© Ian McRae PhotographyJuly: Every Kid in a Park National Monthly Theme: Every Kid in a Park Summer is a perfect time to use Every Kid in a Park (EKiP) passes, and the Department of the Interior will feature NPS engagement with EKiP this month. We will also focus on generating excitement among rising fourth graders, who will be able to get their EKiP passes during the next school year. This is an opportunity for parks and programs to promote Junior Ranger programs and other educational opportunities and materials for families and teachers to use throughout the school year. Celebrations include: Tribal Programs. Dates, locations and topics to be determined. July 1. Visit Rainier Centennial GeoTour: Series 3 launch of the Visit Rainier Centennial GeoTour. 100 geocaches will be placed around Mount Rainier and in our gateway communities. The 100 geocaches (earth caches within Mt. Rainier NP) highlight the region’s rich history, scenic wonders, quaint communities, and hidden gems. July 1, 15, 29. History Comes Alive at Paradise Inn, 8:45 pm. National parks tell stories of people – past and present. Meet some characters from Mount Rainier National Park’s past and hear their stories. July 2, 16, 30. History Comes Alive at Cougar Rock Campground, 8:30 pm. National parks tell stories of people – past and present. Meet some characters from Mount Rainier National Park’s past and hear their stories. July 4. Parade, Eatonville, Washington. A Centennial-themed entry from Mount Rainier National Park. July 6, 20. History Comes Alive, Ohanapecosh Campground, 9 pm. National parks tell stories of people – past and present. Meet some characters from Mount Rainier National Park’s past and hear their stories. July 7, 21. History Comes Alive, White River Campground, 7:30 pm. National parks tell stories of people – past and present. Meet some characters from Mount Rainier National Park’s past and hear their stories. July 8-9. REI Village 2016 at Sunrise, Interactive exhibits by a Find Your Park partner introduce recreation and education opportunities in America’s national parks. July 13-16. Discover Washington Youth Heritage Project, Longmire. This program inspires high school students to explore how the tools of historic preservation can lead to a greater understanding of the past. July 16. Mount Rainier National Park Associates Centennial Volunteer Project: For information on this invasive plant removal project, and to sign up, contact MRNPA. July 21, 8:30 pm. Centennial Speaker Series: Science in the Park, Paradise Inn. Scientists share their current park research and speculate on possible future park research topics. July 27, 1:00 pm. Naturalization Ceremony, Jackson Visitor Center plaza, Paradise. In partnership with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the park will host a ceremony swearing in new Americans as official United States citizens. National parks are places where everyone can learn about our nation’s shared heritage and shared stories that have been preserved for future generations. July 28, 8:45 pm. Centennial Speaker Series: Landscapes for the People, Paradise Inn. Authors Ren and Helen Davis share rarely seen historic pictures taken by the National Park Service’s first photographer, George Alexander Grant and read excerpts from their new book Landscapes for the People. Date TBD. National Parks on the Air, Sunrise. The National Association for Amateur Radio operators from Auburn, Washington will set up portable radio gear to share two-way radio communication with the public. July 30. Centennial Star Party, Join park astronomy volunteers and Tacoma Astronomical Society for a memorable night of star gazing. The program begins at 8:45 in the Paradise Inn followed by star gazing outside the Jackson Visitor Center at 9:30. Every Kid in a Park Programs: Special in-park curriculum education program focused on the meanings, values and diversity of national parks for regional 4th-grade classes. Transportation scholarships are available. For the National Park Service Centennial in 2016, the National Park Service has developed a theme-oriented message calendar to help parks, regions, and programs promote their work to connect with and help create the next generation of park visitors, supporters, and advocates.