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NEW YORK (May 19, 2016)—Businesses, organizations, elected officials, the National Park Service and community leaders participating today in the Scenic, Wild Delaware River Geotourism initiative will introduce America’s newest and most compelling travel destination: the “Scenic, Wild Delaware River.”

The Scenic, Wild Delaware River region offers unique cultural, recreational and natural experiences along the upper and middle Delaware River. Its attractions lay within a few hours’ drive of New York City, Newark and Philadelphia. The region is anchored by three river-based national parks: Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River, Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and Middle Delaware National Scenic River.

Here visitors can fish, swim and canoe in a river carved by geologic time and human history. They can connect with nature by watching eagles soar overhead and deer browse in forests and fields. The family can enjoy waterfalls that make the heart leap, learn to catch a fish downstream and picnic along the river’s banks. Visitors can discover friendly towns steeped in culture and history nestled among a postcard landscape from a bygone era.

At today’s event, leaders will unveil the Scenic, Wild Delaware River MapGuide. Created in coordination with National Geographic Maps, the MapGuide is an interactive travel website featuring more than 600 landmarks, natural resources, attractions, activities, events, lodging and dining venues nominated for inclusion in the MapGuide by local residents, businesses, organizations, public and private land managers, educators and community establishments.

The MapGuide aims to attract a niche market of national and international geotourists to the Scenic, Wild Delaware River region. This resource will serve national and international tourists seeking culturally and naturally authentic places, and it will allow visitors access to travel advice from local residents in order to create their own itineraries. The MapGuide may be previewed at www.delawareriver.natgeotourism.com.

Featured speakers at the unveiling will include leaders from the Scenic, Wild Delaware River Geotourism Stewardship Council, along with James Dion, National Geographic Maps’ director of tourism programs. Speakers will showcase how to use the new travel website and announce projects for the coming year. Businesses, sites and attractions that appear in the new MapGuide will also be represented.

Members of the media are invited to attend and must RSVP to schiron@npca.org by COB on May 18.

WHAT: Cocktail Reception To Unveil America’s Newest Travel Destination: The Scenic, Wild Delaware River Region

WHEN: May 19, 2016 at 6 p.m.

WHERE: National Parks Conservation Association Northeast Office,

256 West 36th Street- 12th Floor, New York, New York 10018

A locally based Geotourism Stewardship Council oversees and manages the Scenic, Wild Delaware River geotourism initiative. The Council’s first product is the MapGuide. Residents and visitors may continue to nominate new sites, events and special places for the website, which will be dynamic and constantly updated.

The Scenic, Wild Delaware River geotourism initiative is one of only 23 geotourism programs worldwide. The MapGuide highlights the region’s unique character by showcasing businesses, sites and events nominated by area residents, and providing travel advice, itineraries, and insights from locals.

The Scenic, Wild Delaware River geotourism initiative seeks to contribute to the area’s economic health and long-term vitality by promoting geotourism: Tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place — its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage and the well-being of its residents. On average, geotourists are highly educated, take four or more leisure trips per year, care about the protection and preservation of the places they visit, and about half have annual household incomes above $75,000.

The Scenic, Wild Delaware River region includes Sussex and Warren counties in New Jersey; Delaware, Orange and Sullivan counties in New York; and Monroe, Northampton, Pike and Wayne counties in Pennsylvania. The area is anchored by three national parks — Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River, Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and Middle Delaware National Scenic River.

Initial funding for the Scenic, Wild Delaware River geotourism initiative was provided by a grant from the William Penn Foundation, with funding also from the Claneil Foundation, to the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA). The nonpartisan NPCA is a nonprofit, independent advocacy organization working to protect and enhance America’s national parks.

National Geographic Maps has partnered with communities across the United States and the world to produce more than 20 Geotourism MapGuides, including for the Greater Yellowstone (Idaho, Montana, Wyoming), Crown of Continent (Montana, British Columbia, Alberta), U.S. Gulf Coast States (Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida), Sri Lanka’s Eastern Province and The Bahamas Family of Islands.

