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AETN, Pea Ridge National Military Park invite public to ‘Meet Me in the Park’ this Saturday

Pea_Ridge_smallDaylong event free to all ages; AETN Parks Initiative presentedin conjunction with latest Ken Burns documentary

The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) and Pea Ridge National Military Park invite the public to the first of six Meet Me in the Park events that will be held at Arkansass National Park Service sites this summer.

Meet Me in the Park at Pea Ridge is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 18. Activities include cannon demonstrations and Civil War re-enactors, as well as a special appearance by Arkansas Outdoors cook Phyllis Speer. Speer will be cooking Civil War era recipes in the park. Most events will take place in the heart of the park at Elk Horn Tavern.

Those attending are encouraged to bring a picnic, sunscreen and bug spray, and also enjoy hiking, walking and biking in the park. This is also an opportunity for participants in AETNs Arkansas State & National Parks Passport program to receive a passport stamp from one of the 12 highlighted parks.

The Parks Passport is a colorful booklet designed by AETN intended to be a fun and educational way to learn about Arkansas parks and encourage people to visit them throughout the year. Six National Park Service sites in Arkansas and six Arkansas State Parks are featured in the passport. AETN encourages individuals to order a free passport and visit any of the 12 featured parks to receive a stamp at the visitors center. Participants can then receive prizes for visiting any four, eight or all 12 of the highlighted parks. Passports may be ordered by visiting www.aetn.org/parks or calling 800-662-2386.

AETN is planning Meet Me in the Park events as part of the Arkansas State & National Parks Initiative, which is being presented in conjunction with the latest Ken Burns documentary, The National Parks: Americas Best Idea to air September 27 only on AETN. Screenings of the film will be held throughout the day in the parks theater at the visitors center.

Other elements of the initiative are AETNs Arkansas State & National Parks Amateur Photo Contest, Story Share and online activities for kids. The photo contest is open to all ages and requires photos taken in an Arkansas park between June 1, 2009, and Sept. 23, 2009. All submissions must be made online. Story Share invites visitors to parks to share their experiences and photos on AETNs Arkansas Parks Web site.

To order or print a passport, enter AETN's Arkansas Parks Amateur Photo Contest, and see a complete list of AETN's parks-related events, visit www.aetn.org/parks.

The National Parks: Americas Best Idea premieres on AETN Sunday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m.

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