From a memory to a movement

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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We drove from Las Vegas up to a pass in late April rising to 4,000 feet, and from there we got our first glimpse of Death Valley, a narrow winding white valley with wrinkled, elephant-skinned mounds rising here and there--"hills like white elephants" as …

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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Spent the weekend with my son driving the drive. We each have roadsters, great place to drive them!

It didn't take long to realize the freedom of the wilderness during my week-long stay at Big Creek. By the second day, a group of friends and I spontaneously decided to go fly-fishing in the river. We waded across fast flowing, freezing water to get to t…

Before the winter residents and tourists come during the more “comfortable” season, it is a great time to visit the Everglades National Park. Recently, I was fortunate to have my sister from Nashville visit me in Everglades City, and we were able to get …

In 1965, as part of a summer visiting parks, we were at Arches, then only a National Monument, and Canyonlands which had been designated a Park the previous year. We camped and the first full day joined a ranger hike, walking at the rear with another ran…

Zion is my favorite national park for many reasons, so I try to pay it forward when I go. I had just paid for 2 passes so the ranger could let someone deserving in for free, who couldn't afford it or seemed to need it. He was slightly dumbfounded and s…

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My National Parks Plein Air Project began in 2014 in Isle Royale Nat Park with the desire to visit and paint on site all 59 Nat Parks. Thus far I have "plein air" painted in 35 Parks. I return to my framing shop and art studio every few weeks so I c…

Growing up, every summer we would go camping several times a year. We would always camp at least once in Mount Rainier National Park, and often the Olympic National Park also. I loved the tall trees, and the smell of campfires. I loved hiking and observ…

I have had many park trips and enjoyed them all by my favorite parks trip of all was in May - June of 2001. It was just my Dad and I and lasted 11 days. We flew into Denver and visited Badlands, Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse Memorial. My Dad was 76 …

This park needs lots of attention in the maintenance arena. I live I in this area and I want this park, along with every other in the United States, to be structurally sound and safe for the thousands that travel to visit each year

We arrived at Stout Grove in a section of the Redwoods named after mountain man Jedediah Smith. The strong scent of a thickly vegetated undergrowth of sward ferns, mosses and many blossoms of wood rose and thimble berries permeated the air as we took the…

My grandparents demonstrated for land to become NationalParks. I'm very glad they were looking to the future, for me, for my children, and for my grandchildren.

The 100 Year Old Treasure A century has past, and the treasure has grown, Season after season, as the winds have blown. Through these years, the parks have spoken, The legacy of the treasure can never be broken. They welcome all, with an open door, Your…

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Coming back from San Francisco on Friday November 4, 2016, we decided to take the small highway 25 to Hollister and then to Pinnacles National Park. When we arrived, our first impression was that it was a small park with just common mountains view and no…

This is me 35 years ago, lol!! It was the most wonderful place & the most wonderful job I could have ever imagined.

Summer of 2016, Olympic High Divide: In one of the few places left in the world undisturbed by humans, I made a starling realization of how few of my friends have really gone out and explored what nature truly is (away from the hottest tourist destinatio…

I had visited five national parks before I visited Mammoth Cave, including the Grand Canyon, but it was at Mammoth Cave that I truly fell in love with national parks. You see, in none of my five previous park visits had I really understood that I was in…

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We left a cold Massachusetts in February for a reprieve from winter down to South Florida and the Everglades. On our way to Flamingo Point where we would have a tasty lunch including the best ever key-lime pie, my wife and I were utterly amazed by such a…

We have two beagles that we traveled with to Alaska. Because of their age and issues we could not leave them for any of the excursions in Denali when we were there. My husband suggested the dog sled demo. We took the bus out and thoroughly enjoyed mee…

Four of us hiked the 2 miles up to Lone Star Geyser. A predictable geyser in that it erupts about every 3 hours. A small log book is there for people to document eruptions and upon inspection it looked like we had just missed an eruption. So my friend…

As I hiked up Mount Rainier's Paradise Glacier with its scores of eerie and gurgling ice caves, rocks tore loose from the upper flanks and cracked down sheer cliffs to the wrinkled ice nearby. I began to sense a living presence in this mountain while sta…

During the summer of 2015, I had the opportunity to go on my very first backpacking trip in the backcountry of Yosemite. The very first day of the trip was probably one of the most memorable days because of just how physically taxing it was. I remember l…

Awesome Blue Ridge Parkway drives with breathtaking mountain views of the 4 seasons. Amazing hiking trails with many having beautiful creeks, streams and waterfalls. Fell in love with old time mountain music at the Oconaluftee visitor center "Old Time Ja…

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