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National park foundation unveils North Cascades electronic field trip

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The National Park Foundation, the official charity of America's national parks, is inviting schools across the country to experience the effects of climate change firsthand through an exploration of Washington state's North Cascades National Park in an innovative new Electronic Field Trip on Wednesday, Oct. 13.

As part of the program, the National Park Foundation has unveiled www.northcascadeseft.com, an interactive online web resource for students and educators to get a jump start on their interactive adventure to North Cascades National Park, featuring interactive games, lesson plans and more. Teachers and broadcasters are invited to register for the program FREE now at www.nationalparks.org/EFT.

The Electronic Field Trip, "Climate Challenge: North Cascades National Park," will include two live, hour long broadcasts at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. from North Cascades National Park, made available through the Web site www.northcascadeseft.com, as well as on participating public television stations.

The free program is designed for students in the fourth through eighth grades. The North Cascades program will be the first in a series of investigative EFTs by the National Park Foundation to discover the impact climate change is having on our national parks and to empower students to become leaders in fighting the crisis.

According to a recent study released by the Environmental Protection Agency that followed trends relative to sea level rise along U.S.

Coasts between 1958 and 2008, climate change is expected to affect virtually every sector of society, including water resources, energy use, food production, commerce and recreation. Using Washington's North Cascades National Park as a backdrop, the EFT will educate tomorrow's leaders about the effects of climate change, while providing tools as to how they can overcome this challenge in the future. Home to 9,000 foot tall mountains and over one-third of the remaining glaciers in the lower 48 United States, North Cascades National Park is already experiencing the effects of climate change.

Its northerly location and high altitude terrain make prime territory to teach about some of the earliest tangible impacts of climate change evidenced in glacier melt and species distribution.

Previous EFTs have educated millions of students across the United States and around the world including Japan, Canada, Germany, Cuba, Italy and Switzerland.

For more information about the National Park Foundation's EFT program, visit www.nationalparks.org/eft.