More than 30 community partners and outdoor leaders will celebrate North Cascades National Park on Sunday
SEATTLE – Celebrating North Cascades National Park, wild rivers and trails, National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) and more than 30 community partners and outdoor leaders will host a Pacific Northwest adventure this Sunday, October 14, at Seattle’s El Centro De La Raza on Beacon Hill. With an eye on equity and environmental justice, the day will be filled with storytelling and guest speakers, including welcoming remarks by former Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell. Through the presentations, as well as wildlife encounters and activities for all ages, NPCA and partners aim to inspire and foster future park stewardship for all people.
“Nature nurtures our curiosity and fuels our soul,” said Sally Jewell, former Secretary for the Department of the Interior. “Welcoming all people to their public lands, especially the incredible wilderness of the North Cascades, opens eyes and opportunities through experiencing the wonders of our natural world.”
Fifty years ago, North Cascades National Park was established to protect more than 600,000 acres of the mountainous region of Northwest Washington for conservation and recreation. The Wild and Scenic Rivers Act and National Trails System Act were also signed into law 50 years ago this month, protecting stunning landscapes and waterways in Washington State and across the country.
“When I am outdoors whether it’s by the river, on the trail or enjoying parks; I am bursting with happiness. It is where I can feel connected to my ancestors, and feel everyday stressors wilt away. It’s my medicine. It’s my health,” said filmmaker and Familias en Acción board member Yesenia Castro.
“Since moving from the Midwest to Seattle in 2013, I’ve developed a strong sense of identity with North Cascades National Park. Without exaggeration, it’s changed my life. How lucky we are to have it in our big backyard,” said climber Scott Kranz. Kranz has summited 50 peaks in the North Cascades and will be sharing stories from his personal adventures at Choose Your Adventure.
Additional indoor and outdoor events throughout the day include short film screenings including Yesenia Castro’s “I Am Here” and a special presentation by “Crown Jewel Wilderness” author Lauren Danner.
“The national parks and the great outdoors are for everyone,” said Rob Smith, Northwest Regional Director for National Parks Conservation Association. “We are proud to bring our great wild nearby to the heart of Seattle to encourage connections and stewardship of these places and experiences.”
About National Parks Conservation Association Since 1919, the nonpartisan National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) has been the leading voice in safeguarding our national parks. NPCA and its more than one million members and supporters work together to protect and preserve our nation’s natural, historical, and cultural heritage for future generations. For more information, visit www.npca.org.
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