From: National Park Foundation []
Sent: Wednesday, January 16, 2008 1:50 PM
To: Caroline Mica
Subject: Welcome to an exciting new year in America's national parks!


Happy New Year and welcome to the January edition of eGoParks! We hope that this edition finds you rejuvenated from the holidays and ready to celebrate another spectacular year in America's national parks.

As always, we want to thank you for supporting a cherished national legacy. We are inspired by your generosity and encourage you to continue to help the National Park Foundation preserve and protect these great treasures. Donate Today.



First announced by Mrs. Laura Bush, honorary chair of the National Park Foundation, at the 2007 Leadership Summit on Partnership and Philanthropy, First Bloom gives children who may have limited access to the outdoors the opportunity to get outside and experience planting and gardening for the first time in their neighborhoods and our national parks. The goal of the project is to introduce children to America's natural resources through transformational experiences that will help them become connected and invested in the world around them.


From January 20 through 24, First Bloom partners from the National Park Service, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, The Battery Conservancy and local Boys and Girls Clubs will gather in Austin, Texas to plan the first of many community gardens to be completed in 2008.

During the four-day session, project partners will produce a community model for developing, designing and planting the gardens. The goal is to create a sustainable program that the National Park Service can use with youth organizations to teach stewardship while developing a widespread conservation ethic.

First Bloom is scheduled to launch pilot projects in five cities in 2008: Austin, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia and Washington, DC. Initially the project will be tailored to elementary school children (grades 4 through 6) but may be expanded to include additional audiences as the project evolves.

ARAMARK, a professional services organization and leading concessionaire of parks, resorts and hospitality services, is the initial and lead sponsor of the First Bloom project and has helped secure a $1 million grant through the Yawkey Foundation to the National Park Foundation.



This month, Vin Cipolla, president and CEO of the National Park Foundation, offered his congratulations to the six new members of the National Park System Advisory Board, including its new chairman, William F. Baker.

"The National Park Foundation welcomes chairman Bill Baker and all the new members of the National Park System Advisory Board and thanks them for their work on behalf of our parks," said Cipolla. "We recognize the Advisory Board as an important partner of the National Park Foundation, along with over 170 park friends groups, who together are looking to grow the philanthropic legacy for our parks and honor their centennial anniversary with a renewed commitment from the private sector."

Baker is a PhD, polar explorer, author and filmmaker. He is currently the CEO of Thirteen/WNET public television in New York City. In February he will move to emeritus status at WNET to make sufficient time for his work as chairman of the Board.


The National Park System Advisory Board advises the Secretary of the Interior and the National Park Service Director on matters relating to the National Park Service (NPS), National Park System and programs administered by the NPS. The advisory board's membership consists of 12 U.S. citizens who have demonstrated a commitment to the mission of the National Park Service and represent various geographic regions.

Additional Appointments:
David R. Anderson, Natural Resources LLC, Arlington, VA
John Bridgeland, Civic Enterprises LLC, Washington, D.C.
Gerald T. Halpin, West Group Management LLC, McLean, VA
William T. Hardman, Southeast Tourism Society, Atlanta, GA
Mary "Cisi" Canales Jary, Restoration Associates LTD, San Antonio, TX

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Every day America's young people are finding new ways to connect with our national parks. By participating in education programs, registering for volunteer projects and helping raise funds to support these special places, they are working together to help preserve America's most treasured resources.

This year a group of young musicians is joining this legacy of citizen support for parks, fulfilling a mission they began in 2007. The Dogz are a group of 13- and 14-year-old friends who formed a band that gives back to the community. While touring the county, their travels took them to the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, PA. This emotional visit resulted in an inspiring endeavor to raise funds for the Tower of Voices, a planned park monument that will use wind chimes to honor the heroic passengers and crew of Flight 93 one wind chime for every life lost.


"For more than 100 years, our national parks have relied on the support of private citizens of all ages to help ensure their preservation," said Vin Cipolla. "The National Park Foundation thanks this group of young people for their pledge to the Flight 93 National Memorial Campaign and their deep commitment to America's national parks."

To date, The Dogz, whose music ranges from 1940s classics to popular contemporary hits, have raised more than $6,000 to support the Flight 93 National Memorial.

Partners of Flight 93, an alliance of family members, federally-appointed commissioners, task force members and federal agencies, chose the National Park Foundation last year to serve as the lead fund-raising partner in a national capital campaign to build the Flight 93 National Memorial. With the support of honorary co-chairs General Tommy Franks and Governor Tom Ridge, campaign chairman Chris Sullivan is leading a newly formed National Campaign Steering Committee of business, government and philanthropic leaders to help fund the memorial.

To support the Flight 93 National Memorial Campaign, Click Here.



The National Park Foundation is proud to recognize six transportation professionals who worked throughout 2007 to address some of the most critical transportation challenges in America's national parks. These "transportation scholars" are sponsored by the National Park Foundation in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS) and supported by Ford Motor Company, Proud Partner of the National Park Foundation.

"On behalf of all the partners, National Park Foundation is so proud to recognize and thank these exceptional scholars for their work in our national parks," said Vin Cipolla. "They have the important job of helping the parks consider new alternatives for managing visitor traffic and of teaching us as citizens how to visit the parks responsibly."

The 2007 Scholars:

Jeffrey De Bellis, Zion National Park

Bruce Epperson, Everglades and Biscayne National Parks

Christopher MacKechnie, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

Jessica Morriss, Devil's Postpile National Monument

Adina Ringler, Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Dr. Jonathan Upchurch, Grand Canyon National Park

Since 1999, transportation scholars have taken on important issues in our national parks, such as alleviating traffic congestion, implementing environment-friendly transportation solutions and reducing noise and air pollution. Scholars have worked to develop alternative touring vehicles in Glacier National Park, extended railroad access in Cuyahoga Valley National Park, developed alternative transportation routes at the Cape Hatteras National Seashore and tackled many other important initiatives to enhance visitor experience while preserving our parks.

To date, the National Park Transportation Scholars Program has paired 30 national parks with 32 scholars, who have completed 44 transportation-related assignments affecting millions of park visitors.

For more information about the Transportation Scholars Program Click Here.




After receiving nearly 9,000 images from amateur shutterbugs across America, the 2007 Share the Experience Photo Contest has finally come to an end!

Once entries are judged, 14 lucky winners will earn national recognition for their photos and great prizes, such as a 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid. In addition, the Grand Prize-winning photo will grace the cover of the 2009 Federal Recreation Lands Pass.


The Share the Experience Photo Contest is an annual photo competition that showcases more than 500 million acres of federal lands and draws entries from all across the U.S. It is sponsored by Ford Motor Company and the National Park Foundation, in partnership with the National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Reclamation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Forest Service.

To stay connected with NPF for contest results and upcoming news on the 2008 Share the Experience Photo Contest Click Here.




But first, the results from last month. When asked which national park has an abundant underground collection of "Christmas trees," Robert Brown of Fleetwood, PA. correctly answered Christmas Tree Park in Wind Cave National Park.

For bonus points, Robert told us that these tree-shaped cave features, known as frostwork, are the result of the needlelike growths of calcite or aragonite abundant throughout Wind Cave.

To learn more about Christmas Tree Park, Click Here.

Way to go, Robert!

And now, this month's challenge...

Which national park was first protected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture 100 years ago this month?

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