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  • Wilderness Act | National Park Foundation
    and that it is our duty to preserve unimpaired these spaces Over half of the National Park Service s lands are protected by the Wilderness Act preserving these awe inspiring landscapes for future generations Check out some of these wild national parks For a classic wilderness spot explore Theodore Roosevelt National Park North Dakota National parks hero Theodore Roosevelt used to ranch cattle on this land in the 1880s Now its geological wonders grassy prairies and abundant wildlife are preserved along with Roosevelt s legacy Just beyond the hustle and bustle of New York City are the calming wilderness waves of Fire Island National Seashore New York Rolling sand dunes grassy wetlands and tall pine forests characterize the wilderness of this beachy landscape Hawai i Volcanoes National Park Hawai i has some of the most unique geological features The land is sculpted by active volcanoes miles of ocean coastline and the Ola a Forest Those who explore the wilderness of Hawai i Volcanoes National Park can see fields of lava and erupting vents To discover volcanoes that are no longer active explore the celestial landscape of Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve Idaho The now dormant volcanoes of this site spewed lava and shaped the land thousands of years ago Visitors today can see cinder cones spatter cones lava tubes hidden ice caves and the plants and animals that adapted to the barren landscape What wilderness have you discovered Get out there explore and share your pics on our Facebook page You can also tag us GoParks on Twitter Instagram and Tumblr and use 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

    Original URL path: http://wwww.nationalparks.org/connect/blog/happy-51st-anniversary-wilderness-act (2016-02-12)
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  • Celebrate Labor Day by visiting Pullman National Monument | National Park Foundation
    out after negotiations to get higher wages and acceptable living conditions failed and the American Railway Union announced that its personnel would no longer operate trains that included Pullman cars a move that essentially crippled rail travel across the country Violence and vandalism broke out as soldiers were dispatched to aid local authorities in getting the trains running Although the strike was eventually quelled by an injunction from the Supreme Court its effects were far reaching The Pullman workers garnered considerable support which marked a major step toward widespread unionization and government regulation in an age of rapidly growing industry The making of the Pullman Monument The Pullman Strike highlighted the discord between the rich and the working poor in the late 1800s and made the potential power of labor unions clear for all to see It also led to the formation of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters the first African American labor union in 1925 The buildings and landmarks of the Pullman area have been recognized for their historical and cultural importance for some time Parts of the district have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places recognized as Chicago Landmarks and incorporated into a State Historic Site over the years By a proclamation from President Barack Obama in February 2015 the area was designated a national monument under the protection of the National Park Service See and do The Pullman National Monument is growing and changing and there s plenty to see and do including Exhibits at the temporary Pullman National Monument Visitor Information Center located at Cottage Grove and 112th Street Tours and programs at the Pullman State Historic Site and the National A Phillip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum Outdoor recreation at Arcade Park and West Pullman Park both part of the Pullman community

    Original URL path: http://wwww.nationalparks.org/connect/blog/labor-day-weekend-honor-legacy-pullman-strike (2016-02-12)
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  • Investing In America’s Special Places: Strengthening Our Parks For A 2nd Century | National Park Foundation
    Park Foundation An endowment would help ensure long term support for these special places and the work of the National Park Service As the non partisan Congressionally chartered non profit partner of the National Park Service the National Park Foundation is perfectly suited to house and manage this endowment As America celebrates the Centennial of the National Park Service I can think of no better way to commit to an even stronger second century than a structured system of financial investment that will support key programs and projects throughout the National Park System Housing the endowment at the National Park Foundation would allow us to raise private funds to further grow its value and realize a strong rate of return to the direct benefit of our nation s national parks Additionally there is mandatory funding to tackle the maintenance backlog more than half of which is comprised of deteriorating park roads and bridges As millions of new visitors experience the parks for the first time this funding will help ensure a positive experience and deeper engagement and stewardship of these incredible places These funding sources are essential to supplement annual Congressional appropriations and fees not to supplant the existing support channels To ensure the strongest future for America s national parks Congressional appropriations fees from park visitors the Centennial Challenge an endowment private philanthropy corporate partnerships and dedicated funding for the maintenance backlog are critical components to a viable 2 nd century Additionally this legislation contains a provision to alter the National Park Foundation charter to change the structure of our Board of Directors and authorize annual appropriations to be used on projects and programs across the national parks These internal changes will bring the structure of our Board in line with our sister foundation the National Fish and Wildlife

    Original URL path: http://wwww.nationalparks.org/connect/blog/investing-america%E2%80%99s-special-places-strengthening-our-parks-2nd-century (2016-02-12)
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  • Labor Day in National Parks | National Park Foundation
    national park style Catch a wave while windsurfing along the coast of Cape Hatteras National Seashore North Carolina Long stretches of coastline good waves and steady breezes make this area perfect for hanging ten Want more water activities in parks Check out these other refreshing ways to beat the heat Summer flew by just like the feathered friends you ll find in Everglades National Park Florida This national park is home to over 45 species of birds and several birding paths including the Anhinga Trail But the skies aren t just for the birds this fall attend a star party and revel in the stars above you Enjoy the last bit of beautiful weather on a hike at Grand Teton National Park Wyoming which has some of the best trails in the country You can also reach new heights with these other mountainous national park adventures Take the weekend to camp out in an iconic national park Zion National Park Utah With three campgrounds to choose from you can fully immerse yourself in the park s natural beauty Camping may be a classic national park pastime but these are some of the most unforgettable activities Looking for more ideas Here are 99 ways to find your park any time of year Challenge yourself to try something new Don t let your Labor Day memories fade away with the summer season capture them and share them with us online Show us how you are spending the long weekend by sharing your photos with us on our Facebook page or by tagging us GoParks on Twitter Instagram and Tumblr and be sure to use the hashtag FindYourPark and EncuentraTuParque Photo credits National Park Service Support Your Parks Help protect and preserve your more than 400 national parks Give 100 Give 50 Get

    Original URL path: http://wwww.nationalparks.org/connect/blog/last-chance-national-park-summer-fun (2016-02-12)
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  • August In Case You Missed It | National Park Foundation
    our national parks to the point of damaging them Find out how your support allowed us to help address the effects of years of heavy use on Tenaya Lake s South Trail at Yosemite National Park When you think of Assateague Island National Seashore do you think of stunning sandy beaches and majestic wild horses galloping along the shore Well you re not wrong but the park is also so much more than that Find out how the Assateague Island Alliance partners with the park to provide exciting ways for visitors to enjoy this national park At Gateway National Recreation Area the Your Park Your Health program is doing some really neat stuff to introduce nearby city dwellers to the natural and cultural treasures in their own backyard Through free and engaging programs the park hopes to introduce new audiences to all that the park has to offer If you spent the summer hitting the trails you re not alone Our friends at O A R S invited the national park community to share pics using the hashtag MyTrailIsCalling from their adventures for a chance to win a guided hiking trip Finally you do remember that The Centennial Project is wrapping up right This is your last chance to submit your FindYourPark stories to potentially be one of the top 100 submissions Don t miss out enter by 8 p m EST on September 7 2015 Travel Ideas There s a reason actually there are lots of em why Texans who are in the know are flocking to Guadalupe Mountains National Park This month we featured nine reasons to head for the Lone Star State to experience the wild extremes of this hidden gem If you re planning a getaway to the Pacific Northwest but are in need of guidance on exploring national parks in the region we ve got some ideas to share with you Our latest Long Weekend features the Seattle branch of Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park and the beloved Olympic National Park Take a peek and be inspired to head for the great state of Washington soon If quiet afternoons spent wading in the pristine waterways of our national parks is more your speed our latest pursuits post might be for you In Tie One On you ll find a great list of parks to explore the next time you get a hankering for enjoying some fly fishing Hot Off the Press The newsroom was buzzing this month as we prepared to celebrate the National Park Service s birthday by sharing the 99 Ways to FindYourPark Gettin Social With It On Facebook the national park community went nuts over a list of 20 Wilderness Areas to See Before You Die Twitter fans elatedly shared news of the Find Your Park Expedition Our Instagram community liked this stunning shot of the Virgin River after a storm taken at Zion National Park How about you Are you posting your favorite moments and memories in national parks online

