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Contact: Ted Stout, 208-527-1330CRATERS OF THE MOON -- As the National Park Service embarks on its second century of service, Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve is celebrating the significant accomplishments of its centennial celebration and engagement with the Find Your Park / Encuentra Tu Parque initiative. A variety of special events were offered throughout the year which helped to enhance our engagement with partners and local communities. Highlights included our first ever Bio-blitz event in May, volunteer service events on Earth Day and National Public Lands Day and a very special birthday celebration in August featuring astronaut Steve Swanson and a living history presentation featuring our park-founder, Robert Limbert, presented by Clark Heglar. We partnered with the Pioneer Alliance to co-sponsor a bike ride on a section of the Oregon Trail and with NASA to showcase on-going space science research that is occurring in the park. We also partnered with the Sun Valley Center for the Arts to feature a multi-artist exhibition at the Center in Ketchum and specially commissioned large-scale sculptures at Craters of the Moon. Staff also made a special effort to reach out to local communities by participating in multiple parades, fairs, and other outreach events. A new parade banner created by local teacher, and former Teacher-Ranger, Sheila Wood’s students was proudly displayed at the parade events. None of these events would have been possible without the strong support of our partners including the Craters of the Moon Natural History Association which has supported the educational and scientific efforts of the park since 1958. You can read more about our Centennial successes at https://www.nps.gov/crmo/getinvolved/2016.htm.
Looking Ahead: Find Your Park in 2017 and Preparing for a Second Century of Service
Planning is underway to build on the success of Find Your Park / Encuentra Tu Parque as the National Park Service, the National Park Foundation, and other partners will continue the campaign’s momentum in 2017. The Find Your Park movement will continue to engage new audiences, especially around significant moments, including National Park Week in April and the NPS 101st birthday in August. Throughout the year, the NPS and its partners will invite the public to explore parks they haven’t yet discovered, build personal connections to special places in their communities, and find ways to help ensure that future generations are able to fully experience their national parks and the NPS programs that steward America’s treasures.
More information about the success and long term legacy of the NPS Centennial is available online here: https://www.nps.gov/subjects/centennial/success.htm.
About Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve
Craters of the Moon protects a vast “weird and scenic landscape” with remarkable and diverse volcanic feature, sagebrush steppe ecosystems, and wilderness which provides opportunities to explore, understand, and value the rugged and remote high desert landscape of the Great Rift Region. Visit us at www.nps.gov/crmo on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CratersoftheMoonNPS/
About the National Park Service
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