National Park Week Starts This Weekend!

Every spring, the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation invite everyone to celebrate National Park Week. This year we are excited to share that our theme is “Did you know?,” focusing on fun ways to discover the wonders of America’s national parks.

From Saturday, April 20 until Sunday, April 28, YOU are invited to get to know your national parks. All of our national parks are waiving their entrance fees starting Monday, April 22 until Friday, April 26. There couldn’t be a better time to get out and explore!

Join us for National Park Week 2013 and hike, learn, share, and give back in the nation’s 401 national parks! Here is just a glimpse into all that our national parks have to offer during National Park Week:

Art in the Park at George Washington Carver National Monument
Come join local artists in the park as they celebrate George Washington Carver’s love for art! Participate in hands-on demonstrations and workshops with pastels, natural dyes, clay, pencil and more!

Celebrate Junior Ranger Day on April 20 at Thomas Edison National Historical Park
Have fun with Morse code, experiment with telegraph equipment, and practice sending messages just as Thomas Edison did! Every junior ranger will have the opportunity to earn their junior ranger badge at this activity.

Discover nature at Congaree National Park
Join a park volunteer on a guided boardwalk hike, exploring the sites and sounds of the forest.

Listen to the historic tales of the Buffalo National River
Be a part of “Storytellers in the Park: Tales from the Buffalo” and learn all about America’s first national river.

Celebrate Earth Day at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
There will be hikes, exhibits, animals, crafts, food, music and much more! All in celebration of the Earth!

Volunteer at Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Help park staff plant trees and restore Cuyahoga Valley’s beautiful ecosystem.

Garden with nature at Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
Tour the park’s new garden with a ranger and learn about all the benefits of planting native species!

Take a full moon walk at Chaco Culture National Historical Park
Experience Pueblo Bonito by the light of the full moon and learn about astronomical cycles.

Whether you are visiting, volunteering or supporting, you will find all the resources you need to make your National Park Week a memorable one at www.nationalparkweek.org.

Plant a Tree at Flight 93 Parks Inspire Need a Getaway?

Plant a Tree at Flight 93

For a second year, the Flight 93 National Memorial will participate in National Park Week with Plant a Tree at Flight 93. Starting this weekend, the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation are continuing a major reforestation effort that will eventually result in 150,000 new trees at the memorial.

The tree-planting events will take place on April 19-20 and April 26-27. The Flight 93 National Memorial will still be open to the public during regular visiting hours on the days of the tree-planting effort.

Last year’s reforestation effort consisted of planting nearly 15,000 seedlings. This year, an additional 15,000 seedlings will be planted at the memorial. These trees will form an essential windbreak to protect trees planted in nearby memorial groves.

Many sponsors have joined with the National Park Foundation to make this effort possible including Alcoa Foundation, Arbor Day Foundation, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, NASCAR, NRG Energy, Pocono Raceway, Roy A. Hunt Foundation and The UPS Foundation.

For more information about how to support the Flight 93 National Memorial Campaign visit www.honorflight93.org.

Parks Inspire

What happens when you empower students through art and the natural world? Creativity abounds! For a group of teens in Providence, RI, a grant from the National Park Foundation’s America’s Best Idea program connected them to the history and environment of Roger Williams National Memorial. Once again, the power of national parks is not only in their ability to inspire us, but in their ability to transform us. “IT’S OUR CHOICE,” is a powerful and encouraging message about getting outside, making a difference, and connecting to the history of place.

Check out this video that demonstrates how this national park partnered with local organizations to engage youth in creative and awesome ways.

To learn more about NPF programs and how you can support them, click here.

Need a Getaway?

The National Park Foundation has partnered with Globus to launch the National Park Week Getaway Giveaway, starting today! The lucky winner of this sweepstakes will receive airfare, hotel stay, transportation, and VIP access to some of the most spectacular national parks including Yellowstone, Mount Rushmore, and Grand Teton. To enter now click here.

The National Park Week Getaway Giveaway winner and a guest will experience the breathtaking landscapes, wildlife, and history of the West. This trip features an 11 day guided tour from Denver to Salt Lake City with stops at national parks, museums, and historic sites. Expert Globus tour guides will present fascinating information and stories about each of the destinations and offer a unique level of access to park attractions. Globus has developed a full itinerary, including lodging and transportation, for a completely hassle-free touring experience.

