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.
Conserve-O-Grams are short, focused leaflets about caring for and conserving museum objects issued by the National Park Service. Theserieswas introduced in 1993 to offer information about the most up-to-date museum standards and best practices. New topics are added as needed and out-of-date issues are periodically revised or deleted.
Conserve-O-Grams benefit both experienced and inexperienced museum curators and others responsible for the care and use of museum collections. The Conserve-O-grams relate to the conservation and preservation of objects such as fine arts, furniture, ceramics, glass, leatherwork, books and papers, and new techniques, materials or technologies involved in conservation.