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  • Assateague Island Alliance | National Park Foundation
    with 2015 marking the 50th anniversary of the park s designation there couldn t be a better time to start spreading the word In commemoration of this half century milestone AIA is hosting a year long celebration with events and activities highlighting all that Assateague has to offer beyond their iconic wild horse population so familiar to local residents On September 19 the park will mark its official 50th birthday party celebration with a coastal cleanup hosted by the Alliance and partners In addition to this year s celebration AIA also manages year round initiatives like the always popular Foster Horse program an education outreach effort that informs the public about horse population management strategies and raises funds to help support the Maryland herd As part of AIA s commitment to providing more opportunities for visitors to engage in health and wellness activities in national parks the group hosts Yoga on the Beach every Saturday morning from June through September as well as upcoming Full Moon Yoga sessions on August 29 and September 22 in the evening And if you d prefer a more up close and personal experience with Assateague s most famous residents AIA is hosting an all day en plein air workshop titled Introduction to Painting Wild Horses from Life with painter Karen McLain giving attendees the chance to tap into their inner artist while taking in the breathtaking views of the seashore There is no shortage of ways to get involved and to learn more about this young but active organization To plan your next Assateague getaway or to learn how you can help visit AIA s website or check out its Facebook page for updates and announcements Photo credits Horses on Assateague by NPS Yoga on the Beach by AIA Stallion painting by Karen McLain

    Original URL path: http://wwww.nationalparks.org/connect/blog/assateague-island-alliance (2016-02-12)
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  • Trail Talk Blog | National Park Foundation
    s already time for March We ve been busy welcoming new parks into the family sharing park partner stories learning about African American history spreading more 4 Million Kids In Parks Wednesday February 25 2015 By Hollis Bowe Last week President Obama announced Every Kid in a Park a new effort to welcome four million fourth graders to national parks and public lands during the 2015 16 academic more Honoring African American History Friday February 13 2015 By Mark DeSantis Last month s annual celebration of Martin Luther King Jr Day served as an important reminder of the incredible work and perseverance of an incredible man and the people more Q A With National Park Partner Andrew Mizsak Wednesday February 11 2015 By Alanna Sobel Presidents Day which we will celebrate on Monday has evolved into a holiday honoring all U S presidents past and present We reflect on their lives their contributions their more Harmonizing With The Landscape Tuesday February 10 2015 By Hollis Bowe In the construction of roads trails buildings and other improvements particular attention must be devoted always to the harmonizing of these improvements with the landscape more January In Case You Missed It Friday January 30 2015 By Rocío Lower Well that s a wrap for January It s been a fun filled month of making plans setting park resolutions in motion and getting the year started off on a great path Here s what more Play Together Stay Together Tuesday January 20 2015 By Rocío Lower You do remember what s right around the corner don t you That day in February when we pull out all the stops and make a grand demonstration of our devotion That s right more Keeping Your National Park Resolutions Friday January 16 2015 By Rocío Lower January

    Original URL path: http://wwww.nationalparks.org/connect/trail-talk?page=11 (2016-02-12)
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  • Your Park! Your Health! at Gateway National Recreation Area | National Park Foundation
    t grow up kayaking camping or bike riding But they ve overcome their own fears in trying these new experiences and have discovered a love for the outdoors Through their own experiences they re able to better connect with the visitors who aren t used to partaking in these recreational opportunities serving as new ambassadors for the great outdoors Their excitement is contagious and it is the driving force behind YPYH s success Because of them we re able to present Gateway s wonderful outdoor activities to many new communities and ignite a passion for parks This year two new groups are working with the YPYH initiative to expand our reach to a new community the sight impaired InTandem and Visions generously provide bike rides and support services to allow the sight impaired community to enjoy our national park We re proud to help so many new visitors connect to nature and find their park at Gateway National Recreation Area And we re excited to see what the rest of the summer brings Hope to see you at an YPYH event soon check out our Facebook page for upcoming event details About the author Jessica Gonzalez is a National Park Service ranger who began her career with Your Park Your Health then known as Tu Parque Tu Salud in its inaugural year Her FindYourPark moment happened in high school when she visited Gateway National Recreation Area for astronomy club but didn t know of its connection to the broader park system until much later Jessica is currently the program director for YPYH now in its fifth year and continues to be committed to its mission of helping diverse communities find their park 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/your-park-your-health (2016-02-12)
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  • Call of the Trail OARS Contest | National Park Foundation
    time the right place or the right body The video below features a young mother Emily Kay who wrestled with these questions and then made a decision to get out and reconnect with herself Adventure travel is something a lot of people are interested in once they get a taste for it I love being outside but since I had my son I ve really had to adjust how I can still experience those things said Kay I feel like there are a lot of moms that give stuff up or just resign themselves to their new life and don t even worry about their old life Getting a little piece of that old life back is so important Whether you re an avid hiker a casual walker or like Kay trying to reconnect with your former self the trail can bring peace and exhilaration at little to no cost It s our goal to celebrate all adventures great and small and inspire people to answer the call of the trail this summer That s why O A R S and Chaco Footwear are sponsoring a hiking photo contest Share your hiking photos with the hashtag MyTrailisCalling on Facebook Instagram or Twitter for a chance to win a guided 5 day Grand Canyon rim to rim hiking trip for two people from O A R S and free footwear from our friends at Chaco Prize Package ARV 4498 To view all the entries and get more information about the contest visit www oars com mytrailiscalling As it says in the video Awe inspiring places challenge us to push beyond our limits into deep canyons through wild expanses and reveal our inner strength Show us how you have answered the call of the trail this summer Images and video provided by

    Original URL path: http://wwww.nationalparks.org/connect/blog/answer-call-trail (2016-02-12)
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  • The Centennial Project | National Park Foundation
    photo as part of the Find Your Park gallery but this doesn t enter you into the contest To enter the contest you have to upload your submission through the site Ok so why should I submit my story The five grand prize winners will have their best national park memories used as inspiration for an original project by one of our Centennial Ambassadors That s right Bella Thorne Roselyn Sanchez Bill Nye Terrence J or Mary Lambert could turn YOUR STORY into a unique Find Your Park project These grand prize winners will also win two VIP tickets to the centennial celebration two annual national park passes a fully guided REI Adventures weekend getaway for two to a national park plenty of swag from Subaru and Coleman and a Find Your Park gear prize package You said top 100 submissions what about the other 95 We also have plenty of amazing prizes in store for 45 first prize winners and 50 second prize winners We want you to share whatever a national park means to you Upload a pic of your adventure in Grand Canyon National Park write a poem about how the history and music of New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park moved you share a video of the beautiful ruins at Tumacacori National Historical Park we want everyone to help share the rich diversity of our over 400 national parks So what are you waiting for Upload your favorite national park stories for a chance to win prizes through the Centennial Project Photo credits Bryce Canyon by Joshua Jackson Robinson Grand Canyon by Lauren Gates 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

    Original URL path: http://wwww.nationalparks.org/connect/blog/have-you-entered-centennial-project-yet (2016-02-12)
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  • July In Case You Missed It | National Park Foundation
    inspiration fuels collaboration big things can happen Learn how Friends of Big Bend National Park formed and raised over 2 7 million in funds to help Big Bend National Park In our latest Q A with outdoor travel writer Amy Whitley we learned all about how to utilize kid friendly activities to get the whole family excited for a national park visit We just can t wait to start our Find Your Park Expedition Here are 3 reasons our 2015 expedition is really exciting The summer may be winding down but temperatures continue to soar so escape to the mountains to chill out Our blog entitled The Higher The Altitude The Lower The Temperature has the perfect spots for you to beat the heat this summer Travel Ideas Some of the most magical places in our national parks are hidden off the beaten path which is why backcountry hiking is such a thrill But you can t jump right in to a backcountry hike so we ve got some tips for you in A Beginner s Guide to Backcountry Hiking Prep Hot Off the Press Calling all millennial online influencers Check out our Find Your Park Expedition We want to connect diverse audiences to America s national parks and we can t wait to see the fabulous selfies that come from it Gettin Social With It On Facebook national park fans loved tips for exploring national park trails We shared 25 unforgettable national park hikes from our Happy Trails Owner s Guide Be sure to give it a look On Twitter folks were excited about our blog 12 Refreshing Ways To Beat The Heat In National Parks For your daily dose of national parks wonder check out our popular Instagram from this month and enjoy a beautiful photo of the

    Original URL path: http://wwww.nationalparks.org/connect/blog/july-case-you-missed-it (2016-02-12)
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  • Best Ways to Beat the Summer Heat in the Mountains | National Park Foundation
    valleys steep mountain passes and alpine lakes that will make your legs burn but your heart sing View the wildlife at Rocky Mountain National Park Colorado whose great large animal population makes it one of the country s top animal watching destinations At Rocky Mountain you can find 60 species of mammals 280 bird species 11 species of fish and countless insects including a surprisingly large number of butterflies Drive bike or tour the Going to the Sun Road in Glacier National Park Montana which spans 50 miles through the park s wild interior winding around mountainsides and treating visitors to some of the best sights in northwest Montana Attend a Star Party at Cedar Breaks National Monument Utah led by park staff and astronomy volunteers at Point Supreme Learn about everything from constellation mythology to the structure of the universe all in one night Explore the hypothermal areas of Lassen Volcanic National Park California the fifteenth national park established by Congress and one of the oldest parks in the U S Some of the remarkable features include mud pots boiling pools and steaming ground Try out a Citizen Ranger Quest at Mount Rainier National Park Washington on diverse topics ranging from history to science to stewardship Groups families or individuals completing four of the do it yourself activities become Mount Rainier Citizen Rangers and receive a certificate and patch How are you enjoying the mountains in America s national parks this summer Be sure to take a photo of the view and share it with us online Post your pics on our Facebook page or tag us GoParks on Twitter Instagram and Tumblr and use the hashtag FindYourPark and EncuentraTuParque Photo credits Gates of the Arctic National Park Preserve by Penny Knuckles North Cascades National Park by An Pham

    Original URL path: http://wwww.nationalparks.org/connect/blog/higher-altitude-lower-temperature (2016-02-12)
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  • 2015 Find Your Park Expedition | National Park Foundation
    parks we ll bring the parks to people everywhere I m sure your next question is about what they ll be doing on the expedition Well you ll just have to head on over to the expedition main page to get the scoop on that Now back to those three reasons Here s what people are saying We are thrilled to once again support the National Park Foundation and outfit members of FYPx for this trip of a lifetime Park units like Mesa Verde National Park offer rich cultural history and impressive recreation opportunities With great REI gear and clothing they will experience deeper adventures in the parks Myrian Solis Coronel manager of multicultural marketing at REI We re honored to again partner with the National Park Foundation in new and innovative ways to introduce and encourage people to visit and explore America s parks We look forward to welcoming the winners to Far View Lodge and Mesa Verde National Park in October where they will experience the adventure of a lifetime Bruce W Fears president of Aramark s Leisure division It s been said that the evolving digital world has reduced our appreciation of nature and the outdoors The National Park Foundation s 2015 expedition will demonstrate the opposite as eight incredible digital influencers use their networks to share their adventures and inspire people everywhere to find their park Scott Welch global corporate relations manager at Columbia Sportswear Company We couldn t agree more with Myrian Bruce and Scott Our 2015 Find Your Park Expedition is going to be absolutely incredible and we want all of you to be a part of it Apply here today and join in the fun by following FYPx on social media Photo credits Far View Lodge 2013 American Latino Expedition Yvonne Condes Mesa

    Original URL path: http://wwww.nationalparks.org/connect/blog/3-reasons-our-2015-expedition-really-exciting (2016-02-12)
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