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Contact: Eric Schreiner, 928-467-2241 ext. 401
Contact: Alanna Sobel, National Park Foundation, 202-796-2538
Roosevelt, AZ- Tonto National Monument was selected to receive a 2017 field trip grant from the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America's national parks. Tonto National Monument will bring fourth grade students from six elementary schools to the monument for a curriculum-based field trip.
This grant, part of the Foundation's Open OutDoors for Kids program, supports Every Kid in a Park.
"I can still remember the excitment of exploring my first national park as a kid and it made me want to discover more," said National Park Foundation President Will Shafroth. "I'm thrilled that our National Park Foundation grants make it possible for hundreds of thousands of kids to experience the wonder of parks for the first time, sparking a lifelong love for national parks."
The students will participate in a three-hour field trip program that introduces them to Arizona prehistory and archaeology. The program will include:
• hiking a 1-mile roundtrip trail to an ancient cliff dwelling
• discussing how archaeology helps us understand the past
• learning how prehistoric people were able to survive and thrive in the American southwest.
See a full list of grantees and their projects.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION
The National Park Foundation is the official chariety of America's national parks and nonprofits partner to the National Park Service. Chartered by Congress in 1967, the National Park Foundation raises private funds to help PROTECT more than 84 million acres of national parks through critical conservation and preservation efforts, CONNECT all Americans with the incomparable landscapes, vibrant culture and rich history, and INSPIRE the next generation of park stewards. In 2016, commemorating the National Park Service's 100th anniversary, the Foundation launched The Centennial Campaign for America's National Parks, a comprehensive fundraising campaign to strengthen and enhance the future of these national treasures for the next hundred years. Find out more and become a part of the national park community at www.nationalparks.org.
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