Iowa Outdoors: 100th Anniversary of Iowa State Parks (Pledge Special)


>>>Hi, I’m Travis Graven here at Iowa PBS. Festival 2020 continues now. We would love to hear from you at 800-779-7000. We just finished the “PBS news hour.” That’s one of the things you love about Iowa PBS, as well as local programs that are made possible because you and other folks like you are investing in Iowa PBS and we can go out and create those programs. We have the exciting debut of a local program tonight, an “Iowa Outdoors” special. We have a couple of special guests, we have the host of “Iowa Outdoors,” Kellie Kramer, and Scott Siepker.>>How’s it going?>>I’m so thankful that you’re gracing us with your presence. You guys have been out exploring state parks for several years as part of the show.>>Yes.>>Many years now, I don’t even know how many years. I know I had more hair when we started the show. Luckily the state parks in Iowa are sustaining better than my hairline.>>And they are worth celebrating, both your hairline and the state parks, and Iowa PBS. You’re going to have chances throughout the program to call in. We’ve got some great thank you gifts, right?>>We do. You’re going to love them. But stick around, you can learn more about them.>>Yeah, we won’t tell you too much now. I know Travis said my hairline should be celebrated.>>This is called a broadcast tease, ladies and gentlemen.>>A sneak peek.>>We’ve got an events you can come to, all kinds of fun things. More importantly, we need to hear from you right now at 800-779-7000 because you help make programs like this happen and Scott and Kellie would not be with us if that was not the case.>>Very sad, but happens to be true. Please, if you can, call now. I might call in, actually, I’m that desperate. If you can call, I’ll call.>>We’ll take a moment and let Scott finish that phone call in right now we’ll get to the program. This is the “Iowa Outdoors: 100th Anniversary of State Parks.” ♪♪ ♪♪>>>Coming up on a special edition of “Iowa Outdoors.” We celebrate the 100-year anniversary of Iowa state parks.>>”Iowa Outdoors” will take you on an aerial journey in state parks from river to river, showcasing the topography, unique destination, and color of these enduring locations.>>And we’ll showcase the artistic inspiration Iowa state parks provide for Iowans still today. We’ll have all that and more. So sit tight. “Iowa Outdoors” is about to begin.>>Announcer: Funding for this program was provided by friends, the Iowa PBS foundation, as well as generations of families and friends who feel passionate about the programs they watch on Iowa PBS. Funding for this program was provided by — and by the Alliant energy foundation. Many of Iowa’s natural wonders you’ll find on Iowa PBS can be found in Iowa outdoors magazine, the premier resource for conservation, recreation, and education activities. Subscription information can be found online at IowaDNR.gov. ♪♪>>>In eastern Iowa’s Clayton county, backbone state park is an island of trees and water amongst an ocean of farm fields. The park was named for a narrow ridge of bedrock known as the devil’s backbone, carved by a loop of the river and left untouched by glaciers 13,000 years ago. Dedicated in 1920, backbone is Iowa’s first state park, nestled into a unique geographic location. As part of Iowa’s driftless region, untouched by glacial activity during the last ice age, backbone is known for its ancient dolomite formation, the rocky outcropping standing in stark contrast to the black soil of surrounding farmland. Backbone’s long history is intertwined with the CCC, a Federal grade depression relief program. Young IOWAN boys built it in the 1930s and ’40s. Today backbone shares a 21-mile trail system. Many of the same cabins date back more than a half century. Iowans still enjoy this location one century after its dedication at our first state park. ♪♪ In south central Iowa near Sheridan, one state park explodes in color every spring. Thousands of redbud trees surround the lakes and ponds. They often reach peak bloom in late April when outdoors men and fishermen are drawn out from their slumber. The redbud trees bloom at brilliant pink hue each year in the south central Iowa park. The images inspire what one long time visitor dubbed as the greatest location for LAZing away beautiful days. The trees are Native to eastern north America and struggle to grow in more arid landscapes like western Kansas or eastern Colorado. Known as the state tree of Oklahoma, these redbud trees are a signature draw to a state park whose opening dates back to 1939. Across 650 acres, Iowans have traipsed around this state park for a colorful and seasonal rite of passage. ♪♪>>In Northeast Iowa, one of our state’s most iconic forests bursts with fall color. The 8500-acre yellow river forest sits on Iowa’s plateau untouched by glacial activity thousands of years ago. It hosts the only fire tower in Iowa in a state with few forests and ample farmland. Yellow river forest is one of Iowa’s top fall hiking destinations, and the views speak for themselves. ♪♪ ♪♪ In mid-fall, one of the most photographed stretches of the hills is here at preparation canyon state park. ♪♪ Named for a former Mormon settlement community dubbed preparation by its followers who deemed their existence here as preparation for the world to come. The rolling hills and sunset views of the Missouri River valley have been a state park since the 1930s.>>The beauty of Iowa is not hidden. In fact much of it is labeled for all to find within the Iowa department of natural resources state park system. Nearly 70 parks and forests scattered across the state are home to Iowa’s natural ecology, geology, and outdoor wonder, waiting to be explored. Those wonders are what pulled AMES artist and professor Nancy Thompson to a creek bed in this state park. It took Nancy practically her entire life to connect her love for creating art with the bounty of Iowa state parks.>>I’ve lived in Iowa all my life. And until ten years ago, I had hardly been to any state parks. So it just kind of became a goal of mine, was to visit as many of the state parks as I could.>>Since 2010, Nancy has visited more than 25 state parks. And putting pastel to canvas in each.>>So when they started thinking about — when the DNR started thinking about what they were going to do for the 100th anniversary, my name came up.>>They test piloted a similar project back in 2017 where she invited 20 artists to join her in depicting an Iowa state park. Following that success, state officers pushed to take it statewide and Nancy welcomed the challenge.>>It was awesome that I had so many colleagues that wanted to participate too. That was exciting.>>For her setting in the centennial project Nancy chose this state park, a site she had yet to visit, with eye grabbing features. She’s using pastels to show the beloved CCC stone bridges, the campgrounds, and a triptych showcasing one of the park’s deep wood settings.>>My goal is to try to finish this in one sitting. If I work on something that’s too big, then I oftentimes will have to finish it in the studio. ♪♪ That looks like from a distance. I can tell that this piece is getting close to being finished. I’m just kind of nitpicking at this point. Sometimes it’s hard to know when one is finished. Sometimes you just have to walk away from them. A couple of things I want to do with this is I just kind of want to — I don’t want to put a lot of detail down there, but I need to — I need to just identify this area a little better.>>Nancy, who now teaches at Iowa State University’s school of design, didn’t start seriously learning to paint until her early 20s while taking private lessons. From there, juggling her time as a full-time mom and squeezing in classes when she could, Nancy continued her education at Des Moines area community college as often as her art allowed.