News from our National Parks AUGUST 2009
August and and other Summer Events in our National Parks, Memorials, National Historical Sites, etc.
— ALABAMA —
“Muster on the Tallapoosa” for park’s Fiftieth Anniversary
(Alabama) — Horseshoe Bend National Military Park will host the tenth annual “Muster on the Tallapoosa” on Saturday, August 22. Cultural and historical demonstrators will set up camps and give presentations throughout the day. From 11 am to 3 pm, a series of lectures will be given in the park auditorium, each lasting 45 minutes. The Horseshoe Bend Junior Ranger Station will be open and ready for business. It’s all FREE. Details are posted at http://www.nps.gov/hobe/.
— ALASKA —
Denali seeks artists for 2010 residence program
(Alaska) — Denali National Park and Preserve is seeking applications from visual artists for the 2010 Artist-in-Residence Program. The program allows artists to reside in the historic East Fork cabin, located 43 miles into the park, for a ten day period between June and mid-September. In return, each artist donates to the park a piece of artwork that was inspired by their stay. Artists also offer a public presentation for visitors at the end of their residency. Many of the works created by artists-in-residence from previous years are on display in the Denali Visitor Center and the Eielson Visitor Center.
Find details and the online application at http://arts.alaskageographic.org. Applications must be submitted by October 31, 2009.
— ARIZONA —
Tucson youth experience Grand Canyon in Focus
(Arizona) — Ten youth from the Boys and Girls Club, Tucson, will go on their first ever backpacking trip and document some of the wonders of Grand Canyon National Park. A park ranger and co-leaders from the Morris K. Udall Foundation and Boys and Girls Club, Tucson, will guide Boys and Girls Club members on a six-day adventure, starting on August 2, as they connect to Grand Canyon through the lens of a camera. The students, aged 11-13, will learn the fundamentals of nature photography, ecology and conservation as they participate in games, hikes and activities that introduce them to Grand Canyon’s many natural and historic treasures. Each participant will keep a journal during the trip to document favorite moments, record the plants and animals they see and reflect on what they’ve learned.
Photography from the trip will be displayed at Grand Canyon, at Grand Canyon Railway station and in conjunction with Ken Burn’s America’s Best Ideas promotions. The camp is made possible in part by an America’s Best Idea grant from the NPF through the generous support of the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund.
Grand Canyon celebrates Native American Heritage Days
(Arizona) — The 16th annual Native American Heritage Days will take place Thursday and Friday, August 13–14, on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. This event began in 1993 as “Paiute Days”, and was designed to honor the last Native American group to occupy the North Rim of what became Grand Canyon National Park. In 1997 the event was extended to include all native groups with cultural ties to Grand Canyon. A variety of special programs will be offered both days by tribal members and non-tribal members, ranging from ethno-botany to Native American flute playing and dance. Programmed activities will take place in various locations throughout the North Rim developed area.
— CALIFORNIA —
Cabrillo hosts celebration of San Diego parks, natural areas and open space
(California) — Cabrillo National Monument will celebrate National Park Service Founder’s Day by hosting a celebration of San Diego County’s parks, natural areas and open space from 9 AM to 5 PM on August 25. Activities will include living history demonstrations, tours of the 1855 Old Point Loma Lighthouse, previews of Ken Burns’ new documentary, National Parks:
America’s Best Idea, ranger talks about Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo and Point Loma’s military history and guided hikes of the Bayside Trail. The California state tall ship, Californian, owned and operated by the Maritime Museum of San Diego, will sail past to fire a cannon salute between 1 and 1:30 PM. Federal, state, special district, municipal and non-profit land trusts and others from the San Diego County area will host exhibits in front of the visitor center. The Cabrillo National Monument Foundation offers books, films, postcards and other park-related items daily at the Cabrillo Store in the park’s visitor center. This is one of two days each year that the tower, lantern and gallery sections of the Old Point Loma Lighthouse is open to visitors (the other being November 15). The park encourages attendees to go green by using public transportation. http://www.nps.gov/cabr/
— D.C. —
Concerts at Fort Dupont Park
(DC) – Fort Dupont Park will host free concerts starting at 8 pm every Saturday in August. The park encourages music lovers to come out, bring lawn chairs and blankets, and enjoy some of the finest rhythm & blues music in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. On August 1 – Radio “WPFW” Night w/Blue Magic and Force MD’s & The Legends; August 8 – Rose Royce (Julia Nixon); August 15 – Mother’s Finest (Derek Mckeith featuring Alyson Williams); and August 22 – Surprise guest, tba! (Jazzy Blu). Details are posted at http://www.nps.gov/fodu.
