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Contact: George Land, 760-367-5507
Joshua Tree National Park, Twentynine Palms, CA –
On Monday, January 18th 2016, Joshua Tree National Park will join the other 400 plus units of the National Park Service in commemorating Dr. King and his contribution to civil rights in this country, by waiving entrance fees to the park. Fees for activities such as camping, reservations, tours, or concessions will still be collected as normal.
January 18th will be the first, fee free day of the centennial year and the park is announcing the opening of the "National Parks in Quilts!" exhibit. The exhibit features thirteen art quilts created to celebrate the Centennial of the National Park Service. Joshua Tree is one of only 13 parks chosen to host the quilt exhibit during the year long, centennial journey. The quilts can be seen at the Joshua Tree Visitor Center and will remain for public viewing until January 27th.
Also, in recognition of the 100th birthday of the NPS, retired park ranger, Doug Leen, aka, "Ranger Doug" will be hosting two programs dedicated to the lost art posters of the national parks. Created in the 1930's by the Works Progress Administration, Doug rescued the last surviving WPA national park poster from a burn pile. Using photographs and the original poster as a template, he and co-artist Brian Maebius have republished the original and added 50 more posters of national parks using a similar motif.
The programs are free to the public and are scheduled for:
- January 15th, 7:00pm at Jumbo Rocks Amphitheater
- January 16th, 7:00pm at Black Rock Nature Center
The National Park Service invites each and everyone to take advantage of these and other programs offered during the centennial year. Come out and "Find Your Park!"