The Painted Wall of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park in Colorado is a stunning sight. At this location, the canyon is over 2,200 feet tall, almost twice the height of the Empire State Building. The stripes on the wall are like pages in a book. The rock layers of Black Canyon tell a story of past environments, ancient animals and dynamic processes of change. Photo by
Ryan McGinley (www.sharetheexperience.org).
Located in the gorgeous Finger Lakes region of upstate New York, Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge serves as an important resting, feeding and nesting ground for migratory birds along the Atlantic Flyway. With almost 10,000 acres to explore, visitors can enjoy bird watching, fishing, boating, hiking and photography while learning about wildlife and the environment. Photo by Doug Racine, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Say hello to the second tallest mountain in America: Mount St. Elias in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve in Alaska. Standing over 18,000 feet tall, it towers over Icy Bay, which gets its name from the glaciers that run down Mount St. Elias’s slopes. It’s just one of the many amazing natural sights in America’s largest national park. Photo by Bryan Petrtyl, National Park Service.
Here’s something you don’t see everyday. Three Canada geese flying through a rainbow at Morris Wetland Management District in Minnesota. Made up of 245 small parcels of wetlands and grasslands scattered throughout an eight-county area, the Morris District restores and protects enough wetland and grassland habitat to meet the needs of prairie wildlife and breeding waterfowl, as well as providing places for public recreation. Photo by Alex Galt, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
As night falls on Devils Tower National Monument, it transforms from a place of darkness into a place of wonder. Thousands of twinkling, glittering stars dot the night sky over an astounding geologic feature that protrudes out of the rolling prairie surrounding the Black Hills. Stay for nature’s night show at Wyoming’s Devils Tower – it’s worth it! Photo courtesy of David Kingham.
There’s no better place to celebrate Earth Day than America’s public lands. Scenes like this from Crater Lake National Park in Oregon remind us of the beauty and fragility of nature. Clear skies, fresh air, pure water and the serene sounds of breezes and birds inspire us to experience the natural world and protect it for future generations. Sunrise photo by Helen Kehrt (www.sharetheexperience.org).
Happy birthday to America’s most famous naturalist and conservationist: John Muir! Born April 21, 1838, he shared his love of the outdoors through writing and inspired people to protect our country’s wild places like Yosemite, Grand Canyon and Sequoia & King’s Canyon national parks – earning him the nickname the Father of the National Parks. What better way to honor Muir’s memory than by getting outside and exploring your public lands: https://on.doi.gov/2p3hcX7.
Photo of Yosemite’s Half Dome from Glacier Point by Kevin Perez (www.sharetheexperience.org).
When temperatures warm up and food is available, brown bears slowly begin to leave their dens. After 4-5 months of sleep and limited activity, male bears emerge first, usually from early to mid-March, followed by solitary females and females with yearlings or two year olds. The last to leave their dens are females with newborn cubs. Spring greens and winter carrion are first on the menu for these hungry bears. Photo of brown bears from Alaska’s Katmai National Park & Preserve by Gavin Danapong (www.sharetheexperience.org).
National parks preserve some of the most unique landscapes in America. Visitors to Badlands National Park in South Dakota are often shocked at the sudden appearance of these colorful formations rising out of the surrounding green plains. The rock formations and amazing fossil beds give us important evidence of the dramatic natural history of the area. Just another reason why national parks are great outdoor classrooms! Photo by Andreas Eckert (www.sharetheexperience.org).
America’s national parks include some of the most cherished natural landscapes and cultural sites in the world. Today is World Heritage Day and we’re recognizing a unique park with a global profile. Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park is one of the few places on Earth where visitors can safely get an upclose look at an active volcano. Witness powerful natural forces at work as Kīlauea and Mauna Loa (two of the world’s most active volcanoes) continue to add land to the island of Hawaiʻi. Photo by Janice Wei, National Park Service.
Have you heard? It’s National Park Week! With over 400 amazing places to visit, you’re sure to discover incredible views, fascinating history and outstanding recreational opportunities. Another great reason to visit national parks is to observe wildlife. So take the kids and see if you can enjoy the parks as much as these mountain goats at Glacier National Park in Montana. Photo by Rick Sheremeta (www.sharetheexperience.org).
Is there a better feeling than sunrise on your face after a long, cold night? Photo of Thor’s Hammer at Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah by Jeremy Johnson (www.sharetheexperience.org).
Take a little break from the hustle and bustle of Zion National Park to explore the ascending red cliffs and trails of nearby Red Cliffs National Conservation Area. This public land is sure to be a rewarding detour! Check out Red Cliffs National Conservation Area as well as other neighboring attractions: https://on.doi.gov/SideTrips
Photos by Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Management (@mypubliclands).
It’s the best time of year! The first baby bison of spring was recently spotted at Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge in Iowa. Calves are orange-red in color and can walk within 3 hours of birth. Before long, nursery groups of calves will romp around together, but never far from their mothers’ watchful eyes. Check out more bison facts: http://on.doi.gov/1Oc7VXg Photo by Doreen Van Ryswyk, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Sacramento River Bend Outstanding Natural Area in California includes expansive rolling hills of blue oak and lush forests surrounding the Sacramento River and its tributaries. The beautiful and diverse habitat – home to bald eagles, osprey, deer and salmon – offers natural beauty and solitude paired with numerous recreation opportunities. You can explore the area by foot, horseback, boat and bike, and then pitch a tent at the end of the day for stunning sunsets on your public lands. Photo by Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Management (@mypubliclands).
Carrizo Plain National Monument is one of the best kept secrets in California. Only a few hours from Los Angeles, Carrizo Plain offers visitors a rare chance to be alone with nature. This remote monument – traversed by the San Andreas Fault, which has carved valleys, and created and moved mountains – is seen in subtle alignment of ridges, ravines, and normally dry ponds. When conditions are right (like this year), numerous wildflowers carpet the valley floor. Although short lived, it can be breathtaking. Check out a few tips for planning a trip: https://on.doi.gov/2o5lICE.
Photo of Monday’s full moon 🌝 + 🌼 by Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Management (@mypubliclands). #TrackTheBloom
Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge in Florida was once a part of the 140,000 acres of land acquired by NASA for the John F. Kennedy Space Center. In 1963, the wildlife refuge was established on some of the unused land. Today, the refuge is home to over 1,000 species of animals and plants, making it an ideal place for birdwatching, hiking and fishing. If you plan it just right, you can see a rocket launch. Photo by Mike Ballard (www.sharetheexperience.org). Check out other public lands side trips: https://on.doi.gov/SideTrips
From the bottom of the deepest glacial fjord to the summit of its highest peak, Glacier Bay National Park encompasses some of our continent’s most amazing scenery and wildness. If we need a place to intrigue and inspire us, this is it. Alaska’s Glacier Bay is a living laboratory, a designated wilderness, a biosphere reserve and a world heritage site. It’s a marine park, where great adventure awaits by boating into inlets, coves and close to its dynamic, namesake glacier. It’s also a land park, with its snow-capped mountains, spectacular glaciers and vast forests. Photo by National Park Service.
Of the seven sets of dunes in Death Valley National Park, Mesquite Flat Dunes are the most famous and easiest to visit. If you look closely, you can see visitors enjoying a hike along the ridgeline of the dunes. Photo courtesy of Josiah Roe.
Yellowstone National Park boasts 4 mountain ranges and at least 70 peaks over 8,000 feet tall. At almost 11,000 feet tall, Electric Peak is the third tallest mountain in Yellowstone. With its snow-covered face catching the day’s last sun rays, it’s a majestic sight to behold. Photo by Neal Herbert, National Park Service.