>>I would take as many classes as I could sell artwork. Like, how much artwork I sold determined how many classes I could take. It took me a long time. It takes me a long time, it took me about eight years.>>Throughout her formal education, Nancy fell in love with pastels, likening it to finger painting. Now as an educator herself, Nancy has the passion and skill to approach painting from a creative and a technical mindset.>>I’m always really interested in this time of day and in painting this time of day. The twilight hours, when suddenly we lose the ability to see color. And the camera always tricks us, right? It can’t focus on all the things that the human eye can focus on at the same time.>>As obvious as it might sound, color is incredibly important in painting. And Iowa brings surprising challenges to creating representational art, specifically the color green.>>The one thing about working in Iowa state parks is that, you know, green — and green is hard to work with. It can be very difficult, because, you know, is it warm, is it cool? What happens to the color when it’s in shadow? All those kind of things. When you were out on location and you notice those kind of things, you can bring it back into the studio. Because I want to differentiate the green in the background to the green in the foreground, it gives my painting visual depth.>>Now with the project complete, Nancy and her peers’ work is set for public exhibition. Throughout 2020, all the works will be on tour for art lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. Even before the centennial celebration is over, Iowa state parks will be waiting for visitors to discover the inspiration for all this work. Except unlike the CCC bridges and park campgrounds, finding sites like Nancy’s earth bridge triptych will take a little more exploration.>>I don’t think it’s marked or anything. There’s no signs that say that this is there. They’re going to have to find it. And it’s not the easiest place to find. Or you could ask the park ranger. At this point he definitely knows where it’s at. [ Applause ]>>>And you’re watching our new “Iowa Outdoors” special on the 100th anniversary of state parks. I’m Travis Graven along with one of our senior producers at Iowa PBS. Andrew is the brains behind this program we’re debuting for you tonight here on Iowa PBS. And we would love to hear from you right now at 800-779-7000. We’ve done several of these kinds of programs over the years. But of course this is a special year.>>It is.>>Being the 100th anniversary of Iowa state parks. What better time to explore and share with folks a different vantage point? Because we’ve got a lot of aerial drone videography in this special. Quickly, we want to mention to you a member event that we’ve coming up that you can be a part of when you make an investment right now in Iowa PBS at the $7 ongoing monthly sustaining level or one-time gift of $84. That’s at the caves, it’s going to be Friday, July 17th. There will be lunch, you’ll get guided tours of the caves and get to hear from some DNR park rangers and naturalists, a cool place to be.>>A very distinct place in Iowa. You’re seeing some of those images right now. Our segment on the caves is coming up after the break. It’s one of those places that makes you feel you are not in Iowa, but I can assure you, you are. It’s one of the neatest and most unique locations we have profiled. And it’s an Iowa state park, part of our 100-year celebration. What we’re doing tonight is celebrating 100 years of Iowa state parks in Iowa this year. It’s also part of something we do here at Iowa PBS and have done for almost a decade, is showcase your natural environments, your state parks, and those experiences in Iowa. The cave event allows you to be part of that.>>We’re showing it to you. If you haven’t been, just look at that, the stunning visuals there. And you can have a chance to be there in person and with a bunch of other supporters of Iowa PBS and take part in that wonderful event coming up. Now, there are lots of state parks. I suspect a lot of people don’t realize how many state parks there are. And there are probably very few people who have been to all of them.>>Nearly 70 state parks in Iowa. You’ll see on your screen, the map of the state of Iowa, we’ve got 99 counties, about 70 state parks, 69 of them are state parks and state recreation areas. You may not feel like you live next to one. Maybe you do live next to one. But you’re not too far away from a state park in Iowa. What we’re doing as part of our “Iowa Outdoors” program on Iowa PBS is celebrating that 100-year anniversary of state parks. They have grown over the years. They started in one of the parks that we’ve showcased in the first segment, backbone state park. It’s one of the first ones that started in the ’20s. And they’re great places to experience. And we’re hoping to maybe remind our viewers, maybe it’s been a while since they’ve been there, just how those are a special part of Iowa.>>And they’re so different.>>Yep.>>And a variety. You’ll see more of them in segments 2 and 3 of the program. When you make that call right now at 800-779-7000, we have some great ways to say thank you for your support. Standing by are our “Iowa Outdoors” hosts, Scott Siepker and Kellie Kramer, take it away.>>Thanks, Travis. Like Travis was saying, call 800-779-7000, or go online to IowaPBS.org to pledge your support. If you love Iowa state parks as much as we love Iowa state parks, it’s a great time to show your support.>>Yeah, you can get a lot of cool gifts too. Looking through the list they’ve given us here, you can get “Iowa Outdoors” magazine, which is — I don’t know if you’ve seen this before, it’s a wonderful magazine.>>And that’s a $5 ongoing monthly sustaining American or one-time gift of $60.>>The photography alone in Iowa outdoors magazine makes it worth the value.>>It’s incredible.>>John Bosley, one of Iowa’s best artists in my opinion, empirically he is one of Iowa’s best artists, he’s designed great things with the Iowa state parks. He’s done some postcards which you can also get for a $6 ongoing membership. It’s listed on the screen.>>Really beautiful work. So like Scott said, that was a $6 ongoing monthly sustaining membership or a one-time gift of $72. It’s a beautiful set. You can send those to people to celebrate Iowa state parks. They’re great for framing also.>>Or if you have a friend who maybe doesn’t respect Iowa in the way they should, pop one of these suckers in the mail, and you’ll blow their mind a little bit.>>Show them what they’re missing.>>Heck yeah.>>You heard Travis and Andrew talking about the caves member event. If you’re interested in that, there’s a $7 ongoing monthly sustaining membership or a one-time gift of $84. That member event is Friday, July 17th, from 10:00 to 3:00. There’s lunch, you get a guided tour of the caves and some special presentations by the park rangers and natural officers. It’s a gorgeous location, we spent a spring day walking up and down the stairs. If you haven’t been to the caves yet, it’s a great way to set up a wonderful day in July to go and check it out. If you have been there, you know you want to be back at this member event.>>At $8 ongoing, you can get this brand-new coffee table book, that’s what I’ll call it. It’s beautiful photography of Iowa state parks. It is just — it’s great. It’s got — I’m going to do this, I’m going to count — it’s got 262 pages right here of just beautiful imagery and wonderful words written about Iowa state parks. If you’re also interested, there’s two pages worth of index as well, so you can find what you need to.