Before the 1960s almost everything about living openly as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) person was illegal. New York City laws against homosexual activities were particularly harsh. The Stonewall Uprising on June 28, 1969 is a milestone in the quest for LGBT civil rights and provided momentum for a movement.
Vine Creek Ranch at Death Valley National Park. Steady drought and record summer heat make Death Valley a land of extremes. Towering peaks are frosted with winter snow. Rare rainstorms bring vast fields of wildflowers. Lush oases harbor tiny fish and refuge for wildlife and humans. Despite its morbid name, a great diversity of life survives in Death Valley.
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).
National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Geological Survey, Hawaii, Press Release
The Federal government is committed to improving its ability to prevent invasive species from impacting national assets. The President's Priority Agenda on enhancing climate resilience called for a national framework for the early detection of and response to invasive species.
On the heels of the National Park Service Centennial, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will join community members and stakeholders on Sunday, August 28th to participate in a public celebration and dedication ceremony to commemorate the designation of Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument in Maine.
National Park Service, Minnesota, Office of the Secretary, America's Great Outdoors, Media Advisory
The Mississippi National River and Recreation Area allows Twin Cities area residents and visitors to explore nature close to a bustling metropolitan setting by hiking, biking, fishing, boating and more. The park also provides important opportunities for local schoolchildren to get outdoors and be active close to home.
National Park Service, Maryland, Office of the Secretary, America's Great Outdoors, Media Advisory
Deputy Secretary of the Interior Michael L. Connor will deliver remarks and welcome 25 new citizens at a special naturalization ceremony at the Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine in honor of the National Park Service Centennial.
National Park Service, Maine, Office of the Secretary, America's Great Outdoors, Press Release
The new national monument – which will be managed by the National Park Service and is now the 413th park unit in the National Park System – is located directly east of the 209,644-acre Baxter State Park, the location of Maine’s highest peak, Mt. Katahdin (5,267 feet), the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail.
National Park Service, Montana, Office of the Secretary, America's Great Outdoors, Media Advisory
Secretary Jewell will highlight efforts to connect with and create the next generation of park visitors, supporters and advocates; mitigate against the devastating impacts of climate change; tell a more inclusive story; preserve and protect natural, historic and cultural resources; create economic opportunities for local communities; and engage more diverse audiences.
National Park Service, Delaware, Office of the Secretary, Find Your Park, Media Advisory
Famous as the First State to ratify the Constitution, Delaware was born out of a conflict among three world powers for dominance of the Delaware Valley. From this contentious beginning, the region developed a distinct character that tolerated diversity in religion and national origin and valued independence.
National Park Service, California, Office of the Secretary, America's Great Outdoors, Media Advisory
César E. Chávez National Monument, located in the Tehachapi Mountains northeast of Los Angeles, protects the home and workplace of civil rights leader César Chávez and tells the powerful story of his efforts to seek a better life for farm workers and their families.
National Park Service, Georgia, Office of the Secretary, Find Your Park, Media Advisory
The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site recognizes several locations where Martin Luther King, Jr. grew up, including the home of his birth, where he played as a child, and the church where he was baptized.
National Park Service, Arkansas, Office of the Secretary, Find Your Park, Media Advisory
Little Rock Central High School is recognized for its pivotal role in the desegregation of public schools in the United States after nine African-American students sought an education at the all-white Little Rock Central High School in 1957.