Hollywood on the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal
(DC) — For years, the C&O Canal has provided a beautiful backdrop for numerous scenes from famous, and not so famous, Hollywood films. Join a park ranger on August 9 for a fun-filled tour of scenic sites from movies such as “St. Elmo’s Fire”, “The Thief”, “Dick”, and of course, “The Exorcist.” This 1¼ hour free walking tour starts at 12:15 pm at the C&O Canal NHP Visitor Center, 1057 Thomas Jefferson St NW.
Georgetown In and Out
(DC) — It seems all roads lead to Georgetown! Find out why, and learn how the transportation system of the village evolved over time during this 1½ hour tour, starting at 12:15 pm at the C&O Canal NHP Visitor Center, 1057 Thomas Jefferson St NW on August 30.
— FLORIDA —
Biscayne volunteers work to restore coral reefs, one piece at a time
(Florida) – Volunteers at Biscayne National Park are working year round to help with the park’s Coral Nursery Project, turning some negative events into highly positive results, and they’re having a lot of fun in the process. For the past 15 years, the park has been salvaging pieces of damaged coral and reintroducing them into coral nurseries located throughout the park with the intention of using these slow-growing colonies to restore damaged reef areas. Volunteers assist in locating and rescuing damaged corals, securing funding, participating in educational outreach and other aspects of nursery maintenance. New volunteers are always welcome and should contact the park for details.
— HAWAII —
Tour historic ‘Ainahou ranch house and gardens
(Hawaii) — Join park staff and Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park on a walking tour of ‘Ainahou Ranch House and gardens. Scheduled at 11 am and 2 pm on August 4 and 18, September 1, 15, and 29, and October 6, these free tours explore the rich history and geology of the ‘Ainahou.
Participants should meet at least twenty minutes before the tour at the Mauna Ulu parking lot. Tours take place rain or shine, but may be cancelled on short notice due to poor air quality, severe weather, or volcanic activity. Details about this and other programs are posted at http://www.fhvnp.org/.
— INDIANA —
Discover your neighborhood National Park
(Indiana) – Get out for the weekends in August at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. On Saturday evenings, from 7:30 to 8:30 pm, rangers present campfire talks at the Dunewood Campground amphitheater about the diversity of resources and activities at the National Lakeshore. Kids can take in an afternoon of nature activities and stories from 1 to 4 pm on Saturdays and Sundays in the Visitor Center’s activity room. Find additional activities posted at http://www.nps.gov/indu/planyourvisit/things2do.htm.
Calling Junior Rangers to the Dunes
(Indiana) – Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore presents a Junior Wildland Firefighter Program from 10 to 11 am on August 15. Meet the park’s fire crew at the Dunewood Campground to learn about firefighting jobs and equipment. After this hands-on program, children will receive a Junior Wildland firefighter activity book and a Junior Wildland firefighter patch.
Every day from 10 am to 3 pm throughout August, kids are invited to join a roving ranger at West Beach and Mount Baldy lakefronts while enjoying the beach. By completing resource related activities kids can earn a Junior Ranger patch. Look for a roving ranger on the beach for an activity guide or pick one up beforehand at the Visitor Center. http://www.nps.gov/indu/
— IOWA —
Honoring military service and celebrating Iowa’s treasures
(Iowa) — Hooverfest, the annual celebration of Herbert Hoover’s birth, takes place on Saturday, August 1 at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site.
Admission will be free to all events and buildings, including the Hoover Presidential Library-Museum and its temporary exhibit “Iowa A-Z”. On-site parking is limited but free parking with shuttle service to the site will be provided at West Branch High School, about two-thirds of a mile from the historic site. A free shuttle will transport visitors to and from the high school parking lot. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and stay all day. Information is posted at http://www.nps.gov/heho/parknews/hooverfest-2009.htm.
— MAINE —
Explore 18th-century life at Acadia
(Maine) — Every Tuesday in August between 10 am and 1 pm, park staff will hold an open house at the Carroll Homestead, an 1800s-era farm home on Mount Desert Island. Visitors can walk the grounds and imagine what life was like for the families that lived on the subsistence farm. Historic games are available for children. http://www.nps.gov/acad/
Acadia launches new night sky scoping program
(Maine) — Visitors can join park staff and volunteers for a closer look at stars, distant galaxies and the moon. Telescope viewing sessions will be offered on Saturday and Sunday evenings from August 8 to 30. Reservations are required. The program is part of the park’s celebration of the International Year of Astronomy.
— MARYLAND —
Monocacy invites youth to a video challenge
(Maryland) — Monocacy National Battlefield invites young film makers, ages 12-17, to create short documentaries that highlight special features of the park and describe why it deserves to be preserved as one of America’s treasures. Selected entries will be shown in the park visitor center throughout September in conjunction with the PBS premiere of “The National
Parks: America’s Best Idea” by Ken Burns. Entries must be received by August 15. Details are posted at http://www.nps.gov/mono/video-challenge.htm.
