National Park Week Asks Visitors to “Find Your Park” Ahead of Centennial
NORTH OF BOSTON – Salem Maritime National Historic Site and Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site joins parks, programs, and partners across the country to encourage everyone to find their park and share their stories online at FindYourPark.com for National Park Week which is being celebrated from April 18 to 26, 2015.
Visitors to Salem Maritime National Historic Site can enjoy free ranger-led tours, a Junior Ranger Program, the free award-winning film “Where Past is Present” and a comprehensive audio-walking tour of the 9-acre site. Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site opens to the public on May 1st with free public tours, live demonstrations, and education programs. There are 16 National Parks in Massachusetts where visitors can explore, reflect, and relax.
“National Park Week is all about visiting and exploring our 407 national parks,” said Zach Bolitho, Acting Superintendent. “These parks belong to you and each of them offers an opportunity to learn, reflect and relax within an inspiring place. We’re fortunate to have sixteen national park areas in Massachusetts, including both Salem Maritime and Saugus Iron Works National Historic Sites, so there is a park out there for everyone.”
The National Park Service and the National Park Foundation launched FindYourPark.com website earlier this month as a public awareness and education campaign celebrating the milestone centennial anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016 while setting the stage for a second century of service.
Find Your Park is this year’s theme for National Park Week. During this week of celebration, visitors are asked to share their stories on the new website to reveal how a national park can be more than a place. It is can be a vast a compendium of emotions, a varied state of mind, or embody one of the strongest senses of American pride.
Beyond vast landscapes, the campaign also highlights the historical, urban, and cultural parks like the Salem National Maritime and Saugus Iron Works. Every park and site add important programming to communities nationwide that protect, preserve, and share our nation’s natural resources, cultural legacy, and monumental history.
Visit www.NationalParkWeek.org to learn more about how you can join parks, programs, and partners in celebrating National Park Week across the country.