Harpers Ferry, WV (March 31, 2015) – The Appalachian Trail Conservancy joins parks, programs, and partners across the country to encourage everyone to find their park and share their stories online at FindYourPark.com.
Launched yesterday by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation, “Find Your Park” is a public awareness and education campaign celebrating the milestone centennial anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016 and setting the stage for its second century of management of more than 400 national park units.
Find Your Park invites the public to see that a national park can be more than a place—it can be a feeling, a state of mind, or a sense of American pride. Beyond vast landscapes, the campaign highlights historical, urban, and cultural parks, as well as the National Park Service programs that protect, preserve and share nature, culture, and history in communities nationwide.
"We encourage everyone to find their own connection with the vast network of public lands and places that protect and preserve our nation's majestic landscapes, rich history, and vibrant culture," said Wendy Janssen, superintendent of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail.
“Find Your Park” is also the theme for this year’s National Park Week, April 18–26. The 2,185-mile Appalachian Trail, a unit of the National Park System, is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world, stretching from Maine to Georgia. The Trail has hundreds of access points and is within a few hours drive of tens of millions of Americans, making it a popular destination for day hikers.
“The Appalachian Trail Conservancy would like to invite everyone to celebrate National Park Week by venturing out and exploring these national treasures, including the Appalachian Trail,” said Ron Tipton, executive director/CEO of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.
Visit www.NationalParkWeek.org to learn more about how you can join parks, programs, and partners in celebrating National Park Week across the country.
About the Appalachian Trail Conservancy
The ATC was founded in 1925 by volunteers and federal officials working to build a continuous footpath along the Appalachian Mountains. A unit of the National Park System, the A.T. ranges from Maine to Georgia and is approximately 2,185 miles in length. It is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world. The mission of the ATC is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail – ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come. For more information, please visit www.appalachiantrail.org.
Contact: Javier Folgar
Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Email: [email protected]