Spring is coming early in 3/4 of national parks, according to a new study. Awesome? Not so much. As flowers bloom earlier every year, it’s disrupting the link between the wildflowers and the arrival of birds, bees, and butterflies that feed on and pollinate the flowers. In Shenandoah, an earlier spring is giving invasive plants a head start, and they’re displacing native wildflowers, leading to costly management issues.
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.
Course materials for participant notebook developed by the DOI Ethics Office - 37 pages - download the PDF
To be used with the Donation Guidelines Module
Policy and guidelines for the acceptance, utilization, recognition, and, where appropriate, solicitation of donations - 10 pages - download the PDF
To be used with the Partnership Ethics Module
Community Assessment Module
An activity that aids in defining community and identifying the steps to conduct a community assessment. Describes the benefits of the federal agency and the community and helps to identify issues and resources. - 36 pages - download the PDF
To be used with the Community Assessment Lesson Plan and PowerPoint
Community Assessment Lesson Plan
Instructor step-by-step lesson plan. Includes advanced preparation, key points, and instructor notes - 38 pages - download the PDF
To be used with the Community Assessment Module and PowerPoint