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Katie Stack

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The National Park Service (NPS), the National Park Foundation (NPF), and Discovery Communications Inc. (DCI), a Proud Partner of America's National Parks, announce the release of "For the People", the newest "ParkDoc" which will be shown throughout the National Parks in the Greater Washington area. The film honors and celebrates the nation's capital and the National Parks throughout the Washington, D.C., area that symbolize the strength and diversity of this great nation.


"The National Parks in the Washington, DC area are among the most spectacular and fascinating places in the country," said Jim Maddy, president of the National Park Foundation. "Thanks to our friends at Discovery Communications, Park visitors can take away a greater understanding of, and appreciation for, these national treasures."


The film is shot in high definition and surround sound and will welcome and educate the 36 million annual visitors to the region with a fresh, energetic experience of these historic landmarks and the history behind their creation. The release of the film coincides with National Park Week, April 18-24, which will be celebrated throughout the Nation's National Parks, and will include programming on the Travel Channel.


From George Washington's arrival to the city, through the Civil War battles that took place at Manassas National Battlefield, and Antietam National Battle Field, the film highlights the cornerstones of our capital's remarkable history. It also celebrates the skyline of one of the world's great cities, from the Lincoln Memorial to the Thomas Jefferson Memorial; the two- mile stretch of the National Mall; the Washington Monument, Vietnam Veterans and FDR Memorials, and the White House -- all part of the National Park System.


"Discovery Communication's is committed to the Park's mission and creating a contemporary, state-of-the-art experience for the millions of visitors to America's National Parks," said Carrie Passmore, senior vice president, Public Partnerships for Discovery Communications Inc. "Our newest film, 'For the People' captures the beauty, cultural heritage and significance of the historic parks in the nation's capital and will help the city's efforts to draw tourists to these many sites."


Through the Proud Partnership, Discovery is dedicated to using their resources as the leading global real-world media and entertainment company to produce quality programming that connects and educates tens of millions of visitors and viewers to the wonders found within America's National Parks. To date, Discovery Communications has provided twenty-five percent of the nearly 400 parks, historical sites and monuments throughout the United States with state-of-the-art films. These films have expanded the access to and appreciation for the beauty and splendor of these national treasures to nearly 130 million visitors.


"For the People" will be shown at the following locations through the greater Washington, D.C., area: Antietam National Battlefield Visitor Center (VC), C&O Canal National Historical Park; Georgetown VC, Great Falls Tavern VC, Brunswick VC, Cushwa VC Williamsport, Hancock VC, Cumberland VC, George Washington Memorial Parkway; Glen Echo Park, Clara Barton National Historic Site, Great Falls Park, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park; Cavalier Heights, Lower Town VC, Rock Creek Park Nature Center, Prince William Forest Park Visitor Center, Catoctin Mountain Park, Manassas National Battlefield Park, Monocacy National Battlefield, President's Park-White House, Rock Creek Park, and Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts Education Center.


Travel Channel premiere programs include Secrets of Zion and Bryce, Monday, April 19 at 8 PM (ET/PT); Best of the National Parks, Tuesday, April 20 at 8 PM (ET/PT) and The Colorado: River of Wonders, Thursday, April 22 at 8 PM (ET/PT). Other special programming includes Secrets of Denali National Park, Wednesday, April 21 at 8 PM (ET/PT) and Secrets of Hawaii's National Parks, Friday, April 23 at 8 PM (ET/PT).

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