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  • Celebrate National Native American Heritage Month | National Park Foundation
    Area near you To date Congress has designated 49 National Heritage Areas including these four which preserve crucial Native American cultural landmarks Great Basin National Heritage Area Rich in history and natural beauty Great Basin National Heritage Area spans a large region in Utah and Nevada that includes the Goshute Indian Reservation the Kanosh Indian Reservation the Duckwater Shoshone Reservation and the Ely Shoshone Tribe The Great Basin s varied Native American history and staggering natural beauty make this one of the most exciting National Heritage Partnership sites Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area Spanning 2 000 acres in Arizona Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area protects a vast region of rich wetlands along the Colorado River including the historic city of Yuma and parts of the Quechan Reservation This vibrant locale continues to be important to the Quechan Indian Tribe and the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area is key to the restoration of the Colorado River and the preservation of the tribe s many traditions Blue Ridge National Heritage Area North Carolina s Blue Ridge National Heritage Area strives to balance the modern world with the ancient traditions of the Cherokee people In addition to its stunning mountain landscape the heritage area includes a wide range of Cherokee historic sites including the Museum of the Cherokee Indian Oconaluftee Indian Village and Junaluska Museum and Memorial Events throughout the year highlight traditional Cherokee music storytelling language and crafts Champlain Valley National Heritage Area Straddling the border between New York and Vermont Champlain Valley National Heritage Area includes the ancestral homeland of Algonquin and Iroquois peoples High profile destinations like Fort Ticonderoga parts of Adirondack Park and the interconnected waterways of Lake George and Lake Champlain make the area a major tourist destination Crucially the ECHO Ecology Culture History and Opportunity Lake Champlain

    Original URL path: http://wwww.nationalparks.org/connect/blog/4-national-heritage-areas-celebrate-native-american-culture (2016-02-12)
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  • Q&A With National Park Foundation Supporter Marcia Miller| National Park Foundation
    adore Grand Canyon Yosemite Glacier Badlands all Washington DC sites Yellowstone Sequoia Olympic and the ever beautiful and hopeful Statue of Liberty right in my own backyard Each is unique for a different reason but all of these make my spirits soar and make me proud How why did you get involved with the National Park Foundation Having so many excellent experiences at national parks around the country I felt it was time to give back I also know that funding for the national parks is NEVER enough I ve reached a point in my life where I can afford to help so I do Why is it important to keep preserving our national parks I would say that spending time in a national park is not only a GREAT way to appreciate our country but it s impossible to be there without meeting visitors from all over the world That is always a joy for me Although some of my favorite parks are far from my home I ve had the good fortune to be able to travel to them I know the long distances time and finances can be prohibitive for many Still I highly encourage people to consider National Park visits as an alternative to run of the mill vacations that can instill a sense of ownership patriotism appreciation and serenity What park s would you still like to experience Why I hope to see Haleakala in Hawaii and some of the Alaskan parks I ve also never been to Death Valley or Big Bend and hope to get there one day Parks need you Your continued support ensures that the parks remain vibrant relevant and preserved for today and always So get out and find your park Share it on social media using FindYourPark and EncuentraTuParque

    Original URL path: http://wwww.nationalparks.org/connect/blog/qa-national-park-foundation-supporter-marcia-miller (2016-02-12)
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  • 8 National Park History Tours | National Park Foundation
    experiments and the brothers honed their craft over many years capturing their hometown of Dayton through a series of fascinating photographs Catch a unique exhibit of their work through Dec 18 2016 at the Wright Dunbar Interpretive Center 4 Grist Mill Demonstrations Great Smoky Mountains National Park European settlers came to the Great Smoky Mountains region in the 1700s Over the decades they began growing grains that were ground in grist mills From late March to October and on weekends in November visit the water powered Cable Mill in Cades Cove or the turbine powered Mingus Mill to see these grist mills in action 5 Point Bonita Lighthouse Tour Golden Gate National Recreation Area One of the Bay Area s hidden jewels Point Bonita Lighthouse still guides ships into San Francisco Bay today just as it has since it was built in 1877 Tour the Point Bonita Lighthouse on any Saturday Sunday or Monday from 12 30 to 3 30 for astonishing views and intriguing stories that take you through the lighthouse s history 6 Yankee Freedom Guided Tour of Fort Jefferson Dry Tortugas National Park Explore Fort Jefferson a key strategic point off the Florida Coast throughout the 1800s and a federal prison in the years following the Civil War Although this massive brick structure has never been completed Fort Jefferson is nevertheless an impressive accomplishment composed of more than 16 million bricks 7 Chantey Sing San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park Head to Hyde Street Pier and join in the singing of traditional sailors songs aboard the floating historic vessel Eureka The Chantey Sing is held on the first Saturday of every month from 8 p m to midnight Visiting during the winter months Warm up with hot cider just bring your own mug 8 A day in

