© Ian McRae PhotographyJune: Great Outdoors Month National Monthly Theme: Great Outdoors Month Encouraging advocacy and enjoyment of the great outdoors. In correlation with a larger “Great Outdoors” movement and National Trails Day, parks and programs highlight the many ways to enjoy the nature, while also bringing attention to the contributions of partnerships and volunteers. Celebrations include: National Parks Forever Stamp Series First Day Issue Event, Paradise Inn, June 2 at 11 am: A stunning photograph of Mount Rainier’s night sky is featured as one of the sixteen stamps on the National Parks Forever Stamp series. This stamp pane celebrates the National Park Service on its 100th anniversary and features art or photography representing the diversity of sixteen national parks. A Special Dedication program at Mount Rainier National Park will celebrate the first day of issue for this stamp series, with retail stamp sales at 10:00 am. National Trails Day, June 4: Volunteer projects in the park including Longmire Stewardship Campground clean-up from past winter’s storms. Washington Trails Association Centennial Trail Maintenance, June 4-5, 10-12, 17-19, 24-26: WTA will lead trail construction and repair projects to take the park’s magnificent trials into the next century for the next generation of park hikers. June 14, Centennial Speaker Series, Paradise Inn. Join Terry Tempest Williams as she discusses the meanings of America’s National Parks and reads from her upcoming book, The Hour of Land. A Personal Topograph of America’s National Parks. Mount Rainier National Park Associates Centennial Volunteer Project, June 18: For information on this trail maintenance project, and to sign up, contact MRNPA. June 19, History Open House at Longmire 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.