Help Us Make America's Best Idea Even Better

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Date: September 21, 2009
Contact: Wouter Ketel, (2520 728-2250 Ext. 3005

Harkers Island, North Carolina – Be part of an unprecedented event on September 26 when Cape Lookout National Seashore 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 Cape Lookout National Seashore is part of America’s Best Idea,” said Superintendent Russ Wilson.  “Making that best idea even better is our goal and one we can only accomplish with the support of our visitors, volunteers, and partners.”

On Saturday, September 26th, come and celebrate National Public Lands Day at the seashore Harkers Island Visitor Center.  This event educates Americans about environmental, natural and cultural resource issues and the need for shared stewardship of our valued and irreplaceable lands.

The public will be invited to view an exclusive preview of Ken Burns` upcoming documentary, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea. This event is a special chance to get a sneak peek at the upcoming 12-hour, six-part documentary that will premiere nationwide on PBS stations starting Sunday, September 27, 2009. The preview showings at Harkers Island Visitor Center will be at 10:00 AM, 12:00 Noon, 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM.

Also, from 2:00 to 4:00 PM there will be an information and recruitment open house for prospective volunteers at Cape Lookout National Seashore. Volunteers-In-Parks are Very Important People (VIPs)! Last year volunteers contributed over 24,000 work hours to the seashore in a variety of rewarding roles. Our volunteers bring different backgrounds, skills, and talents that enrich our park programs greatly.

The Cape Lookout event is just one of many occurring in the national parks across the country.  The nationwide program is cosponsored by the National Park Foundation (, the National Park Service’s Congressionally-chartered philanthropic partner.  See for more information.


For more information on the Cape Lookout National Seashore event please call 252-728-2250 extension 3001.  For additional information please note the following links:


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