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  • Living History Demonstrations | National Park Foundation
    even allow you to stand face to face with them Although parks are often associated with historical reenactments living history programs are more engaging personal and fun way to visit a national park The program provides first person interpretation of the past to create dynamic authentic experiences No two living history programs in the National Park System are the same and each character adds a new perspective With people from every era geographic region profession and ethnicity represented everyone can find a story that makes them feel a connection to parks Here are some suggested programs to get you started Take in a weapons demonstration and explore the fortress at Castillo de San Marcos National Monument where you can learn about the intricate history and culture of the park Take a Guided tour of the Steamtown National Historic Site which has four program options a depression era hobo a World War II Military Policeman protecting the vital transportation network a Mail Clerk serving on a Railway Post Office car and a 1920s Yard Worker Rediscover the stories of the American Revolution by joining guided tours about the Massachusetts militia with costumed park rangers or by attending a presentation by The Guild of Historic Interpreters at Minute Man National Historical Park Experience life on a homestead at Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve where you can help cowboys churn butter build outposts quilt and many other chores needed to keep the ranch in working order Mingle with the 1865 inhabitants surrounding Appomattox Court House National Historic Park for a glimpse of town life before one meeting immortalized its name Be sure to tell us who you meet in your park Make sure to share your experiences by capturing photos and using the hashtag FindYourPark Photo credits National Park Service Minute Man National Historical

    Original URL path: http://wwww.nationalparks.org/connect/blog/living-breathing-history (2016-02-12)
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  • #FYPx Goes House Hunting | National Park Foundation
    weren t the only thing on the FindYourPark Expedition itinerary but there were plenty of those too In this next installment from the FYPx crew they showcase their adventures exploring Balcony House Spruce Tree House and Square Tower House and they even share a bit of insider information Read on to get the scoop View the story Hikes and Ladders on Storify 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 park news and travel tips and get a free copy of the National Park Owner s Guide Sign Up Now National Park News 25 New Projects Getting More Kids Adults 140 000 4th Graders To Visit Public Lands Than President Obama And First Family To Light Natio Read More Gear for Park Lovers NPF Est 1967 Washed Long Sleeve T Shirt 28 99 Buy Now See More Products NPF Partners See All Partners Explore Explore Parks Find A Park National Park Week Find Your Park Expedition About Our Mission Our Partners Become a Partner Annual Report Board of Directors Contact Our Work All Programs Protect Connect Inspire Local Park Support

    Original URL path: http://wwww.nationalparks.org/connect/blog/fypx-goes-house-hunting (2016-02-12)
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  • #FYPx Tours Cliff Palace | National Park Foundation
    roof over your head good eats and great people On this next installment from the FindYourPark Expedition we check in after the crew s arrival to Mesa Verde National Park and see how they re enjoying their accomodations as well as the lodging the Ancestral Puebloans inhabited over seven hundred years ago Read all about it below View the story A Palatial Tour on Storify 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 park news and travel tips and get a free copy of the National Park Owner s Guide Sign Up Now National Park News 25 New Projects Getting More Kids Adults 140 000 4th Graders To Visit Public Lands Than President Obama And First Family To Light Natio Read More Gear for Park Lovers NPF Est 1967 Washed Long Sleeve T Shirt 28 99 Buy Now See More Products NPF Partners See All Partners Explore Explore Parks Find A Park National Park Week Find Your Park Expedition About Our Mission Our Partners Become a Partner Annual Report Board of Directors Contact Our Work All Programs Protect Connect Inspire

    Original URL path: http://wwww.nationalparks.org/connect/blog/fypx-tours-cliff-palace (2016-02-12)
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  • Q&A With National Park Foundation Supporter Stephanie Shinmachi | National Park Foundation
    pristine I also loved Arches National Park the trails there were the most fun to run and climb Each trail came with something spectacular to arrive to like Delicate Arch I particularly enjoyed the dry climate trails What is your personal Find Your Park Encuentra Tu Parque story Taking a tour through Niagara Falls where I was behind a waterfall The speed and power of the cascading water was amazing This is when I really felt the Earth s energy What does the phrase find your park mean to you To me it means you can find a park that you can travel to depending on your location one that fits your personality and you will have an amazing experience Few things in life come with that trifecta guarantee How why did you get involved in the National Park Foundation My husband Blaine and I love visiting national parks We have been doing it for several years We run the trails there thus making running much more enjoyable He donates to the foundation on our behalf What would you say to someone who s never been to a national park and or doesn t really have a connection with the parks Visit one and you ll get hooked for life 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 for the latest park news and travel tips and get

    Original URL path: http://wwww.nationalparks.org/connect/blog/qa-national-park-foundation-supporter-stephanie-shinmachi (2016-02-12)
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  • #FYPx Takes On Great Sand Dunes | National Park Foundation
    Your Park Expedition FYPx participants gathered from different corners of the U S and hit the road to embark on a trip to two national parks in Colorado The first stop on the itinerary took the FYPx crew to a unique high altitude desert environment to experience a national park known for its beautiful extremes Read all about it below View the story Sandy Excursions on Storify 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 park news and travel tips and get a free copy of the National Park Owner s Guide Sign Up Now National Park News 25 New Projects Getting More Kids Adults 140 000 4th Graders To Visit Public Lands Than President Obama And First Family To Light Natio Read More Gear for Park Lovers NPF Est 1967 Washed Long Sleeve T Shirt 28 99 Buy Now See More Products NPF Partners See All Partners Explore Explore Parks Find A Park National Park Week Find Your Park Expedition About Our Mission Our Partners Become a Partner Annual Report Board of Directors Contact Our Work All Programs Protect