Don’t miss out on your chance to win! For more information and to enter, visit nationalparks.org/sweepstakes.



Delaware Elementary Support Parks

In a recent school project, 5th graders at Delaware Elementary in Evansville, IN studied the history and natural wonders of four national park units: Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Muir Woods, and Big Bend. The students were tasked with taking what they had learned to create a flyer on their favorite park. Four outstanding brochures were then chosen to be displayed and students and teachers throughout the school were invited to vote on their favorites by placing pennies into a jar. When the votes were tallied, Grand Canyon National Park was declared the “most prized” park and the students decided to donate the money raised in their effort to the National Park Foundation.

The National Park Foundation would like to thank the students and teachers at Delaware Elementary for their generous gift and teaching everyone the importance of our national parks.

Spread Some Park Week Love!

What better time to show your love for America’s national parks then during National Park Week! Brighten someone’s day with one of our FREE national park designs – each featuring a different national park fun fact. Send one to family and friends today!

Monumental Mysteries

If National Park Week’s “Did you know?” theme has you hungry for even more information about America’s most popular monuments and memorials, check out Travel Channel’s new original series “Monumental Mysteries,” premiering Thursday, May 9 at 9/8C. Host Don Wildman uncovers some of America’s most intriguing events, greatest triumphs, well-known disasters, and even some notorious crimes that are linked to American monuments. Wildman uncovers little-known facts and amazing stories behind monuments and memorials across the park system including the Statue of Liberty, General Grant National Memorial, Alcatraz, Mount Rainier National Park and Ford’s Theatre and beyond.

Find out more about this new series at travelchannel.com.

Spring is in the Air

Bring spring in the national parks to your home with Air Wick’s Spring 2013 Limited Edition National Park Collection in support of the National Park Foundation. The unique fragrance collection features four new scents inspired by national parks – Grand Canyon, Denali, American Samoa, and Gulf Islands, with the return of last year’s most popular springtime scents – Hawaii’s Kaloko-Honokohau and Virgin Islands. The National Park Collection from Air Wick hopes to inspire families to experience our parks first-hand and begin a lifelong relationship with America’s most treasured places. To learn more about the Spring 2013 Limited Edition National Park Collection and the inspiration behind the fragrances click here.

Send A Card, Support Your Parks!

Do you love parks? Do you love moms? Then don’t miss this:  For the third year in a row, the National Park Foundation is partnering with Macy’s on their “Thank-A-Mom” campaign from April 28-May 12. With Thank-A-Mom, you can send fun Mother’s Day e-cards to all of the moms in your life. And for each card sent, Macy’s will donate $2 to the National Park Foundation or other charity, up to a total of $400,000!   

Starting April 28th, sending an e-card to benefit the National Park Foundation is as easy as 1-2-3!

1. “Like” Macy’s Facebook page
2. Select the “Thank-A-Mom” tab
3. Follow the steps to send your cards via Facebook or e-mail. And be sure to select NPF as your favorite charity!

What a great way to make a mom’s day!

Friends of Valley Forge National Historical Park

Curious if your family history leads to Valley Forge? Now you can find out by searching the Valley Forge Muster Roll. The Muster Roll, originally kept to allow the Continental Army to track the army’s strength, contains names, ranks, dates of enlistment, and other notes on soldiers’ assignments, activities, or conditions. The online database, sponsored by the Friends of Valley Forge, allows visitors to discover the wide variety of individuals that encamped at Valley Forge in the winter of 1777 – 1778 with General George Washington. Together Valley Forge National Historical Park and the Friends of Valley Forge tell the story of the transformation of the Continental Army at the hands of Generals Washington and von Steuben. Start your discovery online, then plan your visit to experience the encampment first-hand.

Make your National Park Week experience even better! Download your FREE Owner's Guide to America's National Parks today!

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The creation of which new national monument means that all 50 states are now home to a national park?

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And congratulations to last month's winner, Wally Elton, from Saratoga Springs, NY, who knew that  Salem Maritime National Historic Site, created 75 years ago last month, provides an opportunity to walk in the footsteps of Nathaniel Hawthorne and many of his fictional characters.

Way to go Wally!

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