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“How do you make a fee-free day to a national park even better? By allowing visitors to not only volunteer, but also earn another fee-free coupon. If you think this sounds like a great idea, then come out to volunteer on September 25, National Public Lands Day!

National Public Lands Day is a fee-free day at national parks, allowing visitors to explore the parks, take advantage of recreational activities, and learn about the cultural and natural history of America at no or little cost. Additionally, visitors can also take part in providing essential volunteer services to maintain and improve these cherished lands.

National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest one-day volunteer event for public lands. Around the country, more than 170,000 people are expected to volunteer to build trails, clear trash, plant trees, and restore historic sites. By utilizing the fee-free day, visitors can begin their day by volunteering with a park ranger or other lands manager and then spend the afternoon enjoying the wonders of their public lands.” Read more.

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Rattlesnakes: Don’t Tread on Me

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A truly unique experience at a National Park is… picking fruit? Yes, you can pick fruit at Capitol Reef National Park. Read these two articles on detailed information on how to pick your own fruit here. P.S. It is peach season and up next is pears.

Plan To Visit Capitol Reef National Park During Harvesttime

Those are some of the tasty treasures that await you at Capitol Reef National Park, and they’re yours for the pickin’. There also are some almond and walnut trees in historic Fruita, a settlement dating to 1880 when Mormon missionaries …

Publish Date: 04/16/2010 0:02

http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2010/04/plan-visit-capitol-reef-national-park-during-harvesttime5647

Pick Peaches in Capitol Reef National Park | Bryce Canyon | NileGuide

Fruit harvest is in full swing at Capitol Reef National Park. Home of the Park system’s oldest and largest fruit orchards, the delicious crops are available to the public for picking throughout the season. What’s in season right now? …

Publish Date: 08/23/2010 18:28

http://www.nileguide.com/destination/blog/bryce-canyon-national-park/2010/08/24/pick-peaches-in-capitol-reef-national-park/

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“Looking for an excuse to take a hike? Then head to Great Smoky Mountains National Park and help rangers identify the locations of ash trees in the park.

During an upcoming stretch of Saturdays park biologists will be working to collect data and map locations of ash trees in parts of the park. And they’d be happy to have your help.

The dates to choose from are: Saturday August 28 (at Smokemont Campground in N.C.), Saturday September 11 (at Oconaluftee in N.C.), Saturday September 25 (at Deep Creek in N.C.), or Saturday, October 2 (at a location to be determined in Tennessee). On each of these dates the scheduled field activity will run from 9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.” Click here for more information on this opportunity.

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Green Hydration

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If you happen to be in the Mammoth area, try a hike to Devils Postpile. The hike to this great columnar basalt formation is great for families and if you keep going, you’ll hit Rainbow Falls. Here are some articles on visiting Devils Postpile.

Hiking the Devil’s Postpile | Modern Hiker

An under 6-mile trail in Devil’s Postpile National Monument. This is spectacular Sierra scenery all around, with the Wild and Scenic San Joaquin River, several waterfalls, and the Postpile itself – an exquisite example of columnnar …

Publish Date: 06/08/2010 10:43

http://www.modernhiker.com/2010/06/08/hiking-the-devils-postpile/

Devils Postpile National Monument (California)

Established in 1911 by presidential proclamation, Devils Postpile National Monument protects and preserves the Devils Postpile formation, the 101-foot Rainbow Falls, and the pristine mountain scenery. The Devils Postpile formation is a …

Publish Date: 07/06/2010 9:09

http://newmexiken.com/2010/07/devils-postpile-national-monument-california/

The Devil Postpile National Monument (1952) by Richard J

Devils Postpile National Monument geology, map, and administration. Written by Richard J. Hartesveldt, 1952.

Publish Date: 05/06/2007 21:48

http://www.yosemite.ca.us/library/devil_postpile/

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Attention all those near Milepost 384 on the Blue Ridge Parkway: This Thursday is Family Night hosted by the park rangers at the visitor center. Registration is required. Here is the article with more details on this fun event.

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Hiking: It’s also Who You Hike with

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“The federal government says it will announce a major restoration project for a portion of the Florida Everglades.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is scheduled to announce details Monday in Kissimmee. It says the project will restore and protect wetlands and improve water quality in the northern Everglades. Officials say it will provide habitat for rare and endangered species.” Read more.

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Winter Hiking: How to Stay Warm When Temperatures Are Cold

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In a time when one hears lots of negative news from the country’s health issues to education problems, its refreshing to hear something positive:

“Yellowstone National Park had a record number of visitors in June.

The park had just under 700,000 visitors. That’s up nearly 8 percent from June, 2009, which also was a record.” Read More.

Let’s keep exploring the great outdoors!

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Denali National Park: Wildlife Refuge Par Excellence

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