|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
|Date:||June 24, 2011|
|Contact:||Sean Smith, NPCA: 206-818-4041|
Northwest National Park Family Day Brings the Parks to the People in Seattle
Free community event makes visiting the parks easier for local families
Seattle, Washington- This Saturday, June 25th, Seattle families can experience our national parks right in their own back yard. The second annual Northwest National Park Family Day will bring families to the Mountaineers Program Center at Magnuson Park for a day full of education, entertainment, and hands-on fun.
“Our national parks are living classrooms that provide a space where families can spend time together and our children can learn things that cannot be read in textbooks,” said Sean Smith, Northwest Policy Director for the National Parks Conservation Association. “Our children will be the stewards of our parks as the National Park Service enters into its second century in 2016. For this reason it is important now more than ever that we teach and expose our children to our national parks.”
Seattle area residents who attend the event will hear from park rangers about the national and cultural history of our national parks, meet some of the wildlife that live in our northwest parks, hear from a Native American storyteller, play plant jeopardy, and see a nature puppet show. Kids will also have the opportunity to take Rock Climbing 101 and the first 250 kids to complete the Junior Ranger Program will receive a free packet of collectible animal-shaped Silly Bandz!
The second annual Northwest National Park Family Day will be hosted by the National Parks Conservation Association and the National Park Service. This year’s sponsors are Puget Sound Energy, Slalom Consulting, REI, The Mountaineers, KCTS 9, NWCN, the Olympic Park Institute, and 103.7 The Mountain.