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  • 5 National Park Field Trips from Kinder to Senior | National Park Foundation
    the woods of Glacier National Park where they will learn about the creatures who live there and their relationships to one another Lessons learned Exploration of the natural world independent learning patterns characteristics of plants and animals Second and third grade A Giant s Life Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park Students in second and third grade who participate in this program will gaze upon the towering sequoia trees and explore their life cycle A Giant s Life includes a hike through a giant sequoia grove and an in depth look at how these trees grow and survive Lessons learned Living systems food chain Fourth and fifth grade Shark Valley Day Program Everglades National Park This ranger led program takes teachers and students on a narrated tour of the vast Shark Valley Slough a vibrant wetland area where wading birds fish turtles and alligators are commonly encountered from a safe distance of course The Shark Valley Day Program promotes a deeper understanding of our fragile ecosystem Lessons learned Practicing scientific observation skills Sixth to eighth grade Life and Death in a Rebel Prison Andersonville National Historic Site Students who take part in this ranger led field trip will each be assigned the identity of a real Union soldier who was held at the Andersonville Prison site and will explore the prison from their soldier s point of view Life and Death in a Rebel Prison provides students in grades six and up with unique insight into the realities of life during the Civil War Lessons learned Civil War recognizing key historical periods Ninth to 12th grade Earth Explorations Grand Canyon National Park In this geology based field trip park rangers will lead high school students from grades nine to 12 through the formation of the Grand Canyon observing and analyzing

    Original URL path: http://wwww.nationalparks.org/connect/blog/5-national-park-field-trips-kinder-senior (2016-02-12)
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  • 2015 Find Your Park Expedition | National Park Foundation
    probably thinking who are these fortunate eight Well you ll just have to head on over to the expedition main page to get the scoop on that Let me guess Now you re wondering how is this week long adventure even possible We have so many partners to thank for that And they are just as excited about this year s expedition as we are Here s what they have to say We look forward to welcoming the expedition to Mesa Verde Fall is a great time to visit Southwest Colorado and experience the rich cultural history of the Four Corners region Cliff Spencer superintendent of Mesa Verde National Park We are thrilled to welcome FYPX to Great San d Dunes Natio nal Park and Preserve This amazing park and preserve contain not only the tallest dunes in North America but are also rich with diversity of habitats and wildlife of human history and of recreational opportunities We think there s something of value for everyone here and we look forward to helping FYPX participants find that something of value for themselves Lisa Carrico superintendent of Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve As the official outdoor outfitter of the National Park Centennial celebration we re thrilled to outfit the 2015 FYPx participants with our gear and apparel so they can enjoy Mesa Verde National Park to its fullest potential This is truly a unique adventure that will inspire friends and followers to experience the parks more deeply Myrian Solis Coronel manager of multicultural marketing at REI Subaru is committed to supporting the National Park Foundation in highlighting and preserving our most precious national treasures and FYPx presents a tremendous opportunity to engage influencers in h elping spread the word We are proud to provide Subaru vehicles to transport FYPx contest winners on their unforgettable journey Alan Bethke vice president of marketing Subaru of America Inc Far View Lodge is honored to be hosting such an elite group of online influencers for the 2015 Find Your Park Expedition We are excited about the opportunity to share the rich history of Mesa Verde National Park with them We hope that their experiences will inspire others to visit Mesa Verde as well as other locations in the National Park System Bruce W Fears president of Aramark s Leisure division It s an honor to support the 2015 Find Your Park Expedition As we near the centennial of our national treasure this adventure will inspire people around the country to find explore and embrace their own park Scott Welch global corporate relations manager at Columbia Sportswear Company Superintendent Spencer Superintendent Carrico Myrian Alan Bruce and Scott are spot on Our 2015 Find Your Park Expedition is going to be absolutely incredible and we want all of you to be a part of it Join in the fun by following FYPx on social media Photo credits Mesa Verde National Park Share the Experience photo contest Rebecca Latson Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve

    Original URL path: http://wwww.nationalparks.org/connect/blog/8-social-media-superstars-walk-park (2016-02-12)
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  • National Public Lands Day 2015 | National Park Foundation
    2 132 sites in every state the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico Volunteers Collected an estimated 23 000 pounds of invasive plants Built and maintained an estimated 1 500 miles of trails Planted an estimated 100 000 trees shrubs and other native plants Removed an estimated 500 tons of trash from trails and other places Contributed an estimated 18 million through volunteer services to improve public lands across the country Public lands make up approximately one fifth of the nation s landmass including our country s most treasured places National parks around the country are participating in National Public Lands Day and we invite you to join us in making a difference in your local community There are hundreds of volunteer events you can participate in so find one in a park near you On National Public Lands Day volunteers participate in a range of activities Each one contributes to the vitality and quality of our nation s beautiful natural resources The most common activities include Removing invasive vegetation Picking up litter or debris Building or maintaining trails Painting facilities Collecting native plant seeds Planting trees and other vegetation Maintaining gardens Installing information kiosks Enhancing wildlife habitat National Public Lands Day is also a fee free day so start planning your visit now We hope to see you out in the parks either visiting or volunteering And make sure to capture your national park memories and share them using the hashtags FindYourPark and EncuentraTuParque 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

