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Hike to Charlies Bunion – Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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The 8-mile roundtrip hike to Charlies Bunion will reward you with a broad view of the Great Smoky Mountains that you won’t forget. An when you are done, you can say you’ve hiked on the Appalachian Trail! …

Publish Date: 05/26/2010 7:12

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park – Trolley Information For

Trolley Information For Synchronous Fireflies At Elkmont.

Publish Date: 05/24/2010 12:13

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park – Cosby In the Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park announced the annual “Cosby in the Park” festival on Saturday, May 15, at the Park’s Cosby campground. “Cosby in the Park”, a partnership between Cocke County government, Great Smoky Mountains

Publish Date: 05/11/2010 12:18

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The Great Smoky Mountain Synchronized Fireflies | Panama City

The city of Gatlinburg will partner with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to provide trolleys for this event. During the expected “peak flashing period,” the trolley service will be the only transportation service for visitor …

Publish Date: 05/26/2010 8:20

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Helping Kids Care For the Earth – Ideas For Earth Day and Beyond

Researchers are now saying that simply getting kids outside in nature may be the most effective way to raise their awareness of environmental issues. Suddenly, these problems that they hear about on the news and in the classroom have a …

Publish Date: 01/25/2010 16:46

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EEC Science & Nature Program for Children | Somerset Hills InJersey

Tree House Gang is an afternoon program series that will introduce children to science and nature through an enhanced learning program incorporating outdoor hikes, hands-on activities, interaction with live animals, and crafts. …

Publish Date: 01/24/2010 21:00

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An Open Letter to James Cameron | Psychology Today

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Publish Date: 01/24/2010 10:11

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America’s National Park System has been called “America’s Best Idea” (Source).

What is the first U.S. National Park that comes to your mind when you hear the phrase “National Park”? For me it is Yosemite National Park. But, maybe that’s a sign of my prejudice given the fact that it is in my home state of California.

Let me ask the question differently. What do you think the most popular U.S. National Park is? I’m talking about which one gets visited the most.

What would your answer be? Grand Canyon? Yellowstone? Grand Teton? Yosemite? Well, actually it’s none of these.

With more than 9 million visitors in 2006, the most popular National Park in the U.S. is the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Was that a surprise to you? It was to me.

Grand Canyon National Park comes in second with less than half the number of visitors compared to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Yosemite National Park is in third place and Rocky Mountain National Park takes fourth place.

Please understand that the statistics underlying these rankings date back to 2006. I couldn’t find any more recent statistics, but these serve well to make the point that the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a very popular place.

I hope you have plans to visit a National Park soon, in the U.S., in Canada or in another country. Such a visit can be good for the soul.

Here is the site where I got my National Parks statistics.

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I spent a number of years in Africa. And, some of the most pleasurable times I spent outside of my teaching assignments was observing wild game. There’s nothing like seeing a pride of dozens of lions up close or a pack of hyenas chasing wildebeests.

But you don’t have to go to Africa to observe wildlife. Take a look at this great article on wildlife that you can observe right here in the U.S. of A. Read the article and see photos.

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Is environmentalism incompatible fundamental Christianity? Is maintaining a reverence for nature and its preservation the same as paganism or animism?

Read this interesting essay by Rich Bass: Reverence for Nature.

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