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.
Happy National Get Outdoors Day! Participants from federal agencies, nonprofit organizations and the recreation industry are again teaming up to host the 7th annual National Get Outdoors Day to encourage healthy, active outdoor fun at sites across the nation. Today these diverse partners will offer opportunities for American families to experience traditional and non-traditional types of outdoor activities. Prime goals of the day are reaching currently underserved populations and first-time visitors to public lands, and reconnecting our youth to the great outdoors.
To learn more about events in your area today, visit http://www.nationalgetoutdoorsday.org/.
Photo from Lake Mead National Recreation Area by Cheryl Hobbs (www.sharetheexperience.org)
Happy National Trails Day! Hundreds of organized activities are planned today as part of National Trails Day, including hikes, educational programs, bike rides, trail rehabilitation projects, festivals, paddle trips, and trail dedications. A listing of activities is available on the American Hiking Society’s website (http://www.americanhiking.org/national-trails-day/).
To promote outdoor recreation and reconnect Americans to nature, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Director of the National Park Service Jonathan B. Jarvis announced this the recognition of 19 hiking and biking trails and two water trails as national recreation trails, adding 452 miles in 11 states to the National Trails System. To see the full list, click here: http://on.doi.gov/1kMpagM
Photo from Bryce Canyon National Park by Trevis Schuh
George Washington Carver, known as the “Plant Doctor” tended his secret garden while observing the day-to-day operations of a 19th century farm. Nature and nurture ultimately influenced George on his quest for education to becoming a renowned agricultural scientist, educator, and humanitarian. Today, the park service carries on his legacy by offering hands-on science lessons with students of all ages at the George Washington Carver National Monument in Missouri.
Photo: National Park Service
In honor of Veterans Day, access to all federal public lands is free this weekend. Please share this post to help spread the word!
Photo of sunset along the Tioga Road earlier this week in Yosemite National Park.
Mills Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park is a moderate 2.8 mile hike (one way) from the Glacier Gorge TH and has some of the best views of the east face of Longs Peak including the jagged ridge line called the keyboard of the winds. Named after Enos Mills, the shore of this lake is a perfect place to stop, relax, and let the wilderness take all your worries away! ch
Photo: Ranger JB
The U.S. Department of the Interior manages some of America’s most breathtaking national parks, national wildlife refuges and other public lands. That is why I am excited to invite you to join our new photo project, Summer in America’s Great Outdoors.
Our goal is to create a large photo collection of all the fun and exciting things people can do on America’s public lands this summer, and you are our greatest advocates in making this a reality. Many people do not know about all the amazing places across the country they can enjoy – places that belong to all Americans. With your help, we’ll help people better understand the great opportunities for fun this summer in their own backyards and across the country.
Send us your hiking, camping, fishing, biking, sightseeing, and other outdoor recreation photos by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Take a look at the photos already submitted on our Summer in America’s Great Outdoors Flickr group, where we will be highlighting these photos all summer. Please include a short description of the location, so we can properly identify all the great public lands across the country.
Thank you, and we look forward to sharing your great photos!
Photo of Bryce Canyon National Park: Carmelina Krein
Today is National Get Outdoors Day, a new annual event to encourage healthy, active outdoor fun. There are many great events across the country today. Check out a listing at www.nationalgetoutdoorsday.org. We don’t expect you’ll find yourself up on Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park, but we hope you’re able to enjoy America’s great doors no matter where you are today!
Photo: Adam Marland