Washington, D.C. (October 18, 2010) -- Last week's broadcasts of the National Park Foundation’s Electronic Field Trip (EFT) on climate change attracted the largest number of participants in the program’s six year history. Over 150,000 students and teachers registered for the EFT which was broadcast to millions over public television and was viewed online at www.nationalparks.org/eft ultimately engaging participants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
“The National Park Foundation is thrilled to see this level of engagement on this globally significant topic,” said Neil Mulholland, President and CEO of the National Park Foundation. “We continuously strive to provide exciting ways to educate the next generation of park stewards on the importance of protecting their natural resources.”
Hosted by TV host and environmentalist Jeff Corwin from North Cascades National Park in Washington State, the EFT focused on the impact climate change is having on the glaciers in the park and what the repercussions mean for the eco-system within the park and the surrounding areas. Throughout the one-hour live broadcast, students were encouraged to interact directly with the show, sending their questions in by email or phone call to the National Park experts in the studio, Patrick Gonzalez, Ph.D., a climate change scientist, and Andrew Pringle, an Interpreter. The North Cascades EFT and 11 other Electronic Field Trips and their companion lesson plans are available for viewing at www.nationalparks.org/eft.
The broadcasts concluded with the announcement of the next National Park Foundation Electronic Field Trip to the Gulf Islands National Seashore which will broadcast in February 2011. This field trip will continue the lesson on climate change, focusing on how the park utilizes inventory and monitoring science to track environmental changes occurring in the wake of the Gulf oil spill. FREE Registration for the Gulf Island EFT has begun at www.nationalparks.org/eft.
The North Cascades EFT is part of the National Park Foundation’s Climate Challenge Program, and was made possible in part by generous contributions from the following sponsors: GE Foundation, Inner Spark Foundation, RealNetworks Foundation and The Fernandez Pave the Way Foundation.
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