>>Anything you’re looking for. If you’re interested in the history of Iowa state parks system and some great photography, check out this book. If you’re interested in a little more of that work, not only cue get those postcards but from a $10 ongoing monthly sustaining membership or one-time gift of $120, you could get your choice of some prints that are 16×20. These are definitely suitable for framing. They’re those gorgeous images of various state parks, including backbone, lake Mcbride, the caves, pikes peak, WABANZI, my favorite park to say.>>It fits really good on the screen, it makes everything better.>>See what I’m dealing with around here? Please call, 800-779-7000. Pledge your support and tell them to just calm Scott down. You can also check that out on IowaPBS.org.>>If you can’t pick between all of these, you can get a combo. That’s right, Iowa state parks combo, which gets you the magazine subscription, the postcard, the set of eight, and the Iowa state parks book, for $18 ongoing sustained membership. And that right there, that seems like a pretty good deal.>>It’s a really great set.>>And getting to travel around the state and see what our state has to offer, and so many people, I don’t think they really understand how much the state has to offer. If you just dip below the surface a little bit, it’s amazing. And literally I mean below the surface. We have cold water caves in Iowa, which is north America’s 33rd largest cave system just underneath the surface there. Iowa has so much. Like right here, the caves. Kellie and I and some of the crew, which we don’t really talk about them, we carried huge weights all the ways down these stairs. We got some beautiful sweeping shots of what is one of Iowa’s best looking spots, to be frank. That’s what it is. And what I also love is, if you go there in the morning when the mist is rising, it looks like Tolkien’s middle earth.>>You know who else knows about the caves, Travis and Andrew.>>Andrew, how do we keep those two under wraps? It’s a wonder this show has gone on for now coming up on the ninth season.>>Which is a good point you make. “Iowa Outdoors” is a commitment Iowa PBS has made to show you the natural environments and experiences in your own state. We’re entering our ninth season. Haven’t been around as long as the state parks. But we’re working on it. And Scott and Kellie have been a big part of that program. They talk about their memorable experiences like the caves. That journey, those that have worked on it, including our hosts, have learned a lot about Iowa. And we hope our viewers have too, because the reality is a lot of these state parks, some of them you may have gone to when you were a kid, maybe you’ve been there recently, but you probably haven’t been to all of them. We certainly haven’t been to all of them over our nine seasons. But it’s our commitment to show you all over the state and it’s something only Iowa PBS is going to do.>>In the seven years I’ve been working on the show, six years, lots of places that I’ve gone to that I would not go otherwise if it weren’t for this show, if it weren’t for Iowa PBS. And nobody else is going to bring you this kind of programming here. This is what we do. We tell stories about Iowans. We let you explore the world around you, right here in your own backyard. And tell some of the stories of Iowa history and Iowa culture, which this is all part of and you help make it happen with your dollars, your donation, your investment at 800-779-7000. So that we can continue doing this. And when you make that investment, of course, we have great thank you gifts that we can share with you as a token of our appreciation. With more, let’s go back over to Scott and Kellie.>>If you love Iowa state parks as much as we do and as much time as we spend there and even if you weren’t able to get out to them but you love the fact that “Iowa Outdoors” helps bring the state parks into your living room, now is a great time to call these fine folks behind us at 800-779-7000 or donate online at IowaPBS.com and show your support.>>You’ll get great gifts in return. $5 ongoing membership, you’ll get a subscription to “Iowa Outdoors” magazine that shows you the wonderful stuff that’s going on in our state.>>If you are interested in some of those beautiful postcards, there’s a set of eight. That is a $6 ongoing monthly sustaining membership or one-time gift of $72. They’re beautiful, put those in the mail and show people how great Iowa is.>>For $7 ongoing, you get two tickets to the cave event, a ubiquitous location in Iowa, guided tours, lunch, and you get a special presentation from park rangers and naturalists.>>If you love state parks, we have a great book, “a century of stewardship 1920-2020,” celebrating 100 years of Iowa state parks. It’s a brand-new book, it features the state parks, state recession areas, preserves, state forests, all by Rebecca Conrad, it has beautiful exfoliates in it.>>For $10 ongoing, a choice of 16×20 state park prints by John Bosley, I have his artwork in my basement on the wall. There are so many options that you have. Eight different parks that you can pick from.>>And if all of this sounds so amazing you want more and more, you can also for a $18 ongoing monthly sustaining membership get the Iowa state parks combo with the “Iowa Outdoors” magazine subscription and the set of eight postcards featuring Iowa state parks and that amazing book featuring 100 years of Iowa state parks. So, great thank you gifts if you call now at 800-779-7000 or donate online at IowaPBS.org and show your support for Iowa PBS, for all of the work it does to bring these incredible Iowa locations right into your home.>>Well I think so we’re going to throw it back to the show now. We have some wonderful things, if you haven’t seen the caves. Oh, you know what, we don’t need those guys, we’ll take this, we’ll throw it to the show. We don’t need them. We have some great stuff. If you’ve never seen the caves before, if you haven’t been here, the crew has done a wonderful job using new technology, drone technology, to capture the epic beauty of the state park. I’m not sure if I’m supposed to throw it to the show right now, but I’m going to try. We’re going to throw it to the show. Roll that beautiful footage. ♪♪>>>In eastern Iowa’s Jackson county, limestone formations and rugged bluffs reveal a partially hidden but still public experience of subterranean origin. ♪♪ Containing more caves than any other state park in Iowa, the state park is a web of trails, overlooks, and staircases descending toward underground paths. Resting within the driftless region of Iowa, the caves avoided glaciers during the last ice age, thousands of years ago, leaving behind rock formations and an oasis of trees and limestone surrounded by thousands of acres of farm fields. Once a popular place for parties and dances as early as the 1860s, the caves would set aside for conservation in 1921 and remains one of Iowa’s most unique and picturesque public parks in the entire state. ♪♪>>In the extreme southwest corner of way, the Missouri River winds its way past the hawkeye state and towards Missouri. The unique topography of the 20,000 years ago river sediment dried in the valley and deposited in the hills, now covered with trees. Here at the southern tip of the lush hills rests a park named for the chief of an Indian tribe. Nearly 2,000 acres stretch out along ridge lines, terraces, and a sprawling view of fall colors. ♪♪ Established in 1926, the state park reaches elevations of 1,099 feet before plunging back to the lowlands of the Missouri River valley. ♪♪>>Along the Mississippi River, wildcat den state park showcases miles of hiking trails, rock formations, and several historic structures. The signature building at wildcat den is the 1848 pine creek grist mill and pine mill bridge. Built in the mid-1800s, the pine creek grist mill stands as a living museum to the milling processes of more than a century ago. Listed on the natural register of historic places since 1979, the mill and its nearby bridge are fully accessible to visitors. Looking to see a piece of history in an Iowa state park. The pine creek flows past the grist mill, under the bridge, and beyond the borders of wildcat den state park merging with the Mississippi River only a few miles downstream. All making wildcat den a signature destination to explore Iowa by air. ♪♪ Near Mt. Vernon along the cedar river a nearly century-old state park provides dramatic views. 