Grand Canyon National Park

Photo: NASA, EarthKam Grand Canyon National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, encompasses 1,218,375 acres and lies on the Colorado Plateau in the state of Arizona. It was one of the first national parks created in the United States. The canyon is 277 miles (446 kilometers) long, ranges in width from 0.25 to 15 miles (0.4 …

South African National Parks

Logo South African National Parks – sanparks.org – manages a system of 19 functional national parks in seven of the nine provinces of South Africa with a total area of just over 4 million hectares comprising 67% of the protected areas under state management. Key Links sanparks.org Podcasts Facebook @SANParks About us: SANParks is working …

Grand Circle Travel in the USA

Photo: Downtown Las Vegas The Grand Circle is a 1,400-mile loop encompassing parts of the southwestern USA — Arizona, Utah, Nevada, New Mexico, and Colorado. Google Maps The route connects eight national parks – Grand Canyon, Petrified Forest, Zion, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Arches and Mesa Verde – and national monuments, recreation areas, state …

Fiordland National Park

Photo: Bernard Spragg, On Doubtful Sound The largest of New Zealand’s 14 national parks is Fiordland with an area of 12,607 square kilometers (4,868 sq miles). The park is administered by the Department of Conservation. Google Maps goo.gl/maps/YkF2GMQ56aHjtzXd6 Milford Track The Milford Track is one of the most famous Great Walks in New Zealand. Places …

Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness

Photo: John Fowler, Memory of Water Spotlight on the Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness in northwestern New Mexico. BLM: The Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness is a rolling landscape of badlands which offers some of the most unusual scenery found in the Four Corners Region. Time and natural elements have etched a fantasy world of strange rock formations made of interbedded …

Wild Australia

Hashtags Planeta.com spotlights Australia’s Wildlife, Biodiversity, Parks and Protected Areas. The Twitter shorthand is hashtag: #WildOz Acoustic Lab A2O home It’s business as usual for us at #CharlesDarwinReserve & that means times for a sound check.@BushHeritageAus is part of a world-first acoustic observatory made up of 400 sensors across the entire continent – allowing us …

Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Photo: Parade of Lights Lake Mead National Recreation Area, is the USA’s fifth most popular national park unit with more than 7 million visits a year. With the creation of what would be named Hoover Dam, Lake Mead was first established as the Boulder Dam Recreation Area in 1936, administrated by the National Park Service. …

Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument

Lingo Cards Spotlight on Papahānaumokuākea National Monument Google Maps goo.gl/maps/ZVoQ9JWGyhtLDWQy6 How to pronounce Papahānaumokuākea? Have a listen: Papa-hanau-moku-akea. More online Papahanaumokuakea.gov, its @HawaiiReef. Here’s the media release from the US White House: The monument was originally created in 2006 by President George W. Bush and designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2010.  Since that time, …

Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve and Nature Center

Photo: Shawn Taylor, Snail Auburn, Alabama – The mission of the Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve is to provide programs, experiences, nature trails and natural habitats for education, study and relaxation for students and citizens of all ages while creating an atmosphere of discovery and stewardship toward our natural world. Since its endowment to the …

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Photo: Ron Mader, Visitors Center Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is located about 15 miles (24 kilometers) west of Las Vegas. History: In 1990 Congress designated Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area as Nevada’s first National Conservation Area (the seventh to be designated nationally). Today the nearly 200,000 acre park is managed by the Bureau …