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.
DC Youth Receive Scholarship Awards from Interior's Blacks In Government Chapter
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WASHINGTON, D.C. — In partnership with the Student Conservation Association (SCA), the Department of the Interior's Blacks In Government (BIG) Chapter celebrated the academic achievements of ten high school students from the National Capital region today during its 5th annual awards ceremony. Robert Stanton, Senior Advisor to Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, and Flip Hagood, SCA Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, led the ceremony in which the students each received a Dr. Dorothy I. Height Scholarship from BIG and work opportunities from SCA.
“The ten students receiving scholarships today are the future leaders of our country,” said Robert Stanton. “They have demonstrated great academic and extracurricular achievement and this scholarship will enable them to continue to aim high in their educational development and careers.”
Established in 2006, Interior's BIG Chapter Scholarship Awards Program honors the academic achievements of young leaders in the Washington, D.C. area to help them pursue their goals of higher learning, and provide work opportunities in the field of conservation. The scholarship award is named in honor of the accomplishments and leadership exemplified by the late Dr. Dorothy I. Height, former President of the National Council of Negro Women, Inc.
“The Student Conservation Association is proud to partner with the Blacks In Government Department of the Interior Chapter to form a uniquely strategic collaboration that will provide work opportunities for the 2010 Dorothy I. Height Scholarship Recipients,” said Flip Hagood, Vice President for Strategic Initiatives from the Student Conservation Association. “SCA's primary goal is to build the next generation of conservation leaders. This collaboration will facilitate diversity in the field of conservation by ensuring that all young people are afforded an opportunity to participate in the SCA Conservation Internship Program.”
Each year, the scholarship committee from Interior's BIG Chapter Scholarship Program reviews dozens of applications from graduating high school students before selecting ten finalists. As part of the process, prospective scholarship recipients submit and application and essay, and interview with the scholarship committee.
2010 Dr. Dorothy I. Height Scholarship Award Recipients:
Adejire Bademosi - Mount Hebron H.S., Ellicott City, MD