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World Listening Day at George Washington Carver National Monument

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July 14, 2017

 

World Listening Day at George Washington Carver National Monument

Diamond, Missouri –

 

 

Sounds and soundscapes are all around us, and just like landscapes, they are special and unique. They familiarize us with various places and provide information about where we are and what we can expect to discover. Ultimately, the sense of sound is just as important as the sense of sight and smell in connecting us to understanding, appreciating, and experiencing the natural world.

The natural sounds we experience at national parks are fundamental elements to the visitor experience, and why parks within the National Park System, like George Washington Carver National Monument strive to maintain their acoustic resources. Unfortunately, many of these resources are jeopardized by noise pollution associated with human activity (e.g., noise from all-terrain vehicles, airplanes, lawnmowers, and cars, as well as industrial noise such as roadwork). These and more can infringe on the natural soundscape of a park.

Please join us on Tuesday, July 18

th for World Listening Day at George Washington Carver National Monument, to learn more about how we can appreciate and protect sounds in nature. Come take a silent hike with a ranger at 9:30AM and 10:30AM as we explore natural sounds on our ¾ mile walking trail. Throughout the day there will be opportunity to join us in other soundscape activities like sound bingo, creating your own soundscape, and discussing what we can do to protect soundscapes for the future. This event is free and we look forward to "hearing" from you.

This "Find Your Park" event invites the public to see that a national park can be more than a place -- it can be a feeling, a state of mind, or a sense of American pride. Beyond vast landscapes, the campaign highlights historical, urban, and cultural parks, as well as the National Park Service programs that protect, preserve and share nature, culture, and history in communities nationwide.

Please call the park at 417-325-4151 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. for further information. Visit our website at

 

www.nps.gov/gwca and Facebook page. George Washington Carver National Monument preserves the birthplace and childhood home of George Washington Carver. The park is located two miles west of Diamond, Missouri, on Highway V, then south ¼ mile on Carver Road.

www.nps.gov

About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for the 417 parks in the National Park System and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Visit us at

 

www.nps.gov, on Facebook www.facebook.com/nationalparkservice, Twitter www.twitter.com/natlparkservice, and YouTube www.youtube.com/nationalparkservice

 

Contact:
James Heaney, Superintendent
gwca_superintendent@nps.gov, (417) 325-4151