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The last week of June 2013 marks both the 75th anniversary of the establishment of Olympic National Park and the 56th anniversary of the founding of the Student Conservation Association (SCA).
On June 29, 1938, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a bill establishing Olympic National Park.
Nineteen years later, in June 1957, the first 34 SCA youth volunteers began working in Olympic National Park.Today, 56 years later, SCA places over 4,000 members throughout the nation annually, providing over 2 million hours of conservation service. Olympic National Park is proud to be the only location that has hosted SCA volunteers every year since the organization's founding.
In commemoration of these two anniversaries, a special celebration will be held at noon on Tuesday, June 25 at the Olympic National Park Visitor Center in Port Angeles.On hand to celebrate will be Olympic National Park Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum, SCA founder Liz Putnam and SCA's Northwest Vice President Jay Satz.
"We're happy to celebrate our anniversaries together, and we're especially pleased to have the founder of SCA, Liz Putnam join us," said Olympic National Park Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum. "The SCA is a valued partner of the National Park Service and we are proud to share 56 years of our history with them."
The public is invited to bring a brown-bag lunch to the noontime celebration at Olympic National Park Visitor Center.Short remarks will be offered by Superintendent Creachbaum, and SCA founder and Presidential Citizens Medal recipient Putnam.
Further information about the Student Conservation Association may be found at www.thesca.org.