Date: April 1, 2015
Contact: John Quinley, 907-644-3512
National Park Week 2015 Encourages Everyone To Find Your Park
Anchorage - Alaska's national parks are joining parks, programs and partners across the country to encourage everyone to find their park and share their stories online at FindYourPark.com. Launched this week 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 be the theme for this year's National Park Week, April 18-26.
"National Park Week in Alaska will have a number of events taking place, many with a focus on schools and our Junior Ranger programs," said NPS Alaska Regional Director Bert Frost. "It's also timely for Alaskans beginning to plan summer visits for themselves or visiting friends and relatives."
Two of the many National Park Week events scheduled include:
Sitka National Historical Park celebrates Spring and Junior Ranger Day on Sunday, April 19 from 1-3 p.m. Kids and families are invited to join an afternoon an exploration of all things creepy crawly (moles, voles, shrews and slugs!) and get muddy as we prepare the Russian Bishop's House garden for spring planting. Craft projects, snacks, plants to take home and real-live slug viewing will make for a memorable spring time afternoon at the park.
Denali National Park invites visitors enjoy unique spring recreation opportunities during National Park Week by exploring the park road between the park entrance and Teklanika Rest Stop at Mile 30, depending on weather conditions. Additionally, Denali staff will join the community of Talkeetna' to celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, April 25 at Northern Susitna Institute in downtown Talkeetna. Festivities will be open to the public from 11a.m. to 3 p.m.
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 about national parks in Alaska at at www.nps.gov/alaska.