Priceless places, priceless memories

The national parks represent the best of America — our rich natural, historical and cultural heritage. But without proper funding, our parks are in peril.

What’s at stake? Priceless memories — and the memories we haven’t yet made.

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Wnen I think of Acadia National Park, I picture in my mind Jordan Pond with the extinct volcanic Bubbles rising from the far shore. Jordan Pond has become for me my very own Walden Pond. I lived along its shores for over three months as a worker at the J…

Go to a national park! It may feel like you're in a large empty moutain, field, or woods. In reality you are standing in a slice of American and human history. Debates involving philosophy, economics, science, and religion all went into creating this spa…

There were trails. Flattened gravel cutting through an otherwise steep sloping hill leading down into a lake. We followed the trails for a bit but the real adventure started when we crossed the road and river to get to the other side. On the other side, …

In this national park, humans and nature interact respectfully. While wilderness was the foundation of American culture, it has since taken on many new connotations. Wilderness is supposed to be a place where no person remains, yet people constantly sear…

This summer I had the pleasure of attending the Glacier Institute’s Invasive Species Symposium for a week. Everything about the park amazed me, from the breathtaking views of the glaciers and the awe-inspiring mountains to the vast and open realm of unad…

This picture is me at Bryce Canyon National Park in August of 2012. I was going into my senior year of high school and hadn't taken any environmental studies classes yet. My primary relationship with wilderness at that point mostly consisted of myself be…

When I was a high school freshman, I, along with other aspiring, enthusiastic young students, went on a field research trip in the backcountry of Yosemite for two weeks. We carried our food, tents, and resources with us, and roamed the wilderness freely …

Donna & Mike Take a Hike Seven years 59 Parks 295 Miles by foot, bike, canoe, horse and kayak 12 bear sightings 4 pairs of hiking boots 2 Prius cars and 1 hip replacement = One large item on our Bucket List accomplished.

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We all have different definitions of what "wilderness" means to us. To some, wilderness is a cultural construct, shaped by the American frontier, but to others, wilderness is a feeling. It's a sense of awe and wonder that reminds us that we, humans, Amer…

I took a trip to Yosemite this past summer with my mom, aunt, and cousin. Together we put away our electronics, put on our hiking boots, and explored the trails Yosemite had to offer. While we saw many beautiful views throughout the park, this view was t…

My environmental humanities class has been focusing on the definition of wilderness. We have learned how the current definition of wilderness that most people hold revolves around the idea that wilderness is absent of human activity. However, we have lea…

I found walking through this moon like landscape to be fascinating. I purposely went early in the morning and late in the evening to enjoy the cooler temperatures and beautiful light. I want to come back and camp under the magnificent stars sometime.

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For me nature became a place where I could find comfort and peace during a time that seemed hectic and busy. This lake I could look out over after a long day and know that when the day was over the sun would set and rise again the next day. The value of…

Wilderness is something that is defined an individual's experience. Wilderness is not one exact definition. Appreciating nature is something that is essential to the conservation and existence of wilderness. Not only do people need to understand that wil…

This is a picture of me at the top of Grand Teton mountain! This took a total of two days (and a lot of effort) to get to the peak which is where this picture is taken. Before this climb, I never really appreciated the national parks in our country or …

I've always been drawn to Alaska and in 1993 I had the opportunity to plan a kayak expedition for myself and my girlfriend in Glacier Bay. We had a fantastic time and I asked her to marry me in the wilderness. She said yes. Fast forward to 2015, and I wa…

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In the summer of 2015 I visited Acadia National Park. I felt completely immersed in the wilderness and that I was truly stepping out of my comfort zone. However, after taking and environmental class in college, I realize that the wilderness I thought I w…

I often go fly fishing at Penn's Creek with my buddies. Here is a picture from the spring of 2016 with a brown trout I caught that day. Penn's Creek has some solid trout, if you're in to fly fishing go check it out.

It was a Sunday morning, my best friend Jess and I decided to embark on an adventure outside of our small college town. I'm an avid hiker so I was excited, to say the least. This photo represents the good times we spent together on that Sunday afternoon,…

My photo is from a day I spent fly fishing with a friend of mine. Although we ended the day empty handed with only a few fish on that jumped their way to freedom, we had an incredible time exploring and enjoying what the park had to offer. This was a gre…

I visited Canyonlands National Park in Utah two summers ago, while on a cross-country road trip with three of my friends. I could not believe that a place like this actually existed. It was the first time in my life I had seen such steep cliffs and wide …

The Everglades is located at the very southern tip of Florida and it captured my heart in the 1970s when I visited in the winter. The weather was moderately warm throughout the day and the display of wading birds and alligators was like nothing I had eve…

As part of NatureBridge's Summer Field Research course, I went on an 8 day backpacking trip (my first ever!) through beautiful Olympic National Park. From the Hoh Rain Forest River Center, we followed the Hoh River, passed through the Seven Lakes Basin, …

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This is how I turned my 9 hour layover into a magical journey back in time on the 100th year birthday of our nation's National Parks! http://tonithetravelwriter.wordpress.com

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