Joshua Tree National Park

Photo: Joshua Tree National Park 2018-2019 Shutdown 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 West — heavily populated and barely supervised – Washington Post Embedded Tweets Park visitors are chopping down trees, setting illegal fires, and graffitiing …

Indiana Dunes

Photo: Indiana Dunes Exploring the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and State Park Key Links http://www.nps.gov/indu/index.htm – http://www.nps.gov/indu/planyourvisit/index.htm https://www.facebook.com/IndianaDunesNL https://www.flickr.com/photos/indianadunes @IndianaDunesNPS Wikipedia Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Elsewhere on the Web http://www.indianadunes.com – @indianadunes http://www.dunesnationalpark.org – @DunesNPA Indiana Dunes State Park http://www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/2980.htm https://www.facebook.com/INDUNES https://www.facebook.com/INDUNES/posts/10161142964890545 @indianadunessp Features Adult Highlights at Indiana Dunes – Visit Indiana Twitter @IndianaDunesNPS Embedded …

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 …

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 …

Mexico City’s Alameda Park

Photo: Tom Buckley, Policia Charra Publisher’s note – This feature was last updated in the early 2008. Major update in 2019. Visitors are frequently surprised by the greenery in Alameda Park, one of the finest and most storied city parks in the world. Cottonwood trees (alamos) were planted in the late 1500s and these trees …

Yasuni National Park

Photo: Ministerio Ambiente Ecuador Yasuni National Park (Spanish: Parque Nacional Yasuní) is in Ecuador with an area of 9,820 km2 between the Napo and Curaray rivers in Napo and Pastaza provinces in Amazonian Ecuador. The national park lies within the Napo moist forests ecoregion and is primarily rainforest. The park is about 250 kilometers from Quito and was …

Craters of the Moon

Photo: BLM, Craters Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve is a U.S. National Monument and national preserve in the Snake River Plain in central Idaho. It is along US 20, between the small towns of Arco and Carey, at an average elevation of 5,900 feet above sea level. The monument is a 715,000 …

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. …

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 …

Abijatta-Shalla National Park

Photo: Ninara, Shala Lake Abijatta-Shalla National Park is located in Ethiopia’s Oromia Region and the Ethiopian Highlands region, 200 kilometers south of Addis Ababa, and east of the Ziway–Shashamane highway. It contains 887 square kilometers including the Rift Valley lakes of Abijatta and Shalla. The two lakes are separated by three kilometers of hilly land. …