America's Great Outdoors
The slopes of Mount Rainier in Washington are a patchwork of brilliant fall colors this time of year. Mount Rainier National Park is located southeast of Seattle and has more than 260 miles of maintained trails — making it a perfect place to explore the beauty of our public lands. Photo by National Parks Service.

The slopes of Mount Rainier in Washington are a patchwork of brilliant fall colors this time of year. Mount Rainier National Park is located southeast of Seattle and has more than 260 miles of maintained trails — making it a perfect place to explore the beauty of our public lands. Photo by National Parks Service.

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.

The fall colors make Mount Rainier National Park look like paradise!

Pictured here is Reflection Lakes in the Paradise area of Mount Rainier. Famous for its glorious views and wildflower meadows, Paradise offers great hiking trails and a spectacular view of Mount Rainier.

Photo courtesy of Bob Noble.
The fall colors make Mount Rainier National Park look like paradise!
Pictured here is Reflection Lakes in the Paradise area of Mount Rainier. Famous for its glorious views and wildflower meadows, Paradise offers great hiking trails and a spectacular view of Mount Rainier.
Photo courtesy of Bob Noble.
Fall has arrived in Lake Clark National Park.Photo: National Park Service

Fall has arrived in Lake Clark National Park.

Photo: National Park Service

Happy 50th anniversary to the Wilderness Act! President Lyndon Johnson’s signing of the Wilderness Act and Land and Water Conservation Fund Act in 1964 is perhaps most important single event in American conservation history. Since its signing, Congress has designated more than 106 million acres of federal public lands as wilderness.Last week we asked you to pick your favorite wilderness photo and here is the winner. This photo was taken from the Tuolumne Meadows Wilderness Center within Yosemite National Park by Sean Goebel. 

Happy 50th anniversary to the Wilderness Act! President Lyndon Johnson’s signing of the Wilderness Act and Land and Water Conservation Fund Act in 1964 is perhaps most important single event in American conservation history. Since its signing, Congress has designated more than 106 million acres of federal public lands as wilderness.

Last week we asked you to pick your favorite wilderness photo and here is the winner. This photo was taken from the Tuolumne Meadows Wilderness Center within Yosemite National Park by Sean Goebel. 

Amazing sunset over Glacier National Park.Photo: National Park Service

Amazing sunset over Glacier National Park.

Photo: National Park Service

Less than three hours from Seattle, an alpine landscape beckons in North Cascades National Park. Discover communities of life adapted to moisture in the west and recurring fire in the east. Explore jagged peaks crowned by more than 300 glaciers. Listen to cascading waters in forested valleys. Witness a landscape sensitive to the Earth’s changing climate. Help steward the ecological heart of the Cascades.Photo: Jim Armstrong (www.sharetheexperience.org)

Less than three hours from Seattle, an alpine landscape beckons in North Cascades National Park. Discover communities of life adapted to moisture in the west and recurring fire in the east. Explore jagged peaks crowned by more than 300 glaciers. Listen to cascading waters in forested valleys. Witness a landscape sensitive to the Earth’s changing climate. Help steward the ecological heart of the Cascades.

Photo: Jim Armstrong (www.sharetheexperience.org)

A moose looks for aquatic plants in Wonder Lake in Denali National Park. NPS Photo/K. Lewandowski

A moose looks for aquatic plants in Wonder Lake in Denali National Park.

NPS Photo/K. Lewandowski

Blue sky day on the east side of Glacier yesterday.Photo: National Park Service

Blue sky day on the east side of Glacier yesterday.

Photo: National Park Service

Come and experience Glacier’s pristine forests, alpine meadows, rugged mountains, and spectacular lakes. With over 700 miles of trails, Glacier is a hiker’s paradise for adventurous visitors seeking wilderness and solitude. Relive the days of old through historic chalets, lodges, transportation, and stories of Native Americans. Explore Glacier National Park and discover what awaits you.Photo: National Park Service

Come and experience Glacier’s pristine forests, alpine meadows, rugged mountains, and spectacular lakes. With over 700 miles of trails, Glacier is a hiker’s paradise for adventurous visitors seeking wilderness and solitude. Relive the days of old through historic chalets, lodges, transportation, and stories of Native Americans. Explore Glacier National Park and discover what awaits you.

Photo: National Park Service