840 acres of hardwood trees, deep ravines and river bluffs surround Kepler state park. Established in 1922, the park has affectionately been known as the Palisades for Iowans in search of reprieve from daily life along the picturesque cedar river. ♪♪>>This piece is in stone state park, and the original — I’m going to go backwards in my Photoshop file, just turn all these off. And show the original piece. That’s the original photo, not two spectacular, really. I wanted to make it feel even grander to express the emotional part of it. And I think that was my goal, giving it that kind of grand feeling.>>Carol favor is a digital artist. In place of paints and an easel, her primary tools are a digital camera and her computer. While her work is only possible through modern devices and software, the idea can be traced back to the 19th century art revolution of the impressionists. In their day, impressionists would use open composition, interpretations of light, and noticeable brush work to evoke mood. While Carol doesn’t use a brush, her mouse and the software it guides do very similar work.>>And this particular piece is traditional prairie, where this is the original image, and add to go that and adding the depth and color is one of the first steps I will do. And I try to add in other parts of plants. And I kind of like some things where it breaks apart and it kind of makes you wonder about the edges or the surfaces, what those really are. These are the final choices, as I work through that whole piece. And that gives it more of that fabric, if you will, which isn’t necessarily what you would see but maybe the beauty of what you would feel, seeing nature.>>For Carol’s role in the 20 artists 20 parks program, she chose Sioux City’s stone state park, a perfect pairing, as Carol grew up in the Sioux City area and her lifelong connection to the park provides an additional layer of subtext to her work.>>School trips and picnics were the memories I had here. So the summer images fit. So this is all common area.>>Stone state park is known for its unique placement at the northern edge of the hills. That terrain provides for beautiful overlooks, hidden groves, and hillside expanses much of which can be found by car. But even with its representation as a drive-through park, Carol hit the trails for nearly all her work, mixing and matching characteristics of each environment.>>One of the things I probably notice the most is sky in this area, a good line on the horizon, and I photographed this in early spring and in early summer and in mid-summer. And each time, the qualities are different. And I loved this, this is a totally different feel from when I photographed it. See how you feel like you’re really part of the land? It almost makes you feel like you’re just part of it. It reminds me of home.>>To create her layered style of mosaic digital photos, Carol canvasses each area and takes a multitude of pictures. Looking for different elements of the landscape that help tell the story of each location. For the base photo, Carol takes a panoramic picture, giving her work a grand sense of scale. But the most interesting part of her process is how all of this work is done with her smartphone.>>One of the reasons I use the panoramic is, there was a certain size I wanted to work my images. And there’s less piecing in the production or making stage. Who would have ever thought I would have photographed with a phone in my life? I never thought that have. Not the purest way to photograph, that’s for certain.>>While Carol may not be will you going lens and camera bodies around, her smartphone’s approach allows her to undertake what she calls collecting. This places left of an emphasis on capturing the perfect shot and more on creating a collage of artful images that gives her audience an abstract yet emotional viewpoint.>>I’m constantly thinking about the smaller parts of making up the whole. I know I have great respect for photographers who can make that whole image work within the camera. And I’ve done that too. But there’s a great deal of fun in the process of collecting. I just find that to be a better way to think about that response after the fact, because all those memories from past events come into the work then. And it gives me more time to reflect.>>Even with decades of experience in the hills, the 20 artists 20 parks project allowed Carol to find the opportunity to find time and share new treasures of stone state park. Now, with the project complete, she’s excited to know there are still plenty of wonderful experiences left to collect.>>This isn’t the most scenic, right? But it was the best light and color and openness that I could find at the time I was photographing. Now it’s all over the place. I’m driving and I’m thinking, I want to stop here, I want to stop here. So it just — it certainly is beautiful. I’m always awestruck, and I wish I had more time to capture it all. But this was time given. That’s a great experience to have. ♪♪>>Pilot knob state park near forest city is one of Iowa’s oldest state parks. Earlier settlers and pioneers used pilot knob as a navigation point as they made their way west across the prairie.>>I’ve been to many parks in Iowa and I love them but that was one I never visited before. So I was excited to see a new park.>>Christopher and his wife used to tour the country, making music with their band. Now he’s a graduate student at Iowa state university and part of the 20 artists 20 parks project commemorating the 100th anniversary of Iowa’s state parks system. ♪♪>>I decided on the spot that I would attempt to take my experience with the park and kind of channel it into a song and a video to go along with that and I would create a physical piece of art, kind of inspired by the video itself rather than directly the park itself. So one would influence the other, was kind of my way of looking at it. This combines two different scenes. It’s a scene of some natural areas of weeds and things like that, which is on the hill near the tower. And then an area of water when it was raining kind of is in the background. I have experiences like that, I’ll sit and carry a notebook with me and I’ll write down first thoughts about what I just experienced. And from that I’ll — I went home and I kind of pulled the most important things out of there, maybe words that were lyrical to me. And I started writing leaks for the song.>>His wife joins with him on the chorus of the song he wrote for the video titled “all of the green.” ♪♪ ♪ All of the green that’s around us ♪ ♪ It is for real ♪ ♪ So much of the natural world ♪ ♪ We are part of ♪ ♪ All of the green that’s around us ♪ ♪ It is serene ♪>>Christopher visited pilot knob twice. The first time it was raining and overcast. The second trip was sunny and beautiful. He plays off the contrasts in his work. He shot the video with his smartphone, following his general desire to keep things simple.