    Original URL path: http://wwww.nationalparks.org/connect/blog/8-events-hands-history-national-parks (2016-02-12)
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  • Outside | National Park Foundation
    the sun she was ours and we were hers But intrigue and interest of king and queened sophistications shipped cobblestone culture of me and my We forgot The we for I We bent shape and built fortress from the we to I And the value for dirt lost all of its majesty We moved inside We re Frowning at the savages that embraced organic masonry We re Updating social status from the seclusion of our penthouse watchtowers We re Fading to forgotten with no artifacts of value from lone culture We forgot the togetherness of the we for the I But Outside We re all connected and Outside There are memories of the people we used to be Outside We move in opposition to the I And find ourselves in tune with the universe Exchanging rivers of smiles and new beginnings tossing perspective into the scalp of the trees playing tennis with ferns for rackets and the stars for points as we gaze over the massiveness of the Milky Way We re making connection with the mesa again finding clues about the togetherness in the preserved kiva roofs creating a collective sense of the magic that was Together And the people And each other No longer strangers But a we A people Outside Whitney Mitchell participated in the National Park Foundation s 2015 Find Your Park Expedition She is a visual artist and collective impact strategist creatively working to address health disparities in New Orleans Louisiana You can follow Whitney s adventures and connect with her on Instagram Twitter Tumblr Facebook Snapchat using TwoMacks and on her website Photo credit Victor Wei Support Your Parks Help protect and preserve your more than 400 national parks Give 100 Give 50 Get the Free Owner s Guide Sign up for the latest

    Original URL path: http://wwww.nationalparks.org/connect/blog/outside (2016-02-12)
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  • October In Case You Missed It | National Park Foundation
    Hispanic Heritage Month carrying over into October we continued the celebration by inviting park lovers to explore Hispanic cultures through the arts Our much anticipated Find Your Park Expedition also took place this month We kicked off FYPx by hosting a social media party with the expedition participants and partners As the crew geared up for the trip of a lifetime FYPx participant Mellie Davis shared her aspirations for the trip in a post titled Plus Size Teacher Goes Hiking From the road the FYPx crew showcased the impressive beauty of Great Sand Dunes and the splendor of Mesa Verde s dwellings Get caught up by perusing the striking imagery of Cliff Palace and check out FYPx Goes House Hunting The National Park Foundation also shared a post remembering the many contributions of long time national park supporter Leon Gorman If you re curious to see your support in action and how it impacts lives check out this post by Shandiin Tallman in which she talks about a future with the National Park Service after her experience with our Active Trails program And lastly it s only fitting that we concluded the month of October by sharing tales of costumed storytellers and a mysterious ghost ship Travel Ideas Don t settle for stops at scenic overlooks along the road to take in the season s beauty Check out these 4 unique ways to enjoy leaf peeping Get your Indiana Jones hat on and enjoy the archeological wonders of these 6 weird animal fossils you can find at national parks Don t leave Fido at home explore these 7 dog friendly national parks Planning a campout in the near future We ve got some recommendations on camp cooking equipment and handy tips to help you prepare Nevada s Great Basin National Park is a fascinating place to visit Check out these 12 unbelievable but true facts about this national park Hot Off the Press Because it s never too early to get into the holiday spirit we revealed that the 2015 National Christmas Tree Lighting will be held on December 3 And we announced a new partnership with the Yankee Leisure Group Gettin Social With It October s best Facebook post happened to coincide with our most popular Instagram post EVER Our friends at REI made a bold declaration this month that they d be opting out of Black Friday madness closing their stores that day and paying all employees to OptOutside with family and friends We love that they re creating a wonderful opportunity for employees to get out and find their park and the national park community loved the news too Our best tweet of the month happened just this week when we welcomed the 2015 FIFA Women s World Cup Champions to President s Park for a soccer clinic Superstar Megan Rapinoe let us in on a little secret that though she s been to some pretty great national parks Yosemite was where she really found her park

