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Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Partners with Kaiser Permanente to Celebrate Park Prescription Day - 04/18/17

Come "walk with a doc" in celebration of the healthy connection between national parks and exercise during Park Prescription Day.

On April 22 at 1 pm, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site (NHS) has partnered with Kaiser Permanente to host a walk along the Spruce Mill Trail with a doctor and park ranger. At this special program, learn about Fort Vancouver's ParkRx Program, which encourages visitors to utilize the park's trails as a means to a healthier lifestyle. National park rangers will also discuss the site's World War I history in honor of this year's centennial commemorations of the United States' entry into the war.

"The National ParkRx Initiative is a wonderful project that the National Park Service has taken on in support of encouraging the public to use our country's national parks as places to become healthier through outdoor activity," said Fort Vancouver NHS Chief of Interpretation Dr. Bob Cromwell. "As an urban national park, Fort Vancouver is a great place for our community to get outdoors, enjoy a natural setting, and exercise. We hope this program will provide a gateway for participants to start a habit of walking our trails on a regular basis!"

Park Prescription trail maps are also available as a PDF on the park's website at

When: Saturday, April 22, 1 pm to 2 pm

Where: The National Park Prescription program and guided walking tour will depart from the reconstructed Fort Vancouver.

Cost: Free

Junior Ranger Day and Yuri's Night World Space Party to be Celebrated at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site - 03/28/17

Join us at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site on Saturday, April 15, as we celebrate both National Junior Ranger Day and the Yuri's Night World Space Party. Both events will be based at the Historic Hangar at Pearson Air Museum, and both are free to the public.

Bilingual Junior Ranger Day Invites Youth to "Explore, Learn, and Protect"

National Junior Ranger Day celebrates the next generation of National Park stewards! Fort Vancouver National Historic Site invites hundreds of children each year to become Junior Rangers at this family-friendly event. Junior Rangers pledge to explore national parks, learn about our nation's land and heritage, and protect the valuable resources of the National Park Service. After completing Junior Ranger activities, children are awarded a Junior Ranger badge as a token of their educational accomplishment. Through a variety of children's activites and programs at the event, youth learn about national parks and the people who protect them. The Junior Ranger motto - "Explore, Learn, and Protect" - encourages youth to become engaged with the values of the National Park Service and involved in preserving the special places of the National Park System.

This year for National Junior Ranger Day, the park invites children and families to earn their Junior Ranger badge by completing fun, interactive activities with national park rangers. The event will be offered both in English and Spanish. Activities and Junior Ranger Activity Booklets will be offered in both languages, and bilingual, interactive storytelling sessions will be offered at 11 am and 2 pm.

The Junior Ranger program is designed for children ages 6 to 12, but younger children can complete it with help. Older kids and adults are welcome to participate as well.

What: National Junior Ranger Day

Where: The reconstructed Fort Vancouver and the Historic Hangar at Pearson Air Museum, 1115 E Fifth Street, Vancouver, WA 98661

When: Saturday, April 15, 10 am to 3 pm. Bilingual storytelling sessions will take place at 11 am and 2 pm.

National Junior Ranger Day activities will also be held from 10 am to 3 pm at the McLoughlin House Unit of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, 713 Center Street, Oregon City, Oregon.

Yuri's Night World Space Party Celebrates Achievements in Space Exploration

On the evening of April 15, from 5 pm to 9 pm, Yuri's Night World Space Party will celebrate the 56th anniversary of Russian Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin's historic flight into space. Gagarin was the first human to travel into outer space, and Yuri's Night events across the globe have been commemorating this event for decades.

Pearson Air Museum interprets and celebrates the history of Pearson Field, one of the nation's oldest airfields, and although Yuri Gagarin is not a direct part of this incredible history, there is an important tie between the two stories. Gagarin received his pilot's training at the Soviet Union's "First Chkalov Air Force Pilot's School" in the 1950s. The school was named after famed Russian aviator Valery Chkalov, who piloted the first trans-polar flight between Moscow, Russia to Pearson Field in 1937.

Space exploration and aviation-themed family-friendly activities will be offered at the Historic Hangar and, weather permitting, children can design and launch their own water-powered rockets until dusk. Tom Billings, the president of the Oregon L5 Society (a chapter of the National Space Society) will present a public lecture titled "NASA and New Space: Going Outward Together," at the Tex Rankin Theater at 6 pm. Weather permitting, the event will conclude with a star gazing tour of the park from 8 pm to 9 pm, led by a park ranger and certified star guide.

What: Yuri's Night World Space Party

Where: The Historic Hangar at Pearson Air Museum, 1115 E Fifth Street, Vancouver, WA 98661

When: Saturday, April 15, 5 pm to 9 pm. "NASA and New Space: Going Outward Together," presented by Tom Billings, will take place at 6 pm. Star gazing tour will be presented at 8 pm.