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Supporting the Regional Parks that “Pay Huge Dividends”

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By Jennifer Errick, Editor, Online Communications Ask someone to explain what a National Heritage Area (NHA) is, exactly, and you’re likely to get a long pause. At least, that’s what happened to me when I asked Annie Harris to fill me in. “It’s always hard to come up with some simple words,” she admits with a laugh. Now, Harris knows [...]

Posted on: April 18 2012
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National Parks, and Park Apps, Free for National Park Week

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Next week is National Park Week! Starting this Saturday, April 21, through Sunday, April 29, all 397 units of the park system will waive their entrance fees, from Acadia to Zion and everywhere in between. The fee-free days make an already affordable vacation to America’s most spectacular places even easier on the wallet, at an ideal time for viewing wildflowers, birds, and waterfalls at many parks.  To [...]

Posted on: April 17 2012
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Friday Photo: 23,743 Luminaries Commemorate the Battle of Shiloh

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Shiloh National Military Park in Tennessee commemorated the 150th anniversary of what many consider to be the first major battle of the Civil War. Park officials honored the 23,743 casualties from that two-day battle by lighting candles throughout the battlefield in a “Grand Illumination”–a moving highlight to more than a week of related events at the park. According to Chief [...]

Posted on: April 13 2012
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BioBlitz at Saguaro National Park: Bats, Rodents, and New Perspectives

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Today’s guest blog was written by Allie Gaither-Banchoff, an eighth-grade student at Paulo Freire Freedom School who took part in the 2011 Saguaro National Park BioBlitz. The BioBlitz was organized by the National Geographic Society and Friends of Saguaro National Park. More than 5,000 students and volunteers combed the park, resulting in the park listing 400 new species. This account [...]

Posted on: April 12 2012
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New NPS Video: Spend Three Minutes in the Wilderness

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“In wildness is the preservation of the world,” said Henry David Thoreau. Yet relatively little of the world is designated as wildness–at least here in the United States. Since the passage of the Wilderness Act in 1964, nearly 110 million acres of the United States have been designated as wilderness in 757 distinct tracts, from the six-acre Pelican Island Wilderness in Florida to the [...]

Posted on: April 11 2012
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