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Celebrate Our Local Parks, Natural Areas and Open Space

Old Point Loma Lighthouse

Above: Old Point Loma Lighthouse

KPBS, REI, Cabrillo National Monument Foundation, and the Maritime Museum of San Diego invite you to experience San Diego’s only National Park site and join in a summertime celebration of National Parks Founders Day.

Visit the top of the Old Point Loma Lighthouse Tower – one of only two days this is open during the year; participate in Ranger-guided hikes along the Bayside Trail; learn about Cabrillo the Man and the military history of Point Loma; witness living and oral history displays; and watch a Cannon Salute by the Californian ship – the official tall ship of the State of California and a replica of the 1847 Revenue Cutter C.W. Lawrence. Throughout the day will be screenings of The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, National Park Films, as well as booths and displays from local parks and outdoor organizations.

Schedule of Events:

9 a.m. Live broadcast of KPBS 89.5 FM’s These Days with host Maureen Cavanaugh (Visitor Center Breezeway)

10 a.m. Old Point Loma Lighthouse Tower Opens (until 3 p.m.)

Living History Presentations (Lighthouse) featuring Park Historian Bob Munson and Luke Bjerke, Mike Love, Carolyn Richards, Sandra Turner, and Al Wolfing

Film Screening: The National Parks: Americas Best Idea

10:30 a.m. Bayside Trail Ranger-Guided Walk with Park Ranger Jason Richards

Film: In Search of Cabrillo Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo and his exploration of New Spain.

11 a.m. Film Screening: The National Parks: Americas Best Idea

11:30 a.m. Ranger Program: Military History of Point Loma with Park Ranger Rick Jenkins

Film: Remembering MANZANAR Japanese Americans relocated to a remote desert facility during World War II.

12 p.m. Film Screening: The National Parks: Americas Best Idea

12:30 p.m. Film: A Treasure in the Sea The cultural and natural history of Channel Islands National Park.

12:45 p.m. Partnership Agreement signing between Cabrillo National Monument and the San Diego Maritime Museum

1 p.m. Cannon Salute by the State Ship Californian (Front of Cabrillo Statue)

Film Screening: The National Parks: Americas Best Idea

1:30 p.m. Film: Something Special: Point Reyes National Seashore

2 p.m. Film Screening: The National Parks: Americas Best Idea

2:30 p.m. Bayside Trail Ranger-Guided Walk with Park Ranger Jason Richards

Film: Cascading Effects Illustrates climate change in the Pacific Northwest.

3 p.m. Film Screening: The National Parks: Americas Best Idea

3:30 p.m. Ranger Program: Cabrillo the Man with Park Ranger Taylor Jordan

Film: On The Edge of Land and Sea The plants and animals of Cabrillo National Monument’s intertidal area.

4 p.m. Film Screening: The National Parks: Americas Best Idea

Questions? Call the KPBS Events line at 619-594-6787.

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