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Contact: Kathleen Przybylski, (218) 283-6612
Complementing the PBS documentary series, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, Minnesota is telling its own National Park story, airing on Twin Cities Public Television (TPT). Minnesota’s National Park Legacy, a co-production of TPT and the 7 National Park Service units in the state, will premiere on Sunday, October 4th, 2009 — tune into TPT 2 at 6:30 p.m. or the statewide TPT Minnesota channel at 8:00 p.m.
Minnesota is home to a treasure of National Park Service (NPS) sites – all of them are “crown jewels” of unique, cultural, historic and natural significance that merit national status. Together they represent a wide variety of landscapes and cultures, from the scenic waterways of the Mississippi and St. Croix Rivers to the historic sites steeped in Native American history at Pipestone and Grand Portage to the vast waters of Voyageurs. With the North Country trail weaving across the state there is a national park “right outside our front door” just about everywhere you go. There is also an active branch of the NPS-led Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program that helps local communities complete conservation projects and build trails.
Minnesota’s National Park Legacy shows the diversity of this region’s nationally-significant sites and demonstrates that Minnesota's National Park Service units are dynamic, living, evolving places with important histories and incredible futures. Most importantly, the ongoing committed citizen stewardship of each generation is critical to the ultimate preservation of our natural heritage for generations to come.
The most active way that you can be a citizen steward for your National Parks is to go out and visit them, or take a few hours to volunteer at one. Visit www.nps.gov to learn more about National Parks and programs in Minnesota:
Grand Portage National Monument
Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program
Children today are the next generation to be stewards of these special areas. Their involvement in the National Park Service is vital to its future. The partners who supported Minnesota’s National Park Legacy are committed to providing schools and libraries in the region with DVD copies of the film, with the hope that it will promote stewardship of the parks right outside our back door, and introduce young people to a lifetime of active exploration and preservation of this region's most treasured natural resources and cultural heritage. This opportunity to bring the film into classrooms around the state was made possible by the Northeast Minnesota Sustainable Development Partnership and the Donald Weesner Foundation. If you would like this film to be available at your child's school, please contact Voyageurs National Park Association for more information: (612) 333-5424 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Major funding and support for Minnesota’s National Park Legacy was provided by Mississippi River Fund, St. Croix Valley Community Foundation, and Voyageurs National Park Association (Please see www.voyageurs.org for a complete list of project partners).