BRYCE, UT – National Parks are an American idea and nationwide, on August 25, 2016, the National Park Service (NPS) Centennial is being celebrated. Bryce Canyon National Park commemorates the day by hosting a grand re-opening of the newly remodeled Visitor Center museum, followed by a film premiere, “Bryce Canyon Memories.”
Superintendent Lisa Eckert invites you to the Visitor Center Plaza at 1:00 p.m. for a ribbon-cutting ceremony with complementary cake to thank you for supporting your parks. 80% of all entrance fees remain in the park for special projects that connect back to you, such as the newly redone exhibits, entitled “Scales of Time.” Visitor Centers are one of the best ways to orient you to your park, and the interactive exhibits showcase the interplay between the earth’s history (power of erosion), biological life zones, night skies, and human ties to the land—all important threads in the Bryce Canyon story.
Stories continue at 4:00 p.m. at Ebenezer’s Barn and Grill, in Bryce Canyon City, as a new oral history documentary is unveiled. Southern Utah University filmmaker Jon Smith describes the documentary as, “a visual and audio exploration of the first 100 years of Bryce Canyon National Park through those individuals who visited, lived, and worked in the park.”
Each of the 412 national park units tells a unique story about our nation’s history. The NPS preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the national park system for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. To accomplish this, the NPS cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation. This event is possible due to Southern Utah University, Bryce Canyon City, the Bryce Canyon Natural History Association, Forever Resorts, and historic Ruby’s Inn, also celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.
To encourage all people to take time to “Find Your Park” by exploring the remarkable landscapes, cultural and historical lands our nation has to offer, Bryce Canyon NP will be joining all NPS sites in waiving entry fees from August 25-28 in recognition of the National Park Service’s 100th birthday, as well as on September 24 for National Public Lands Day, and November 11 in honor of Veteran’s Day.
Additional information can also be obtained by visiting the park’s website at www.nps.gov/brca, or by calling the park’s main information line at (435) 834-5322.
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