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Contact: Joan Anzelmo, 970-858-3617 x300
Contact: Michelle Wheatley, 970-858-3617 x300
Calling all Mesa County Elementary School Students......
National Park Service Junior Ranger Essay Contest
Winner to Receive Family Vacation and Other Prizes
Colorado National Monument Superintendent, Joan Anzelmo, invites all Mesa County students, ages 9 - 12, to write an essay for a chance to win an all expense paid vacation!
Anzelmo said, "it would be great if one of our Grand Valley kids won this essay contest. After all so many kids have participated in the junior ranger program at the Monument and are already budding conservation minded stewards of this magnificent land."
The essay contest is open to students between 9 and 12 years old. Each student must express his or her thoughts on "What can you do now to turn over a new leaf for the environment and help preserve our national parks?"
The grand prize winner of this year’s 2008 Junior Ranger essay contest will receive a trip for four to Everglades National Park where he or she will have a starring role in an electronic field trip about invasive species and will be seen by millions of school children across the country. The prize includes round trip air transportation, car rental, hotel accommodations, meal expenses, a $1,000 Macy’s shopping spree, and an America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Pass.
National Park Service Director Mary A. Bomar and First Lady Laura Bush, announced the details of this year’s contest during a recent visit to Everglades National Park in Florida. A group of local 5th graders joined them to help plant native trees in a park restoration project prior to the announcement. "Children throughout the country, like those here today, are more interested and involved in environmental issues than ever before," said Bomar. "They can make a difference, both now and in the future, on the impact of humans on the land. I can’t wait to hear all of the wonderful ideas that will come from this essay contest."
Essays must be 500 words or less and received on-line or by mail by March 14, 2008. Each entry will be judged on originality, clarity, and understanding of the issue. Additional contest information is available at www.nationalparks.org/get-involved/essay-contest/