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Contact: Veronica Greear, 423-346-6294
Contact: Christopher Derman
The goal of the Eastern National grant program is to provide national parks with funding to support the National Park Service (NPS) outreach efforts, in 2016. Founded in 1947, Eastern National is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit cooperating association, supporting the interpretive, educational, and scientific programs and services of the NPS and other public trust partners.
Obed will use these grant funds to connect to diverse audiences by translating the parks’ junior ranger booklet into Spanish, an effort which supports the NPS “Every Kid in a Park” initiative. This program’s goal is to provide opportunities for every fourth grader across the country to visit national parks and other public lands and waters. The next generation of park visitors, supporters, and advocates are more culturally diverse than those of past generations. Hispanic and Latino communities make up a large part of the changing face of America and these communities continue to grow in east Tennessee.
For more information about the park's junior ranger program, please click here.