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Ending ArborDay with this amazing photo of a bristlecone pine at Nevada’s Great Basin National Park. Getting its name from the claw-like bristle scales of its cones, the bristlecone pine is known for being the world’s longest-living tree. The secret to its longevity: the harsh environment where it lives. GreatBasin is the place to go if you want to walk among these ancient trees. Photo by NationalPark Service. findyourpark usinterior

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Happy ArborDay from Redwood National and State Parks ( @redwoodnps) in California! Visitors come to see these world-famous trees, but nothing prepares them for a hike in the ethereal forests of massive redwoods shrouded in fog with light streaming through the trees. For Michael Ryan ( @michaelryanphoto), the first time photographing fog and light in the redwoods was magical. After a few return visits that didn't go as he hoped, his efforts were rewarded on a peaceful morning when light beams suddenly appeared overhead. Photo courtesy of Michael Ryan ( @michaelryanphoto). usinterior findyourpark

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Owens Peak Wilderness in California includes the rugged eastern face of the SierraNevada. The mountainous terrain has deep, winding and expansive canyons -- many containing springs with extensive riparian vegetation. Vegetation varies considerably with a creosote desert scrub community on the bajadas, scattered yuccas, cacti, cottonwood and oak trees in the canyons and valleys and a juniper-pinyon woodland with sagebrush on the upper elevations. In the spring, the wildflowers are pretty great too. Photo from March 2017 by Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Management ( @mypubliclands). usinterior

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The Painted Wall of Black Canyon of the Gunnison NationalPark ( @blackcanyonnps) 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 BlackCanyon tell a story of past environments, ancient animals and dynamic processes of change. Photo by Ryan McGinley (www.sharetheexperience.org). findyourpark usinterior

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Less than three hours from Seattle, Washington, is the alpine landscape of NorthCascades NationalPark. Here @ncascadesnps, you can explore jagged peaks crowned by more than 300 glaciers, listen to cascading waters in forested valleys or stand on what feels like the top of the world. Photo by Jim Armstrong (www.sharetheexperience.org). usinterior findyourpark

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Located in the gorgeous FingerLakes region of upstate NewYork, Montezuma National WildlifeRefuge 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 ( @usfws). usinterior

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Be prepared for sunrise splendor at CumberlandGap National Historical Park. It’s a thrill watching the sun paint the sky from the park’s Pinnacle Overlook. Here you have views of Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee. On clear days, you can even see the Great Smoky Mountains in North Carolina -- a sight that’s 100 miles away! Photo by Volunteer Harold Jerrell, NationalPark Service. findyourpark usinterior

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Say hello to the second tallest mountain in North 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, NationalPark Service ( @alaskanps). usinterior findyourpark

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Need inspiration? This dreamy sunrise captures the ethereal beauty of GoldenGate National Recreation Area ( @goldengatenps). Whether cloaked in fog or glowing from California’s golden sunshine, this collection of green space and history offers so much to explore at the doorstep of SanFrancisco -- from Ocean Beach to Alcatraz Island to Muir Woods National Monument. Photo courtesy of Vincent James ( @vincentjamesphotography). usinterior findyourpark

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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 ( @usfws). usinterior

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As night falls on Devils Tower National Monument ( @devilstowernps), it transforms 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 BlackHills. Stay for nature’s night show at DevilsTower -- it’s worth it! Photo courtesy of David Kingham. usinterior findyourpark

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There’s no better place to celebrate EarthDay than America’s publiclands. Scenes like this from CraterLake NationalPark 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). findyourpark usinterior

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A must on everyone’s bucket list should be a visit to GrandCanyon NationalPark in Arizona. This immense canyon overwhelms the senses with its sheer size. A trip @grandcanyonnps will leave you speechless. Photo from South Kaibab Trail by Randy Dietmeyer (www.sharetheexperience.org). usinterior findyourpark

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Happy birthday to America’s most famous naturalist and conservationist: JohnMuir! 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, GrandCanyon 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! Photo @yosemitenps courtesy of Cindy Jacoby ( @womaninthemaze). findyourpark usinterior

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Just a short distance from the urban areas of Cleveland and Akron, CuyahogaValley NationalPark seems worlds away. Twenty-two miles of the Cuyahoga River wind and weave through the valley providing lush habitat for plants and animals to flourish. Over 900 plant species are found in @cuyahogavalleynps, as well as 194 species of birds and dozens of different species of fish, mammals, amphibians and reptiles. Who could blame them for wanting to be near gorgeous landscapes like this? Photo courtesy of Cameron Schron. usinterior findyourpark

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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 from Alaska’s Katmai NationalPark & Preserve by Gavin Danapong (www.sharetheexperience.org). FindYourPark usinterior

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A deer wanders through the trees in this stunning pic of PointReyes National Seashore ( @pointreyesnps). Planted around 1930, the Monterey cypress that now create the Cypress Tunnel is a signature spot at this northern California destination. If you’re lucky, you might even see some wildlife enjoying the view. Photo courtesy of Nick Steinberg ( @nicholassteinbergphotography). findyourpark usinterior

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National parks preserve some of the most unique landscapes in America. Visitors to Badlands NationalPark in SouthDakota 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 @BadlandsNPS by Andreas Eckert (www.sharetheexperience.org). usinterior findyourpark

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Shenandoah National Park is a playground for adventure, learning and fun! Just a short distance from WashingtonDC, it’s the perfect escape, and this weekend is a perfect time to plan a trip. We’re waiving the entrance fees for all national parks April 22-23. Get out there, and FindYourPark! Photo from @shenandoahnps Hazel Mountain Overlook by NationalPark Service. usinterior

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America’s national parks include some of the most cherished natural landscapes and cultural sites in the world. Today is WorldHeritage Day and we’re recognizing a unique park with a global profile. Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park ( @hawaiivolcanoesnps) 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 Hawaii. Photo by Janice Wei, NationalPark Service. findyourpark usinterior

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Colorado National Monument is one of western ’s hidden gems. The park’s breathtaking red rock canyons will leave you in awe. For Johnathan Valdez ( @capulinflicker), he fell in love with the area. “The views from on top of the mesa simply cannot be beat, plus the monuments seem to glow when the sun starts to set in the evening.” Photo courtesy of Johnathan Valdez ( @capulinflicker). usinterior findyourpark

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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 NationalPark in Montana. Photo by @GlacierNPS Rick Sheremeta (www.sharetheexperience.org). FindYourPark usinterior

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Is there a better feeling than sunrise on your face after a long, cold night? Photo of Thor’s Hammer at BryceCanyon NationalPark ( @brycecanyonnps) in Utah by Jeremy Johnson (www.sharetheexperience.org). findyourpark usinterior

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Public lands are some of the last harbors of truly dark skies, so landing an internship at Washington’s MountRainier NationalPark was a dream for Matt Dieterich, who has spent 10 years hunting down dark night skies away from city lights. While @mountrainiernps, he created created this amazing image of star trails and the Northern Lights over Mount Rainier. It was 1 of 16 selected for the @nationalparkservice stamp release to celebrate its 100th anniversary. “Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine a night sky photograph I captured from Mount Rainier would become a United States Forever Stamp.” Photo courtesy of Matt Dieterich ( @mattdieterichphotography). findyourpark usinterior

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The giant saguaro 🌵 is the universal symbol of the American west. These majestic plants, found only in a small portion of the United States, are protected by Saguaro NationalPark outside of Tucson, Arizona. Here @saguaronationalpark, you can see these enormous cacti, silhouetted by a magnificent desert sunset. Photo by Debbie Angel (www.sharetheexperience.org). findyourpark usinterior

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It’s the best time of year! The first baby bison of spring was recently spotted at Neal Smith National WildlifeRefuge 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. Photo by Doreen Van Ryswyk, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. usinterior cuteanimals

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Need a brief virtual vacation? Enjoy the sights and sounds of the sunlight illuminating the mist of Lower Falls at Wyoming’s Yellowstone National Park ( @yellowstonenps). Planning a real vacation? Come to ’s Instameet on April 21 at 6 pm MT and be sure to take the YellowstonePledge. Learn more: go.nps.gov/YellInstaMeets. Video by NationalPark Service. usinterior findyourpark

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Sacramento River Bend Outstanding Natural Area in California includes expansive rolling hills of blue oak and lush forests surrounding the SacramentoRiver 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 usinterior

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On this day in 1929, Arches NationalPark in Utah was first protected as a national monument. Home to over 2,000 natural sandstone arches, these amazing formations seem more like art than the result of thousands of years of erosion. Perhaps @archesnps's most famous feature, DelicateArch thrills every visitor determined enough to hike to see it and stand in its enormous shadow. Photo by Dvir Barkay (www.sharetheexperience.org). usinterior findyourpark

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Carrizo Plain National Monument is one of the best kept secrets in California. Only a few hours from LosAngeles, 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. Photo of Monday’s fullmoon by Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Management ( @mypubliclands). TrackTheBloom usinterior

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Ending the day with this cool pic of lightning ⚡️ at WhiteSands National Monument ( @whitesandsnps) in New Mexico. Photo courtesy of Donald Palansky. usinterior findyourpark

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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 wildliferefuge 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 of sunset at MerrittIsland by Mike Ballard (www.sharetheexperience.org). usinterior

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We’re celebrating National Park Week with free entrance to all national parks April 15-16. We hope you FindYourPark! Sunset photo at California’s JoshuaTree ( @joshuatreenps) National Park by Brad Sutton, NationalPark Service. usinterior

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