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Conservation, Preservation, & History

An extensive list of organizations concerned with preserving the natural beauty and importance of national parks, state parks, public lands, water resources, and wildlife.

Prepare For Your National Parks Trip
Before you visit the national parks parks, make sure you know some important things to do (and not do).

The National Parks: Our American Landscape Released in Paperback
About.com sat down with photographer Ian Shive to discuss the paperback release of The National Parks: Our American Landscape.

Your Parks New Years Resolution
Ah, the much anticipated New Years resolution. "The diet starts January 1st!" "Definitely joining a gym this year." "Going to finally take that art class." We all have our missed opportunities and goals for the next year. But before you begin making promises that you may not keep, think about these resolutions. Not only will they get you in...

Best Gifts for Travelers
It's been a great year for national parks. From documentaries to books , 2009 pushed the spotlight onto our parks system and the importance of preserving their beauty and history. With all the attention came the release of some great items, perfect fo

Great National Park Travel Books
Looking for the perfect gift for the adventurer in your life? Travel books make a great gift during the holidays and 2009 delivered some fantastic ones - particularly related to national parks! Here are the top choices to add to your shopping list:

The National Christmas Tree
The History of the National Christmas Tree.

National Christmas Tree and the Pageant of Peace 2009
Since 1923, the United States has celebrated the tradition of lighting a National Christmas Tree in Washington, DC. People from all over the country visit our nation's capital to witness the historic and festive event.

Ken Burns' The National Parks: America's Best Idea
An episode guide of Ken Burns' documentary, The National Parks: America's Best Idea.

The National Parks: Our American Landscape
An interview with photographer Ian Shive about his new book, The National Parks: Our American Landscape

National Wildlife Federation's Great American Backyard Campout™
June 27, 2009 marks the National Wildlife Federation's fifth annual Great American Backyard Campout™!

April 22 Is Earth Day: What It Means
Happy Earth Day! Not sure what it means to you? Learn more about Earth Day and find activities in your area.

Volunteer at a National Park
Want to meet new people, explore nature, spend time outdoors, and all for a good cause? Look no further than one of the 58 national parks in the US.

Get Involved
Learn about internships, volunteer programs, employment opportunities, and how to become more involved at any national park.

Support America's National Parks
Discover how to strengthen the connection between people and national parks by giving to the National Park Foundation, the congressionally chartered nonprofit partner of America’s National Parks.

Volunteer at Mount Rainier National Park
Whether you want to volunteer for a weekend or for the summer, Mount Rainier National Park offers various exciting opportunities.

Want To Be a Ranger?
If you love the outdoors and are passionate about protecting America's most treasured lands, perhaps becoming a ranger is in your future. Learn how to get started now!

Oil Crisis Will Have Lasting Impact on Environment
Many wildlife refuges, national parks, and state parks are now in big trouble thanks to the oil spill. Oil has indeed reached the shores and will continue to destroy the shores and land around.

The History of the National Park Service
Discover how the National Park Service was created and why the need to protect America's lands came about.

Top Tips for Beginner Bird Watching
So you want to get into bird watching. You like looking at birds, but not sure how to proceed. There are a few things that will help you get on your way to being a master in bird watching. From identification to calls, you may be surprised at just how much you learn as your hobby takes off. Bird watching is basically a continuing education....

Best Gifts for Travelers 2010
It’s that time of year again. While the holidays bring with it lots of love, time spent with family and friends, good food, and more, it can also bring stress - most from the gift exchange. Trying to find the perfect gift for someone can get frustrating. But if your receiver is a traveler, you are in luck! There are plenty of great ideas that...

Q&A With Travel Expert Samantha Brown
Catching up with Travel Channel’s Samantha Brown to talk about her love of travel and work to preserve the parks.

National Christmas Tree and the Pageant of Peace 2011
Since 1923, the United States has celebrated the tradition of lighting a National Christmas Tree in Washington, DC. People from all over the country visit our nation's capital to witness the historic and festive event.

Great Gifts for Travelers 2011
There are plenty of great ideas that would make any traveler happy and ready to hit the road. Check out these top ideas of the year to help you get on your way.

Climate Change and the National Parks
Climate change can and will have devastating effects to the Earth, affecting ecosystems, biodiversity, and of course, the national parks. Take some time to understand climate change and how you can make a positive impact.

National Parks For Teachers
The National Park Service (NPS) works hard to ensure that teachers are provided with the tools necessary to host fun and educational visits.

National Park Week 2012
National Park Week is an annual week that is proclaimed by the President. It is a time to celebrate and recognize national and state parks, national monuments, and historic sites in the U.S.

National Park Photographer Ian Shive Releases App
Get ready to embark on adventures of a lifetime when you download the Ian Shive Photography App for the iPad, one that allows users to accompany Ian as he documents the “wildest” places on land and undersea.

Learn About the History of Memorial Day
Each year, on the last Monday in May, our nation celebrates Memorial Day. Not to be confused with Veteran’s Day which honors all who serve or have served in the military, Memorial Day is a day for remembering and honoring those who have died while serving their country.

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