March 31, 2015
Contact: Jennifer Kish Albrinck
Twentynine Palms, California - Joshua Tree National 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, 2015. Experience Joshua Tree National Park with our Find Your Wildflower campaign. Go to the park's wildflower report page to compare notes and see what's blooming! On April 26, 2015, Junior Rangers and all visitors are welcomed with many exciting activities including hikes and nature walks, story time for kids, art immersion, climbing demonstrations, maintenance truck and tools demonstrations and more. View a complete schedule at any park visitor center.
Commenting on National Park Week and the Find Your Park movement, Joshua Tree National Park Superintendent David Smith says, "This is a unique opportunity for us in the National Park Service, and at Joshua Tree National Park to not only share Joshua Tree stories, but to have a very real conversation with the people who visit our parks and public lands. Parks inspire and transform our lives, whether they are national parks, state parks, city parks, or a patch of land in your own backyard."
Visit www.NationalParkWeek.org to learn more about how you can join parks, programs, and partners in celebrating National Park Week across the country.