— MINNESOTA —
Rendezvous at Grand Portage
(Minnesota) –On August 7-9, re-enactors from across the country and Canada will gather at Grand Portage National Monument to camp, enjoy games and practice skills from the past. Music, dancing, craft demonstrations and hands-on workshops ensure an exciting weekend at the Grand Portage National Monument. The rendezvous is held in conjunction with the Rendezvous Days Pow-Wow, sponsored by the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.
Details are posted at www.nps.gov/grpo.
— MISSISSIPPI —
Eyes on wildlife at Gulf Islands National Seashore
(Mississippi) — Animal-themes are the focus of several Sunday programs in August at Gulf Islands National Seashore. On August 2, guest speaker Jennifer Frey and her harmless grey banded king snake will reveal fascinating facts about Mississippi snakes at the Gulf Islands Visitor Center. On August 9 join a ranger at the William M. Colmer Visitor Center for a one-hour children’s program about the animals of Gulf Islands. Learn about the habitat, life-cycle and biomedical potential of Horseshoe crabs on August 16 at the Gulf Islands Visitor Center. On August 30, explore the marshes of Davis Bayou with a ranger during the Marsh Discovery Walk, an easy, one-hour stroll through the park. Celebrate the National Park Service’s 93rd birthday two days early on August 23 with a slide show presentation at the William M. Colmer Visitor Center. Park staff will also show a preview of the new PBS series on the National Park Service by Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan. All programs start at 2 pm. For details visit www.nps.gov/guis.
— MISSOURI —
Night Walk into the Past
(Missouri) – Step back in time at Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site with an evening living history program on August 7-9. The program, Diverse
Perspectives: Life in Grant’s America, encourages the audience to explore through the eyes of various people how Grant influenced issues and events of the time.
— NEW JERSEY —
Colonial nature hike at Morristown National Historical Park (New Jersey) — Join the park historian on August 16 for a 1½ mile hike starting at the Jockey Hollow Visitor Center, and learn how people in the 18th century used and abused the natural world. Learn how farmers, craftsmen and housewives used local resources in their daily lives. These short but strenuous hikes on hilly terrain start at 10 am and 2 pm. Please wear appropriate clothing and bring water. Additionally, every Saturday through August 22 a park ranger offers tours of the Pennsylvania Line Soldier Huts in Jockey Hollow and shares stories of soldier life during the Continental Army’s 1779-1780 winter encampment.
Was it really Nonsense?
(New Jersey) — Why would General Washington order his soldiers to build a fort high atop Mount Kemble? Come to Fort Nonsense at Morristown National Historical Park from 1 to 4 pm on August 1 to learn about this important site, see displays about the fort and discover the meaning of its unusual name. http://www.nps.gov/morr/
An evening of encampment stories
(New Jersey) — Take part in a history buffet at this campfire program starting at 7 pm Thursday, August 6 at the Wick House in Jockey Hollow. The park historian at Morristown National Historical Park will offer a variety of historical topics to choose from. Hear stories about the American Revolution and Morristown’s role in the war or the tale of the man who was hanged twice and the time that Washington lied. For your own comfort and safety, please bring a folding chair or blanket and a flashlight. Regular hours for the Wick House are daily from roughly 9:30 am to noon and 1:30 to 4:30 pm. Every Tuesday morning through September 29, visitors are invited to meet the volunteers from the Herb Society of America, Northern New Jersey Unit who maintain the historic Wick Garden. http://www.nps.gov/morr/
— NEW YORK STATE —
Fire Island celebrates the signing of the Declaration of Independence (New York) — While flags waved and crowds gathered for Fourth of July weekend picnics and fireworks, Fire Island National Seashore has delayed its celebration of the signing of the Declaration of Independence until August 2. That was the date in 1776 that William Floyd and three other New York delegates actually placed their signatures on this historic document.
Join a ranger at the William Floyd Estate in Mastic Beach at 11 am, 1 or 3 pm for a half-hour chat about the life and work of William Floyd, the youngest of New York’s four signers, and the only signer from Suffolk County. Find the details at www.nps.gov/fiis.
From the shores of Fire Island to Central America (New York) — On August 15, Park Flight Program international volunteer Pilar Velasquez Jofre, from Guatemala, will present a program at the Fire Island Lighthouse that examines the incredible journey that birds make along the Atlantic Flyway. Get a brief history of ornithology, and learn about bird research and conservation actions taken in Central America that affect bird populations on Long Island. Find the details at www.nps.gov/fiis.
