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Founders’ Day Celebration Set For Month’s End

National Park News

Founders’ Day, the 97th birthday of the National Park Service, is on August 25th, and provides an opportunity to celebrate the great work that employees are doing in parks and programs across the country.

Here’s how you can get involved:            

Webchat with Director Jarvis – Join Director Jarvis from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EDT on August 26th for a first-ever webchat to celebrate our birthday, share information about A Call to Action and our upcoming centennial, and talk about what’s happening across the Service. To participate in the chat, simply click this link. You’ll be able to ask questions live via the chat function (similar to Secretary Jewell’s webchat about Earth Day). The transcript and a recording of the chat will also be available here after the event. If you’d like to submit questions or comments in advance, please do so by an email to Barbara Baxter in the Office of Communications by Monday, August 19th. As possible, please focus on topics that have broad relevance to the Service.

New Call to Action Updates and Tools – Two years ago on Founder’s Day, the Service rolled out A Call to Action: Preparing for a Second Century of Stewardship and Engagement. The National Park Service has a lot to be proud of this Founders’ Day, including the completion of action item #8, Eat Well and Prosper. There’s now a simple, online site that makes it easy to share your C2A success stories with one another and the public on NPS.gov. There are more than 450 great success stories already posted and ready to be spotlighted in all our communications! Find A Call to Action tools, tips, guidance, and templates here.

Communications Toolkit on InsideNPS – Check out this Founders’ Day communications toolkit, where you’ll find a history of the NPS, a copy of the director’s memo, the national press release that went out on August 8th, and a press release template that can be easily adapted to your needs.

Events Calendar and New Birthday Sites – An NPS birthday site has been launched with lots of information and a link to the NPS events calendar. Sunday, August 25th, is a fee free day, so make sure you enter any planned activities into your park’s online event calendar, which is promoted to the public and to the media. Clicking this short link will show all events happening over Founders’ Day weekend: http://go.nps.gov/foundersday2013 With our partners at the National Park Foundation, the Service has also created an online hub to help visitors plan trips and share birthday wishes or stories, pictures, and video from their national park adventures at www.npsbirthday.org.

For more information, contact Emily Linroth (emily_linroth@nps.gov or 202-341-6143).



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