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14 National Parks receive grants from Disneynature’s “Bears”

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Great news from Disneynature. They were able to make grants to 14 national parks with the funds generated during the opening week of “Bears.” A big thank you to everyone who made it out to support the film and our nation’s beautiful national parks. The full press release is below:

The National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, has awarded Disneynature Impact Grants to 14 national parks thanks to the significant support generated during opening week of Disneynature’s “Bears.” These grants provide critical financial support needed to transform innovative, yet underfunded, ideas into successful in-park programs and initiatives.

Disneynature pledged to make a contribution to the National Park Foundation through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund for each person who saw Disneynature’s “Bears” during opening week.

“Thanks to Disneynature’s support and commitment to preserving and protecting America’s national parks, we are able to fund much-needed conservation projects like studying and protecting endangered species, restoring more than 400,000 acres of national park land, and much more,” said Neil Mulholland, President and CEO of the National Park Foundation. “We are thankful for our relationship with Disney and the profound impact we are making together in our national parks.”

Ranging in size and scope, each of the selected parks demonstrated a clear need in which funding would make a profound difference in the areas of habitat restoration, wildlife protection, and/or conservation research.  Programs made possible through the 2014 Impact Grants include:

  • Black Bear Research at Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
    This project will examine black bear movement and habitat use in and surrounding Bryce Canyon National Park by radio-collaring black bears. The park will also develop educational outreach programs for real-time interpretation of black bear movement and conservation challenges as well as curricula for schools.
  • Habitat Restoration at Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina and Tennessee
    Wetlands are uncommon in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, yet provide critical habitat for diverse native plants and animals, some found nowhere else in the park. Bears, bobcats, foxes, birds, amphibians, and fish call wetlands home, but these habitats are severely impacted by invasive plant species. This project will allow for invasive plant removal, seed collection, propagation and planting of native species, and educational outreach.

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DisneyNature Presents Bears

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This Earth Day DisneyNature invites you to visit the incredible world of Bears. It’s the newest film in the tradition of Walt Disney’s True Life Adventure films and possibly their best yet.

Promising an epic story of breathtaking scale, Disneynature’s Bears showcases a year in the life of a bear family as two impressionable young cubs are taught life’s most important lessons. Set against a majestic Alaskan backdrop teeming with life, their journey begins as winter comes to an end and the bears emerge from hibernation to face the bitter cold. The world outside is exciting—but risky—as the cubs’ playful descent down the mountain carries with it a looming threat of avalanches. As the season changes from spring to summer, the brown bears must work hard to find food—ultimately feasting at a plentiful salmon run—while staying safe from rival male bears and predators, including an ever-present wolf pack. “Bears” captures the fast-moving action and suspense of life in one of the planet’s last great wildernesses—Alaska!

Disneynature’s Bears opens in theaters in time for Earth Day on April 18, 2014.Read More »DisneyNature Presents Bears