>>And my technique for the video is much like my technique when I make art, which is a layering process. So in the video itself I tried to focus on a contrasting movement, plants moving in different directions, different areas of the park and the contrasts, maybe water with the weeds growing in the corners of the park, you know, and things like that. Just see if I could create interest with that alone, kind of with the idea that if I took away the music, would it still be interesting to look at. So hopefully it is. ♪ Summer rain means sun on the way ♪ ♪ Summer rain means sun on the way ♪ ♪ Summer rain means sun on the way ♪ ♪ Summer rain means sun on the way ♪>>In the early 1930s, about a decade after pilot knob was dedicated, the civilian conservation corps constructed an open air amphitheater surrounded by wood. The most notable project might be the stone tower on the top of the knob. Visitors have a scenic view of the surrounding park and landscape. Many of pilot knob’s structures are on the national register of historic places. There are hidden treasures too making all of it worth a visit of your own to see and discover.>>I would like it if it sparks interest to visit pilot knob or any of the parks, to see if looking at nature in a different way can be rewarding as well. Just being in nature rather than having an activity you specifically have to do. You know, just enjoying the atmosphere can be rewarding in itself. ♪ All of the green that’s around us ♪ ♪ It is serene ♪ ♪ It is serene ♪ [ Applause ]>>>We are celebrating Iowa state parks here on Iowa PBS. I’m Travis Graven with Andrew, one of our senior producers here. We would love to hear from you at 800-779-7000, if you’re enjoying this program, if you value local programs about Iowa, this is a fantastic example of it. And it is possible because you have made an investment in Iowa PBS in the past, it’s allowed us to go out and produce this program, Andrew. And we need the support to continue so that we can continue going out and doing this. And we’ve got some great thank you gifts. But one of them in particular is a member event that’s coming up this summer.>>Yep, and that’s at the caves state park, one of the most unique places in Iowa. It happens to be a state park that’s accessible to any IIOWAN. We want to celebrate state parks and celebrate the focus on state parks of Iowa PBS. You’ll experience something very unique and IOWAN. As you can see some of these images, some people might tune in and wonder you know where are these caves we’re featuring, are they in some other state or across the country? This is Iowa. This is one of those locations in Iowa. You just saw it in this last segment, as we profile many state parks. There’s so many in Iowa that we don’t have enough time to get to all of them in an hour program. This is one we’re featuring, and one that you can be part of with a Iowa PBS event if you call in now. We profiled artists, and Travis, there are interesting artists that are all part of this 100-year anniversary celebration of Iowa state parks.>>Absolutely. We’ve seen a few of them now already, it started with Nancy segment. The last artist we saw was Christopher YANOLIS who produced a video and wrote a song, shot the video on his phone, he’s not a video producer but he wanted to create this kind of a piece of art that mimics what he creates in physical art, his paintings, with a layered effect. So you saw all sorts of dissolves that you wouldn’t normally see on our programs. This is his piece of art he created at pilot knob state park. There are 20 artists, most of them professors at Iowa state university, Christopher is a grad student. They were all assigned different state parks across the state. They went out, they spent one, two, several visits, creating some peeves art. Some of them are paintings, some of them photography, a video. You’ll see an interesting one coming up in the next segment that we’ll tell you about if we have time. Just really interesting things and different ways to kind of see and explore of state parks. There are many, many of them, like you said, and lots of ways to explore.>>That was a way to show state parks in a different way. They’ve inspired state artists. We showed you aerial coverage of state parks, probably a way you haven’t seen state parks in some of these locations if you’ve ever been to them. In this last segment we showed you the caves, part of that member event that if you call us now you can join us at. We showed you wildcat den state park in eastern Iowa, along the Mississippi. Palisades Kepler state park close to cedar rapids, a few of the state parks we saw in that last segment. There are great thank you gifts that Scott and Kellie are happy –>>I hesitate to even send it back to them. We may never get it back.>>This is truly live television.>>Do not lose the camera.>>Nice seeing y’all.>>Oh, man. I would like to say thank you to everybody watching on Iowa PBS. Call 800-779-7000. And you can also watch actually on Facebook live right now, they’re streaming this on Facebook, so check that out. I want to give a shout out to some people watching on Facebook and calling in. We have Susan R. From Madison county, which we know the bridges of Madison county, it makes a really nice setting. Lisa G. From Des Moines when Kellie, did you know that Des Moines is the capital of Iowa?>>I have heard that, yes.>>And from McGregor, Iowa, where pikes peak state park is which you can get on one of these wonderful postcards. If Kellie was smarter she would use the bigger one right here.>>Now I’m start.>>Kellie, I have a question for you. Julie Julian and his friend in Dubuque, what is pike’s first name?>>Zebulon?>>You looked that up in the break.>>No, I just remember my lines.>>Zebulon, who would know that? You will get a lot of great gifts if you call in and support the show. I hope it’s evident how much we love the show. Not only can you show us by calling in and making a pledge but you will also get great gifts, the way outdoors magazine, which is the DNR magazine, just awesome stuff. It fills every page of this magazine.>>The photos are gorgeous. And like Scott was saying, if you do call in, 800-779-7000, or donate online at Iowa PBS.org, you can show your support not only for Iowa PBS or for the show “Iowa Outdoors” but for me having to stand next to Scott all the night.>>Don’t complain, Kramer.>>But if, if, you do want to call in and show your support, you can donate at the $6 ongoing monthly sustaining membership level or one-time gift of $72 and get a full settle of eight of these gorgeous postcards made by John Bosley of BOS prints. We’re showing the pikes peak version but you can get all eight, and show your friends how amazing Iowa state parks are.>>There is an event coming up in July at the caves state park at $7 ongoing membership. You can get two tickets to this event which will guide you through the caves. Yes, purely, caves. There are multiple caves. And there’s lunch that you’ll get there. So if you’re hungry, you also get to eat.>>That’s my favorite.>>And you get special presentations where you learn a lot from park rangers and naturalists and you’re seeing on your screen now, and it really almost feels in spots extraterrestrial. It’s totally terrestrial and it’s IOWAN.>>If you donate at the $7 ongoing monthly sustaining membership level, you can get tickets to that event. If you have $8 a month that you would love to share with Iowa PBS, you can get a copy of “Iowa state parks: A century of state stewardship.” It’s a brand-new book and it shows you the history of the Iowa state park system. It features parks, recreation areas, the state preserves, state forests, gorgeous photography, so much information. Look at that. So call now, 800-779-7000. Or donate online at IowaPBS.org.