President Jimmy Carter Shares History of Alaskan National Parks
In 1980, President Jimmy Carter doubled the size of the National Park System when he signed the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA). Students throughout the country can celebrate the anniversary of this landmark bill by joining President Carter on a live webchat on Monday, December 2 from 2-3 p.m. EST.
The theme for this special event, sponsored by Jimmy Carter National Historic Site in Plains, Georgia, is Celebrating President and Mrs. Carter and Their Contributions to the National Park Service. President Carter will speak on ANILCA then participate in a question-and-answer period.
An estimated 90,000 students will view the event thanks to an exciting new partnership between the National Park Service and Internet2, the U.S. national research and education network.
President Carter will answer questions via video from high school students from Plains High School (Plains, Ga.), Southwest High School (El Centro, Calif.), Sugar Salem High School (Sugar City, Idaho), Woodrow Wilson Junior High (Dayton, Texas) and Glennallen High School (Alaska).
The event is part of the Presidential Primary Sources Project, a collaborative program sponsored by the U.S. Presidential Libraries and Museums, the National Park Service, the Internet2 K20 Initiative, and other primary source stakeholders. For more information, visit: https://k20.internet2.edu/projects/presidential-primary-sources-project or http://www.nps.gov/teachers/classrooms/jimmy-carter-anilca-event.htm.
The Idaho Education Network, Texas Education and Telecommunication Network (TETN), the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC), and Internet2 support the participating schools and provide the video technology.