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  • Concrete To Canyons | National Park Foundation
    from Las Vegas to Zion National Park the land of massive sandstone cliffs of cream pink and red that soar into a brilliant blue sky Are there scorpions here What about snakes Where are our tents Do bats sleep during the day An endless barrage of excited and anxious questions from youth whose concepts of the outdoors were based on what they had seen on television or in movies See exactly how much fun they had learning about watersheds petroglyphs and wildlife among the sandstone cliffs by clicking here Open a door to our national parks where learning and discovery comes alive Just 10 opens 1 door of opportunity for a child When you open up the OutDoors for Kids you help them experience our country s beauty history and culture through the national parks Premier Partner See All Partners Send A FREE E Postcard View All E Postcards Send An E Postcard Get Email Updates Sign up to get the latest news and updates from the National Park Foundation right in your inbox Sign Up Now 100 Years of Parks In 2016 the National Park Service turns 100 Join us in kicking off a second century for America s

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  • Reese Witherspoon To Host 2015 National Christmas Tree Lighting And Bellamy Young Added To Star-Studded Lineup | National Park Foundation
    www thenationaltree org beginning at 4 30 p m ET with the exclusive National Christmas Tree Lighting pre show The event can be seen on public television throughout the month of December For broadcast times check local listings or the National Christmas Tree Lighting website An American holiday tradition started by President Calvin Coolidge in 1923 the National Christmas Tree Lighting is a great example of the countless ways there are to FindYourPark Launched in March 2015 Find Your Park Encuentra Tu Parque is a public awareness and education movement to inspire people from all backgrounds to connect with celebrate and support America s national parks and community based programs Celebrating the National Park Service Centennial and setting the stage for the Service s next 100 years FindYourPark invites people to discover and share their own unique connections to our nation s natural landscapes vibrant culture and rich history A special thanks to GE Lighting Amtrak Christmas Northeast Inc Guest Services Inc Hargrove Inc Hudler Carolina Tree Farms Loews Madison Southwest Airlines and Washington Marriott at Metro Center for their generous support of the 2015 National Christmas Tree Lighting ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE More than 20 000 National Park Service employees care for America s 409 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close to home recreational opportunities The National Park Service has cared for the White House and its grounds since 1933 President s Park which includes the Ellipse and Lafayette Park was officially included in the national park system in 1961 Visit us at www nps gov on Facebook www facebook com nationalparkservice Twitter www twitter com natlparkservice and YouTube www youtube com nationalparkservice ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION The National Park Foundation is the official charity of

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  • National Park Foundation Applauds Efforts To Move National Park Service Centennial Act Forward | National Park Foundation
    Chairman Bishop has released a discussion draft of the National Park Service Centennial Act and called a hearing for next week The draft contains important provisions for the future success of the National Park Service including dedicated funding for the Centennial Challenge and the establishment of an endowment at the National Park Foundation These provisions are key parts of a holistic funding model to support our parks going forward Additionally provisions to strengthen the National Park Foundation s Board of Directors and authorize appropriations will help the Foundation carry out our mission to protect America s treasured places connect people from all backgrounds to them and inspire the next generation of park stewards We look forward to working with Chairman Bishop Ranking Member Grijalva and the entire Natural Resources Committee to ensure the strongest bill possible moves forward ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION The National Park Foundation is the official charity of America s national parks and nonprofit partner to the National Park Service Chartered by Congress in 1967 the National Park Foundation raises private funds to help PROTECT more than 84 million acres of national parks through critical conservation and preservation efforts CONNECT all Americans with their incomparable natural landscapes vibrant culture and rich history and INSPIRE the next generation of park stewards Find out more and become a part of the national park community at www nationalparks org 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

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  • Celebrating 83 Years with White Sands National Monument | National Park Foundation
    the last Ice Age geological processes and an increasingly dry climate gradually dried up Lake Otero exposing gypsum crystals that had formed beneath its silty bottom Thousands of years of wind and weather broke the crystals down to fine sand and scattered them across the desert creating the vast and still growing area of white sand that visitors see today Rich in life White Sands National Monument may appear lifeless but an observant visitor can spot its many inhabitants More than 800 animal species reside within White Sands National Monument Many have evolved with light colors to match their surroundings and are found nowhere else on earth Hundreds of insect species scuttle across the sand dunes providing food for lizards birds and small mammals Apache pocket mice and kangaroo rats live here as well but often fall prey to rattlesnakes kit foxes and burrowing owls Indigenous amphibians spend most of their lives beneath the sand but emerge to breed in great numbers during the summer monsoon season A single fish species the diminutive White Sands Pupfish ekes out a precarious existence in tiny springs and pools Only four tiny isolated populations of this fish species exist on the planet and they are all found within White Sands National Monument Planning your visit White Sands National Monument is most accommodating during the relatively mild winter months but no matter what time of year you visit there won t be a shortage of things to do Ranger led programs and events take place year round giving you a chance to learn firsthand about the people animals and geology that make White Sands such a special place Sunset strolls tours of Lake Lucero and kids craft projects are among the most popular programs Other ways you can enjoy your time at White Sands National Monument include Camping Ten primitive backcountry campsites are almost always open along the park s desert backpacking trail No facilities are provided in the backcountry which means campers are responsible for their own food water and cleanup Scenic driving The Dunes Drive is a 16 mile circuit around the White Sands dune field Picnic areas and toilets are located at the end of the drive Sledding White Sands National Monument offers a slightly non traditional take on a popular wintertime activity Sledding down the face of the dunes is a thrilling experience and many visitors come ready to hit the sandy slopes with waxed plastic snow saucers Just a few miles west of Alamogordo White Sands National Monument is a place of stark natural beauty Despite its seemingly barren landscape the monument is home to diverse animal life and boasts a rich human history making it one of our most unique National Park Service units For ideas on trails to enjoy in White Sands National Monument and in other parks across the system be sure to download your free copy of our Owner s Guide Happy Trails Photo Credits National Park Service Jess Curren and Margaret Storb via Share

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  • 7 National Parks Ideal for Winter Bird-watching | National Park Foundation
    Here Cabrillo National Monument harbors Anna s hummingbirds year round but many other species appear in late winter and early spring as they make their way north from Mexico During these months keep a sharp eye out for Allen s rufous and calliope hummingbirds Most impressively and despite being rare species clack chinned hummingbirds and Costa s hummingbirds are also not uncommon sights here Big Bend National Park Bird watching is all about location and Big Bend National Park is perfectly situated right in the heart of the heavily trafficked Central Flyway Thanks to this the park provides a prime winter habitat for many migratory birds Big Bend also hosts dozens of species year round in its varied desert mountain and forest habitats including white winged dove golden fronted woodpecker vermilion flycatcher Scott s oriole and hepatic tanager Padre Island National Seashore Corpus Christi has been awarded the title of Birdiest City in America 10 years running so it s no surprise that nearby Padre Island National Seashore is a bird watcher s paradise During the winter months migratory waterfowl find sanctuary in the park s diverse habitat which ranges from shores and wetlands to prairies and forests Snow geese and ruddy ducks join sparrows warblers wrens shrikes gulls terns grebes and many more as seasonal park residents Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve During the winter one particular part of Louisiana hosts an incredible abundance of migratory birds The Barataria Preserve lies on 23 000 acres of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park Preserve s wetlands and shelters more than 200 bird species Year round residents like the snowy egret can be found here as well as winter arrivals like the white throated sparrow The preserve is also home to flycatchers warblers thrushes and six species of woodpecker Everglades National Park Florida s Everglades National Park is famous for its birds as much as its alligators You can find a colorful ecosystem here year round but from December to April something particularly special happens Migratory birds from all over the Eastern Seaboard arrive to nest during the park s dry season Along the Anhinga Trail and other prime birding areas look for several species of heron and egret along with white and brown pelicans roseate spoonbills white ibis and countless other species Dry Tortugas National Park Located on an island 68 miles west of Key West Dry Tortugas National Park doesn t quite have the stunning diversity of bird life found in many other parks However the birds that nest here do so in great abundance This provides an amazing opportunity to witness waterbirds like gulls terns plovers and sanderlings gather in some of the world s largest droves It s no secret that most birds head south for the winter Some of the best bird watching can be done during these months so make the most out of this opportunity Head to any of these national parks don t forget your binoculars and if you get some good

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  • Where the Atomic Age Began | National Park Foundation
    testing and research at three unique top secret locations in far flung corners of the country Oak Ridge Tennessee The enrichment of uranium a process necessary to create plutonium took place at an enormous industrial complex in Oak Ridge Tennessee This newly built facility also included a pilot reactor and chemical separation plant to create and purify the plutonium Hanford Washington A second complex similar to the Oak Ridge facility was constructed in Hanford Washington which included chemical separation plants and huge production scale reactors Progress at both sites was slow and difficult and the sufficient amount of uranium 235 and plutonium needed to build the bomb did not become readily available until mid 1945 Los Alamos New Mexico The actual construction of the atomic bomb took place at an isolated bomb design and development laboratory in Los Alamos New Mexico under the leadership of J Robert Oppenheimer Once the lab was complete nuclear testing took place at the Trinity testing site located about 220 miles from Los Alamos on July 16 1945 All three of these distinct sites make Manhattan Project National Historical Park one of a kind in our National Park System Visiting your new national park While the Oak Ridge Hanford and Los Alamos sites are all included in this new national park public access to the three areas varies due to continuing development and ongoing work by the U S Department of Energy Each of the three units includes different must see features and places to go Experience a guided tour of the B Reactor National Historic Landmark in Hanford where all the material for the initial Trinity test was produced or visit the Oak Ridge Reservation for a bus tour that includes the X 10 Graphite Reactor the pilot nuclear reactor for the Manhattan Project

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  • Winter Sports in 10 National Parks | National Park Foundation
    miles of cross country skiing and snowshoe hiking trails that are usually open from December to March Mount Rainier National Park Mount Rainier National Park in Washington is one of the most popular destinations for winter family fun in the northwest Sledding and snow tubing are a thrill for both kids and adults and ranger led snowshoe hikes bring fresh insight into how plants and animals cope with the park s frigid winters Sequoia Kings Canyon National Parks California s Sequoia Kings Canyon National Parks offer great opportunities for sledding as well as cross country skiing Skis and snowshoes are conveniently available for visitors to rent daily in both the Grand Grove and Wolverton areas of the parks Yellowstone National Park Lots of roads and trails in Yellowstone National Park are open to snowmobiles during the winter months However the number of snowmobiles allowed in the park each day is limited so be sure to check the regulations before you go Grand Teton National Park The spectacular winter landscape of Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming makes the park a picture perfect destination for sightseeing wildlife viewing and photography The park s main roadways are plowed and maintained all winter long while many back roads are reserved for snowshoe hiking and cross country skiing Lassen Volcanic National Park The backcountry of Lassen Volcanic National Park in California provides an ideal place to experience the solitude of winter Camping has become increasingly popular at this park since regulations here only require each visitor to obtain a free backcountry wilderness permit Also the park s main road typically remains snow covered throughout the winter which makes it a perfect cross country ski route Voyageurs National Park Winters in Minnesota can be some of the harshest in the country but the lakes in Voyageurs National Park are an ice fisherman s dream Ice roads and snowmobile trails provide easy access to popular spots like Lake Kabetogama and Rainy Lake famous for their walleye pike and panfish Rocky Mountain National Park Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado is home to some of the best cross country skiing sledding and free ranger led programs in the country Many park roads stay open in the winter providing easy access to scenic mountain views and great wildlife watching opportunities Glacier National Park Cross country skiing and snowshoe hiking bring thousands of visitors to this Montana park during the winter but use caution Glacier National Park s landscape can be unforgiving during the colder months and the difficult conditions mean even experienced skiers can run into trouble if unprepared National parks all over the United States offer some of the best winter sports opportunities in the country Want more ideas on how to enjoy your national parks during this picturesque time of year Download your free copy of our Winter Wonderlands guide today and get out to enjoy the season while you can Your blankets and hot chocolate will still be waiting for you when you get back

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  • Hot Springs National Park: The American Spa | National Park Foundation
    day at the Quapaw Bathhouse where you ll find luxurious indoor and outdoor spring water pools Afterwards take a stroll down Bathhouse Row on Central Avenue to learn more about the rich history of the tradition Exploring the park The spring water has always been the feature attraction at Hot Springs National Park but there s so much more to experience here than just what the name entails The park spans more than 5 000 acres prime for exploration Here are a few ideas to make the most of all this great park has to offer Go for a drive Several scenic driving routes provide a chance to explore the park including Hot Springs Mountain Drive which leads to a 216 foot lookout tower at the peak of Hot Springs Mountain Camp out Camping is available year round on a first come first served basis alongside the Gulpha Creek The site is open to tents as well as RVs Take a hike The park includes 26 miles of hiking trails which vary in length and difficulty level See the sights Bathhouse Row has been designated a national historic landmark and offers a fascinating view into the history of Hot Springs Arkansas Tour the bathhouses One of the most impressive buildings in Hot Springs Arkansas is the historic Fordyce Bathhouse an opulent structure that operated from 1915 to 1952 Guided tours are available daily With winter setting in across the country now is the perfect time to take a dip at the American Spa Hot Springs National Park is open year round but fewer people visit the park during winter months It s an ideal quiet destination during these colder days Looking for additional ways to escape the colder temperatures Check out these four perfect national park lodges in warmer climates

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