Friday, July 25, 2014
Thursday, July 10, 2014
NPCA names Taylor an Ambassador to National Parks
Join the National Parks Conservation Association and special guest Doreen Taylor for an important message about connecting young people to America’s national parks heading into their 2016 centennial. Taylor, who released a song benefiting the organization in April, will also be named an NPCA Ambassador to national parks. Taylor is an award-winning singer/songwriter.
WHO: National Parks Conservation Association representatives and supporters; award-winning songstress Doreen Taylor; local chapters of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America
WHEN: July 16, 2014 : 1:00-1:30 p.m.
WHERE: Independence National Historical Park, 520 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (People’s Plaza is located at 5th and Market, one block north of Independence Hall, on the east side of the block containing the Liberty Bell and President’s House.)
WHAT: The National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) has enlisted country-rock songstress Doreen Taylor’s help to connect new audiences to America’s national parks. On July 16, Taylor will join NPCA and local chapters of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America at Independence National Historical Park for an event celebrating our parks and encouraging young people to get out and explore them this summer.
As we approach the centennial of our national parks in 2016, NPCA has prioritized connecting younger, more diverse audiences to our national parks. In recent years, fewer young people have visited, even though many of the 401 national parks are in urban settings with easy access.
Earlier this year, Taylor was chosen by the organization to create an anthem in support of national parks. The song, Colors of the USA, was inspired by her childhood memories of road trips to national parks. NPCA receives a portion of all proceeds from the song, which can be downloaded at www.colorsoftheusa.org.
“We are thrilled that Doreen Taylor has become an official NPCA Ambassador and that she shares our strong desire to connect new audiences to America’s national parks,” said NPCA Pennsylvania Program Manager Matt Elliott. “In order for national parks to remain relevant into their second century, we must prioritize connecting to a new generation and Doreen has helped us do that.”
At the event, Taylor will join NPCA to express strong support for this centennial effort. Children from the Boys & Girls Clubs of America will be treated to a field trip at Independence National Historical National Park following the brief media gathering.
"When I was a child, my parents would drive my family across country (Yes, just like National Lampoon’s Vacation) and we would stop in the most random of places to eat or just visit. I would always be amazed at how different these towns were from my own and as a child it was so intriguing to me to just watch and observe. Everyone knew each other. People would hold the door for each other. They would sit in the town center and just have conversations. Things were not rushed and people took the time to just be nice to each other. The people that make up these towns are the true pulse of America. They live their lives working honest jobs and value the more important things in life, like hard work, family and friends. I wish more people were like that," Taylor passionately described her love of American small towns.
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
“They are the treasures we fight to protect everyday and the gifts that we cannot take for granted,” award winning country singer/songwriter Doreen Taylor said to the Epoch Times in an exclusive interview about her new song "Colors of the USA" and her work with the National Parks Conservation Association. In this in depth one on one interview, Epoch Times journalist, Tara MacIsaac talked to the rising star about her inspiration for writing this new anthem that was recently named the 'Official Song of the National Parks Conservation Association'.
“I would have to say Yellowstone is one of the national parks that has had the most impact on me,” Taylor told Epoch Times. “To this day I still remember what it felt like at the mere age of 7, standing in front of the Lower Falls in Yellowstone; as a rainbow appeared a single bird flew overhead. It was one of the most touching and memorable moments of my life and that was my inspiration for ‘Colors of the USA.’”