Visit Arches and discover a landscape of contrasting colors, landforms and textures unlike any other in the world. The park has over 2,000 natural stone arches, in addition to hundreds of soaring pinnacles, massive fins and giant balanced rocks. This red rock wonderland will amaze you with its formations, refresh you with its trails, and inspire you with its sunsets.
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.
Denali is six million acres of wild land, bisected by one ribbon of road. Travelers along it see the relatively low-elevation taiga forest give way to high alpine tundra and snowy mountains, culminating in North America's tallest peak, 20,310' Denali. Wild animals large and small roam un-fenced lands, living as they have for ages. Solitude, tranquility and wilderness await.
This summer, the U.S. Department of the Interior supported “United We Serve,” President Obama's call for Americans to participate in our nation's recovery and renewal by serving in our communities. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar encouraged Interior employees, partners and volunteers to recommit to service in the outdoors at a kickoff event at Shenandoah National Park in Virginia on June 22, 2009.
Building on the Interior's proud legacy of service, volunteers lent their talents and skills within their communities and at wildlife refuges, national parks, recreation areas and cultural sites across the country. Read the inspiring stories they shared with us:
On Sept. 11, the National Day of Service and Remembrance, President Obama renewed his call to engage in meaningful service activities and to stay engaged with those projects throughout the year. With your help, we will continue to support this call for volunteerism while fulfilling Interior's role as a standard-bearer for service on our public lands and in our local communities.
To learn more about how you can get involved in volunteerism and service, visit the following sites: