National Park Week April 20-28

Get out to your National Parks the week of April 20-28, 2013 for a dose of reality, a breath of fresh air and a good view of our tax dollars at work. Entrance fees are waived from Monday, April 22 to Friday, April 26. The parks are inviting you to experience all they have to offer.

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Here are a few places I’ve been to that can give you some ideas.


Glacier National Park


Smoky Mountains National Park


Lake Clark, Alaska National Park

After your visit, share your experiences, photos and videos here:

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On Location: INDIA 2013 Bandhavgarh Day 2

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India 1/2013 #2 – Images by Art Wolfe

Day 2 in Bandhavgarh National Park. When you are here, it is always about the tigers, but there are many other inhabitants that populate this beautiful landscape.

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Enjoy the Mud and Revegetate the Elwha

It’s time to get out to the Elwha River and help Olympic National Park as Park Service staff begin the massive undertaking of revegetating the now empty reservoirs behind the Elwha and Glines Canyon Dams with nearly 400,000 native plants. With only 6 full time staff members, NPS is going to need all the help they can get–cleaning, packing, transporting, and planting native plant starts! So if you are ready to get covered in mud and be instrumental in the recovery of the Elwha River ecosystem, join Olympic National Park this fall and winter and be part of this incredible project.

Event Details

WHAT: This is more than just planting–NPS needs volunteers for a variety of associated tasks. At the nursery, plants need to be cleaned and packed for their journey home. Once they arrive at Lake Mills or Lake Aldwell, they need to be transported (by foot) to planting areas throughout the 600 acres of dewatered reservoirs, and then planted!

 

WHEN: The park is looking for help beginning Monday, November 5, and planting season will continue through mid-March, 2013, with a break during the month of December. Weekdays are preferred, but a limited number of weekend work parties are available.

 

WHERE: Former Sites of Lake Aldwell and Lake Mills on the Elwha River, Olympic National Park

 

WHO: NPCA Volunteers Led by Jill Zarzeczny of the Elwha Revegetation Project, National Park Service

 

RSVP: If you would like to participate in this historic restoration project, please contact Jill Zarzeczny at Jill_Zarzeczny@nps.gov or 360.565.3047. Let her know what day or dates would work for you, and with what tasks you are interested in helping.
Join us as we help revegetate the Elwha!
Sincerely,
David G. Graves
Northwest Progam Manager

>>MORE INFO & RSVP HERE to volunteer

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Tree Planting Kick Off Saturday, October 13

An annual tradition, the Greenway Trust is hosting a series of native tree and shrub plantings starting with the October 13th Kick-Off. Sponsored in part by REI, Carter Subaru & Carter Volkswagen, and KMTT- The Mountain the celebration will feature food (including free pizza from Papa John’s), music and vendors for the whole family to enjoy, plus plenty of trees to plant.

Planting events are excellent for individuals, families, groups, and work teams. No experience is required. The Kick-Off will be at Sammamish Cove in Issaquah. Sammamish Cove is a former dairy farm adjacent to Lake Sammamish State Park. It borders Tibbetts Creek, a salmon-bearing stream, to the Northeast. Boasting sweeping views of the Issaquah Alps, the area has been extremely degraded over time by invasive weeds. During the Kick-Off, we will be planting 2,012 native trees and shrubs along the banks of Tibbetts Creek to increase vital tree cover and improve salmon and wildlife habitat.

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Short Takes on Capturing Nature


Monday, October 15, 2012
7 pm, The Neptune Theatre
Tickets: $5 at the door; $4 online at stgpresents.org
(additional fees apply)

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www.burkemuseum.org/short_takes

Join the Burke Museum at the Neptune Theatre for an evening of fast-paced talks on the enduring relationship between the human imagination and the natural world. Inspired by the International Conservation Photography Awards exhibit, Short Takes features a stellar lineup of artists, scientists, students, and scholars. Speakers include internationally-renowned photographer Art Wolfe, curators from the Burke and the Seattle Art Museum, and explorers of the seas and the stars. Ten short talks, each illustrated with 20 slides, will take us on a journey from humanities’ first artistic impulses to our latest glimpse into the far reaches of space.

>>CLICK HERE for Short Takes topics and more information.