National Geographic Maps was established as a division of the National Geographic Society in 1915 and has been producing maps for National Geographic magazine and other Society groups for 100 years. National Geographic Maps produces outdoor recreation mapping software, Trails Illustrated maps and software, globes, wall maps, travel maps and atlases. For more information on National Geographic Maps, visit www.natgeomaps.com.

 

The initial “Wild, Scenic Delaware River” Geotourism Stewardship Council includes travel and tourism industry representatives; businesses owners; members of cultural, art and historical organizations; members of local Chambers of Commerce and economic development groups; conservation and recreation organizations; local public and private land managers; and other community leaders throughout the region:

 

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WASHINGTON, DC (April 22, 2016) – The National Geographic Society announced today that Emma Carrasco will take on the newly created position of chief marketing and communications officer and senior vice president of global strategy. Carrasco, who joins National Geographic Society after four years at NPR, will play a crucial role in reaching key constituencies and effectively communicating the Society’s mission and impact on the world. She will serve on the senior leadership team, reporting to President and CEO Gary Knell.

Carrasco brings more than 30 years of experience in marketing, branding and communications to the role, including work guiding the strategy for international brands. Since 2012, Carrasco has been chief marketing officer and senior vice president for audience development at NPR, one of the country’s most iconic news organizations and the producer of highly regarded programs that include Morning Edition and All Things Considered. At NPR, she led the creation of an audience-centric marketing culture and broke new ground in how NPR cultivated and engaged new audiences.

“For more than 128 years, National Geographic Society has been fulfilling its critical mission to explore and protect the planet,” said Knell. “With her vast experience, Emma will be a crucial leader for the Society and our brand as we expand our work supporting science, exploration and education. In her new role, she will grow our ability to share with a global audience how National Geographic’s programs – our explorers, our grant making, and our educational outreach – are demonstrably changing the world.”

Carrasco’s career also includes agency experience: at FleishmanHillard in Los Angeles and New York she created corporate responsibility and media relations campaigns, and as executive vice president at Republica, a strategic and creative agency based in Miami, she worked with an array of major national and international brands to grow their market share and revenue. In addition, she also has served in executive marketing roles for major brands including Univision, McDonald’s Corporation and Nortel Networks.

Her recent honors include being inducted into Direct Marketing News’ “Marketing Hall of Femme” as one of the top-15 female CMOs in the country. She also was named one of Ad Age’s 2013 “Women to Watch.”

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 21, 2016)—The National Geographic Bee, the National Geographic Society’s annual geography competition, welcomes journalist and humorist Mo Rocca as the new moderator of the competition finals, which will be held at National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C. This year, the 28th year of competition, will see 54 geography whiz kids take the stage at the end of May to compete for the title of National Geographic Bee Champion.

Currently, Rocca hosts the Emmy-winning series The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation and is a regular correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning. No stranger to the rigors of competition, Rocca also appears as a frequent panelist on NPR’s news quiz show, Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!.

In 2012, Rocca became the host and creator of Cooking Channel’s My Grandmother’s Ravioli, in which he learned how to cook from grandmothers and grandfathers in kitchens across the United States. He began his career in television as a writer and producer for the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning PBS children’s series Wishbone. From 1998 to 2003, Rocca served as a regular correspondent for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, notably contributing to a series of special episodes called Indecision 2000 satirizing the 2000 Presidential Election. In 2004, Mo wrote a historical novel, All the Presidents’ Pets, about White House pets and their role in presidential decision-making. The following year, Rocca starred in a “bee” of his own during his stint on Broadway as the bee’s moderator, Panch, in the musical comedy The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

The National Geographic Bee is an annual geography competition for fourth- through eighth-graders. The national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship and lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society, and will also have the opportunity to travel on a Lindblad expedition to southeast Alaska aboard the National Geographic Sea Lion. The expedition will include a stop at Glacier Bay National Park in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. Travel for the trip is provided by Lindblad Expeditions and the National Geographic Society. Second- and third-place finishers will receive $25,000 and $10,000 college scholarships, respectively.

