Jarvis shared the importance and goals of this visit. “Leading up to the National Park centennial anniversary in 2016, my visit to Monroe is a great opportunity to invite a new generation of Americans to visit their national parks and historic sites, as well as highlight the relevance of the park system in our nation. The centennial goal of the National Park Service is to create and connect with the next generation of park visitors, supporters, and advocates. I am looking forward to spending time with several classes of students from the area at a local park and Natural History Museum, amplifying the message of the Every Kid in the Park initiative and later speaking with college students and community members, inviting them all to learn, explore and engage with the natural and cultural resources of the park system. The National Park Service has something to offer everyone, in every corner of the country. We want everyone to know that and to benefit from America’s public lands."
With a career as a civil servant, Jarvis has been with the service for over 30 years. U.S. National Park Service cares for more than 400 national parks and assist communities to help preserve their historic places and open spaces.
Jarvis will also spend time on campus and visit the Natural History Museum.
“We are honored to have Director Jarvis visit the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Our mutual interest in the World Heritage site at Poverty Point established that connection, and we look forward to exploring ways in which that relationship will benefit ULM, Poverty Point, and the National Parks Service,” shared Dr. Pani, Vice President of Academic Affairs.
The evening will hold a special presentation at Hemphill Hall Room 134 on “The Next Century of Parks” at 6 p.m. followed by a reception at the Liew Family International Student Center at 7 pm.