Short Takes is produced in conjunction with Seattle Theatre Group with support from the Boeing Employees Credit Union.

Speakers Include:

Art Wolfe, internationally renowned photographer, host of “Travels to the Edge with Art Wolfe”, and founder of the International Conservation Photography Awards
Katie Bunn-Marcuse, Assistant Director of the Bill Holm Center, and a Curatorial Associate of Native American Art at the Burke Museum
Allison Fundis, Education and Public Engagement Liaison, Ocean Observatories Initiative/Regional Scale Nodes, University of Washington
Shaun Peterson, a pivotal figure in the revival of Coast Salish arts
Ellen Dissanayake interdisciplinary scholar and writer, Affiliate Professor in the University of Washington, School of Music
Wendy Call, 2012 Writer in Residence for the North Cascades and Joshua Tree National Parks
Dan Ritzman, Northwest and Alaska Regional Director of the Sierra Club
Brad Rutherford, Executive Director of the Snow Leopard Trust
Phil Rosenfield, Graduate Student, Astronomy, University of Washington
Patricia Junker, the Ann M. Barwick Curator of American Art at the Seattle Art Museum

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PSA – National Public Lands Day September 29

http://www.publiclandsday.org/

Celebrate and give back to your parks with the National Parks Conservation Association and the National Park Service for National Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 29. National Public Lands Day provides us the chance to give back to special places in our own backyard like Mount Rainier National Park. Join hundreds of other park supporters and help repair park trails, clean up campgrounds and picnic areas, and plant native vegetation.

National Public Lands Day is a great opportunity to help Mount Rainier and spend the rest of the day recreating or relaxing in the park. With free admission, feel free to bring a friend or make it a family outing, and enjoy the experience together.

Event Details

WHAT: National Public Lands Day at Mount Rainier!

WHEN: September 29, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WHERE: Mount Rainier National Park ~ White River Campground. White River is accessed via SR 410 from Enumclaw.

RSVP: Please RSVP to Sean Smith so we can plan projects accordingly.

OTHER INFO: There will be free admission at the park that day. Parking will be available at the White River Campground. Please bring warm clothes and be prepared for weather changes as this work day will take place rain or shine! Sturdy work shoes are also needed, as well as gloves, lunch, and water. Sunscreen and a hat are also recommended. Please note that pets are not permitted on park trails.

Please join us!
Sincerely,
Sean Smith
Policy Director
Northwest Region

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Go see the ICPA exhibit!

Photo by: Cristobal Serrano

Photo by: Tom Reese

Have a look at this beautiful show online:
>>ICPA GALLERY

This is a reminder to be sure and get over to the Burke Museum and see the ICPA (International Conservation Photography Awards) show. They have had great turnout for the show this year. It is both beautiful in its presentation and valuable in its conservation message. Take the whole family. Kids totally get this. Photographers are also interacting with the Conservation Candids. This is an interactive Flickr gallery that anyone can contribute a like-minded image to. The Burke Museum even has prizes if you enter a photo.

The show runs until November 25.

>>Seattle TImes Review

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Art Wolfe Webinar on GreenBuilder

On August 8, join Art Wolfe and Green Builder Media President Ron Jones as Ron interviews the fascinating photographer about his observations of changing conditions within natural and built environments around the globe, the adaptations that the inhabitants of these environments have been forced to make, and how Wolfe has been able to win support for conservation issues by focusing his camera on the Earth’s beauty and bounty.

http://www.greenbuildermag.com/impactseries

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Today is Nature Photography Day

BLOG: Today is Nature Photography Day!
Images by Art Wolfe

Explore Your World!

http://www.nanpa.org/nature_photography_day.php

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Australia Creates World’s Largest Marine Reserve

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Australia Creates World’s Largest Marine Reserve – Images by Art Wolfe

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is one of the world’s great natural wonders & now it is going to be part of the largest marine park encompassing 1.2 million sq miles of ocean surrounding the continent. In this age of economic peril, it is such good news to hear of a preservation of our planet of this proportion.

There are a ton of articles out there on it. Here are a few links to follow:

The official Government site on this Marine region:
http://www.gbrmpa.gov.au/#right-aside

The Daily Mail article has a map.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk

Other news feeds:
CNN
CS Monitor

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