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Contact: Hallie Larsen, (928) 524-6228 ext. 274
Petrified Forest Celebrates National Wildflower Week - May 2008
Petrified Forest—The national forests, national parks, national wildlife refuges, grasslands, and millions of acres of public lands are truly America's wildflower gardens. Celebrating Wildflowers - National Wildflower Week in late spring is an annual event. It launches a campaign that promotes the many programs featuring the important role that the Nation's public lands, over 630 million acres, play in providing diverse habitats for much of America's flora.
Celebrating Wildflowers—a collaborative commemoration between the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Park Service—emphasizes the importance of conservation and management of native plants and plant habitats and highlights the aesthetic, recreational, biological, medicinal, and economic values of wildflowers.
During National Wildflower Week, May 5-11, 2008, activities at Petrified Forest will include:
- Special wildflower walks and talks
- Online exhibit of wildflowers at www.nps.gov/pefo
- Exhibits on wildflowers of Petrified Forest at Painted Desert Visitor Center, Painted Desert Inn National Historic Landmark, and Rainbow Forest Museum.
- Find the Flower: self guided activity with handout.
- Check at the information desks for other activities!
Celebrate National Wildflower Week at Petrified Forest National Park and the diversity of beauty we can all enjoy throughout our country.
For more information call (928) 524-6228 weekdays, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time; or write to the Superintendent, Petrified Forest National Park, P.O. Box 2217, Petrified Forest, AZ 86028; or e-mail the park.