>>If you want to get something even bigger, not quite as heavy as this book, you can get the 16×20 state park prints by BOS. And you can pick one of those. We’ve showed them off a little bit before, as I screened Kellie’s face with them. You can throw a frame on these or not even, and throw them on your wall. These are really nice pieces of art but also each one can tell a story. If you travel to these state parks you will create a story, when your friends come over and see this print on this wall, you’ll be like, oh, I remember when I was at pikes peak and it was raining when I was trying to film an episode of “Iowa Outdoors.”>>And it snowed.>>And we kept going without complaints.>>And without coats, we had to pretend it was warm.>>Kellie is also cold all the time.>>I am, sorry.>>If all that have sounds good, don’t forget about the combo pack.>>The combo.>>You can go Iowa state park combos. You can get the “Iowa Outdoors” magazine subscription which doesn’t always have a rabbit on it but other times it has deer and caves on it. You can get the Iowa state parks postcard, the set of eight. And you can also get this wonderful Iowa state parks book, not only does it serve as a great book but if it’s warm in the summer you can fan it across your face and cool yourself down. Feel that?>>It’s amazing.>>Look at my hair blowing in the wind.>>That’s at the $18 ongoing monthly sustainer level.>>All you have to do, call 800-779-7000, or go to IowaPBS.org. Make a pledge. Get some great gifts. And ensure that Iowa Public Television will continue to put on great Iowa programming, because the power of local, the power of state, is so, so very important. Also the power of others.>>Like Travis and Andrew.>>Unfortunately.>>Well, you see, this stuff just does not happen, folks. It takes producers to wrangle them in and get everything organized. We have months and weeks and years to shoot things. We’ll use one of our editors to edit that out later. So many people involved behind the scenes, producing “Iowa Outdoors,” making it happen. It costs money to create these local programs. That’s where you come in. When you make that phone call right now at 800-779-7000, you are helping sustain this kind of programming here on Iowa PBS. And it’s so important. We hope that it’s important to you and that you want to make that call right now and invest.>>Right. And we are celebrating the 100-year anniversary of Iowa state parks. That’s a big part of what we’re doing. We could showcase state parks in a year. This is a very big year for Iowa state parks, their centennial. We’ve been working on a show for “Iowa Outdoors” for a decade now, Scott and Kellie have been a big part of that program. A lot of producers work on it. People like Chris GORLEY, newer ones who have joined the program. Our commitment to state parks doesn’t even start ten years ago. This is a 50-year network that has showcased the natural environments in your state. Ongoing series, years ago, “the land between two rivers,” some of our older viewers may know. This is something we’ve done on our network for 50 years. A big part of what we’re doing tonight is showcasing your state. There are so many state parks in Iowa, if you look at a map of those.>>No matter where you live in Iowa you’re probably not too far from a state park. You can see all 70 of them on the map right there. Even if you’re in Northwest Iowa, there’s not a huge cluster but you won’t be too far away from being able to make a day trip and experiencing one of our many state parks and so many fun landmarks and things we get to see and explore from a different vantage point.>>And tonight you’re going to see so many of them from the air, we don’t have time to show you every state park from the air. You’ll get a good showcase of that. No other network will spend an hour on our state parks. We’ll show you the artistic inspiration. One of our state parks that we featured early on is backbone state park. We featured that in our first segment. There’s so much history there. We showcased some of those structures that were built by the civilian conservation corps. There’s history. And, you know, you’re seeing some of those images of the old boat houses built by the civilian conservation corps a hundred years ago. That’s a great image of the devil’s backbone. One of our pilots shot that image. It’s a great image of something unique to Iowa. You may have been there but you probably have never seen it before quite like this. This is all of what we’re trying to do tonight, a celebration of Iowa’s state parks and a celebration of us showcasing those state parks on Iowa PBS. When you make that call to 800-779-7000 right now, we have those great thank you gifts. So lets get over for a quick rundown of those again with Scott and Kellie.>>It’s really easy, you can call in, 800-779-7000, or go to IowaPBS.org. Candace just called in, made a pledge, we appreciate that, thank you, Candace. I’ll say thank you again in the future, but you got to call in if you haven’t already. Let’s go over to the guests. If you need a little more push, let’s go over to these great gifts one more time.>>One thing Scott can do is push.>>I can definitely push. We’ve got the one-year subscription to “Iowa Outdoors” magazine. We keep showing this, but again, the photography, I keep going over that again, it is wonderful. And the writing inside of these, the stories that are done, you’re going to learn something new about Iowa every time you read this thing, just the way you do, if I may brag, when you watch “Iowa Outdoors,” the television show, you also learn a ton about Iowa.>>You can get a subscription if you call now, 800-779-7000. Call that number that I just finally gave correctly and pledge your support at the $5 monthly sustaining membership level.>>The $6 level, you can get the way state postcards, a set of eight designed by John Bosley who has a shop right here in Des Moines that you can visit. His artwork is great. You can get eight of his pieces of art right here in a postcard form that you can send off to the entire world.>>If you’re thinking, but wait, Scott, I have $7 a month, I would love to pledge to Iowa PBS, you can do that right now through talking to these great people on the phone.>>What will I get for $7 a month?>>Well, Scott, you can spend a beautiful Friday at the caves, you get a guided tour of the caves, lunch, which everybody loves lunch, and a special presentation by park rangers and naturalists. You get to check out the incredible state park. I love that place. We had a great time shooting there, and beautiful. So you went to spend a day, a Friday, there.>>If you opened up your wallet and said, I don’t have $7, I have $8, you can get the book, “a century of stewardship,” Iowa state parks are 100 years old, this book documents the history and the present day of our great state parks.>>And that can be yours for the $8 ongoing monthly sustaining membership level. But wait. What if I had $10 a month that I would love to give to Iowa PBS?>>Is there more, Kellie?>>Can you believe it? There is more. You can get your choice of one of these great BOS prints. It’s 16×20, beautiful for framing. You can choose between backbone state park, lake Mac bride, legend, pike’s peak, WABANZI and wildcat den.>>If there’s a combo you want, for $18 ongoing sustained membership, you can get the “Iowa Outdoors” magazine, you can get the state park centennial book and you can get all eight of John Bosley’s great designs on postcards to send to all of your friends. You don’t know how great Iowa is.>>Call right now, 800-779-7000 or donate online at IowaPBS.org.