Date: April 7, 2010
Contact: Clinton Kane, (530) 242-3451
Contact: Jeremiah Hockett, (530) 242-3421
As part of the larger National
Parks Week celebration, the 4th
annual Waterfall Week celebration begins on April 17 at Whiskeytown National
Recreation Area, and will continue through April 25. Waterfall Week is timed to encourage visits
to the park’s three major waterfalls during their peak flows when snowmelt off
provides the most water for spectacular displays of rushing whitewater. “In addition to spring being the best time of
year to view the falls, the park’s trails are teeming with wildflowers in full
bloom and various species of wildlife,” stated Superintendent
Jim Milestone. April 17 through
April 25 has also been designated as a fee-free week throughout the National Park Service to
encourage visitors to experience and discover our national treasures. Visitors to Whiskeytown do not need to display
a parking pass on their vehicles during this period.
collaboration with the Healthy Shasta and the White House’s Let’s Move initiatives, both of which
recognize daily exercise as an essential component of a healthy lifestyle,
Whiskeytown will be offering special
ranger-guided hikes to BrandyCreekFalls
and WhiskeytownFalls during Waterfall Week. Waterfall Week encourages families, friends and
children to get outside, enjoy nature’s beauty, and get some beneficial exercise
in the process. “We hope to have 1,000 children
hike to one of the park’s waterfalls this spring and enjoy the magnificence of
their cascading waters,” concluded Milestone.
Reservations are required for the hikes and can be made by
calling the VisitorCenter at (530) 246-1225
during the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily. Space is limited and reservations are taken
on a first-come-first-served basis.
keeping with a Waterfall Week tradition, children and adults alike can obtain a
free waterfall stamp card at the VisitorCenter before going on a
hike to the waterfall of their choice. After signing the trail register at the waterfall
registration boxes located at the base of each waterfall, visitors can use the stamp
card to make a rubbing off a bronze plaque that is unique to each
waterfall. Visitors can then return the
completed stamp card with rubbings from BrandyCreek, Boulder Creek, and WhiskeytownFalls
to the VisitorCenter and receive a special gift!
will be available at WhiskeytownFalls on Sunday April 18,
and April 25 to provide art activities for children and their families. Visitors are encouraged to spend a short time
creating an artistic expression of the falls.
If visitors would like to donate their artwork to the park on a
temporary basis, selections from Waterfall Week will be displayed on the
exhibit wall at the VisitorCenter for a few weeks
following the event.
more information on Waterfall Week or Whiskeytown National Recreation Area,
please call the VisitorCenter at (530) 246-1225,
or stop in during the hours of 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. You can also visit the park’s website at http://www.nps.gov/whisTo find out about National Park Week events in other parks
please visit the website at http://www.nps.gov/npweek/
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