National Parks – The Place to be for Family Fun this Summer

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National Parks - The Place to be for Family Fun this Summer Washington, D.C. – The National Park Service (NPS) is pleased to kick-off the upcoming summer travel season with many new and exciting adventures awaiting park visitors, as well as traditional programs that families come back time and again to enjoy. From the shores of Maine and Alaska to the Rocky Mountains of Colorado to the warm beaches of California and the Virgin Islands, national parks offer something for everyone. “National Parks have been the family summer vacation of choice for generations – they offer tradition, heritage, recreation, and fun for all members of the family,” said Acting NPS Director Dan Wenk. “There are incredible opportunities for you to experience the marvelous natural and cultural heritage of our country and pay homage to our ancestors and inspire our children to become better stewards of the parks for tomorrow. Enjoy a ranger program, experience the beauty – and our history. I welcome you to come out and enjoy your national parks this year and every year.”

The National Park Service has developed and made available a web site to help inform visitors about what’s new in national parks this year and the many ranger led programs, activities and commercial services available. Find out what a great summer is waiting for you this year in your National Parks by visiting the “National Parks: The Place to be for Family Fun” website at: http://www.nps.gov/pub_aff/parks2009/index.htm.

The National Park Service always recommends stopping by the park’s visitor center to get the latest, most up-to-date park information. In addition, NPS reminds visitors that safety is critical, and hikers should stay on marked trails and let family members and/or friends know their whereabouts. Remember to dress appropriately for the elements and activities you are going to engage in, and it’s always best to have plenty of water on hand. Parks Rangers are easily recognizable in their distinctive green and gray uniforms and ranger hats. Ask questions…that’s what they are there for!