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Celebrate 100 Years of the National Park Service at the CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION IN THE REDWOODS. Redwood National and State Parks
June 26, 2016 12:00 – 5:00 PM
Live music – Food – Engaging exhibits and activities – Pony rides – Pop-Up Museum – Ranger-led hikes – Bicycle rentals and tours Orick, CA
The National Park Service kicks off a second century of protecting America’s greatest places and stories with events around the country celebrating the agency’s 100 years of engaging communities through recreation, education, conservation, and preservation. On Sunday, June 26th, Redwood National and State Parks will celebrate the National Park Service Centennial with a festive day of food, music, interactive exhibits, and activities for all ages. “This event is an opportunity for visitors to discover and celebrate the many ways the park is restoring our unique coastal redwood forest for current and future generations to enjoy.” said Steve Prokop, Park Superintendent.
The event will take place on the site of a former lumber mill at the junction of Highway 101 and Bald Hills Road just north of Orick, CA from 12:00 - 5:00 pm. The mill site was purchased by the Save the Redwoods League in 2013. Plans for the eventual development of visitor facilities and the restoration of natural landscape on the mill site are already underway. We are excited to have Michael Muir, the great-grandson of America’s pre-eminent conservationist John Muir on hand for the celebration. Mr. Muir is the founder/director of Access Adventure, an all-volunteer program enriching the lives of people with disabilities and other under-served members of our community by providing outdoor recreation, open space access, education and therapy through a working partnership with horses. In addition to a keynote presentation, Mr. Muir will be offering free rides in a fully-accessible horse-drawn wagon around the Centennial Celebration site. (http://www.accessadventure.us/michael-muir.html)
A full-day of fun and engaging activities are planned for the Centennial Celebration in the Redwoods, including:
• Live music by the Trinity Alps Chamber Music Festival and a local favorite, The Good Homosapiens.
• Local food vendors. • Comments from US Congressman Jared Huffman, Save the Redwoods League President and Chief Executive Officer Sam Hodder, Yurok Tribal Chairman Thomas O’Rourke, and Redwood National and State Parks Superintendent Stephen Prokop.
• The unveiling of a commemorative plaque honoring Stephen T. Mather, first director of the National Park Service and a founder of the Save the Redwoods League.
• A visitor-created “Pop-Up Museum” where everyone is invited to bring a photograph, artifact or memory of the redwoods or their favorite National and State Parks to share with others.
• Pony rides by the Redwood Creek Buckarettes. • Shuttle service between the Centennial Celebration site and the Lady Bird Johnson Grove throughout the event will be available thanks to support from the Yurok Transit Authority. Visitors are encouraged to hike the 1-1/4 mile loop trail or take the 5-mile hike back to the Centennial Celebration on the Berry Glen Trail.
• Junior Ranger activities for kids of all ages (but targeted for the 7-12 year old age group) with a group Junior Ranger swearing-in at 4:00.
• Ranger-led interpretive walks to the Centennial Tree, a massive old-growth redwood tree with complex canopy structure close enough to the ground for all to see.
• Bicycle rentals offered by Redwood Adventures to explore future bike trails connecting the site to Elk Meadow, Prairie Creek, and Lost Man Creek bicycle trails.
• Interactive exhibits on park restoration efforts, Yurok traditional crafts, and California condors.
• A photographic exhibit by Dave Van de Mark, an early advocate for the creation of Redwood National Park. • Shuttle service for those with physical disabilities will be available through the Yurok Transit Authority between the Centennial Celebration site and the towns of Klamath and Crescent City on the day of the event.
Check our web page (nps.gov/redw) for details on this service. We wish to thank our partners who are helping us with the Centennial Celebration, including: Save the Redwoods League, Redwood Parks Conservancy, the Yurok Tribe, Orick Chamber of Commerce, and the Humboldt Lodging Alliance. Many other supporters and exhibitors will be on hand during the day as well. Since 1916, the National Park Service has been entrusted to preserve unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. Redwood National Park was dedicated in 1968 and attracts visitors from all over the world who marvel at the ancient trees and coastline of Humboldt and Del Norte counties.
Since 1994, the National Park Service has partnered with California State Parks to cooperatively manage three state parks and Redwood National Park as a single entity for the benefit of all.
We are happy to arrange interviews for local media between now and the June 26th event, and assist you at the event itself.