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Eastern National Releases "Guidebook to American Values and Our National Parks"

Fort Washington, PA, June 24, 2015 --( Eastern National is pleased to announce the release of a new publication, "Guidebook to American Values and Our National Parks." The book is the first to detail how national parks are expressions of America’s values.

As it prepares to celebrate its centennial in 2016, the National Park Service now manages more than 400 special places. This book, written by Jonathan B. Jarvis, the 18th director of the National Park Service, examines the evolution of the national park idea. What unites this increasingly diverse system of natural wonderlands and historic sites in an increasingly diverse nation, are the values we share in common. Director Jarvis lists more than 50 values—such as bravery, patriotism, honesty, sacrifice, and honor—and provides examples of parks that illuminate them. The book features dozens of color photographs of national parks and includes a preface written by Dayton Duncan.

Published by Eastern National, "Guidebook to American Values and Our National Parks" was produced in cooperation with the National Park Service. Director Jarvis wrote the manuscript for this publication on his personal time and donated it to Eastern National.

“This important publication provides a new perspective on the national parks and the common values all Americans share,” said Kevin Kissling, Chief Operating Officer of Eastern National. “We are pleased to have been asked to work on such an important project, especially as we prepare to support the Service’s centennial.”

"Guidebook to American Values and Our National Parks" is softcover, 60 pages, and is available now on One dollar from the sale of this book will go to the National Park Foundation. For more information about this publication, visit or call 1-877-NAT-PARK (1-877-628-7275). Retail price is $7.95. Wholesale opportunities are also available.

Eastern National, a not-for-profit cooperating association with the National Park Service and other public trust partners, promotes the public’s understanding of America’s national parks and other public trust partners by providing quality educational experiences, products, and services. Since 1947, Eastern National has donated over $105 million to the National Park Service in the form of direct donations and grants that support vital educational and interpretive programs in America’s national parks.
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