National Parks family expoby Carolyn Classen on Aug. 26, 2009, under Arts, Life, Media
On August 29, from 2 to 6 p.m. be at Centennial Hall at the U of A campus for a National Parks Expo for families. It’s free and open to all, with free parking since it’s on a Saturday.
It’s part of the 50th Anniversary celebration for Arizona Public Media (KUAT Channel 6) and will feature a preview screening of the PBS/Ken Burns film “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea” at 4 p.m. This production was filmed “over the course of more than six years at some of nature’s most spectacular locales… from Acadia to Yosemite, Yellowstone to the Grand Canyon, the Everglades of Florida to the Gates of the Arctic in Alaska.” Other hosts include Morris K. Udall Foundation, Friends of Saguaro National Park, and the Western National Parks Association.
List of family events: live animals, critter crime scene, adobe brick building, gourd painting, tortoise tracking, petroglyph making, passport to the parks, twig carving, weaving—fun activities for kids of all ages.
There will also be a panel discussion at 5 p.m. with former Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall, his nephew US Senator Mark Udall from Colorado, Congressman Raul Grijalva of Arizona (representing District 7 here in Tucson) and reps. from the NPS.
Contact person is Maureen Oltrogge, phone 928-638-7779, or online at www.azpublicmedia.org.
National Park sites from around the state will be represented at
interactive booths, including
Canyon de Chelly National Monument,
Casa Grande Ruins National Monument,
Chiricahua National Monument,
Coronado National Memorial,
Fort Bowie National Historic Site,
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area,
Grand Canyon National Park,
Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site,
Petrified Forest National Park,
Pipe Spring National Monument,
Saguaro National Park,
Tonto National Monument,
and Tumacacori National Historical Park.
Living in a Western state (Arizona) with several National parks and monuments,
we should be proud to participate in such a community event with the Udall
family and Arizona Illustrated.