    Original URL path: http://wwww.nationalparks.org/connect/blog/october-case-you-missed-it-2015 (2016-02-12)
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  • Q&A With National Park Foundation Supporter Matt Leibowitz| National Park Foundation
    phrase find your park mean to you This ties into much of what I was saying above but to me it means finding part of yourself Whether it s the desert the ocean the mountains or the plains nature is in all of us Sometimes you can find little pieces of yourself within it Do you think it s important for others to get involved with the National Park Foundation If so why Yes We need to appreciate the world we live in while understanding that it is both part of us and very different from us The parks needs to remain intact in order for us to realize how valuable nature is and how separate it is from our daily lives of cell phones cars TV computers etc It only takes one look at a Bison up close to realize that there are things more powerful than Facebook likes What would you say to someone who s never been to a park and or doesn t really have a connection with parks Go Experience it enjoy it take it all in But do not forget that even if you only go for a day this is part of you It s where we come from it s what came before us Parks represent what we sometime forget in our busy lives that we are all from the Earth and despite the high rises we may live in we were all rummaging through the dirt and trees and plants and animals not very long ago Parks need you Your continued support ensures that the parks remain vibrant relevant and preserved for today and always So get out and find your park Share it on social media using FindYourPark and EncuentraTuParque And then support your park they can t survive let

    Original URL path: http://wwww.nationalparks.org/connect/blog/qa-national-park-foundation-supporter-matt-leibowitz (2016-02-12)
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  • Ghost Ship of Cape Hatteras National Seashore – Carroll A. Deering | National Park Foundation
    Lightship in North Carolina sighted the vessel bound for its home port on January 29 1921 The Carrol A Deering hailed the lightship and an unidentified crewman reported that the ship had lost its anchors Captain Jacobson took note of this but was unable to report it due to his radio being out He would later describe the crew of the Carroll A Deering milling around suspiciously on the fore deck of the ship Two days later on the morning of January 31 C P Brady of the Cape Hatteras Coast Guard Station spied the schooner aground and helpless on Diamond Shoals its sails still set and its lifeboats missing Rough waters kept surf boats from reaching the wreck until February 4 when C P Brady s initial suspicion proved correct The Carroll A Deering was abandoned The crew had vanished like ghosts Gone with them were personal belongings key navigational equipment some papers and the ship s anchors Despite an exhaustive investigation by the FBI no trace of the crew or the ship s logs has ever been uncovered To this day the Carroll A Deering is one of the most discussed and written about maritime mysteries of the 20th century its enduring popularity no doubt fueled by the complete uncertainty as to how the ship arrived at its fate Often called the Ghost Ship of the Outer Banks the Carroll A Deering remains an unsolved mystery Accounts of the crew s alleged dissatisfaction with new captain W B Wormell have led to speculation that a mutiny may have occurred while the FBI s investigation turned up leads ranging from Bolshevik sympathizing pirates to rum running gangsters all of which turned out to be dead ends Some people have even suggested that the notorious Bermuda Triangle was to blame

    Original URL path: http://wwww.nationalparks.org/connect/blog/legend-ghost-ship-carroll-deering (2016-02-12)
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  • Q&A With National Park Foundation Supporter Richard Nickel | National Park Foundation
    has different interests whether it is exploring a park to simply enjoy the beauty of familiar surroundings or to explore an area that is totally different from the norm There is a park for each individual s interest Explore get out there and Find Your Park What is your Find Your Park story The animals and their lack of fear of human beings I was hiking along the Virgin River in Zion National Park I moved back up along the walking path and there was a beautiful mule deer grazing in the grass His antlers were covered in velvet and he seemed to be completely oblivious to the humans nearby As I followed him along the path he came within arms reach of me and simply continued to graze To see such a beautiful animal up close and unafraid of me was a special moment How many parks have you been to and which is your favorite 7 Bryce Canyon is my favorite park because the landscape is stunning colorful and constantly changing Would you like to go back Yes Would like to spend time on my own exploring both Bryce and Zion How does being in a park make you feel Privileged As if I ve been given a rare opportunity to explore a special part of this country Parks need you Your continued support ensures that the parks remain vibrant relevant and preserved for today and always So get out and find your park Share it on social media using FindYourPark and EncuentraTuParque And then support your park they can t survive let alone thrive without national park supporters like you Donate Today Support Your Parks Help protect and preserve your more than 400 national parks Give 100 Give 50 Get the Free Owner s Guide Sign up

    Original URL path: http://wwww.nationalparks.org/connect/blog/qa-national-park-foundation-supporter-richard-nickel (2016-02-12)
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