|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
|Date:||November 10, 2006|
|Contact:||Laura Loomis, National Parks Conservation Association, 202.997.0875|
Wyoming Resident Receives National Interpretation Award
Conservation Group Recognizes 25 Years of Excellence in Interpretation at National Parks
Washington, D.C.—Arvid Aase, a museum specialist geologist at Fossil Butte National Monument, Wyo., yesterday received the 25th Annual National Freeman Tilden Award from the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) and the National Park Service for his commitment to public education and fostering stewardship of the national parks.
“In working with a variety of partners to create a community-wide fossil hunt, Arvid Aase has provided park visitors with new ways to explore and interpret the evolution of ancient fossils,” said Laura Loomis, senior director of NPCA, who presented this award at the National Association for Interpretation Workshop in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Aase’s interpretive project, “Fishing the Layers of Time: A Community-wide Fossil Hunt,” is a personal diary of a visit to the Fossil Butte National Monument and community of Kemmerer, Wyo., exploring ancient fossils preserved in Fossil Lake. Through his research, 26 fossil exhibits were selected to represent a variety of fossils preserved in Fossil Lake and then installed in businesses around the community. Working with the Fossil Basin Promotion Board and the Kemmerer Foundation, Aase worked to acquire ancient fossils, wrote and designed an accompanying book and map, and designed rubbing plates and interpretive signs to engage the public. He also photographed 2,000 specimens, choosing 200 photos for use in the “Aquarium in Stone” and “Fossil Legacy” poster sets.
“The interpretive program designed by Asae displays the high quality of work and understanding needed at all national parks to improve the experiences of visitors,” said Loomis.
The 25th Annual National Freeman Tilden Award, co-sponsored by NPCA and the National Park Service since 1982, recognizes outstanding contributions to the public through interpretation by a Park Service employee. Revered as an author, philosopher, and master of interpretation, Freeman Tilden (1884-1980) was a champion of America’s national parks who continues to inspire millions of visitors and park interpreters.
Since 1919, the nonpartisan, nonprofit National Parks Conservation Association has been the leading voice of the American people in protecting and enhancing our National Park System. NPCA, its 300,000 members, and partners work together to protect the park system and preserve our nation’s natural, historical, and cultural heritage for generations to come. For more information, visit www.npca.org.