America's Great Outdoors
A breathtaking aerial view of the Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve in Alaska. This photo was taken by Student Conservation Association intern Devdharm Khalsa, who got to see the park in most spectacular fashion while documenting the work of a National Park archaeology crew this summer. “The sight I saw as we helicoptered into the park was awe-inspiring. Pristine rivers — the surface glittering like thousands of diamonds — flowing hundreds of feet below us, vast mountain valleys, towering peaks and patches of boreal forest dotted the tundra landscape. It was a dream come true for me.”
All this week, we’re featuring photos taken by studentconservationassociation (SCA) members. A non-profit that connects young people with conservation service opportunities on public lands across the country, SCA has interns and conservation corps members in all 50 states — providing students with the opportunity to work with rangers and biologists to protect, restore and promote public lands.

A breathtaking aerial view of the Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve in Alaska. This photo was taken by Student Conservation Association intern Devdharm Khalsa, who got to see the park in most spectacular fashion while documenting the work of a National Park archaeology crew this summer. “The sight I saw as we helicoptered into the park was awe-inspiring. Pristine rivers — the surface glittering like thousands of diamonds — flowing hundreds of feet below us, vast mountain valleys, towering peaks and patches of boreal forest dotted the tundra landscape. It was a dream come true for me.”

All this week, we’re featuring photos taken by studentconservationassociation (SCA) members. A non-profit that connects young people with conservation service opportunities on public lands across the country, SCA has interns and conservation corps members in all 50 states — providing students with the opportunity to work with rangers and biologists to protect, restore and promote public lands.

Fall has arrived in Lake Clark National Park.Photo: National Park Service

Fall has arrived in Lake Clark National Park.

Photo: National Park Service

Fall is a wonderful time to experience the Bering Land Bridge National Preserve in Alaska. Explore a dynamic wilderness dotted with hot springs, ancient lava flows, and the largest maar lakes in the world. Ramble across tundra seeking muskox, caribou, and signs of ice age life. The Bering Land Bridge provided a pathway for plants, animals, and people to cross from old world to new. Today local residents use this land just as their ancestors have for generations.Photo: National Park Service

Fall is a wonderful time to experience the Bering Land Bridge National Preserve in Alaska. Explore a dynamic wilderness dotted with hot springs, ancient lava flows, and the largest maar lakes in the world. Ramble across tundra seeking muskox, caribou, and signs of ice age life. The Bering Land Bridge provided a pathway for plants, animals, and people to cross from old world to new. Today local residents use this land just as their ancestors have for generations.

Photo: National Park Service

The Milky Way and the Northern Lights dwarfed Thoroughfare Mountain (Denali National Park) last night in a grand display. Photo by Daniel A. Leifheit

The Milky Way and the Northern Lights dwarfed Thoroughfare Mountain (Denali National Park) last night in a grand display.

Photo by Daniel A. Leifheit

From all of us at the Department of the Interior and NPS (including this grizzly bear), we want to thank you for the kind words about the National Park Service 98th birthday today. Here is a another photo celebrating the national parks and the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Wilderness act on September 3rd.This bear is in Lake Clark National Park, a land of stunning beauty where volcanoes steam, salmon run, bears forage, craggy mountains reflect in shimmering turquoise lakes, and local people and culture still depend on the land and water of their home. Solitude is found around every bend in the river and shoulder of a mountain. Venture into the park to become part of the wilderness. Photo: Kevin Dietrich (www.sharetheexperience.org)

From all of us at the Department of the Interior and NPS (including this grizzly bear), we want to thank you for the kind words about the National Park Service 98th birthday today. Here is a another photo celebrating the national parks and the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Wilderness act on September 3rd.

This bear is in Lake Clark National Park, a land of stunning beauty where volcanoes steam, salmon run, bears forage, craggy mountains reflect in shimmering turquoise lakes, and local people and culture still depend on the land and water of their home. Solitude is found around every bend in the river and shoulder of a mountain. Venture into the park to become part of the wilderness. 

Photo: Kevin Dietrich (www.sharetheexperience.org)

Monday is the National Park Service 98th birthday & all entrance fees will be waived. Please share and like this photo of Denali National Park to spread the word! Photo: Morton Katz (www.sharetheexperience.org)

Monday is the National Park Service 98th birthday & all entrance fees will be waived. Please share and like this photo of Denali National Park to spread the word! 

Photo: Morton Katz (www.sharetheexperience.org)

The sea otter version of a pedicure in Glacier Bay National Park.Photo: National Park Service

The sea otter version of a pedicure in Glacier Bay National Park.

Photo: National Park Service

It’s not every day you catch a bird posing for your photo mid-flight.Photo from Glacier Bay National Park by Michael Hogan @ TizzyLish Photography

It’s not every day you catch a bird posing for your photo mid-flight.

Photo from Glacier Bay National Park by Michael Hogan @ TizzyLish Photography

A bull caribou takes an evening stroll down the park road a few nights ago with Denali in the background. Photo by Daniel A. Leifheit

A bull caribou takes an evening stroll down the park road a few nights ago with Denali in the background.

Photo by Daniel A. Leifheit

Evening traffic in Denali National Park. Photo by Daniel A. Leifheit

Evening traffic in Denali National Park.

Photo by Daniel A. Leifheit