Need Help Planning Your Summer Vacation Or 4th Of July Holiday?

Tuesday, June 29, 2010National Park Foundation
THE NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION PRESENTS: Parks for Play: 35 National Park Adventures for Kids of All Ages

WASHINGTON, D.C. (JUNE 29, 2010) – With summer officially here and the 4th of July just a few days away, is your family searching for a one of a kind adventure to share and experience?

The National Park Foundation is proud to present the new free resource for families: Parks for Play: 35 National Park Adventures for Kids of All Ages available at  featuring 35 captivating national parks that the whole family will enjoy.

“There’s nothing more American than taking your family to a national park to celebrate summer or the 4th of July,” said Neil Mulholland, President and CEO of the National Park Foundation.  “This guide will help families plan trips to their national parks, and memories that will last a life time.”

Parks for Play: 35 National Park Adventures for Kids of All Ages features activities and interactive games to help bring the parks to life including:

·       Acadia National Park: Sea-life bingo keeps youngsters excited tallying green sea urchins, orange sea stars, and other curious marine creatures that reside in tide pools that surface at low tide. Watch for harbor seals farther out in the water.

·       Mesa Verde National Park: To best appreciate the ancestral Puebloans’ security concerns, climb up into Balcony House. Not only is the view perfect, but the dwelling offers protection from both hot summer sun and cold winter storms. When you squeeze through a 12-foot tunnel to leave, you’ll see an example of their measures against possible invaders.

·       Zion National Park: Short, family friendly hikes to Emerald Pools (a trio of shimmering potholes), Weeping Rock with its hanging wildflower gardens, and the Pa’rus Trail acquaint you with the uniqueness of Zion Canyon.

Visit to download the complete ‘Parks for Play’ guide.  There you will also discover other comprehensive guides, tools and resources to plan your next trip to the national parks.  The National Park Foundation also offers the latest information and opportunities for individuals to take action and directly support their national parks.


You are the part-owner of 84 million acres of the world’s most treasured landscapes, ecosystems, and historical sites -- all protected in America’s nearly 400 national parks.  Chartered by Congress, the National Park Foundation is the official charity of America’s national parks.  We work hand in hand with the National Park Service to help connect you and all Americans to the parks, and to make sure that they are preserved for the generations who will follow.  Join us – This is Your Land.