event, visit the national seashore's Facebook page on April 13 to suggest one of the secret locations.
Saturday, April 25: International Marconi Day 10 AM-3 PM
Visit the Coast Guard Station at Coast Guard Beach, Eastham, to see live Morse code operations and try your hand on a practice "key" as the national seashore participates in this worldwide celebration of radio and Marconi's history-making transatlantic wireless message in 1903. Learn how your cellphone is connected to this big event.
Superintendent Price said "National parks have been called America's Best Idea. There are 407 units which one professor said makes up the largest outdoor university in world. During National Park Week, I think it is a great opportunity to engage with our national parks, to view the inspirational landscapes, and to learn the amazing stories they have to tell. Here at the national seashore, I encourage you to seek out the places and experiences that will enrich your soul and inspire you to return again and again to find peace and perspective in this remarkable place."
Visit www.NationalParkWeek.org to learn more about how you can join parks, programs, and partners in celebrating National Park Week across the country.