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Photo: Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Photo: Guadalupe Mountains National Park

KCOS to air National Parks of Texas Special Thursday Night

KCOS, El Paso’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, including Chamizal National Memorial and Guadalupe Mountains National Park in our region.

The National Parks of Texas: In Contact With Beauty will air at 7 pm May 5, 2016 on KCOS. 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.

“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.

 WHAT:  The National Parks of Texas, In Contact With Beauty

 WHEN: Thursday, May 5, 2016, 7 p.m.

 WHERE: Broadcast on KCOS Public Television

 CONTACT: eloya@kcostv.org,(915) 594-5345

More info at www.kcostv.org or 915-590-1313.

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