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03.20.2012

Wuksachi Lodge and World Wildlife Fund Celebrate Earth Hour March 31


An evening of education, candlelight dining, and carbon foot printing await guests at the Sequoia National Park retreat as it participates in a global stand against climate change
SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif. March 20, 2012 - The World Wildlife Fund is daring the world to save the planet and Wuksachi Lodge is up for the challenge. Nestled amid giant Sequoias, the mountain gem will dim its lights on March 31 in participation of Earth Hour 2012, the world’s largest single campaign for energy conservation.

Millions of people, businesses and governments around the world unite each year to support Earth Hour. In 2011 alone, more than 5,200 cities and towns in 135 countries switched off their lights for Earth Hour.

This year, Wuksachi Lodge will do its part by presenting a free, lively orientation for visitors to discover more about the environmental event and its global impact from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM, followed by dimming its lights from 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM. During this time visitors may also dine by candlelight in the Wuksachi Lodge Dining Room where Executive Chef Steven Sterritt serves sustainable fare inspired by the surrounding San Joaquin Valley. Guests staying the night are encouraged to join the fun or support Earth Hour in their rooms by dimming or turning off their lights.

Visitors will also be able to measure their carbon footprint via “Do Your Part! for Climate Friendly Parks,” an interactive program that provides people with tools for understanding how to help protect national parks from global warming.

Beyond Earth Hour, Wuksachi Lodge adheres to standards set forth by GreenPath®, an environmental management system established by the property’s management company, Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts. Wuksachi Lodge is proud to have received the Star of the Industry Award in Good Earthkeeping from the California Hotel & Lodging Association in recognition of its efforts.

Advance reservations for the Earth Hour candlelight dinner can be made by calling the Front Desk at 559-565-4070 ext. 0. For more information or to book an overnight stay, call 866-449-4902 or visit http://VisitSequoia.com. For more information on Earth Hour, visit www.earthhour.org.
Contact(s):
Rebecca Chappell
rchappell@wrightoncomm.com
Tel: (858) 755-5411

About the Wuksachi Lodge
Located in the heart of Sequoia National Park on the western slope of the Central Sierra, the 102-room Wuksachi Lodge features a panoramic mountain setting, full-service restaurant, cocktail lounge, retail shop, and 1,320 square feet of dedicated meeting space. Furnishings reflect an upscale, natural decor highlighting native granite rock, oak, cedar, and hickory woods as well as modern guest amenities such as Internet access. The Wuksachi Lodge is operated by Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, one of the nation’s leading hospitality management companies, under contract with the National Park Service.

About Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts
Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts is a leading hospitality provider in Special PlacesSM, with hotel, retail, food service, recreation and transportation operations at historic and scenic properties in North America and Australia. The company operates Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and in Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Sequoia and Yosemite national parks, including The Ahwahnee and other Yosemite lodges; Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite & the Cottages at Tenaya Lodge; Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa in British Columbia; Niagara Falls State Park; The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake in Ohio; Gideon Putnam Resort in Saratoga; Holiday Inn West Yellowstone, Gray Wolf Inn & Suites and Yellowstone Park Hotel; and LeMay - America's Car Museum in Tacoma, Wash. The company also owns and operates five luxury resorts in Australia. To learn more about Delaware North Companies' hospitality management expertise, visit www.experiencednc.com.
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