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National Park Week 2015 Encourages Everyone to Find Your Park
Philadelphia – Independence National Historical Park joins parks, programs and partners across the country to encourage everyone to find their park and share their stories online at FindYourPark.com. Launched yesterday by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation, Find Your Park is a public awareness and education campaign celebrating the milestone centennial anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016 and setting the stage for its second century of service.
Find Your Park invites the public to see that a national park can be more than a place -- it can be a feeling, a state of mind, or a sense of American pride. Beyond vast landscapes, the campaign highlights historical, urban, and cultural parks, as well as the National Park Service programs that protect, preserve and share nature, culture, and history in communities nationwide.
"Find Your Park" is also the theme for this year's National Park Week, April 18 –26. Join National Park Rangers throughout the week for special ranger programs, events and two fee free days at the Benjamin Franklin Museum (April 18 and 19). Visitors can participate in a "selfie" scavenger hunt, play games, meet Park Rangers and find out what it's like to work for the National Park Service.
The week will culminate with the park's Junior Ranger Day celebration on April 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.Enjoy colonial games, crafts, hoop races, and other fun next to the Liberty Bell, out on Independence Mall. Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for our K-9 "Bark Ranger," Ken Franklin. Then head on over to Franklin Court on Market Street and help Benjamin Franklin with some of his electrical experiments. Or visit our park archeologist and see what kind of history can be found underground. You can top off your day by catching Disney's animated short Ben and Me, showing all day at the Benjamin Franklin Museum. It's all a part of National Park Week and it's all free.
"National Park Week is the perfect time to visit Independence," said Superintendent Cynthia MacLeod. "With National Park Service Ranger-led programs, our new Junior Ranger app to go along with the 'NPSIndependence' mobile app, and fee-free days at the Benjamin Franklin Museum, there's something to challenge and engage visitors of all ages."
Visit www.NationalParkWeek.org to learn more about how you can join parks, programs, and partners in celebrating National Park Week across the country.
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.