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2010-08-01 08:29:20

The UN's cultural and scientific body added a region of mountainous forests in Sri Lanka and an isolated archipelago off Hawaii to UNESCO's World Heritage list, officials said on Saturday. The World Heritage Committee of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization added the two sites on Friday during a 10-day meeting held to revise the World Heritage list. The additions brought the number of environmentally and culturally unique sites considered important to our...

2010-07-13 04:21:00

WASHINGTON, July 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A former U.S. House Government Operations Committee and White House spokesman, Robert Weiner, and Jonathan Battaglia, a Policy Analyst at Robert Weiner Associates, have called for all national parks to have free admission as a solution to dramatically declining attendance. In a guest op-ed in today's Arizona Republic, Weiner and Battaglia point out that "in 1995, over 68 million people visited the parks. By 2009, the number was down to 63...

2010-06-21 11:33:00

NEW YORK, June 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Leaders from the U.S. Departments of Labor, Interior and Agriculture joined in New York City at the Outdoor Nation Youth Summit on June 20 to announce the launch of a $20 million federal grant opportunity and implementation of an initiative designed to help disadvantaged youth prepare for jobs in the outdoors. Through a national grant competition, funds will be awarded to enable ex-offenders ages 18 to 24 to give back to their communities through...

2010-05-24 09:15:00

DONATE NOW AT WWW.NATIONALPARKS.ORG OR TEXT "PARKS" TO 90999 WASHINGTON, May 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The ongoing Gulf oil spill poses an historic challenge to the national parks in the Gulf region, and beyond. The National Park Foundation, official charity of America's national parks, today launched the National Parks Disaster Recovery Fund. The public outreach and fundraising campaign will support the National Park Service's response to the Gulf oil spill, and will also serve to...

2010-05-12 09:22:00

33 national parks to create new programs inviting youth of all backgrounds to learn about their ancestries, gain leadership skills and discover the beauty of their parks WASHINGTON, May 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Inspired by the epic Ken Burns documentary The National Parks: America's Best Idea, the National Park Foundation is proud to announce the second phase of a new grant program connecting underserved audiences, primarily people of color and youth, to the national parks. The...

2010-05-11 11:35:00

GULF OIL SPILL UNDERSCORES SIGNIFICANCE OF PROTECTING NATURAL ENVIRONMENTS LIKE GLACIER In 100 years as a National Park, Glacier has also been named a World Heritage Site and an International Peace Park WASHINGTON, May 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Park Foundation, official charity of America's national parks, today honors the 100th birthday of one of our nation's most treasured places. On May 11, 1910, President Taft signed legislation officially protecting Glacier...

2010-05-03 06:00:00

WASHINGTON, May 3 /PRNewswire/ -- GORP.com (www.gorp.com), the leading resource for outdoor travel and recreation throughout the world, today launched Park Finder, a new tool that allows travelers to quickly search more than 850 national parks and forests, state parks, wildlife refuges and other public lands within the United States. "There are hundreds of breathtaking national parks and other public lands across the United States, each of which has unique characteristics and...

2010-04-26 12:19:00

Visit www.first-bloom.org to Vote for Your Favorite Garden Design Now through May 28 The First Bloom Group with Winning Design Will Win an Overnight Trip to a National Park WASHINGTON, April 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Park Foundation launched a national student garden design competition today among First Bloom groups around the country. First Bloom gives 4th- 6th grade youth firsthand experience in national parks, and teaches important conservation lessons including the...

2010-04-20 10:23:00

WASHINGTON, April 20 /PRNewswire/ -- WHERE: NE Quadrant of the Washington Monument Grounds -National Mall 15(th) and Constitution Avenue, NW Washington, DC WHEN: Thursday, April 22, 2010 10 a.m. - noon More than 600 D.C. and Baltimore area school children will celebrate this year's 40(th) anniversary of Earth Day by grabbing a buddy and heading to the National Mall. The buddy in question: the National Park Trust's Buddy...

2010-04-19 08:00:00

The National Park Service And The National Park Foundation Present: Top 10 Things You Can Do To Celebrate National Park Week 2010 WASHINGTON, April 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- National Park Week is here and Earth Day is just a few days away. Are you and your family searching for ways to do your part to protect the parks, help the environment and get outside? (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090630/DC40408LOGO) The National Park Service and The National Park Foundation are...