America's Great Outdoors
Much of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge and the surrounding lands were once part of the Great Black Swamp. The 1,500 square mile Great Black Swamp was a vast network of forests, wetlands, and grasslands. The refuge manages about 6,500 acres of wetland, grassland, and wooded habitat. It provides valuable habitat for a diversity of waterfowl and other migratory birds, resident wildlife, and endangered and threatened species. It provides a place for people to enjoy wildlife-dependent activities and learn about the complexities of the natural world through education and interpretive programming. The refuge adds to the richness of the community by holding in trust a portion of the natural heritage of the Great Lakes ecosystem for the continuing benefit of the American people.Photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Much of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge and the surrounding lands were once part of the Great Black Swamp. The 1,500 square mile Great Black Swamp was a vast network of forests, wetlands, and grasslands. The refuge manages about 6,500 acres of wetland, grassland, and wooded habitat. It provides valuable habitat for a diversity of waterfowl and other migratory birds, resident wildlife, and endangered and threatened species. It provides a place for people to enjoy wildlife-dependent activities and learn about the complexities of the natural world through education and interpretive programming. The refuge adds to the richness of the community by holding in trust a portion of the natural heritage of the Great Lakes ecosystem for the continuing benefit of the American people.

Photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

23,000 soldiers were killed, wounded or missing after twelve hours of savage combat on September 17, 1862. The Battle of Antietam ended the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia’s first invasion into the North and led to Abraham Lincoln’s issuance of the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation.Photo: National Park Service

23,000 soldiers were killed, wounded or missing after twelve hours of savage combat on September 17, 1862. The Battle of Antietam ended the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia’s first invasion into the North and led to Abraham Lincoln’s issuance of the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation.

Photo: National Park Service

Seeing the sunrise from Cadillac Mountain is a must do when visiting Acadia National Park in Maine.Photo: Kristopher Schoenleber (www.sharetheexperiece.org)

Seeing the sunrise from Cadillac Mountain is a must do when visiting Acadia National Park in Maine.

Photo: Kristopher Schoenleber (www.sharetheexperiece.org)

Neal Lewis took this stunning sunrise photo from Thornton Hollow Overlook in Shenandoah National Park. Here’s what he had to say about this photo.“For me, catching a sunrise in Shenandoah is pure therapy. No two daybreaks are ever the same. If you’re able, I highly recommend the experience.”

Neal Lewis took this stunning sunrise photo from Thornton Hollow Overlook in Shenandoah National Park. Here’s what he had to say about this photo.

“For me, catching a sunrise in Shenandoah is pure therapy. No two daybreaks are ever the same. If you’re able, I highly recommend the experience.”

Early morning take off over Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, New Mexico. Established in 1939 to provide a critical stopover for migrating waterfowl, the refuge is well known for the thousands of sandhill cranes, geese and other waterfowl that winter here each year. Photo: Kim Hang Dessoliers (www.sharetheexperience.org)

Early morning take off over Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, New Mexico. Established in 1939 to provide a critical stopover for migrating waterfowl, the refuge is well known for the thousands of sandhill cranes, geese and other waterfowl that winter here each year. 

Photo: Kim Hang Dessoliers (www.sharetheexperience.org)

Sunrise over Buck Hollow Overlook in Shenandoah National Park, July 2014.Photo; National Park Service

Sunrise over Buck Hollow Overlook in Shenandoah National Park, July 2014.

Photo; National Park Service

Gorgeous sunrise over Great Smoky Mountains National Park.Photo: Chris Mobley (www.sharetheexperience.org)

Gorgeous sunrise over Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Photo: Chris Mobley (www.sharetheexperience.org)

Sunrise from Thornton Hollow Overlook in Shenandoah National Park.Photo: National Park Service

Sunrise from Thornton Hollow Overlook in Shenandoah National Park.

Photo: National Park Service

America’s Everglades - The largest subtropical wilderness in the United States.Everglades National Park protects an unparalleled landscape that provides important habitat for numerous rare and endangered species like the manatee,  American crocodile, and the elusive Florida panther.
An international treasure as well -  a World Heritage Site, International Biosphere Reserve, a Wetland of International Importance, and a specially protected areas under the Cartagena Treaty.Photo: National Park Service

America’s Everglades - The largest subtropical wilderness in the United States.

Everglades National Park protects an unparalleled landscape that provides important habitat for numerous rare and endangered species like the manatee,  American crocodile, and the elusive Florida panther.

An international treasure as well -  a World Heritage Site, International Biosphere Reserve, a Wetland of International Importance, and a specially protected areas under the Cartagena Treaty.

Photo: National Park Service

Sunrise and fog over Shenandoah National Park. Did you know this park (and view) are only 75 miles outside of Washington, DC?Photo: Ed Knepley

Sunrise and fog over Shenandoah National Park. Did you know this park (and view) are only 75 miles outside of Washington, DC?

Photo: Ed Knepley