>>If we haven’t convinced you yet, we have great drone footage to show you in our great episode about Iowa state parks. Take it away. ♪♪>>>In central Iowa along the Des Moines river sits a valley of abundant color every fall. The state park is dominated by a sandstone gorge with cliffs carved during the last ice age. The gorge descends 100 feet in various locations and its valley is known to fill with river water during Iowa flood events. The nearby hiking trails criss-cross the valley and up would they slopes. Making for a long time autumn destination for Iowans. One of the favorite scenic trails at ledges brings visitors to lost lake and a signature overlook of the nearby Des Moines river. Established as a state park in 1924, Iowans continue to find ledges a year-round hiking and recreation destination. Along a rugged stretch of Mississippi River bluffs rests the mines of Spain recreation area near Dubuque. Recreational trails thread through this state land. But this region’s ties to history are woven throughout its signature overlook. This one-time Spanish-owned land was mined until the early 1900s. The state recreation area is best known for the Julian Dubuque monument high atop a panoramic view of the valley, a tower composed of limestone rests at this bluff outcropping. Julian was a French Canadian who traded with local tribes in the late 1700s. His final resting place is here on the same bluff. Forever overlooking an Iowa city with his namesake. Near the northern edge of bluffs hills is stone state park near Northwest Iowa’s Sioux City. Stone park overlooks Iowa’s border with South Dakota. Soil here begins a transition from clay bluffs to prairie sediment. The steep slopes of stone state park stretch out over 1,000 acres of wooded forests and miles of hiking and equestrian trails. This park on the northern edge of the hills was dedicated in 1935 and visitors still ventured north to stone state park more than 80 years later. ♪♪ In the far Northwest corner of way, South Dakota to the west and Minnesota directly north, is a state preserve. The small patch of natural prairie is home to outcroppings, the oldest surface bedrock in Iowa. The quartzite is roughly 1.6 billion years old and is visible from above. ♪♪>>Along the upper Mississippi River near McGregor, Iowa, the towering vistas of Iowa state park. Visitors can gaze at the Mississippi River’s confluence with the Wisconsin river. This park is Iowa’s version of pike’s peak. And similar to the mountain version in Colorado, the state park is named after famed brigadier general and explorer Zebulon pike who explored this location in 1805. He was dedicated as a state park more than a century later in 1935. Pike’s peak state park still provides Iowans an unparalleled view of the mighty Mississippi in all its glory. ♪♪ In Jones county, Iowa, this town and its surrounding hillside provided inspiration for local legend grant wood. The state park was one of Iowa’s first state park when it was dedicated in 1923. It lies along the river. Nearby stand stone and limestone bluffs, often covered with moss. Along the edge of the park, spanning the river, is the historic hale bridge. The bowstring bridge was originally built in 1878 for the downstream town of hale. In 2006, massive chinook helicopters lifted the structure into the air and the bowstring bridge arrived at its current resting place. On the edge of the state park. ♪♪>>Honey creek state park. Since construction of the dam was completed in 1969, the lake has been a sprawling recreation destination for water enthusiasts, whether it be boating, fishing, or relaxing. On the northern edge of the lake rests honey creek resort state park where a 100-room hotel is the centerpiece for commanding views of the man made recreational destination. State park designers constructed a signature golf course on the southern plains of Iowa called the preserve, giving Iowans additional reason to venture to south central Iowa for recreation. Honey creek state park and resort are man made modifications to the Iowa landscape, creating signature destinations to explore Iowa by air.>>This man guides his kites through the air above lake Mcbride. This isn’t your average kite. It dances in the wind to a device that artEM holds that produces sound.>>It’s nice to get the kite line to be as far out as possible. It really starts to pick up — it starts to vibrate in some beautiful ways the longer the line is.>>This kite choir is ARTEM’s contribution to the 100th anniversary of Iowa state parks system. A professor in the department of park architecture at Iowa state university, he’s had drawings and installations exhibited across the country and internationally.>>Sound is about that tether between the kites and myself. And I need to pay attention to that. That’s the dialogue that I’m really engaged in. There’s no correct way to do this in a sense. Because there’s no music that you have to replicate. Each variable is producing something new.>>There are old traditions of singing kites in many other countries. Those that feature sound-making instruments or voice boxes flying with the kites. ARTEM built a Hurdy Gurdy style instrument.>>Looking for like a moment of a state of suspension, where the kite isn’t flying like an airplane or like a bird. It’s trying to find its moment between like flying and falling, sort of trying to find that moment of suspension in the air, and with that, with the tension on the line, you get this suspension in the sound as well. And that’s what I’m looking for.>>Lake McBride is between Iowa city and cedar rapids, named after Thomas McBride, former professor and president of the university Iowa, known as the father of conservation of Iowa. of the parks that he wouldn’t have ordinarily explored.>>It makes you look at the landscape differently, the terrain, what’s around you. You have to say, okay, it’s coming from the trees over there, like from over here, we’re going to have a certain texture. At a certain height, it’s going to have a change, right? It’s not just about that necessarily, it’s about understanding the territory. Also, sound. Ambient sounds.>>Musicians who learn to play instruments generally have control of the sound, and given a sheet of music, that score can be played as it’s written. A kite choir isn’t nearly as predictable. There’s limited human control and the atmospheric conditions take care of the rest.>>You have some degree of control, you have some agency, but that agency is shared with the agency of the wind as well, what you’re listening to. an entanglement. It’s not having almost full control and it’s not having almost no control. And I think the entanglement, that’s kind of the point of the project of the kite choir. It’s a kind of — I call it anesthetic practice of atunement with that. At that moment, when you’re playing these things, you’re kind of attached to it.>>A lot of people get a kite up in the air by running with it. ARTEM says you shouldn’t have to do that. He likes lake McBride because it gives him limited space to move.>>Sometimes I’ve been on piers and there’s fishermen fishing off of them. They’re doing this underwater and I’m up in the atmosphere. You’re trying to sense what’s out there at the tip of the line, right, at the end of the line. Same thing with the kite line. So when the kite is up there, it becomes a way to, I’m trying to sense through touch and also through sounds what’s happening up there, out there, in the air.>>ARTEM’s electric Hurdy Gurdy while works a little bit like a piano and a guitar. The kite line has rosin on it. The line boasts still strings and guitar pickups generate the sound. ARTEM says you can find different examples or instructions online or invent one yourself. Whether you fly one at McBride or a park near you, open your mind and body to what’s possible. You may develop a greater awareness and appreciation of nature and the atmosphere around you.