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40th Anniversary Event Details

Multi-Cultural Celebration

What: A multi-cultural celebration of Wilderness in california’s great central valley.
When: An evening in July
Where: Fresno, CA
Contact: Contact: Barbara Miranda, Wildlink Program Director, (Barbara_Miranda@partner.nps.gov)Underserved youth and family members from the Fresno Area will spend an afternoon and an evening celebrating Wilderness at the Fresno Grizzly stadium. 550 families (whose children are already involved in popular natural resource outreach programs) will be given tickets to attend Fresno Grizzly baseball game on a Friday night in July. The Fresno Grizzlies are the top Triple-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, with the players just one step away from the Major Leagues. Their mascot (appropriately enough) is called Wild Thing. At the stadium they will join up to 13,000 other fans for an all-American night of baseball, punctuated with messages about the National Wilderness Preservation System, its values and its relevance to their lives. After the game, the fans can all participate in a Wilderness Fair with educational exhibits and demos highlighting Wilderness. These can include rock climbing, stock packing, fishing, backpacking, skiing, fire awareness and safety, etc. Assistance would be provided from all Forests and Parks in the Sierra and other partners. Following the fair the 100 families would redeem their ticket to wilderness which allows them to stay in the stadium for a campout under the stars complete with wilderness story telling, visits from Smokey and Woodsy, and a viewing of the video American Values: American Wilderness.Read more...

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