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.
Interior Secretary Teaches a Washington D.C. Elementary School Class at Parkview Elementary School
Secretary Salazar serves a guest teacher at Bruce Monroe at Parkview Elementary School. Photo by Tami A. Heilemann-DOI.
Secretary Salazar calls on 4th grade students at Bruce Monroe at Parkview Elementary School. Photo by Tami A. Heilemann-DOI.
Photo by Tami A. Heilemann-DOI.
Secretary Salazar and Teach for America Corps member Will Herman. Photo by Tami A. Heilemann-DOI.
Secretary Salazar and the fourth grade class at Parkview Elementary school in Washington, D.C. Photo by Tami A. Heilemann-DOI.
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As part of educating youth about the importance of America's Great Outdoors, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar participated in the D.C. Region's Teach for America Week 2010 by serving as a guest teacher at Bruce Monroe at Parkview Elementary School. Salazar joined Teach for America corps member Will Herman in his fourth grade classroom to discuss the importance of conservation and environmental stewardship.