|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
|Date:||May 30, 2008|
|Contact:||Laine Hendricks, National Parks Conservation Association: 559-285-3039
John Hernandez, Central California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce: 559-495-4817
National Parks Family Day Makes Visiting the Parks Easier for Fresno Residents
Free community event brings national parks to local youth and families
Fresno, Calif. - This Saturday, May 31, Fresno families won’t need to travel far to experience California’s national parks. The fifth annual National Parks Family Day brings Yosemite and Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks to Fresno residents for a day full of education, entertainment, and hands-on fun for the entire family.
“The Fresno area is home to some of the most majestic and inspiring national parks our country has to offer,” said National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) Program Manager Laine Hendricks. “National Parks Family Day reconnects families, especially our youth, with our most valuable living classrooms: the national parks.”
Fresno residents attending National Parks Family Day will have an opportunity to win one of 400 FREE day passes to Yosemite and Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. There will also be live entertainment from dance, music, and performance groups throughout the day. National park rangers from Pinnacles, Juan Bautista de Anza, Sequoia and Kings Canyon, San Francisco Maritime, and Yosemite National Parks will be on hand to teach about the wildlife and cultural history of our parks. Philip Hoelzel, author of Como Acampar, will show families the basics of camping in the parks, and REI will teach children how to have fun and be safe outdoors.
“National Parks Family Day is a wonderful way for the chamber and all of our partners to give back to the Fresno community. We welcome the opportunity to educate families about the value of our region’s national parks, and encourage people to visit these wonderful places,” said John Hernandez, executive director of the Central California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
NPCA and the Central California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce established National Parks Family Day in 2004 to introduce the community of Fresno to its nearby national parks. The National Park Service, Yosemite Association, and Delaware North Companies, Inc., are also event partners. This year’s sponsors are Univision Television (KFPT-TV) and Univision Radio.