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Spring is the perfect time to start planning an exciting trip to one of our 397 national parks. To inspire you, here are some of the not-to-be-missed national park adventures to check out this season!

Glide along the shoreline at Biscayne National Park (FL)
Explore tidal creeks and canals, and skim over vast seagrass meadows while watching for manatees, birds, fish and other critters. Weather permitting, this FREE 2-3 hour paddle begins at the Dante Fascell Visitor Center at 9am every Monday, Wednesday and Friday until April.

Enjoy the snow before it's gone in Crater Lake National Park (OR)
Explore one of the snowiest inhabited places in America, receiving an average of 44 feet of snow per year. Snowshoes are provided for free. Be sure to make reservations in advance as the ranger-guided snowshoe walks fill up fast!

** PLEASE DESCRIBE THIS IMAGE **Capture beautiful moments at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park (KY, TN, VA)
Do you love taking photos? Join fellow photo enthusiasts for an evening of photography demonstrations including helpful techniques and tips designed to get that perfect shot! Photographers of all levels are invited and encouraged to attend.

Learn how your life compares to life in the Arctic at Kobuk Valley National Park (AK)
Ever wanted to learn about life in the Arctic? Here's your chance! Come check out the Arctic Circle Film Series every Tuesday evening from 7-9pm!

Make a lei necklace at Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site (HI)
Join "Aunty Martha" from the Hawai'i Pacific Parks Association for lei making demonstrations!

Enjoy a river walk at Tumacácori National Historical Park (AZ)
Hike to the Santa Cruz River and explore the natural and cultural history found in this national park, one of the National Park Foundation's American Latino Heritage Fund sites.

Indulge your artistic side at Weir Farm National Historic Site (CT)
Be creative, be inspired and Take Part in Art at Weir Farm National Historic Site, home to three generations of American artists! The park will provide graphite pencils, colored pencils and chalk pastels for all ages and experience levels.

Sit back, relax and chat on the patio at White Sands National Monument (NM)
Enjoy a weekend afternoon chat on the patio with the rangers! The rangers will lead discussions on a variety of topics.

For more information on these and other events happening in America's national parks, visit the National Park Service's calendar.

National Park Week is Coming Soon!

Experience the Parks
at Home

Telling a More Complete American Story

First Dog "Bo" Inspires Special Souvenir Egg

National Park Week is Coming Soon!

** PLEASE DESCRIBE THIS IMAGE **Exactly one month from today we'll be kicking off National Park Week 2012! We can't wait for you to join us and our friends at the National Park Service for a chance to explore, learn, share, and give back in our nearly 400 national parks.

From Saturday, April 21 through Sunday, April 29, we invite you to experience the beauty and wonder of 84 million acres of the world's most spectacular scenery, historic landmarks and cultural treasures for FREE!

National parks across the country will be celebrating with special events including a volunteer day on April 21, Earth Day on April 22 and Junior Ranger Day on April 28.

Visit to learn more and discover the ways you can participate in National Park Week 2012.

Experience the National Parks at Home

** PLEASE DESCRIBE THIS IMAGE **The National Park Foundation has partnered with Air Wick™ on the launch of its newest fragrances. The National Park Collection features scents inspired by four national parks - Yellowstone, Glacier Bay, Virgin Islands and Kaloko-Honokohau. The scents will be captured in the full line of Air Wick products including scented oils, candles and aerosols, allowing consumers to experience the essence of our national parks in their home. A portion of the proceeds from sales of the new line will go to the National Park Foundation and to help further our mission to directly aid, support and enrich America's nearly 400 national parks and their programs. To learn more, click here.

Telling a More Complete American Story

** PLEASE DESCRIBE THIS IMAGE **We know you're familiar with our African American Experience Fund and now we want to introduce you to our American Latino Heritage Fund!

The American Latino Heritage Fund (ALHF) is part of a joint plan that Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis and National Park Foundation President Neil Mulholland, announced last summer. This new fund is dedicated to celebrating the cultural, economic and civic contributions of American Latinos in our national park system and historic places across the country.

The truth is that while a number of sites do have a connection to American Latinos, very few explicitly recognize their contributions to the U.S. and we want to make sure that our national parks share the stories and history of all Americans.

Currently, ALHF is working on the American Latino Theme Study to find special places deserving of our nation's protection. The Fund is also busy working to increase Latinos' attendance at national parks and part of that effort includes organizing youth summits that will equip the younger generations with the tools they need to become responsible and engaged stewards of our national parks.

To learn more about this exciting initiative, click here.
First Dog "Bo" Inspires Special Souvenir Egg

** PLEASE DESCRIBE THIS IMAGE **We have some egg-citing news for national park fans and Easter egg lovers! For the first time ever, the First Dog has his very own White House Easter Egg. The special edition Bo Egg features Bo's signature paw print and is included when you buy a set of 2012 White House Easter Eggs.

The 2012 White House Easter Eggs, which commemorate the annual White House Easter Egg Roll, are crafted from FSC-certified U.S. hardwood and come in four festive colors. Each souvenir egg includes the stamped signatures of the President and First Lady. The souvenir eggs make fun and unique Easter gifts and decorations for all ages.