    Original URL path: http://wwww.nationalparks.org/connect/blog/fypx-takes-great-sand-dunes (2016-02-12)
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  • A Future With The National Park Service | National Park Foundation
    the San Juan The Colorado River excursion was a great opportunity to learn about this iconic river On this adventure we learned about aquatic insects geology and petroglyphs left behind on steep canyon rock walls All of the NPS and partner staff on these river trips had a part in educating the participants keeping us safe and involving us in memorable activities Grand Canyon Youth a nonprofit that connects youth to rivers provided rafting guides who were very skilled in teaching us how to safely navigate the river and learn about the river environment After these inspiring trips I wanted to know more about how the NPS protects and preserves these fascinating natural and cultural resources In the spring of 2015 I decided to volunteer at GLCA so I could learn more and contribute to the NPS I am excited to say that I was recently hired on at GLCA as a biological science aid BSA As a BSA I aid in many of the projects the GLCA Natural Resources staff undertakes such as rangeland health monitoring invasive plant control native plant propagation and mist net and acoustic monitoring of bats I am thankful for the wealth of training that GLCA provided such as S212 Wildland Powersaws Department of Interior Motorboat Operator Certification Course and monitoring and management of biological soil crusts I also enjoyed the hands on training focused on collection of vegetation and wildlife field data and safety I appreciated meeting and working with staff from the United States Forest Service Bureau of Land Management and volunteer groups and I am looking forward to keeping in touch with these folks Working for the NPS has taught me important lessons I can use in my everyday life This fall I will be attending Northern Arizona University to continue my

    Original URL path: http://wwww.nationalparks.org/connect/blog/future-national-park-service (2016-02-12)
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  • #FYPx Gears Up! | National Park Foundation
    Campaign Centennial Licensing FYPx Gears Up From announcing their selection as winners of the FindYourPark Expedition to getting outfitted for the adventure to making the trek to Denver FYPx participants shared their thoughts and excitement as they prepared for the trip Read all about it below View the story Suit Up on Storify 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 park news and travel tips and get a free copy of the National Park Owner s Guide Sign Up Now National Park News 25 New Projects Getting More Kids Adults 140 000 4th Graders To Visit Public Lands Than President Obama And First Family To Light Natio Read More Gear for Park Lovers NPF Est 1967 Washed Long Sleeve T Shirt 28 99 Buy Now See More Products NPF Partners See All Partners Explore Explore Parks Find A Park National Park Week Find Your Park Expedition About Our Mission Our Partners Become a Partner Annual Report Board of Directors Contact Our Work All Programs Protect Connect Inspire Local Park Support Grant Applications Centennial Open Outdoors For Kids News Trail

    Original URL path: http://wwww.nationalparks.org/connect/blog/fypx-gears (2016-02-12)
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  • Plus Size Teacher Goes Hiking | National Park Foundation
    imagine myself tumbling head over heels and kicking up sand as I go sand sledding for the first time ever WIPEOUT But these fears are what push me to do said activities These fears are the reason I applied to participate in the Find Your Park Expedition program I have never been to Colorado so why not I very seldom say no when it comes to traveling and exploring The unknown is what I live for That sense of adventure is probably why I made the decision to become a teacher There are few things that are more unpredictable than standing in front of a classroom of 30 students with a plan I love teaching but more than that I love learning I have worked with elementary middle and high school students and I can say that I have learned so much from them That is the important part of being a teacher the learning the growing being flexible While at Mesa Verde I will be telecommuting with my school sharing images of my adventure and asking questions of the park rangers in relation to Anasazi people that occupied the cliff dwellings There is value in making textbook history come alive for students Of course my students can read about Native people in a textbook but how much richer would it be to see video of your teacher climbing into a cliff dwelling and having Q A s with park rangers responding via video Of course I would love to have my students there with me but don t worry I m working on it For parents and caregivers these are experiences you can share with your children and family especially if you are in a big city Visit national parks visit museums look at artifacts bring history alive make it real There are 408 national parks in the National Park System including historical cultural natural and urban places And there are National Park Service programs that protect and preserve our collective heritage in communities nationwide Imagine all the opportunities for learning that you can share Simply exploring different types of trees and leaf shapes is a great lesson in natural sciences What differences do you see in the trees How many different leaf shapes can you find Do they feel different Are some waxy Why do you think they are Do the leaves have lines Do they look like veins What do veins do Do the lines in the leaves do something similar Simple questions create a dialogue and make learning fun and hands on Of course this is just a simple example but there are so many more that could come up So while the title of this post may seem funny or comical it speaks to adventure the unknown and challenging not only myself but preconceived notions I ll be sharing all of my experiences online using FYPx so I hope you ll join me on my adventure and watch this plus size teacher go hiking Photo

    Original URL path: http://wwww.nationalparks.org/connect/blog/plus-size-teacher-goes-hiking (2016-02-12)
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