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Date: September 25, 2009

Help Us Make America’s Best Idea Even Better! Join FortDonelson National  Battlefield on September 26  for a Day of Service and Celebration

Dover, Tennessee – Be part of an unprecedented event on September 26 when Fort Donelson National Battlefield 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 Fort Donelson National Battlefield is part of America’s Best Idea,” said Superintendent Steven McCoy. “Making that best idea even better is our goal and one we can only accomplish with the support of our visitors, volunteers, and partners.”

FortDonelson National Battlefield is looking for volunteers to help with trail work, painting historic signs, and habitat restoration projects. Groups and individuals should contact the park’s volunteer coordinator, Debbie Austin, to assist with scheduling future projects.        

In conjunction with the Day of Service and Celebration, local Girl Scouts will kick-off the park’s First Bloom Project. Scouts will be sharing free native plantings and educational materials with visitors. Events begin at 9 am at the visitor center. To thank volunteers and scouts, the park will offer a sneak peak of the new Ken Burns film The National Parks: America’s Best Idea that premieres on September 27. The park will screen the Ken Burns documentary throughout the day on Saturday, September 26.

The 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 Day of Service and Celebration project, please contact the Ranger Staff at 931-232-5706 x 101 or visit the park’s website:

Last updated: April 14, 2015

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