A rugged, whitewater river flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. New River Gorge National River in West Virginia encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River, is rich in cultural and natural history, and offers an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.
Big Southern Butte is one of two domes rising from a sea of basalt near the center of the eastern Snake River Plain in Idaho. The butte is one of the largest volcanic domes in the world, but at 300,000 years old it is also one of the youngest. Hikers who trek to the 7,550-foot high summit are rewarded with spectacular panoramic views. Photo by Devin Englestead, BLM Upper Snake Wildlife Biologist.
First light at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. Established in November 22, 1939, the refuge has provided a critical stopover and wintering spot for thousands of sandhill cranes, geese and other waterfowl for 75 years. Bosque del Apache's sandhill crane population has multiplied from 18 birds in the 1840s to more than 20,000 birds today. Photo by Kim Hang Dessoliers (www.sharetheexperience.org).
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.