>>Important to have these practices today. To care for, to hear inanimate and nonhuman things more clearly. ♪♪ [ Applause ]>>So many cool people, so many cool places, things, in Iowa state park to celebrate. And we’ve been doing that on Iowa PBS. I’m Travis Graven alongside Andrew, and we need your support for these kinds of programs. If you’ve been enjoying our state parks special and maybe learning about someplace you didn’t know was out there or seen it in a new way, we need your support to make this kind of program happen. Pick up the phone and give us a call at 800-779-7000. When you do, one of our thank you gifts that we have is a member event coming up this summer at the caves, Andrew, you’ve been there many times, a very cool place.>>Very unique place. It’s a unique opportunity, if you call in your pledge. The state park is one that any IOWAN can enter and explore themselves. Many haven’t, though. This is on the eastern part of the state. We’re celebrating Iowa state parks here on Iowa PBS. It’s such a unique place. I’m not sure — I grew up on the western side of Iowa and I was able to experience the park by working on Iowa PBS programs like “Iowa Outdoors.” We’re bringing these images to you so you can get a glimpse of what’s in your own state. A location like this may not look like Iowa to you. I can assure you, it is. This is Iowa. It’s one of the many places in Iowa that are a great experience. And this is a great opportunity to support this type of programming on Iowa PBS but also to experience and support the state parks that you already enjoy and love here in Iowa.>>And when you make that call at 800-779-7000, you’re making it happen. And you are sustaining this kind of programming. You’re helping preserve this kind of storytelling here on Iowa PBS and making it possible for us to go out and who knows what the next project will be.>>Who knows?>>But we do this all the time here at Iowa PBS. We explore, we educate, we inform, we inspire people about the world and our communities right around this. And you help make that happen. We have some other great thank you gifts that we would love to share with you and standing by are “Iowa Outdoors” hosts Scott Siepker and Kellie Kramer.>>Folks, can I have you applaud for a second? Wonderful. You need to stop them from applauding and call in and get some of these great gifts. Kellie, take it away.>>Please call and pledge your support so that this makes my night worth it, standing next to Scott. If you do call, we really do have some incredible thank you gifts. If you would like to call and pledge your support at the $5 ongoing monthly sustaining membership level or one-time gift of $60, we will send you a one-year magazine subscription to “Iowa Outdoors” magazine, published quarterly by the department of natural resources. There’s beautiful photography, so much neat information about our state. It’s a wonderful magazine.>>And for $6 ongoing, you can get a set of eight Iowa state postcards designed by John Bosley. These are great, we’ve talked about them over and over again. They really are so beautiful.>>And you heard Travis and Andrew talking about it, you don’t want to miss out, for a $7 ongoing monthly sustaining membership, you will get two tickets to come to the member caves event only for Iowa PBS members. If you call and donate your support. That’s Friday, July 17th. There are guided tours of the caves, special presentations by park rangers and naturalists and you’ll get to experience all the incredible beauty of the caves state park.>>For $18 ongoing sustaining American you can get the “Iowa state parks: A century of stewardship” book. It is beautiful, it’s an over 250 pages of images and words that really put into perspective how lucky we are to have these state parks in Iowa.>>If you saw those postcards from BOS prints and thought, I love those, I wish they were larger, guess what, you can pledge your support for $10 as an ongoing monthly sustaining member or a one-time gift of $120 and we’ll send you one 16×20 print of your choice of one of these great state parks. There’s backbone, lake McBride, WABANZI, wildcat den.>>You said WABANZI correctly, good job, Kellie.>>Thank you.>>You can get the combo, which is short for, Kellie?>>Combination?>>Correct. And you can combo your “Iowa Outdoors” magazine subscription, your Iowa state parks postcards, and your Iowa state parks book celebrating 100 years of way state parks. And I have to say, Kellie, I don’t know exactly, I think I have an idea, but how long have you lived in Iowa?>>About 16 years.>>Coming from Indiana. And I grew up in a tiny town in Carroll county called Mt. Carmel, 10 people and 26 pets. We both are passionate Iowans. Growing up here and watching Iowa Public Television on channel 11 back in old Mt. Carmel I never thought I would get the opportunity to be live on the air, standing with my nemesis, asking you to call in, 800-779-7000, to pledge your support for Iowa PBS and “Iowa Outdoors.” It is wonderful. I’m so lucky to get to do it. I know we joke around a lot, for a good reason, but it’s wonderful to work with the crew, and work with Kellie, on the show. We hope you’ll call in right now and support the work that Iowa PBS does.>>And the work of our fabulous producers, Travis and Andrew.>>And it is wonderful working with the two of you, most days. 800-779-7000. We want to mention to you that we have a dollar for dollar match going on right now. If you’ve never given to Iowa PBS before or it’s been a long time since you last gave, now is the perfect time for you to pick up the phone or go to the website and make your gift because you’re going to essentially double your gift right now. Your dollars are going to go even further. That dollar for dollar match going on right now. Give us a call at 800-779-7000. And our phone volunteers will take good care of you, as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of Iowa state parks. And Andrew, one of the popular state parks here in central Iowa is ledges.>>It’s just one of the many parks featured in that last segment you saw. Ledges, we were lucky enough to capture some great aerial drone images of ledges state park, the canyon there, the walking and hiking trails. It’s a beautiful park. It’s endeared itself to a lot of folks who may remember going there 40 years ago for a picnic with their family or when they hiked there last fall. Part of what we do at Iowa PBS and with this program is showcase your state parks and the beauty in them. That’s just one of the five parks in that segment. We covered more than 15 parks tonight. In this state there are nearly 70 state parks. We’re just the tip of the iceberg here in state parks.>>And just a little tease, this is really kind of a preview of our state parks special which will be coming up later this spring. There will be even a few more things that will be part of that program. So watch for that and be ready for that. I would say ledges is probably my favorite state park because I do have connections to it growing up in central Iowa. Do you have a real quick favorite?>>It’s now ledges. I’ve gone there many times. I’ve taken my girls hiking there. It’s those experiences that you may have had with your family. The parks are special but the memories are special. We’re one of few places that are going to focus on those places in your own backyard. And we hope that you appreciate that and you call in with your pledge.>>We would love to hear from you right now. 800-779-7000. Our phones are busy. That’s great. We thank you so much for watching. And thank you for giving.

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