NPS Asks Public To "Find Your Park"
The National Park Service is asking members of the public to participate in a nationwide educational program called “Find Your Park”. As SDPB’s Jim Kent reports, the goal is for visitors to find and their favorite park and then share their stories on-line at the FindYourPark.com site.
The “Find Your Park” program is a precursor to the 2016 centennial anniversary of the National Park Service. The federal agency has invited the public to recognize that a national park can be more than a place. It can be a feeling, a state of mind or even a sense of American pride.
Although the campaign does celebrate vast landscapes, it also highlights historical, urban and cultural locations and related National Park Service programs nationwide.
Badlands National Park Service Education Specialist Julie Johndreau says “Find Your Park” is all about connecting the American people to their national parks.
“There are activities going on across all of the parks in celebration of ‘Find Your Park,’ explains Johndreau. “Here at Badlands on Saturday, April 25, there will be a concert.”
That musical performance is by artist-in-residence and oboist Jill Haley, whose concert features music inspired by Badlands National Park.
Special events are also slated for Jewel Cave, Wind Cave, Mount Rushmore. Minuteman Missile National Historic Site and the more than 400 other National Park Service locations across the country.