Located 2,600 miles southwest of Hawaii, the National Park of American Samoa is the most remote unit of the National Park System and the U.S. National Park south of the Equator. The Park spreads across three islands, 9,500 acres of tropical rainforest, and 4,000 acres of ocean, including coral reefs. While remote, the islands of American Samoa, true to the meaning of the word Samoa (Islands of Sacred Earth), are welcoming and offer beautiful landscapes and centuries of culture and history.
Seasoned backpacker and adventurer Yang Lu earned the grand prize in the 2015 Share the Experience photo contest with this image of a sunburst captured at sunrise in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Utah. Yang has made the outdoors part of his daily life and finds deep connection to the land through his lens.
“My photography is not just for recreation, it is to inspire people to explore these areas." -- Yang Lu
Photo by Yang Lu (www.sharetheexperience.org).
The plantings of cherry trees originated in 1912 as a gift of friendship to the People of the United States from the People of Japan. In Japan, the flowering cherry tree, or "Sakura," is an exalted flowering plant. The beauty of the cherry blossom is a potent symbol equated with the evanescence of human life and epitomizes the transformation of Japanese culture throughout the ages.
To promote broad participation and support education of diverse young scientists in the work of the NW CSC.
The Northwest Climate Science Center (NW CSC) provides Education and Training Services to deliver science-based knowledge and informal educational programs to the larger community, enabling people to participate in the ongoing climate change dialogue and make practical decisions related to the social and economic development of the Northwest. The NW CSC also supports graduate students and post-doctoral researchers in their efforts to become the next generation of climate scientists and educators. To read more about Education and Training Services at the NW CSC, please download the Education and Training Services section of the Strategic Plan by clicking here.
Northwest CSC Education and Training Services Accomplishments to-date:
Education and Training Services aim to develop and sustain a corps of early-career climate science and resource management researchers. As of Fiscal Year 2013, the NW CSC supports eight graduate fellows, located at Oregon State University, the University of Idaho, and the University of Washington.
The NW CSC supports and helps organize the Climate Boot Camp (PDF, 187 KB), a unique, annual week-long training program that brings together graduate students, early-career scientists, and an instructor corps selected from the Northwest network of climate practitioners. The inaugural Climate Boot Camp was held August 7-12, 2011, at the University of Washington's Pack Forest in Eatonville, Washington, with 11 students in attendance. Fifteen students attended the second annual Climate Boot Camp, held August 12-17, 2012, at Oregon State University's H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest in Blue River, Oregon.
As a result of Climate Boot Camp synergies, students created the Early Career Climate Forum (ECCF), a website run for and by students of climate science and/or cultural and natural resource management. Please click here to proceed to the ECCF website.
As part of its funding selection process, the NW CSC favors proposals for research projects that involve and support early-career researchers.