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.
DOINews: SC CSC Participates in Choctaw Labor Day Festival
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On August 30 - September 2nd, 2013, the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma hosted their 66th Annual Choctaw Labor Day Festival in Tuskahoma, OK. The free festival includes Native American dances, Choctaw artistry of weaving baskets, beadwork masterpieces, gourds, pipes, wood sculptures, terrapin races, softball and stickball games, concerts and rides.
Two of the South Central Climate Science Center staff, April Taylor, Sustainability Scientist and Katie Underwood, Intern, as well as fellow consortium member, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma staff, Tye Baker, Senior Water Resource Management, and Sara-Jane Smallwood, Research Analyst, conducted outreach at the festival. The activities included a Going Green tent with environmental conservation education sessions on the Choctaw/Chickasaw Water Plan and Conservation Information, a Carbon Emission Wheel of Fortune game, Landscape Conservation and Rain Gardens, Benefits of Recycling Fishing Line, The Watershed and Non-Point Source Pollution, Just Enough Energy is Enough! Turn Your Household Utilities into Money!, and What Can I do to Recycle? There were also booth tables with materials and prizes, including water conservation kits, rain barrels, and weather radios. The South Central CSC was happy to be a part of the activities!