KLRN documentary highlights 16 National Parks in Texas
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KLRN, San Antonio’s PBS station, presents the documentary The National Parks of Texas: In Contact With Beauty to the national PBS system in recognition of the upcoming 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. This 60-minute documentary highlights the natural, cultural, historic and recreational significance of the 16 national parks in Texas.
The National Parks of Texas: In Contact With Beauty will air at 7 pm April 26, 2016 on Texas PBS stations. The national parks in Texas offer a rich and diverse collection of treasured places that welcomed more than 5 million visitors in 2014, generating nearly $340 million in local economic activity and supporting 3,700 private-sector jobs.

  • WHAT:  The National Parks of Texas, In Contact With Beauty
  • WHEN: Tuesday, April 26, 2016, 7 p.m.
  • WHERE: Broadcast on KLRN Public Television
  • CONTACT: kkehoe@klrn.org,(210) 270-9000

“Our country’s national parks are a remarkable achievement, preserving spectacular landscapes, special pieces of our shared history and unique species,” said Kierstan Schwab, Texas PBS executive director. “We are proud to have the opportunity to bring to our viewers this amazing celebration of the parks that are right here in Texas, right in our own backyards.”

“This film captures how spectacular Texas’ national parks are and shows why these parks, and national parks around the country, need to be preserved and protected for future generations,” said Suzanne Dixon, National Park Conservation Association’s senior regional director. “In the same year that we’re celebrating the National Park Service’s centennial, this is our chance to renew our promise to America, to ourselves and to the generations that come after us. Together, we can dust off our old albums, flip through faded family photos of the Missions in San Antonio and bears at Big Bend, and do what is needed to protect America's best idea.”

“In celebration of the National Park Service Centennial, we are honored to bring this film to life, showing the public the many treasures our great state of Texas has to offer.  From Big Bend, our first national park to our newest site at Waco Mammoth, our state offers diverse national park sites that capture history, honor culture, protect the planet, provide peace and solitude, engage children and restore the soul,” said Courtney Lyons-Garcia, Executive Director of Big Bend Conservancy.

About National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA):
Together with our more than one million members and supporters, National Parks Conservation Association speaks for America’s favorite places. Since our founding in 1919, NPCA has been an independent, nonpartisan voice working to strengthen and protect our nation’s natural, historic and cultural heritage. We are the storytellers, the mobilizers, the protectors and the advocates. We leverage our nationwide network of offices, committed volunteers, staff lobbyists, community organizers and communications specialists to make change, whether in our local communities or in our nation’s capital. Your voice is needed to help protect, connect and restore these incredible places for present and future generations. Join the movement at npca.org/join.

About Big Bend Conservancy:    
Big Bend Conservancy is the nonprofit fundraising partner of Big Bend National Park and the Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River. Our mission is to support, promote and protect these park units in partnership with the National Park Service. For more information join us at www.bigbendconservancy.org.

About Texas PBS:
The mission of Texas PBS is to build a vibrant public broadcasting platform throughout Texas by cultivating financial resources for local affiliates, spearheading collaborations among stations, illuminating public issues through relevant program content and advocating for policies that support robust public media. For more information about Texas PBS, go to www.texaspbs.org.

KLRN is the Emmy-Award winning Public Television station for South Central Texas broadcasting to a 30-county radius. “The mission of KLRN is to use the power of communications to provide quality programs and services which advance education, culture and community, to enrich the lives of people throughout our community.” KLRN cultivates programs that support the station’s mission and commitment to education. It is this “beyond television” strategy that forms KLRN’s educational outreach model — to prepare children for kindergarten and academic success; to positively impact the quality of care; and to share resources that will enhance classroom instruction.