    Original URL path: http://wwww.nationalparks.org/connect/blog/celebrating-22nd-annual-national-public-lands-day (2016-02-12)
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  • Celebrating Corporate Support | National Park Foundation
    natural and cultural heritage than ever before The National Park Foundation is working to identify the barriers they face in accessing their national parks and helping create opportunities for them to experience these incredible places Open OutDoors for Kids is putting nature at the fingertips of today s youth through in person and in classroom experiences 21 st Century Conservation Service Corps Many of our national parks are in dire need of repair and maintenance but they lack the resources and personnel to help address the issues The 21st Century Conservation Service Corps is a national collaborative effort to put America s youth and returning veterans to work supporting our parks This initiative is helping young people gain valuable training and work experience while carrying out needed conservation and restoration work on public lands waterways and cultural heritage sites Active Trails Our Active Trails program promotes and enhances the trails that are managed by the National Park Service while also promoting healthy lifestyles and activities for people who visit the parks The program gets people of all ages out and active on the trails whether hiking kayaking conducting citizen science doing yoga snowshoeing or volunteering to help improve existing trails or to build new ones Second Century Club members enhance and expand the work of the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation As we gear up for the upcoming centennial celebration the National Park Foundation is excited to work with many committed Second Century Club members to support parks and ensure they re not just protected but enriched well into the future The 2014 2015 Second Century Club members are Champion Level American Express Budweiser Subaru of America Inc Humana REI Disney Worldwide Services Inc The Coca Cola Company The Coleman Company Inc Accenture Aramark The Boeing Company

    Original URL path: http://wwww.nationalparks.org/connect/blog/second-century-club-celebrates-one-year-anniversary (2016-02-12)
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  • Melanie Mendez-Gonzales | National Park Foundation
    I wanted to share with my family Above is a photo of me overlooking the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone at Yellowstone National Park Right after that photo was taken I began to make a video to share with you about how breathtaking the scenery was and then I just started to weep I was and I still am so incredibly grateful to get to experience this natural beauty that is ours our country our home our land I had come to realize the powerful natural connection that I had with mi tierra Through my tears I knew that I must share the beauty of the outdoors with the people whom I love the most mi familia It took some time but we finally made it to Big Bend National Park this summer I was super excited to get to take my family on our own great outdoor adventure to a national park And we did have fun We stayed at Chisos Mountain Lodge and we hiked various trails took a guided jeep tour and finished our weekend with a gorgeous scenic drive This adventure planted a tiny seed for love of the outdoors in my kids hearts It s up to them to let it grow Meanwhile I ll do all the watering that I can This is the beginning of our outdoor adventures beyond our local parks It s where I hope to teach my family that the national and state parks are ours too and that we have a responsibility to protect them as much as we have the honor to enjoy them Click here to read more about Melanie s park adventures Support Your Parks Help protect and preserve your more than 400 national parks Give 100 Give 50 Get the Free Owner s Guide Sign

    Original URL path: http://wwww.nationalparks.org/connect/blog/how-national-park-expedition-changed-my-life (2016-02-12)
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  • Remembering September 11 | National Park Foundation
    Memorial Act which created a new national park to honor the brave passengers and crew of Flight 93 The National Park Foundation played an essential role in raising funds for the Flight 93 National Memorial launching a 40 million capital campaign a monumental effort to raise private funds by individuals foundations and corporations to establish design and construct the memorial The Foundation is proud to have been an instrumental part in the creation of this national park that now sees more than 300 000 visitors per year Those visitors will be marked by will carry and will share the story of the courageous extraordinary citizens aboard that flight In addition to the capital campaign the Foundation worked with community members to establish a local philanthropic partner the Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial which continues to fundraise and provide ongoing support to the national park It is comprised of family and friends of the heroes of Flight 93 and of individuals from around the nation who are passionate about ensuring this story is preserved for future generations Fourteen years after that fateful day we were grateful to be a part of the ceremony dedication of the newly completed visitor center that will interpret the events of that day Regardless of where you are across the nation there are many ways to observe the day You could Walk 93 the inaugural memorial walk on Sept 26 register today hurry registration closes tomorrow and it is a great way to FindYourPark EncuentraTuParque Stop by the new visitor center which was dedicated and opened only yesterday starting on Saturday September 12 tickets are open to the public Volunteer for a day or engage throughout the year via the national park s volunteer program We owe it to the fallen heroes and their families

