Henderson Heritage Park

Photo: Entrance The city of Henderson, Nevada has some beautiful city parks and dog parks. One of our favorites is Heritage Park, 350 South Racetrack Road, (Bark Park off of Burkholder Boulevard). Hours: 6am-10pm. Bark Park at Heritage Park: The Bark Park is the City of Henderson’s largest and most unique dog park. It was …

Nevado de Toluca

Photo: Semarnat Nevado de Toluca is a large stratovolcano in central Mexico, located about 80 kilometers (50 miles) west of Mexico City near the city of Toluca. It is the fourth highest of Mexico’s peaks, after Pico de Orizaba, Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl. On October 21, 2016 the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat) issued …

Grand Canyon National Park

Photo: NASA, EarthKam About the photo – On April 3, 2017, the student-controlled EarthKAM camera aboard the International Space Station captured this photograph of a favorite target — the Grand Canyon — from low Earth orbit. Interested middle school students and teachers can sign up at the EarthKAM website. Grand Canyon National Park, a UNESCO World …

Exploring Mexico City’s Chapultepec Park

Photo: Cascarita It is easy to see the sharp contrast between the greenery of Chapultepec Park and the surrounding gray megalopolis. This is one of the most impressive city parks in the world. Green Spaces Long before urban sprawl crept to the borders, the park was a refuge of the kings of the Aztec Empire. …

Lagunas de Montebello National Park

Photo: Roberto Llebig, Lago Lagunas de Montebello National Park (Spanish: Parque Nacional Lagunas de Montebello) is locate in Chiapas, near the border with Guatemala, comprising 59 multi-colored lakes in a pine forest and two Maya archaeological sites. It was the first national park in Chiapas when created in 1959, and in 2009 the park was …

Yosemite National Park

Photo: Tsai Project, Half Dome Yosemite National Park The area was called “Ahwahnee” (“big mouth”) by the Ahwahnechee people. Shutdown 2018 Wildfires https://www.sfchronicle.com/outdoors/article/Yosemite-closure-leaves-rec-options-conditions-13104720.php https://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/video/wildfire-threatening-yosemite-national-park-1285448771988 Mariposa Grove reopens to the public. Yosemite’s Mariposa Grove Key Links Yosemite National Park https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/historyculture/yosemite-indians.htm https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/historyculture/indian-village-of-the-ahwahnee.htm Plan your visit Things to know before your visit For kids Social Current conditions Scattering …

Zion National Park

Photo Zion National Park is one of our favorite places in the USA. Puebloan Peoples inhabited the area from 500-1200 A.D, followed by the Paiute, who were still in residence in 1858 when Mormon missionaries arrived. The Paiute called the area Mukuntuweap which means “straight canyon” in Southern Pauite. Key Links http://www.nps.gov/zion https://www.facebook.com/zionnps https://twitter.com/ZionNPS http://www.flickr.com/zionnps Zion …

Rapa Nui (Easter Island)

Photo: MMAChile Spotlight on Chile’s Rapa Nui (Easter Island) Recommended Listening http://www.radiolab.org/story/what-happened-easter-island-new-even-scarier-scenario The Centro de Recepción de Visitantes de la Aldea Ceremonial de Orongo, is a new visitor center located at the entrance to the Orongo Ceremonial Village, one of the most significant archaeological sites in Rapa Nui National Park and the most visited place …

El Triunfo Biosphere Reserve

Photo: J. Paulo Carbajal-Borges, El bosque de niebla Chiapas, Mexico – The Biosphere Reserve El Triunfo protects the central portion of the Sierra Madre Mountains. With an area of 119,177 hectares, El Triunfo protects two of the most threatened ecosystems of Mexico: The Mountain Mesofile Forest (Cloud Forest), and the Tropical Humid Rainforest of Soconusco. …

Joshua Tree National Park

Photo: Joshua Tree National Park 2018-2019 Shutdown Joshua Tree National Park fans rally, decry impact from shutdown As Joshua Tree reopens, anger over damage to economy, environment – LA Times Desert Sun – @MyDesert Joshua Tree National Park’s Signature Trees Are Among Shutdown Victims – NYT https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/nation/2019/01/11/travesty-this-nation-people-are-destroying-joshua-trees-joshua-tree-national-park/ https://www.npr.org/2019/01/08/683365340/joshua-tree-national-park-will-close-after-visitor-damage-during-government-shut In shutdown, national parks transform into Wild …