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.
While GSA has overall administrative and operational responsibility for the Bison Bistro (our full-service cafeteria), the 4th Floor Snack Bar and the vending machines throughout the complex, the OFAS Support Services Division is responsible for serving as the liaison with GSA, Sodexo, the DC Government and Randolph Sheppard provideres for these services. Additionally Support Services is responsible for engaging the OFAS Building Operations organization for equipment maintenance as well as the cleanliness and general comfort (e.g., heating, air conditioning, lighting) of the areas. Please see the contact information below if you require assistance.
The Bison Bistro, opened in the summer of 2010, has a website in which you can view the weekly menu, access newsletters and provide feedback. The website is: https://usdoicatering.caterrax.com.
The Snack Bar is located on the 4th floor of the Stewart Lee Udall Department of the Interior Building. It is operated under the auspices of a Randolph-Sheppard Act contract issued and administered by GSA. The snack bar offers a variety of choices including a sandwich bar, breakfast foods, snacks, prepackaged foods, and beverages.
There are vending machines located in mulitple locations of the MIB and SIB offering a variety of healthy food, snack and drink options. The locations are:
South Interior Building
Basement level in the break area (beverages & snacks)
Main Interior Building
7th floor: freight elevator lobby near 7400 corridor (beverages & snacks)
4th floor: freight elevator lobby near 4300 corridor (juices & snacks)
3rd floor: freight elevator lobby near 3400 corridor (beverages)
1st floor: alcove near 1600 corridor (beverages)
Basement: Main corridor outside of IDRA fitness center (beverages)
Basement: B200 in lobby area leading to employee courtyard (beverages & snacks)
If you need assistance related to these services, you may contact the OFAS service desk on (202) 208-2222, or one of the individuals below: