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El Camino Real Trail one of ‘best ideas’

Program inspired by documentary maker Ken Burns’ film on park system

El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail Association, which runs near Rockdale, has been selected as one of 49 national parks and trails participating in the 2012 America’s Best Idea program sponsored by the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks.

Inspired by the critically-acclaimed Ken Burns documentary “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea,” the America’s Best Idea grant program funds park projects designed to connect diverse, under-engaged populations throughout the United States with their national parks in innovative and meaningful ways.

“We are proud to provide the much needed support to create unique opportunities for all Americans to personally connect with their national parks,” said Neil Mulholland, President and CEO of the National Park Foundation.

“ The America’s Best Idea grants are often the catalyst for extraordinary experiences that develop into lifelong relationships with our national parks for the program participants,” he said.

“We are honored to have been selected by the National Park Foundation to be a part of the America’s Best Idea program,” Steven Gonzales, trail executive director, said.

“We look forward to working with schools throughout Texas in our efforts to engage and inform them about El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail. We know this will enable them to appreciate and care for this irreplaceable resource for many years to come,” Gonzales said.

HISTORIC—El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail Association worked in conjunction with three seventh grade Texas history teachers to develop curriculum for seventh grade students.

The lesson plans focus on national trails, national parks, and national historic trails, particularly El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail.

“We crafted six lesson plans that will be distributed for educators to use, free of charge. On Oct. 31, an interactive videoconference connected fourth and seventh grade Texas history classrooms across the state,” Gonzales said.

El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail Association is working in cooperation with Region VII Education Service Center to conduct its third annual videoconference.

For a full listing of participating parks and program descriptions in the America’s Best Idea program, visit the National Park Foundation website.

THANKS—The Nat ional Park Foundation and El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail Association thank L.L. Bean, Disney, the Anschutz Foundation, and the Ahmanson Foundation for their generous support of the America’s Best Idea program.

For more information on the National Park Foundation or how you can support and protect America’s national parks, visit www.nationalparks.org.

For more information about El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail Association visit the www.elcaminotrail.org.

NATIONAL PARKS—All Americans own 84 million acres of the world’s most treasured memorials, landscapes, ecosystems, and historic sites, all protected in America’s nearly 400 national parks.

Chartered by Congress, the National Park Foundation is the official charity of America’s national parks.

Park charities work hand in hand with the National Park Service to connect all Americans to the parks, and to make sure that they are preserved for the generations who will follow.

Interested persons may join at www.nationalparks.org


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