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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore encompasses over 40 miles of Lake Superior shoreline. Situated on the largest, deepest, coldest and most pristine of the Great Lakes, Pictured Rocks derives its name from the many sandstone cliffs that dot the shoreline.…
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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore encompasses over 40 miles of Lake Superior shoreline. Situated on the largest, deepest, coldest and most pristine of the Great Lakes, Pictured Rocks derives its name from the many sandstone cliffs that dot the shoreline. In addition to the sandstone cliffs, the park includes beaches, sand dunes, waterfalls, lakes and forest. Have you explored the rocks?⁣ ⁣ Image: Kayaker takes a moment to admire the cliffs from the water.⁣ ⁣ #FindYourPark #NationalParkService #Michigan #PicturedRocks #RecreateResponsibly

“Fooled you!” - Dark Helmet ⁣ ⁣ Buckle up back there, were talking moths! The beautiful Io moth, Automeris io (Fabricius), is one of the most recognizable moths. Their distinct wing markings are often referred to as eyespots, false eyes or false eyespots…
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“Fooled you!” - Dark Helmet ⁣ ⁣ Buckle up back there, we're talking moths! The beautiful Io moth, Automeris io (Fabricius), is one of the most recognizable moths. Their distinct wing markings are often referred to as eyespots, false eyes or false eyespots and come in a wide variety of colors and sizes. When threatened, adults flip the forewings forward exposing the large eyespots. The eyespots have white highlights resembling the glint (reflections) of vertebrate eyes and have been shown to startle predatory birds. ⁣ ⁣ Image: Io moth with “eyespots” on wings at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park. ⁣ ⁣ #findyourpark #nationalparkservice #moths #iomoth #cumberlandgap

Ranger on! #WorldRangerDay honors rangers around the world who work to preserve and protect important natural and cultural places. Its also a day to remember and commemorate those who have lost their lives serving on the front line protecting the environment…
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Ranger on! #WorldRangerDay honors rangers around the world who work to preserve and protect important natural and cultural places. It's also a day to remember and commemorate those who have lost their lives serving on the front line protecting the environment around them. Rangers work under varying conditions and in varying positions with some being faced with difficult and dangerous tasks. They are key protectors of parks and conservation. This is done through law enforcement, environmental education, community relations, fighting fires, conducting search and rescues, research, interpretation, and in many other ways. Thank you rangers! ⁣ ⁣ #findyourpark #nationalparkservice #parkranger #rangeron

You just wrapped up an amazing adventure in a national park! Take some time afterwards to assess how the trip went and what you learned. Remember to:⁣ ⁣ ✅ Check in with your emergency contact. Sign out in the log book and let your emergency contact know you…
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You just wrapped up an amazing adventure in a national park! Take some time afterwards to assess how the trip went and what you learned. Remember to:⁣ ⁣ ✅ Check in with your emergency contact. Sign out in the log book and let your emergency contact know you completed the trip safely. If your emergency contact responds that “they didn’t know you were gone,” or “I thought we were on a break?,” then it might be time to update. ⁣ ⁣ ✅ Assess the Outcome of Your Trip and 'Lessons Learned'. Review what went right and what can be improved next time. If the last thing you remember is riding on the back of a bear before waking up in the local clinic, then you can probably assume that’s where things went wrong. ⁣ ⁣ ✅ Share Your Experience!⁣ This will allow others to have an adventure similar to yours and learn from your lessons learned! You did what? Where were your pants? You’re on a list? The striped kitty had an odor, you say? Thanks for sharing! ⁣ ⁣ Image: Lone tree next to an empty road leading into mountains at Great Smoky.⁣ Photo/Cody Taylor ⁣ #findyourpark #recreateresponsibly #tennessee #greatsmokymountains #nationalparkservice

Sometimes we all need a little pick me up, a mood-booster, a breather, a drink...of water (stay hydrated) or just a little inspiration. Fortunately we know that during difficult times, a dose of nature can be the best medicine. Wherever you are, whatever…
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Sometimes we all need a little pick me up, a mood-booster, a breather, a drink...of water (stay hydrated) or just a little inspiration. Fortunately we know that during difficult times, a dose of nature can be the best medicine. Wherever you are, whatever your life’s circumstances, you have an open invitation to take care of yourself by tapping into the healing power of nature in your backyard, neighborhood, or even a national park. What are some places that inspire you or offer relaxation?⁣ ⁣ Image: Sun descends behind the Tetons as seen from Antelope Flats Road. NPS/C. Bahnsen⁣ ⁣ #FindYourPark #nationalparkservice #grandtetons #mountains #sunset

Ever tried to grab fog but mist?⁣ ⁣ Huh? Thatll make more sense once the fog clears. Shenandoah National Park lies astride a beautiful section of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia, just 75 miles west of our nation’s capital. Five hundred miles of trails,…
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Ever tried to grab fog but mist?⁣ ⁣ Huh? That'll make more sense once the fog clears. Shenandoah National Park lies astride a beautiful section of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia, just 75 miles west of our nation’s capital. Five hundred miles of trails, consisting of 101 miles of the Appalachian Trail, lead visitors to waterfalls, panoramic views, protected wilderness, and preserved human history in the Shenandoah valley. Ever-changing as time rolls on, and situated in one of the most populous corridors in the country, Shenandoah shows that some of our nation’s most special spaces are just outside your backdoor. Have you explored the beauty of Shenandoah?⁣ ⁣ Image: The sun casts a glow upon an ocean of fog as a new day arrives in Shenandoah National Park.⁣ ⁣ #findyourpark #nationalparkservice #virginia #shenandoahnationalpark #fog

Recreating responsibly can help keep you and others safe and help us protect parks! Visit the park’s website for current park conditions and availability of restrooms and other facilities. Find out if other services, such stores and food service, are open.…
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Recreating responsibly can help keep you and others safe and help us protect parks! Visit the park’s website for current park conditions and availability of restrooms and other facilities. Find out if other services, such stores and food service, are open. If not, be sure to bring enough food, water, and other essential items with you for the duration of your trip.⁣ ⁣ #FindYourPark #nationalparkservice #socialdistancing #safetyfirst

If there’s one thing we’ve learned when hiking...the early bird gets the face full of spider webs.⁣ ⁣ Ahhhh!! Who doesn’t love a good trail? The warm sunshine on your face, the sound of the wind rushing through the trees overhead, the screams of someone who…
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If there’s one thing we’ve learned when hiking...the early bird gets the face full of spider webs.⁣ ⁣ Ahhhh!! Who doesn’t love a good trail? The warm sunshine on your face, the sound of the wind rushing through the trees overhead, the screams of someone who got up even earlier walking through a spider web, and the soft earthy feel of the trail under your boots. Not only are these experiences enjoyable to have (to each their own), but they’re good for you, too. Hiking is proven to have many health benefits, ranging from physical exercise you get when out on the trail, to emotional or mental relief that comes from being in nature. Unless you’re deathly afraid of spiders, then, well...running is beneficial? Flailing arms gets the blood moving? You got this! Umm. What’s that on your back? ⁣ ⁣ Image: Two big leaf maple trees share a trunk that arches over a trail, tall enough for an adult to walk under. NPS/ John Chao⁣ ⁣ #hiking #redwoodsnationalpark #california #trail #nationalparkservice

George Meléndez Wright was an American biologist who conceived of, then conducted, the first scientific survey of fauna for the National Park Service between 1929 and 1933. His many contributions to the National Park Service are as valuable today as they…
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George Meléndez Wright was an American biologist who conceived of, then conducted, the first scientific survey of fauna for the National Park Service between 1929 and 1933. His many contributions to the National Park Service are as valuable today as they were a century ago. ⁣ ⁣ In 1927, Wright entered into the National Park Service and joined the staff of Yosemite National Park as Assistant Park Naturalist. In 1929, Wright convinced then National Park Service Director Horace Albright to approve a ground-breaking survey of the wildlife and wildlife issues in the national parks. ⁣ ⁣ In 1933, the Wildlife Division of the National Park Service was created with Wright as the first division chief. He continued to push for park policies to preserve the animals and plants as well as the dramatic scenery. From then until his untimely passing a few years later in an automobile accident, Wright further solidified the Wildlife Division at the headquarters in Washington, DC⁣ ⁣ Image: George Meléndez Wright pictured taking notes in @yosemitenps in 1928. NPS⁣ ⁣ #LatinoConservationWeek #lcw2020 #yosemite #conservation #nationalparkservice

I throw my “arms” up in the air sometimes…Saying ayeoh, I’m a saguaro.⁣ ⁣ Saguaro (sah-wah-ro or suh-wah-ro”) are a very slow growing cactus. In Saguaro National Park, studies indicate that a saguaro grows between 1 and 1.5 inches in the first eight years…
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I throw my “arms” up in the air sometimes…Saying ayeoh, I’m a saguaro.⁣ ⁣ Saguaro ("sah-wah-ro" or "suh-wah-ro”) are a very slow growing cactus. In Saguaro National Park, studies indicate that a saguaro grows between 1 and 1.5 inches in the first eight years of its life. An adult saguaro is generally considered to be about 125 years of age. It may weigh 6 tons or more and be as tall as 50 feet. The average life span of a saguaro is at least 150 - 175 years of age. Arm branches normally begin to appear when a saguaro reaches 50 to 70 years of age.⁣ ⁣ Image: Reach!! Reach!! The shadow of a Saguaro cactus with arms in the air at Saguaro National Park, Arizona. NPS/Drew Jackson⁣ ⁣ #findyourpark #nationalparkservice #sagauro #arizona #cactus #shadow

