Monthly Archive for: ‘August, 2012’

Focus on Water: Celebrating National Water Quality Month


By Sarah Gaines Barmeyer, Great Waters Program Manager Did you know that August is National Water Quality Month? It makes a lot of sense to draw attention to the importance of having clean water during a month when people are enjoying rivers, lakes, and oceans across the country.  Waterways in and around national parks provide some of the best recreational [...]

Posted on: August 22 2012
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Friday Photo: Stars Over Crater Lake

Crater Lake National Park in Oregon is known, of course, for its brilliant blue water–the lake is the deepest in the country, measuring nearly 2,000 feet to the bottom. Surrounded by a dramatic 20-mile ring of cliffs, this park is a mainstay for many vacationers, drawing hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.  Last month, photographer Christopher C. McDaniel turned his camera [...]

Posted on: August 17 2012
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Everybody Needs a Rock, and to Know Where to Find One


By Mark Woods, Florida Times-Union As her cousins raced down a path in Yellowstone National Park a couple of weeks ago, Mia lagged behind. She was upset. I don’t even remember exactly what she was upset about, just that it was the kind of meltdown that is an age-old staple of family trips. Anyone who has ever gone on a [...]

Posted on: August 14 2012
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O Say, Can You See the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail?


With the Olympics in full swing, I can’t help but be glued to the television for every emotional medal ceremony. America’s Olympians stand on the podium, as our national flag, the “Star Spangled Banner,” fills the London arena. There are few prouder moments to be an American. This week in Baltimore, Maryland, the National Park Service and regional partners remembered [...]

Posted on: August 7 2012
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Friday Photo: Dramatic Skies over Florida Bay


Florida Bay, an estuary at the southern tip of Everglades National Park, is a unique 500,000 acre water wilderness. Florida Bay’s diverse and complex series of shallow basins surrounded by mangroves and dominated by seagrass meadows create vital habitats for a variety of wildlife, including the West Indian manatee, roseate spoonbill, and sawfish. NPCA’s Sun Coast Regional Office has been [...]

Posted on: August 3 2012
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