— NORTH DAKOTA —
A new look at Mount Rushmore
(South Dakota) – At Mount Rushmore National Memorial preservationists will be using leading edge technology to digitally document the monument in three dimensions. Through a groundbreaking partnership with CyArk, a US-based non-profit pioneering in digital preservation, and the Culture Minister of the Scottish Government, Mount Rushmore will become the first international World Heritage site outside of Scotland to be rendered in 3D.
Starting in September, project staff will begin laser scanning, modeling and archiving at the monument. The final three-dimensional, digital model will reveal sculpted surfaces with an accuracy of less than one centimeter.
This 3D model will be the focus of the comprehensive CyArk website for showcasing to the public the heritage and historic assets contained within the Memorial boundary.
Family Fun at Theodore Roosevelt
(North Dakota) — Junior Ranger recruits, ages 5-12, and their families are invited to a lively day of adventure and fun in the park on August 1 at Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Activities begin at 9:30 am MDT in the South Unit Visitor Center auditorium. http://www.nps.gov/thro/
Badlands star party
(North Dakota) — See the stars in the dark skies of the North Dakota Badlands on August 21-22 at Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Telescope viewing will be available at the Oxbow Overlook in the North Unit on Friday and Saturday nights and a sun telescope will be set up at the North Unit Visitor Center on Saturday afternoon. Please note the North Unit of the park is on Central Daylight Time. http://www.nps.gov/badl/
— PENNSYLVANIA —
True tales of the Underground Railroad
(Pennsylvania) — Hear thrilling tales of those who sought freedom from slavery using the informal network of supporters called “The Underground Railroad.” Actors at Independence National Historical Park will portray three of the people recorded in William Still’s book on the Underground Railroad, in three separate performances. On Friday August 7, meet “Charles Gilbert” who, while waiting to board a ship to Philadelphia, hid under a hotel, in a washhouse and under floorboards before his successful escape.
On August 14, meet “Henry Box Brown” who dared to get nailed into a wooden box and shipped to Philadelphia. On August 21, meet “Ellen Craft” who traveled as an invalid white man attended by her husband in the role of her enslaved servant. Each program is offered at noon and 3 pm at the Visitor Center. http://www.nps.gov/inde/
— TEXAS —
Movies under the stars at the LBJ Ranch
(Texas) — The 1965 movie “Thunderball” starring Sean Connery as James Bond will be shown outdoors at the LBJ Ranch on August 29. The showing starts approximately 9 pm, LBJ Ranch gates open at 7:30 pm.
Wreath laying program at LBJ Ranch
(Texas) — Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park will honor the 101st anniversary of former President Johnson with a 10 am ceremony on August 27 at the LBJ Ranch District. Military representatives from Randolph Air Force Base in San Antonio will assist in laying the wreath.
— WEST VIRGINIA —
Following their footsteps at Harpers Ferry (West Virginia) – Several weekend events at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park encourage Civil War era history exploration. Members of the living history group 11th New Jersey will demonstrate Union Army garrison duties and military security in an occupied enemy town from 11 am to 4 pm on August 1-2. On August 8-9 at Bolivar Heights Battlefield, the Battle of Harpers Ferry, 1862 will be discussed with artillery demonstrations and a program on General Stonewall Jackson’s capture of the Union garrison.
Programs are planned at noon, 2 pm and 3 pm. On August 15-16 from 11 am to
4 pm, living history volunteers of the 42nd Pennsylvania and 20th Maine Hospital will interpret the Union occupation of Harpers Ferry during the summer of 1864. Ranger guided historic weapons, drill and firing demonstrations will be featured. On August 23, a Niagara Movement pilgrimage to John Brown`s Fort is planned from 8:30 to 11 am, with a 10 am memorial service at the Curtis Freewill Baptist Church.
— WYOMING —
Celebrate the International Year of Astronomy at the Grand Teton
(Wyoming) — Grand Teton National Park will host several events to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s use of the telescope on Sunday, August 16. Ranger Bob Hoyle’s evening program will focus on American Indian mythology and the use of the sky and its celestial bodies in cultural history. Following the program large telescopes will be set up at Colter Bay for participants to view stars, galaxies, nebulas and other cosmic phenomena. During the day solar-filtered telescopes to view sunspots and exhibit tables will be set up providing fun and interesting information for children and adults.
Bicycle pathway opens at Grand Teton National Park
(Wyoming) — Bring your friends and family to celebrate the new Grand Teton National Park Pathway on August 9 with keynote speaker Senator John Barraso of Wyoming. Following the ceremony the 10th Gabriella Axelrad Celebration Ride will take place on the new pathway to remember and honor the young woman who was killed in 1999 when she was hit by a vehicle while riding her bike along the road. http://www.nps.gov/grte/