National parks across the country provide endless opportunities for recreational activities for everyone from the casual sightseer to the experienced adventurer. With your help, we can enjoy these special places while preserving them for future generations…
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National parks across the country provide endless opportunities for recreational activities for everyone from the casual sightseer to the experienced adventurer. With your help, we can enjoy these special places while preserving them for future generations to enjoy.⁣ ⁣ #findyourpark #recreateresponsibly #socialdistancing #nature #keepwildlifewild

I whip my bear back and forth...⁣ ⁣ Shake it off! Why do furry animals shake when wet? The simple answer, as you may guess, is to dry. Shaking when wet is a commonality among many furry mammals. Through shaking, about 70% of the water trapped in its fur can…
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I whip my bear back and forth...⁣ ⁣ Shake it off! Why do furry animals shake when wet? The simple answer, as you may guess, is to dry. Shaking when wet is a commonality among many furry mammals. Through shaking, about 70% of the water trapped in its fur can be removed in few seconds, when fully wet. Larger animals, like a bear, do not need to shake as vigorously to get their skin whipping fast. Well, that's what people say, mmm hmm.⁣ ⁣ Image: Shake shake shake! A Grizzly bear shakes water off its fur while maintaining a distinguished expression. NPS/Kent Miller⁣ ⁣ #findyourpark #bear #shakeitoff #denali #alaska

Summer inspires us to go outside and explore the great outdoors. In some places it can get a tad hot. High temperatures and the risk of heat illness can happen in any park whether its an urban, historical, mountainous, or desert park. Be prepared while recreating.…
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Summer inspires us to go outside and explore the great outdoors. In some places it can get a tad hot. High temperatures and the risk of heat illness can happen in any park whether its an urban, historical, mountainous, or desert park. Be prepared while recreating. ⁣ ⁣ 🌞 Drink water often. Stay hydrated and drink before you feel thirsty. Plan to bring extra water, just in case you need it. ⁣ ⁣ 🌞 Rest often, and in the shade, if available. Trees throw the best shade. Hey! You think you’re poplar!⁣ ⁣ 🌞 Protect your skin by wearing a hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses. ⁣ ⁣ 🌞 Don’t mess with wildlife. Running from a large wild animal increases heart rate, sweating, and can lead to intense feelings of thirst and pain. ⁣ ⁣ Image: Sunlight streams through tree branches at Redwood National and State Parks. NPS⁣ ⁣ #BeatTheHeat #RecreateResponsibly #summertime #redwood #nationalparkservice

Everyone is invited to celebrate Latino Conservation Week with national parks. Join us to learn about Latino heritage, explore recreational opportunities, and reflect on what we all can do to conserve these special places for future generations to also enjoy.⁣…
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Everyone is invited to celebrate Latino Conservation Week with national parks. Join us to learn about Latino heritage, explore recreational opportunities, and reflect on what we all can do to conserve these special places for future generations to also enjoy.⁣ ⁣ Image: Colorful paper decorations flutter around the stone tower of the Mission San Jose at San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, Texas. ⁣ ⁣ #LCW2020 #encuentratuparque #findyourpark #latinoconservationweek #sanantonio #texas #nationalparkservice

“Fuss, fuss … I think he like to scream at us.” - Fezzik⁣ ⁣ Was it more of a chirp, churr, squeal, squawk? Alan? Steve? Did you know Arctic ground squirrels are the biggest and most northern-dwelling of all North American ground squirrels? They have stubby…
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“Fuss, fuss … I think he like to scream at us.” - Fezzik⁣ ⁣ Was it more of a chirp, churr, squeal, squawk? Alan? Steve? Did you know Arctic ground squirrels are the biggest and most northern-dwelling of all North American ground squirrels? They have stubby legs with four toes and walk using all four legs. Arctic ground squirrels undergo drastic seasonal changes in body mass. Don’t we all? Because they are active only during the short subarctic summer, arctic ground squirrels must be efficient foragers. As summer progresses, they put on a tremendous amount of fat stores for the winter and often double their body weight by the time they enter hibernation in fall.⁣ ⁣ lmage: A ground squirrel at Denali National Park and Preserve on its hind legs, barking, while another squirrel looks around. NPS/ Robbie Hannawacker ⁣ ⁣ #squirrel #denali #alaska #nationalparkservice #findyourpark

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