    Original URL path: http://wwww.nationalparks.org/connect/blog/remembering-september-11 (2016-02-12)
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  • Trail Talk Blog | National Park Foundation
    month enjoying spring in the great outdoors you may have missed some exciting happenings around here Let s revisit some of April s news before we all go more My Trio Of Mother Figures Monday April 27 2015 By Liz Gustafson I have a mother grandmother and aunt of uncommon strength and kindness and all together they make up my family Growing up I spent nights with my mother chatting about our more Parks In The Morning Thursday April 23 2015 By Alanna Sobel This past Monday the third day of National Park Week I was among dozens who showed up at 6 30am for an early morning workout at Meridian Hill Park part of Rock Creek Park more Reflections From Flight 93 National Memorial Friday April 17 2015 By Rebecca Kuzar In less than a month I will again take part in an incredibly memorable volunteer event during National Park Week called Plant a Tree at Flight 93 As we prepare for this year s more March In Case You Missed It Tuesday March 31 2015 By Alanna Sobel March has been such an exciting month for so many reasons We welcomed spring interviewed a national park photographer kicked off Find Your Park and more Just in case you more Everyone Is Talking About Find Your Park Monday March 30 2015 By Alanna Sobel From my neighbors to my family and friends to Centennial Ambassadors Bill Nye Bella Thorne Roselyn Sanchez Terrence J and Mary Lambert everyone is talking about Find Your more Spring Is Almost Here Wednesday March 18 2015 By Alanna Sobel On Friday we welcome the first official day of spring How will you show springtime that you re excited it s finally here We ve got hundreds of places in mind that are great more

    Original URL path: http://wwww.nationalparks.org/connect/trail-talk?page=10 (2016-02-12)
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  • Mason Cummings | National Park Foundation
    me It s funny how easy it is to forget that we re constantly in the presence of noise even in the alpine backcountry there s the sound of birds the wind in the trees and the streams in the distance Most of us will never have the opportunity to experience total silence but the Maze is just about as close as it gets The lack of noise is matched by a clear night sky that is far removed from the glow of city lights Being in such an alien landscape while the Milky Way shines bright almost evokes the feeling of being on a different planet The stratification of the steep canyon walls is also totally fascinating Eons of erosion and weathering sit right there before you stacked like the layers of a cake eternity in a single moment That may sound a little crazy but make the trip to Canyonlands and you ll understand Ancient petroglyphs dotted throughout this seemingly inhospitable terrain only add to that sense of ineffable mystery What is the most unique experience you have had in a national park A couple years ago I experienced an 80 degree temperature difference in a single day in Death Valley National Park A friend and I started hiking at 2 00 am in order to catch sunrise at the summit of Telescope Peak the highest point in the park at 11 043 feet The temperature was barely 20 degrees when we reached the top more than two vertical miles above Badwater Basin the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere Standing on top of that vertical relief was unique on it s own don t worry we didn t start hiking from the bottom Later that day we stopped at the famous Mesquite Dunes not too far as the crow flies from Telescope Peak Being late April I knew it was going to be hot down there but that morning I was actually looking forward to the warmer air on the valley floor It wasn t long after we reached the dunes that we began questioning our decision It was nearly 105 degrees and I m not built for heat so we weren t about to hike through the dunes and stick around for sunset as planned How many national parks have you visited 27 if I m counting correctly Great Sand Dunes National Park Preserve Rocky Mountain National Park Colorado National Monument Dinosaur National Monument Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park Arches National Park Canyonlands National Park Capitol Reef National Park Bryce Canyon National Park Grand Canyon National Park Death Valley National Park Kings Canyon National Park Sequoia National Park Yosemite National Park Devil s Postpile National Monument Lassen Volcanic National Park Golden Gate National Recreation Area Mesa Verde National Park Glen Canyon National Recreation Area Point Reyes National Seashore Pinnacles National Park Redwood National Park Glacier National Park Craters of the Moon National Monument Preserve National Mall Vicksburg National Military Park Fort Sumter National Monument

    Original URL path: http://wwww.nationalparks.org/connect/blog/qa-national-park-photographer-mason-cummings (2016-02-12)
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