** PLEASE DESCRIBE THIS IMAGE **Get your 2012 White House Easter Eggs online at or call 800.574.1305.

The annual White House Easter Egg Roll is a national park tradition dating back over 100 years. The National Park Foundation sells the White House Easter Eggs to support the annual event, which hosts 30,000 kids and their families for Easter fun on the South Lawn of the White House. Learn more about the event click here.

Donor Spotlight: Kris and Jim Dorris

Kris and Jim Dorris are big fans of the national parks and have vacationed in many of them during their travels. They have visited nearly all of the national parks, with the exception of Acadia and the Everglades, and have made many repeat trips to some of their favorites including Grand Teton, Rocky Mountain, Yellowstone and Glacier.

** PLEASE DESCRIBE THIS IMAGE **Kris and Jim recently contacted the National Park Foundation because they feel a genuine need to leave a lasting legacy for these places that they love. They want to ensure that the trails they have hiked, the beautiful vistas they have seen, and the amazing wildlife they have experienced are preserved for years to come. They have enjoyed many evenings around the campfires in our national parks and they know that these are irreplaceable memories that connect all families to their national parks for a lifetime.

"We have found true serenity and happiness in the beauty of America's best idea, our national parks" said Kris and Jim.

NPF is honored that they have decided to leave a gift to the national parks through their wills. This generous gift helps ensure that their love and respect for our national parks will be passed on to the next generation of park enthusiasts.

2012 Transportation Scholars Program Kicks Off

Imagine devoting 10 years to helping national parks reduce congestion, increase safety, and improve the experience of visitors! That is just what emerging transportation professionals have been doing in NPF's Transportation Scholar Program that focuses on developing sustainable alternative transportation solutions. Check out a recent article by 2011 Transportation Scholar, Steven Tupper, which details his experience at New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park. It provides great insight into the program and his excellent work at the park.

** PLEASE DESCRIBE THIS IMAGE **We are excited to announce that five parks have been selected for the 2012 program. A scholar will spend the next year at their respective national park working on projects that range from implementing a pilot shuttle system to assessing how to connect urban NPS sites with public transit and walking and bicycle paths. The parks selected include Arches National Park, Cape Cod National Seashore, National Parks of New York Harbor, San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, and Yellowstone National Park.

The Transportation Scholars program is supported by the Motorola Solutions Foundation and done in partnership with the National Park Service, Eno Transportation Foundation, Federal Highway Administration, and the Paul S. Sarbanes Transit in Parks Technical Assistance Center. To learn more and support programs like this click here.

Are You Ready for a ParkVenture?

** PLEASE DESCRIBE THIS IMAGE **Join the National Park Foundation for a ParkVenture! These are FREE opportunities for our members to get out and enjoy the parks. Upcoming trips in March are filled to capacity, but not to worry, we have many more exciting ParkVentures coming your way! Plans are in the works to visit both Shenandoah National Park and Governors Island in New York in the coming months, so please stay tuned for more information!

ParkVentures are free for National Park Foundation members but space is very limited. Contact Matthew Boyer at [email protected] for more information.

Photo Contest Winners Announced

** PLEASE DESCRIBE THIS IMAGE **The National Park Foundation is excited to announce the winner of the 2011 Share the Experience Photo Contest! This year's Grand Prize winning photo was taken by Glen Maki at Sequoia National Forest and will be featured on next year's Federal Recreation Lands Pass.

Congratulations to Glen and all of the 2011 winners!

To view more breathtaking winning photos, click here.

Commemorating Homestead

** PLEASE DESCRIBE THIS IMAGE **Homesteading may be enjoying a renaissance with canning, pickling and smoking meats - popular current trends, but it's the Homestead Act that people from around the nation will be commemorating on May 20th at Homestead National Monument of America. Making the trip from the National Archives from April 25 - May 28 will be the actual Homestead Act document, made possible in part with the support of The Friends of Homestead. Diane Vicars, president of the Friends of Homestead, shared the excitement, "The Homestead Act is a huge part of our history - over 270 million acres were homesteaded -- and this is a terrific opportunity for the Friends of Homestead and residents of Beatrice, Nebraska, to welcome visitors from all over the nation." The park is looking for Homestead descendents to be flag carriers for two events, to find out more click here, and a full schedule of events is available here.

Win a Grand Canyon Rafting Trip!

** PLEASE DESCRIBE THIS IMAGE **Experience the Grand Canyon from the ground up! You can enter to win a seven-day, once-in-a-lifetime Grand Canyon rafting trip sponsored by the National Park Foundation and our friends at Wilderness River Adventures. Just become a fan of the National Park Foundation on Facebook and look for more details on Monday, March 26.

J. Crew Park T-shirts

** PLEASE DESCRIBE THIS IMAGE **Just in time for warm weather, the highly anticipated J. Crew national park graphic t-shirt for men is now available! Proceeds from each t-shirt sold will be donated to the National Park Foundation.

To order a t-shirt today, click here!


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And congratulations to last month's winner, Carson Orpin, a 4th grader from Canton, Kansas, who knew that the five US Presidents honored with monuments or memorials along the National Mall are Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, Grant and FDR.

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