The Bee was developed by the National Geographic Society in 1989 in response to concern about the lack of geographic knowledge among young people in the United States. Since then, the event has empowered students to learn about their world and how they can make an impact as global citizens. Tune in to see Rocca moderate the final round of the National Geographic Bee Championship on the National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD, Friday, May 27, at 8 p.m. ET/PT and starting Saturday, May 28, on local public television stations

About the National Geographic Society
National Geographic is a global nonprofit membership organization driven by a passionate belief in the power of science, exploration, education and storytelling to change the world. We fund hundreds of research and conservation projects around the globe each year. With the support of our members and donors, we work to inspire, illuminate and teach through scientific expeditions, award-winning journalism, education initiatives and more. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.org.

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WASHINGTON (April 14, 2016)—As part of National Geographic’s year-long celebration of the National Park Service’s centennial, the National Geographic Museum will open the exhibition “Invisible Boundaries: Exploring Yellowstone’s Great Animal Migrations” on April 15. The exhibition features stunning photographs, immersive video, interactive migration maps, cultural objects and artwork by James Prosek that explore the compelling story behind some of the most amazing animal migrations on the planet.

The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, an area 10 times larger than Yellowstone National Park itself, is divided among federal, state, private and tribal lands, and is in the path of some of the most significant wildlife migration routes on the planet. Many of these lands have conflicting interests and are unprotected, creating major challenges for migratory animals as they leave Yellowstone National Park boundaries. The long-term conservation of these animals depends on the actions of landowners and other stakeholders far beyond the national park’s borders.

The “Invisible Boundaries” exhibition features the work of National Geographic Explorer and wildlife ecologist Arthur Middleton and National Geographic Explorer and photographer Joe Riis. Two years ago, the pair teamed up to document the elk migrations of Greater Yellowstone, hoping to raise awareness of the issues that arise when humans impose boundaries on nature and to form a coalition to solve these conservation challenges. Middleton and Riis are the recipients of the 2013 Camp Monaco Prize by Prince Albert II of Monaco and were nominated for the 2016 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Award.

“Invisible Boundaries is an example of the unique contribution and impact National Geographic is making on conservation efforts,” said Kathryn Keane, vice president of National Geographic Exhibitions. “We have brought together some of the foremost experts on ecology, conservation management and wildlife photography to showcase a pressing issue facing one of America’s most beloved national parks and to inspire action to preserve it.”

In addition to the “Invisible Boundaries” exhibition, Riis and Middleton are working on a documentary film titled “Elk River.” Riis’ photos appear in the June 2016 issue of National Geographic magazine, a single-subject issue about Yellowstone National Park.

The National Geographic Museum exhibition is organized in partnership with The Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming, and its Draper Natural History Museum and Whitney Western Art Museum. Other partners include Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, the Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies, the Wyoming Migration Initiative of the University of Wyoming and exhibition designer Split Rock Studios.

Middleton and Riis will share their perspective on Yellowstone’s conservation challenges on April 28 at a National Geographic Live event, “The Future of Yellowstone.” The event will feature a panel discussion with Middleton and Riis; Dan Wenk, superintendent of Yellowstone National Park; and author David Quammen, a 30-year resident of the Yellowstone area and contributing writer for the May 2016 issue of National Geographic magazine. National Geographic magazine Editor-in-Chief Susan Goldberg will moderate the discussion.

This exhibition is located in the M Street Lobby of the National Geographic Museum and is free and open to the public. The National Geographic Museum, 1145 17th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C., is open every day (except Dec. 25) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

About the National Geographic Society
National Geographic is a global nonprofit membership organization driven by a passionate belief in the power of science, exploration and storytelling to change the world. It funds hundreds of research and conservation projects around the globe each year. With the support of its members and donors, the Society works to inspire, illuminate and teach through scientific expeditions, award-winning journalism, education initiatives and more. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.org.

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