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Honoring Memorial Day the Revolutionary Way

When calling to mind the locations of key moments in the Revolutionary War, many think of Philadelphia, Boston, and New York City. But how many would recall places such as Fort Moultrie and Guildford Courthouse as significant locations during our early national history? As we remember those who gave their lives for our freedom, take time this Memorial Day holiday to commemorate the sacrifices made for a revolutionary idea. Learn about some of the lesser-known, but profoundly significant, landmarks that witnessed the beginning of a new nation on our blog and be inspired to join us in protecting the many sites of remembrance across the National Park System.

Find Inspiration from the 2016
Share the Experience Photo Contest Winners

The National Park Foundation and ACTIVE Network® are proud to announce the winners of the 2016 Share the Experience photo contest! Craig McIntyre of Rockport, Texas, was named the grand prize winner for his photo of a curious green tree frog peeking out from its marsh habitat in Aransas National Wildlife Refuge in southern Texas. As the grand prize winner, Craig’s photo will be featured on the 2019 annual National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass. You can view all 11 winning photos and get the inside scoop about these special moments from the photographers on our blog.

 

This annual contest encourages amateur photographers to share their experiences by submitting their favorite views, moments, and adventures in America’s national parks and public lands. The 2017 Share the Experience photo contest is now accepting entries through December 31, so be sure to share your favorite national park photos for a chance to win big! In addition to cash prizes for first, second, and third place, winners can also receive outdoor gear provided by Celestron and Osprey Packs and hotel packages courtesy of Historic Hotels of America®!

 

For a full listing of prizing and rules, and to submit a photo, visit sharetheexperience.org.

Science in the Swamp

Did you know that our national parks are not just for recreational activities like hiking and biking? Parks also offer powerful place-based learning experiences for students, bringing classrooms to life.

 

At Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve kids are learning about Louisiana’s wetlands and other natural and cultural resources within the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary area. Students are led through hands-on scientific exploration and citizen science field experiences, which augment their classroom learning. Through these experiences, kids learn more about pollution and water quality, and how it can affect their very own drinking water. Read more on our blog!

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Two Wheels, Infinite Experiences

Whether you’re a spinning fiend, an experienced outdoor cyclist, or someone more used to having both feet on the ground, national parks offer a plethora of cycling opportunities throughout the United States. We’ve done the work for you, providing a short list of some of the best trails to hit with your bike now that the weather is heating up. Read on to see which might be the best park destination for you and to review ways to ride safely on your trip.

“Ike Honua” – the Value of Place

Since 1997, the Friends of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park (FHVNP) has operated as a primary partner of the Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. The park offers visitors from all over the world an opportunity to walk on newly formed lava fields, explore ancient rainforests, and celebrate the culture of native Hawai'ians. FHVNP has been instrumental in supporting these kinds of experiences, providing both financial support to the park as well as working to enhance the visitor’s educational experience.

 

The organization is guided by the mission of “ike honua,” which means the “value of place,” as they work with NPS in the “protection, preservation, and interpretation of the natural and cultural resources at Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park for the enjoyment of current and future generations.” Read more on our blog.

Take Me Out to the … National Parks

Alcatraz, Arkansas, and the Civil War soldiers. What do all these things have in common? A history linked to baseball and the national parks. This quick read about baseball’s connections to the parks is a fun look at history just in time for baseball season.

Healing Hikes and Pastel Pink Snowstorms

The countless benefits of time in the great outdoors are priceless. If your body is hurting in the vitamin D department, embrace sunny skies. If you're feeling sluggish, boost your energy with a walk outside. If you're bored with your daily routine, spice up your life by exploring a local park. The parks also offer more than this – they offer the opportunity to imagine the people who stepped foot in the same exact place before us.

 

As an Outdoor Afro leader, Brittany Leavitt is working to engage people and help the black community come together and enjoy or learn a new activity outside. She connects your life to the history of the grounds you're walking upon and helps people reclaim their sense of wonder, break down stereotypes, and feel comfortable being themselves in outdoor spaces. Check out our latest Q&A with Brittany to learn more.

Getaway to Channel Islands

Ever wondered whether the west coast really is the best coast? You might be swayed after reading about (or visiting!) southern California’s Channel Islands National Park. The park offers everything from porpoise watching to swimming through kelp forests. To start planning your next trip, read more about some of the other unique flora, fauna, and fun that make this park so special.

Show Off Your Park Style

Heading out for a hike with nothing stylish to wear? We’ve got you covered. The Official Find Your Park Store carries fun park-inspired apparel and accessories that celebrate the National Park Service and encourage all to get out there and #FindYourPark. One hundred percent of the proceeds from your purchase go to the National Park Foundation to help preserve and protect these special places.

This Month's Quiz

Fossilized remains of the pterosaur and its 35-foot wingspan were found at which national park site?

And congratulations to last month's winner, Arnold Berke, from Washington, D.C., who knew that the oldest synagogue in the United States is in Touro Synagogue National Historic Site, RI.

Way to go, Arnold!

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