November is Manatee Awareness Month; but no matter what time of year it is, manatees deserve to be celebrated. These amazing creatures fulfill a unique niche by serving as indicator species for ecosystems across the United States. Because of their reliance on the health of their habitat, manatees often act as a signal of their environment’s well-being. NOAA photo by Michael Buchanan.
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.
At Interior, we engage and educate lifelong learners through an array of learning opportunities in support of our science and stewardship mission. From programs for children that nurture a “sense of wonder” about the natural world, to place-based experiential learning and professional development for students and educators, to internships that provide career training on public lands, in various offices, and in world-class laboratories, we believe we must inspire people today and empower public service leaders of tomorrow.
Our future ability to build a new energy frontier, address climate change, preserve our treasured landscapes, tackle America's water challenges, and empower Native Americans and Alaska Natives depends upon the next generation of scientists, engineers, and more.
If you are a student of any age, or an educator seeking to enhance your lesson plans, begin here to learn how our bureaus are managing America's vast natural and cultural resources. Through the materials they provide, you will learn about the power of science, different cultures, history, and the great outdoors.
In 2013, the National Park Service launched a user-friendly education portal where educators can find distance learning, field trips, and curriculum materials, in addition to accredited professional development opportunities for teachers.