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.
Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Indian Education, Minnesota, Office of the Secretary, Media Advisory
Secretary Jewell will be the first Secretary of the Interior to speak at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, a school that represents a model that is a first of its kind – marrying a tribal college with a state community college – creating more robust curriculum and integrating a diverse community of students from across the nation.
Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Alabama, Press Release
The 21CSC is part of an ambitious youth initiative to inspire millions of young adults and veterans to play, learn, serve and work in the great outdoors. This year’s funding announcement includes projects in 20 states.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Alaska, Office of the Secretary, America's Great Outdoors, Blog Post
I'm proud to be an Arctic Youth Ambassador. It gives a 19 year old like me the opportunity to voice my opinions and beliefs about my culture, and why it is important to spread the knowledge of who we really are.
National Park Service, Office of the Secretary, Conservation, Youth (Jewell Initiative), Media Advisory
The U.S. Department of the Interior today welcomed a $25,000 donation from Backwoods, an outdoor retailer and a contributing family foundation, in support of the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21CSC), an ongoing national effort to engage the next generation of outdoor stewards by training and employing thousands of America’s young people and veterans to protect, restore, and enhance our nation’s public lands and waters.
Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Indian Education, California, Office of the Secretary, Press Release
The Scholarship Fund – funded in part by the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations (Buy-Back Program) and authorized by the Cobell Settlement – provides financial assistance through scholarships to American Indian and Alaska Native students wishing to pursue post-secondary and graduate education and training.
National Park Service, Puerto Rico, Office of the Secretary, America's Great Outdoors, Press Release
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell joined City of San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz Soto and Diego Martin, Chief Executive Officer of the YMCA of San Juan, to announce the selection of San Juan as one of 50 cities to participate in the nationwide movement.
National Park Service, Puerto Rico, Office of the Secretary, America's Great Outdoors, Media Advisory
While in Puerto Rico, Secretary Jewell will meet with Governor Alejandro García Padilla Friday morning and join him for a walking tour of iconic historic U.S. National Park Service sites, including the Castillo San Felipe El Morro.