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Contact: Brian Reedy, (724) 329-5470
Farmington – August 25, 2015 marks the National Park Service’s 99th birthday and the start of the land agency’s centennial celebration into 2016. As the Western Pennsylvania National Parks (WEPA) prepare for the centennial year we are looking for talented fourth graders to share their park experience in art. The winning entry will be used on the annual five park pass for the 2016 season.
Contest is open to all 2015-16 fourth grade students who are residents of one of the four counties in which the WEPA parks are found (Blair, Cambria, Fayette & Somerset). Artwork must display the student’s visit and experience in one of the WEPA five parks (Allegheny Portage RR NHS, Flight 93 NM, Friendship Hill NHS, Fort Necessity NB or Johnstown Flood NM). Only original flat art (sketch/drawing), size 8 ½ x 11 inches will be accepted; no dioramas or models please. The student’s name, school (or home school) address and best phone number (or email) to contact winner must appear on the back. WEPA will begin accepting entries onSeptember 14, 2015 to October 31, 2015(postmarked). Winner will be announced in mid-November and receive in addition a $50 gift certificate to the WEPA park bookstores. All art becomes the property of the National Park Service and is not returned. Entries should be mailed to: WEPA Art Contest, Fort Necessity NB, One Washington Parkway, Farmington, PA 15437. Only one entry per student.
Winning design will be the art for the 2016 WEPA annual passport card. The WEPA annual passport card allows the cardholder and up to three adult guests multiple admissions to the WEPA parks for one year (from date of purchase). The pass cost $15.
The Organic Act of 1916 created the National Park Service and entrusted this agency with the preservation and management of America’s most scenic, historic and inspiring sites for the enjoyment of all. The National Park Service invites the public to “Find Your Park” in this Centennial Year. Western Pennsylvania is enriched with five National Park Service sites telling the story of industrial heritage, human perseverance, courage and integrity.
About the Western PA National Parks: Visit the parks websites, Facebook pages, email WEPAinformation@NPS.gov or call Brian Reedy at 724-329-5470 for more information.
About the National Park Service: More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 407 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov.