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  • Parks For Play | National Park Foundation
    islands are home to 500 species of colorful tropical fish bottlenose dolphins manatees sharks and stingrays September and October may sometimes be rainy but smaller crowds and fewer insects make this a wonderful time to explore the park Visitors can paddle along isolated shorelines camp and hike on secluded keys or climb to the top of the lighthouse on Boca Chita Key On the daily glass bottom boat tours kids and adults alike keep an eye out for sea turtles groupers and moray eels For an even closer look at the vast array of sea life here snorkelers can head to Biscayne Bay and the offshore coral reefs where parrot fish and damselfish dwell Rangers are on hand to teach visitors about the area s ecosystems and human history from the Tequesta Indians to the wealthy industrialists who bought islands for vacation homes GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK Tennessee and North Carolina The spine of the Southeast the Great Smoky Mountains shelter more than 10 000 plant and animal species including black bears falcons wild turkeys and woodpeckers in some of the largest tracts of old growth forests east of the Mississippi Although this national park draws more visitors than any other few realize that its natural wealth is rivaled by its human history Formed in 1934 and encompassing more than 800 square miles of farmland forest and villages the park is home to the largest collection of historic log structures in the East including 19th century churches and schoolhouses Before the arrival of European settlers Native Americans had been roaming the land for centuries All summer in Great Smoky s Cades Cove district children can plunge into activities reflecting different parts of the park s heritage using clay to make Cherokee style pots while learning about the Cherokee way of life Or in an introduction to traditional blacksmithing donning goggles aprons and gloves while a ranger helps stoke the blower and bend a piece of iron into a triangular dinner bell that kids will bang happily all the way home in the car EISENHOWER NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE Pennsylvania Nikita Khrushchev Winston Churchill and Charles de Gaulle were only a few of the dignitaries who visited Dwight D Eisenhower at his family s farm surrounded by the pastures meadows and oak and hickory forests of Gettysburg Penn Families can be like Ike for a day while discovering how the Cold War era President lived and led the nation In the living room are a coffee table that was a gift from the first lady of South Korea and a rug from the shah of Iran A putting green skeet range card table paintings and Western themed books are clues to Ike s hobbies and private life You can also learn how the Secret Service managed security on the farm Kids between seven and 12 can train as official junior Secret Service agents learning to use binoculars to spot suspicious persons and items such as a gym bag with a fake

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  • LONG WEEKEND: Lone Star Highway | National Park Foundation
    the Pacific War Besides an impressive collection of World War II aircraft and tanks the museum hosts a tranquil Japanese garden and a memorial Evening If you want to slip on your dancing shoes get yourself to Luckenbach the town immortalized by Texas legends Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson On weekend evenings an old dance hall offers live music and plenty of room for agile two steppers Spend the night at Das College Haus in Fredericksburg DAY TWO Morning Head south to the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park You ll find the stone remains of four 18th century Spanish missions once staffed by Franciscan missionaries who converted the native Coahuiltecans to Christianity All four missions Concepción Espada San José and San Juan offer exquisite examples of Spanish Colonial architecture from colorful frescoes to ornate limestone carvings Start at Mission San José the site of the park visitor center and the largest of the four compounds On the scenic grounds dotted with mesquite trees you ll discover the restored gristmill the first water mill in Texas that was built in the 1790s Every Sunday at noon the services at San José feature a live mariachi band All four missions remain active Catholic churches Before lunch drive three miles north to see Mission Concepción thought to be the oldest unrestored stone church in North America many of the structure s original frescoes are preserved Afternoon Travel three miles to downtown San Antonio for lunch at the Madhatters Tea House Café Before heading south to the more rural San Juan and Espada missions walk along the wide boulevards of the King William Historic District bordered with magnificent restored homes from the late 1800s Then at Mission Espada see one of the oldest irrigation systems or acequias in North America Evening Try the enchiladas made with Doña Mari s signature homemade mole a popular Mexican sauce made from dried chili peppers and Mexican chocolate at El Mirador restaurant downtown After dinner go for a stroll along the world famous River Walk a scenic pedestrian walkway bordering the San Antonio River before turning in for the evening at the nearby Inn On The Riverwalk DAY THREE Morning Wake up to breakfast tacos at Torres Taco Haven Then drive to Padre Island National Seashore a stretch of beach that encompasses more than 130 000 acres and carries the mantle of being the longest remaining undeveloped swath of barrier island in the world On this needle shaped spit of land bask in the warmth of the sun splash in the Gulf waters and spot the nesting sites of endangered sea turtles during spring and summer months park rangers release hatchlings into the wild Wander a trail that traverses habitats as diverse as grassland and sand dunes Afternoon Avid windsurfers should check out Bird Island Basin on the Laguna Madre Mother Lagoon a world renowned pilgrimage site for the sport because of its shallow waters and steady winds There s also bird watching to be had with

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  • LANDSCAPES: Craters Of The Moon | National Park Foundation
    created by rift eruptions curtains of fire rising from cracks in the earth as high as 1 000 feet is 60 miles wide and two miles deep in places Though dormant the volcano is due to awaken any time within the next 2 000 years or so Character The rugged landscape is dotted with caves some such as Indian Tunnel are partly accessible to explorers mini volcanic cones and blobs of lava called bombs Habitat The park is home to several unique species including the Great Basin pocket mouse yellow bellied marmot and lava tube beetle Also look for mountain lions jackrabbits and snowy owls plus prickly pear cactus sagebrush and 350 other plant types Directions Drive 18 miles southwest of Arco Idaho on Highway 20 26 93 In winter temperatures can dip to minus 30 degrees Visitors break out the cross country skis and snowshoes as soon as a good snow base forms Visit nps gov crmo for more information on this unique landscape Need help planning your next national park adventure Filled with detailed maps travel tips and inside information on what not to miss NPF s Owner s Guide is your one stop resource to discover all of the over 400 national parks Download a FREE copy 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 a free copy of the National Park Owner s Guide Sign Up Now Gear for Park Lovers NPF Est 1967 Washed Long Sleeve T Shirt 28 99 Buy Now See More Products 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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  • Happy Trails: Everglades National Park | National Park Foundation
    Mississippi and home to many rare and endangered species and more than 350 documented species of birds The Anhinga Trail is named for one of those birds a Southern swamp native also called Water Turkey for its broad tail or Snake Bird for the bird s swimming style with only its long thin neck poking out of the water Starting at the Royal Palm Visitor Center the wheelchair accessible path winds through sawgrass marsh Wildlife viewing abounds especially in winter Look for alligators turtles herons egrets and of course anhingas Before You Go Plan your trip according to the weather Mild pleasant winters make the Everglades a prime destination for escaping the cold elsewhere June to November expect high heat humidity a lot of rain mosquitoes and possible hurricanes In other words go in winter Bring With You Water and insect repellent especially in summer Sunscreen is necessary year round Rain gear is never a bad idea in the Everglades but an especially good idea June to November Bring binoculars for viewing wildlife a little closer Looking for more recommendations on trails and treks for all ages and ability levels Download NPF s Happy Trails 25 Unforgettable National Park Hikes a must have for planning the perfect national park adventure 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 Gear for Park Lovers NPF Est 1967 Washed Long Sleeve T Shirt 28 99 Buy Now See More Products National Park News 25 New Projects Getting More Kids Adults 140 000 4th Graders To Visit Public Lands Than President Obama And First

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  • News | National Park Foundation
    Day Tori Kelly And Trombone Shorty To Perform At The 93rd Annual TheNationalTree Lighting Thursday October 29 2015 National Park Foundation Partners With White House Historical Association On The 2015 White House Christmas Ornament Friday October 09 2015 Yankee Leisure Group Announces Partnership With The National Park Foundation Thursday October 08 2015 2015 National Christmas Tree Lighting Will Be December 3 Tuesday September 29 2015 Explore 24 National Parks Near 24 U S Cities GUIDE Thursday September 24 2015 8 Winners Selected for GoParks Expedition Contest Connecting Diverse Audiences To National Parks Monday September 21 2015 National Park Foundation Celebrates Corporate Support For National Parks Wednesday September 02 2015 Investing In America s Special Places Strengthening Our Parks For A 2nd Century Tuesday September 01 2015 National Park Foundation To Support White House Youth Initiative Every Kid In A Park Wednesday August 12 2015 Find Your Park Come Celebrate The 99th Birthday Of The National Park Service Thursday July 23 2015 GoParks Expedición Conecta A Audiencias Diversas A Los Parques Nacionales De Los Estados Unidos CONCURSO Thursday July 23 2015 GoParks Expedition Connects Diverse Audiences To America s National Parks CONTEST Tuesday June 16 2015 National Park Foundation Appoints Will Shafroth As President And CEO Tuesday May 19 2015 National Park Foundation Grants Nearly 460 000 To Connect Local Communities To Parks Thursday April 30 2015 National Park Foundation Announces the 2014 Share the Experience Photo Contest Winners Wednesday April 29 2015 David Rubenstein To Donate 5 37 Million To The National Park Foundation To Restore U S Marine Corps Iwo Jima Memorial Monday April 27 2015 National Park Foundation And Disney To Connect 500 000 Kids With National Park Experiences By 2017 Thursday April 16 2015 Find Your Park During National Park Week Wednesday April 15 2015 La Compañía

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  • El Servicio De Parques Nacionales Y La Fundación De Parques Nacionales Lanzan El Tour Virtual De “Encuentra Tu Parque” Conectando Personas Con Parques A Través Del País. | National Park Foundation
    con cada parada del tour virtual de Encuentra tu Parque estaremos conectando con más Americanos como nunca antes Toca la pantalla y en segundos estarás hablando con un guardabosques ó un visitante del parque en el Parque Nacional Grand Teton en Wyoming ó en el Sitio Histórico Nacional de Martin Luther King Jr en Atlanta Georgia y explorando lo que el parque tiene para ofrecer al momento La tecnología es una excelente forma para que mi generación se conecte con los parques nacionales dijo Bella Thorne No puedo creer que este tour lo haga posible Para mí estar parada en el centro de la Ciudad de Nueva York y hablar con un guardabosques del parque en el Área de Recreación Nacional Golden Gate es un gran recordatorio de que los parques nacionales cercanos y lejanos pueden tocar nuestras vidas cada día Las instalaciones de Encuentra tu Parque les da a los visitantes la oportunidad de experimentar los 407 parques nacionales con una rotación musical interactiva de un minuto Utiliza audio video y elementos de geo locación para inspirar a una nueva generación a descubrir la amplitud de los parques nacionales y colaborar con el Servicio de Parques Nacionales Para complementar la instalación y demostrar que es más fácil que nunca Encontrar tu Parque el kiosko virtual de Encuentra tu Parque va a ser colocado en el evento de lanzamiento con el fin de conectar a los visitantes directamente con el staff de Servicio de Parques Nacionales funcionarios y visitantes en los parques nacionales a través de todo el país Los kioskos virtuales de Encuentra tu Parque van a estar disponibles al público en la Plaza North Flariton en la Ciudad de Nueva York el 2 y 3 de Abril y después realizarán un tour a lo largo de toda la nación dándole a otras personas en los Estados Unidos de Norteamérica la oportunidad de experimentar y conectarse con nuestros parques nacionales de una manera especial Todos están invitados a encontrar su parque y compartir sus historias en el sitio EncuentraTuParque com el cual incluye una galería de historias que incluye experiencias del público en general de empleados del Servicio de Parques Nacionales y celebridades incluyendo Bill Nye científico Bella Thorne actriz de TV y películas Roselyn Sanchez actriz de TV y peliculas Terrence J personalidad de TV and Mary Lambert Cantante compositora y activista de los derechos LGBT Aquellos que compartan sus historias en EncuentraTuParque com y opten por El Proyecto del Centenario The Centennial Project tendrán la oportunidad de que una de las celebridades embajadoras de vida a su historia como parte de la celebración del centenario en 2016 También en EncuentraTuParque com hay una lista de ideas sobre diferentes maneras de encontrar tu parque incluyendo visitas a parques y actividades en línea Todas las historias seran etiquetadas usando EncuentraTuParque y EncuentraTuParque com será el espacio donde el público comparta sus historias en los parques y así llegar a inspirar a otros a que hagan lo mismo Itinerario del

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  • National Park Service And National Park Foundation Launch Find Your Park Virtual View Tour, Connecting People With Parks Across The Country | National Park Foundation
    programs offered by the National Park Service said Director Jarvis There are diverse parks and historic sites across the nation and with each stop on the Find Your Park Virtual View Tour we re connecting them with more Americans than ever before Tap the screen and within seconds you ll be speaking with a ranger or park visitor at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming or at Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site in Atlanta Georgia and exploring what the park has to offer in real time Technology is a great way for my generation to connect with national parks Bella Thorne said I can t believe that this tour makes it possible for me to stand in the middle of New York City and talk to a park ranger at Golden Gate National Recreation Area It is a great reminder that national parks near and far can touch our lives every day The Find Your Park installation gives visitors the opportunity to experience all 407 national parks in an interactive one minute musical rotation It uses audio visual and geo location elements to inspire a new generation to discover the breadth of the national parks and the work of the National Park Service To complement the installation and further demonstrate that it is easier than ever to Find Your Park Find Your Park Virtual View Kiosks will be stationed at the launch event to connect visitors directly to National Park Service staff influencers and park goers at national parks across the country The Find Your Park Virtual View Kiosks will be available to the public at the North Flatiron Plaza in New York City on April 2 and April 3 and then will embark on a nationwide tour giving others across the U S the chance to experience and connect with our national parks in a special way Everyone is encouraged to find their parks and share their stories on FindYourPark com which will feature an interactive story gallery with inspirational stories from the general public National Park Service employees and celebrity Centennial Ambassadors Bill Nye scientist Bella Thorne TV and film actress Roselyn Sanchez TV and film actress Terrence J TV personality and Mary Lambert singer songwriter and LGBT advocate Those who share their stories on FindYourPark com and opt into The Centennial Project contest will be entered for a chance to have their submission brought to life by one of the celebrity Centennial Ambassadors as part of the centennial celebration in 2016 Also on FindYourPark com is a searchable list of ideas for ways to find your park including in park and digital activities Content will be socialized with FindYourPark and FindYourPark com will act as a hub for the public to share their park stories and inspire each other Find Your Park Virtual View Tour Schedule April 2 3 North Flatiron Plaza New York NY April 9 10 El Pueblo de Los Ángeles Historical Monument Los Angeles CA April 16 17 National Mall and Memorial

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  • El Servicio De Parques Nacionales Y La Fundación De Parques Nacionales Lanzan #ENCUENTRATUPARQUE, Invitando A Las Personas A Unirse Y Celebrar Nuestros Parques Nacionales Y Espacios Publicos | National Park Foundation
    de todo el mundo a través de los tesoros naturales culturales e históricos que están a nuestro cargo indicó el Director del Servicio de Parques Nacionales Jonathan B Jarvis Y puntualizó Con una nueva generación respondiendo a Encuentra Tu Parque tengo la certeza de que esta campaña tendrá un poderoso impacto que durará los próximos 100 años Creemos que Encuentra Tu Parque inspirará a personas de todas partes a involucrarse más y con mayor frecuencia con el Servicio de Parques Nacionales y su labor transformando comunidades de todo el país explicó el Presidente Interino de la Fundación de Parques Nacionales Dan Wenk quien comentó Conectando a la próxima generación con nuestros parques nacionales en formas significativas estamos creando un movimiento que nos ayudará a asegurar que estos lugares especiales estarán bien protegidos más allá de los siguientes 100 años Los Embajadores del Centenario Bill Nye científico Bella Thorne actriz de cine y TV Roselyn Sánchez actriz de cine y TV Terrence J personalidad de TV y Mary Lambert cantante compositora y activista de derechos LGBT también cooperan para invitar a la próxima generación de visitantes voluntarios y activistas de los parques Para generar la participación dentro del movimiento Encuentra Tu Parque cada uno ha grabado y compartido su propia historia en los parques nacionales de diferentes partes del país Bill Nye en el Monumento Nacional de La Estatua de la Libertad Parque memorial del General Grant Monumento Nacional Castillo Clinton Bella Thorne en el área recreativa nacional de las Montañas de Santa Mónica Roselyn Sánchez en el área recreativa del Nacional Golden Gate Terrence J En el Parque Nacional de Yosemite Mary Lambert en el Parque Histórico Nacional de Boston Hay 407 parques nacionales monumentos y lugares históricos que necesitan ser protegidos y preservados dijo Bill Nye Además mencionó He dicho que la ciencia es la mejor idea que los humanos han tenido y necesitamos entender el impacto que el cambio climático tendrá sobre nuestros parques nacionales para que los podamos proteger y preservar más allá del centenario del Servicio del Parque Nacional La Ciencia es la mejor idea de los humanos es algo que Bill Nye dice con frecuencia nos referimos a nuestros parques nacionales monumentos y sitios históricos como La Mejor Idea de América Necesitamos preservarlos y protegerlos Trabajemos juntos para entender el impacto del cambio climatológico hacia nuestros parques y lugares para que los podamos disfrutar ahora y en el futuro mas allá del centenario del Servicio Nacional de Parques Yo Encuentro mi parque prácticamente en mi patio trasero en el área recreativa de las Montañas de Santa Mónica con mi hermana dijo Bella Thorne Agregó Yo espero que a través de Encuentra tu Parque las personas de mi edad redescubran los parques nacionales y se inspiren para ser voluntarios y así entiendan la importancia de conservarlos Mi esposo y yo nos casamos en el Castillo San Cristóbal que es parte del Sitio Histórico Nacional de San Juan en mi natal Puerto Rico y yo tengo una

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