    Original URL path: http://wwww.nationalparks.org/connect/blog/august-case-you-missed-it (2016-02-12)
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  • 99 Ways to #FindYourPark | National Park Foundation
    the essence of the Find Your Park Encuentra Tu Parque movement launched earlier this year Showing off the breadth and depth of the National Park System the list of 99 ideas for enjoying your national parks includes a wide range of activities including 10 Find Inspiration in the Story of a Civil Rights Leader 14 Earn a Jr Ranger badge 32 Celebrate Native American Heritage 34 Take a picnic and dine al fresco 36 Hit the road 70 Recognize Women Who Made History 79 See the starry starry night 80 Make a Splash 84 Spread the Love Thank a Park Volunteer Take a look at the entire list of 99 ideas and be a part of the birthday fun Check off what you ve already done share your experiences with friends and family using FindYourPark and EncuentraTuParque on social media and try something new And for some fun inspiration on how you can mark a few of the items off the list take a look at this fun video from our friends at Cape Krusenstern National Monument in Alaska You ll love it Photo credits Dr Mary McLeod Bethune and Dr Carter G Woodson by Scurlock Studio Records Archives Center Junior Ranger Aida Frey at Weir Farm Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument by Katherine McEnaney Pie graphic by Michael Liang Night Skies at Mount Rainier National Park by Stephen Byrne Paddling at Point Reyes National Seashore Paddling by Paul Powers Volunteerism by Stefanie Mathew 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

    Original URL path: http://wwww.nationalparks.org/connect/blog/99-ways-findyourpark (2016-02-12)
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  • Experience night skies in national parks | National Park Foundation
    Truly spectacular views like this one of Mount Rainier National Park How can such a dazzling sight not make you forget your worries and inspire you to dream Now viewed as a critical resource with natural historic and cultural value the National Park Service has made it a priority to protect night skies and to make them accessible to park visitors There are now several national parks that have night sky programs dedicated to educating us on how to view stars the science of light nocturnal habitat protection and what we can do as individuals to be better night sky stewards What you might find surprising is that some of the most visited scenic national parks have weekly night sky viewings appreciation events and or festivals such as Grand Canyon Death Valley and Rocky Mountain National Parks While others that may be lesser known like Chaco Culture National Historical Park have spectacular views of the stars as well One of our longtime corporate partners Celestron provides generous support to many national park night sky festivals such as the one recently held at Bryce Canyon National Park pictured above They ll also be participating in three upcoming festivals that you should try to check out everyone involved has contagious enthusiasm and a passion for night skies Acadia Night Sky Festival September 10 14 Great Basin Astronomy Festival September 10 12 Sequoia Kings Canyon Dark Sky Festival September 11 13 And finally for you amateur photographers out there if you end up capturing an amazing night sky view from one of these festivals or night sky programs we encourage you to submit your photo at Share the Experience the official federal recreation lands photo contest now through December 31 2015 There is even a Night Skies category Participation in this contest is

    Original URL path: http://wwww.nationalparks.org/connect/blog/galaxy-far-far-away (2016-02-12)
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  • Tenaya Lake South Trail Repair at Yosemite National Park | National Park Foundation
    In the 1930s and 1940s the Civilian Conservation Corps made improvements along the Tenaya Lake South Trail but subsequent years of minimal maintenance frequent visitor use and natural forces significantly impacted the trail and its surroundings As a result in 2008 the National Park Service assessed the growing maintenance and management needs of the esteemed park feature and created the Greater Tenaya Lake Area Plan The plan completed in 2011 set out to address the erosion fragmented wetlands trail repair parking congestion and signage clarification in this area of the park The plan guides a multi year process ensuring the park s ecological integrity as well as the ability for visitors to appreciate and enjoy Tenaya Lake now and for years to come Thanks to support from dedicated national park lovers the National Park Foundation was able to grant 75 000 to the park in support of the Greater Tenaya Lake Area Plan Yosemite Conservancy the park s Friends Group then leveraged the grant to create a match and raise additional funds to address these needs Between 2013 and 2014 the park rehabilitated the trail on Tenaya Lake s south shore The efforts provide much needed improvements to the trail including reconstruction of drainage features rebuilding stone steps rehabilitation of eroded rock tread and a complete restoration of a 50 foot long retaining wall All of these improvements help protect and preserve Yosemite National Park s Tenaya Lake and its natural beauty Thanks to the National Park Foundation s grant the generosity of Yosemite Conservancy donors and the efforts of the National Park Service the project s accomplishments will ensure that Tenaya Lake and Yosemite National Park as a whole is a better place for all those who visit Photo credits Tenaya Lake and b efore and after images courtesy

    Original URL path: http://wwww.nationalparks.org/connect/blog/repairing-tenaya-lakes-south-trail-yosemite-national-park (2016-02-12)
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