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War in the Pacific Joins National Find Your Park Movement
National Park Week 2015 Encourages Everyone To Find Your Park
HAGATNA –War in the Pacific National Historical Park joins parks, programs and partners across the country to encourage everyone to find their park and share their stories online at FindYourPark.com. Launched yesterday by theNational Park Service and the National Park Foundation, Find Your Park is a public awareness and education campaign celebrating the milestone centennial anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016 and setting the stage for its second century of service.
Find Your Park invites the public to see that a national park can be more than a place -- it can be a feeling, a state of mind, or a sense of American pride. Beyond vast landscapes, the campaign highlights historical, urban, and cultural parks, as well as the National Park Service programs that protect, preserve and share nature, culture, and history in communities nationwide.
"Find Your Park" is also the theme for this year's National Park Week,April 18–26. To celebrate, we're hosting exciting art shows for the public! Park rangers, park partners, and the Astumbo Middle School Dragons will showcase creative art made by students who "found their park" through the Ticket to Ride program, funded by the National Park Foundation.Visit the Micronesia Mall center court onSunday, April 19 and Monday, April 20, to view the artwork. Throughout the rest of National Park Week, the artwork will be on display at the T. Stell Newman Visitor Center, located just outside Naval Base Guam.
In addition, the visitor center will host free screenings of the first three episodes of The National Parks: America's Best Idea by Ken Burns. This film is a journey through some of the most majestic sites of our nation and an exploration of the people who fought for preservation for generations to come. View these 2-hour-long episodes on April 11, 12, and 18, at2 pm.
Superintendent Jim Richardson shared his excitement, "Join our park partners, Pacific Historic Parks, and park rangers in discovery and commemoration of the places we protect for the enjoyment of present and future generations. The National Park Service continues to offer engaging opportunities for the public to 'Find Your Park' right here on Guam!"
Visit www.NationalParkWeek.org to learn more about how you can join parks, programs, and partners in celebrating National Park Week across the country.
About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 407 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov.
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