Contact: : Jeff Denny, 707-465-7760On Sunday, June 26th, Redwood National and State Parks invites our neighbors, friends, partners and communities to help celebrate the National Park Service Centennial with a festive day of food, music, interactive exhibits, and activities for all ages. 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. (Gates open at 11:00 am.) Among the many highlights of the day: • Michael Muir, great-grandson of America’s pre-eminent conservationist John Muir, joins us to share his work as the founder and director of Access Adventure, an all-volunteer program enriching the lives of people with disabilities and other under-served members of our community 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 “Pop-Up Museum” – A visitor-created exhibit of our collective memories of special moments in our national and state parks. On Sunday, bring along an object, souvenir, photograph or story that chronicles your most treasured experience in a national or state park. Do you have fun family photos or postcards from a park visit? How about the felt pennant from the Grand Canyon? A Statue of Liberty snow globe perhaps? The 1930s guide book to the Redwood Highway? The raccoon you whittled out of a tree branch while waiting for your uncle to get the campfire started in the Smokies? Anything and everything is an artifact in this one-day exhibit as long as it means something you. Bring it with you on Sunday and share your memory with others at the celebration. • Live music by the Trinity Alps Chamber Music Festival and local favorites, The Good Homosapiens and Moonstone Heights. • Local food trucks! • 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. • Pony rides! • Shuttle service between the Centennial Celebration site and the Lady Bird Johnson Grove will be available thanks to support from the Yurok Transit Authority where you can hike the 1-1/4 mile loop trail or take the 5-mile hike back to the Centennial Celebration site on the Berry Glen Trail. • Ranger-led walks to the Centennial Tree, a Junior Ranger activity for kids of all ages, and a ranger-led bike ride through the redwoods. • Interactive exhibits on park restoration efforts, Yurok traditional crafts, and California condors, and special 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. This event happens only with the strong support and partnership of the Save the Redwoods League, Redwood Parks Conservancy, the Yurok Tribe, California State Parks, and the Orick Chamber of Commerce. 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. Event information is also available on the Redwood National and State Parks website at: www.nps.gov/redw, or find us as “RedwoodNPS” on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Last updated: June 23, 2016