The National Park Service Turns 100!

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Date: August 21, 2016
Contact: Dan Tardona

The Centennial will celebrate the achievements of the past 100 years, but it is really about the future. It's about kicking off a second century of stewardship for America's national parks and for communities across the nation. Most importantly, it's about inviting you to join us for a number of events at the Timucuan Ecological &Historic Preserve/Fort Caroline National Memorial. Find your park and join in the celebration.

At Fort Caroline National Memorial:
 August 22nd through August 27th at the top of each hour. A recording of the Jacksonville Children's Chorus singing the Children's Earth Anthem will be shown daily at the Fort Caroline National Memorial Visitor Center as well as viewed on the Timucuan Preserve website. 
On Thursday, August 25th at 10:00 A.M. A ribbon cutting ceremony will celebrate the partnership with the Timucuan Parks Foundation, which funded a new entrance sign at Fort Caroline National Memorial. The new sign includes a historic French coat of arms from the 1500's. 
On Saturday, August 27th from 11:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. Snow cones, party themed crafts, pin the tail on the bison, Centennial JR Ranger, and National Park trivia &fun facts games will encourage visitors to join in the Centennial celebration. 

At Kingsley Plantation:
 Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 25th, 26th or 27th Local ham radio operators will be broadcasting from Kingsley Plantation activating the site just in time for Founder's Day. So if you want to learn more about ham radio, speak to rangers across the country or just enjoy a visit to Kingsley Plantation consider a visiting the site. A booth will be set up just outside of the Visitor Center/bookstore. 

At the World Golf Hall of Fame IMAX theater: 
On Saturday, August 27th join the IMAX, Jax4Kids and the National Park Service as we celebrate the 100th Anniversary of National Park Service! Engage with and hear from the local Rangers about National Parks in the greater Jacksonville Area, recreational opportunities, and programs they offer. Take a bit of nature home with you. Bring the kids to's booth to create their own decorative pot and grab a bag of seed & soil. Once they get home, they can place the soil in their unique pot, add a little water and let nature take its course!

Two options for viewing the IMAX film are available. 
10:00am- Presentation from the National Park Rangers 
10:45am- National Parks Adventure 3D 

Or 11:30am- Presentation from the National Park Rangers 
12:15pm- National Parks Adventure 3D All visitors must purchase a documentary film ticket to view the presentation and film. 

Both Fort Caroline National Memorial and Kingsley Plantation are open daily, at no charge, between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. 

For more information, call Kingsley at 904.251.3537 or Fort Caroline at 904-641-7155.  
Kingsley Plantation, 11676 Palmetto Ave., Jacksonville FL 32226, is located off Heckscher Drive/A1A;one-half mile north of the St. Johns River ferry landing. Fort Caroline National Memorial, 12713 Ft. Caroline Rd. Jacksonville, FL 32225.

Last updated: August 21, 2016

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