Free March for Parks Event Celebrates Natural Beauty and African American History at Biscayne National Park

 
PRESS RELEASE
  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date:   April 27, 2012
Contact:   Jackie Crucet, National Parks Conservation Association P: 954.961.1280, ext. 201; C:954.290.2196


Free March for Parks Event Celebrates Natural Beauty and African American History at Biscayne National Park

Miami, FL -- Tomorrow, hundreds of South Florida residents from diverse backgrounds are expected to gather to participate and experience the natural beauty of Biscayne National Park at this year’s 12th annual March for Parks event.  Local community participants will explore Biscayne Bay on guided canoe and boat tours, where they will encounter reenactors of conservationists and decedents of pioneering African American families whose passion for the Miami area played an important role in the creation of Biscayne National Park. 
 
Event organizers are working together to encourage a new set of park enthusiasts to support Biscayne National Park by making its visitor base as diverse as the communities that surround the park.  “We’re connecting families in our community to national parks that belong to each one of us and it’s very fulfilling. Our national parks are a place to reconnect to nature and our shared cultural heritage,” said Ken Roland from the South Florida Community Partners. “We’re working to make sure visitors and the stories told at the park fully represent our entire community.”

The free March for Parks event offers participants the ability to explore the nature and beauty of the national park, along with guided park tours, educational activities, and demonstrations of restoration efforts.  Participants will have the opportunity to learn how to fish and catch and release a wide variety of fish found in Biscayne National Park, educating participants on sustainable and responsible fishing in the bay.  All are sure to enjoy discovering the variety of wildlife the mangrove shoreline and shallow bay waters offer. 

“Collaborating with a grassroots group like South Florida Community Partners on March for Parks helps ensure the next generation of park advocates are engaged and aware of the need to protect and preserve our national parks,” said Jackie Crucet, Sun Coast senior program coordinator for the National Parks Conservation Association. “Our national parks must have a voice so that our children and grandchildren can enjoy these treasured places too.” 

March for Parks is organized by South Florida Community Partners, a dynamic group of residents, entrepreneurs, students, professionals, activists, and volunteers who join National Park Service staff to enhance cultural diversity in South Florida’s national parks by providing programs, resources, and opportunities available to all.

Event Details: Saturday, April 28, 2012, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Biscayne National Park, 9700 SW 328 Street, Homestead, Florida 33033

For more information about the March for Parks event or South Florida Community Partners, contact Jackie Crucet at t 954.961.1280, ext 201 or jcrucet@npca.org or Ken Roland at 754.422.4359.
 
About South Florida Community Partners: More than a decade ago, the National Parks Conservation Association and a group of local citizens formed the South Florida Community Partners. The group is dedicated to increasing ethnic representation among national park visitors and encouraging diverse users to become life-long advocates for our national parks. To recognize this need, the group created the annual March for Parks event, which takes place at national parks around the country each year.

About the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA): Since 1919, the nonpartisan National Parks Conservation Association has been the leading voice of the American people in protecting our national parks. With 600,000 members and supporters, NPCA is the largest independent, membership organization dedicated to protecting the natural, cultural, and historic treasures of our National Park System. Our mission is to protect and enhance our national parks today for our children and grandchildren tomorrow. For additional information, please visit: www.npca.org.

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