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Contact: MaryEllen Snyder, 724-329-8131
Includes Junior Ranger Day, Saturday, April 23
Farmington, Pa – Admission to Fort Necessity National Battlefield will be free during National Park Week, April 16 to 24. Fort Necessity and Friendship Hill National Historic Site will also celebrate National Park Week with Junior Ranger activities on Saturday, April 23.
The focus of this year's National Park Week, 'Healthy Parks, Healthy People,' highlights the connection between human and environmental health and the vital role America's national parks play in both. "There are two national parks right here in Fayette County" said Tom Markwardt, Public Information officer for Fort Necessity and Friendship Hill. "In addition to the nationally significant history, there are fifteen miles of hiking trails. It's an excellent opportunity to exercise your mind and your body."
There are three more parks in southwest Pennsylvania: Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site, Johnstown Flood National Memorial, and Flight 93 National Memorial."
Normally, the entrance fee for Fort Necessity is $5. Friendship Hill National Historic Site and Flight 93 National Memorial do not charge for admission. Allegheny Portage Railroad NHS and Johnstown Flood NMEM charge $4 admission.
There will be hundreds of family friendly events nationwide on throughout the week, including Junior Ranger Day. Fort Necessity and Friendship Hill invite youth ages 6-12 to explore the parks with their junior ranger program guides. The Friendship Hill "Junior Ranger Adventure Book" uses games and puzzles to aid children in their investigations of Albert Gallatin's contribution to our nation. The Fort Necessity Junior Ranger Activity Book guides children on their explorations of history at Fort Necessity. Each program takes about two hours to complete. Youth groups are welcome to participate.
Children completing either of the programs will receive a Junior Ranger certificate. Park specific Fort Necessity and Friendship Hill Junior Ranger patches are also available in the park bookstore for those who have completed the programs.
Advance reservations are required for groups and appreciated for families. Call Ranger Mary Jane McFadden at 724-329-5811 for the Fort Necessity program and Ranger Kitty Seifert at 724-725-9190 for the Friendship Hill program.
For more information on Fort Necessity, please call 724-329-5512 or visit the park's web site at www.nps.gov/fone. For more information on Friendship Hill NHS please call 724-725-9190 or visit the park's web site at www.nps.gov/frhi. A nationwide listing of parks and promotions is available at www.nps.gov/npweek.