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#TriviaTuesday Pop Quiz!⠀ ⠀ Today's park can be found southeast of Santa Fe, and was "Puebloan in culture, despite cultural blendings, practicing an ancient agricultural tradition borne north from Mexico by the seeds of sacred corn. By the late Pueblo period, the last few centuries before the Spaniards arrived in the Southwest, people in this valley had congregated in multi-storied towns overlooking the streams and fields that nourished their crops. In the 1400s, these groups gathered into here, which became a regional power." [] ⠀ ⠀ Name this park!⠀ ⠀ UPDATE: congrats to @publius1989 for the correct answer PECOS NHP ⠀ #popquiz#nationalparkgeek #IBrakeForBrownSigns⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ ⠀ #findyourpark#WeAreParks#FYPyes#parks101#ShareTheExperience#npcapics#goparks#usparksandmonuments#NationalParkLife#nationalpark#nationalparks#nationalparkservice#npcollective#protectingparks#nationalparkobsessed#thenationalparkspass#NatlParkPodcast#publiclandsalliance#thegreatoutdoors#americasbestidea#wnpa1938#parksoflife#history


Beautiful day out on the water at @biscaynenps and @biscaynenationalparkinstitute for their first lighthouse tour via Stiltsville. So glad to spend the day with @wexplorations and Ranger Liz⠀ ⠀ 📍: Biscayne National Park 📅 :⠀July 2017 ⠀ #nationalparkgeek #IBrakeForBrownSigns


On this day in 1956, the Edison Laboratory National Monument (later designated as the Edison National Historic Site in 1962) was established.⠀ ⠀ Happy Birthday, EDIS!⠀ ⠀ 📍: Thomas Edison National Historic Site, NJ⠀ 📅 : June 2017⠀ ⠀ #nationalparkgeek #newjersey #getolympus⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ ⠀ #findyourpark#WeAreParks#FYPyes#parks101#ShareTheExperience#npcapics#goparks#usparksandmonuments#NationalParkLife#nationalpark#nationalparks#nationalparkservice#npcollective#protectingparks#nationalparkobsessed#thenationalparkspass#NatlParkPodcast#publiclandsalliance#thegreatoutdoors#americasbestidea#wnpa1938#parksoflife#history#historyfacts#historygeek


As an avid roadtripper, I'm always looking for fun bumper stickers to put on my car and after much planning, I'm happy to announce my silly saying has been immortalized! Created in the style of our beloved roadside brown signs, here's a new way to show your love of cultural icons. ⠀ ⠀ UPDATE: we’ve reached our limit for the day - thanks to everyone for following along. These will be available for sale on my website next week! ⠀ That's it! Thanks for following!⠀


There’s a brief moment during sunrise when everything turns a brilliant hue of surreal pink. I love catching those moments. ⠀ ⠀ 📍: Everglades National Park⠀ 📅 : July 2018⠀ ⠀ #nationalparkgeek #IBrakeForBrownSigns #getolympus #evergladesnps


Awesome fun at @evergladesnps this morning! Thanks to everyone for coming out to the @nationalparkgeek meetup! #nationalparkgeek #findyourpark #findyouradventure #parks101


Human habitation of the area around Zion National Park started about 8,000 years ago with small family groups of Native Americans, one of which was the semi-nomadic Basketmaker Anasazi. Subsequently, the Virgin Anasazi culture and the Parowan Fremont group developed as the Basketmakers settled in permanent communities. Both groups moved away by 1300 and were replaced by the Parrusits and several other Southern Paiute subtribes. Mormons came into the area in 1858 and settled there in the early 1860s. In 1909, President William Howard Taft named the area Mukuntuweap National Monument in order to protect the canyon. In 1918, the acting director of the newly created National Park Service, Horace Albright, drafted a proposal to enlarge the existing monument and change the park's name to Zion National Monument, a name used by the Mormons. According to historian Hal Rothman: "The name change played to a prevalent bias of the time. Many believed that Spanish and Indian names would deter visitors who, if they could not pronounce the name of a place, might not bother to visit it. The new name, Zion, had greater appeal to an ethnocentric audience." On November 20, 1919, the United States Congress established the monument as Zion National Park, and it was signed by President Woodrow Wilson. The Kolob section was proclaimed a separate Zion National Monument in 1937, but was incorporated into the park in 1956. [wikipedia]⠀ ⠀ 📍: Zion National Park, UT⠀ 📅 : May 2018⠀ ⠀ #nationalparkgeek #IBrakeForBrownSigns #zionforever#zionnationalpark #getolympus


"Who will gainsay that the parks contain the highest potentialities of national pride, national contentment, and national health? A visit inspires love of country; begets contentment; engenders pride of possession; contains the antidote for national restlessness.... He is a better citizen with a keener appreciation of the privilege of living here who has toured the national parks." ⠀ ⠀ Happy birthday, Stephen T. Mather ⠀ ⠀ 📍:⠀Chief Mountain, Glacier National Park 📅 :⠀September 2015 ⠀ #nationalparkgeek #glaciernationalpark #getolympus


...when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.... To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world. ... He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.⠀ He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.⠀ He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.⠀ He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.⠀ He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.⠀ He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.⠀ He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.⠀ He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation: For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world: For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:.... [Declaration of Independence]⠀ ⠀ 📍: Morristown NHP, the annual reading⠀ ⠀ #nationalparkgeek#findyourpark#FYPyes#parks101#npcapics#goparks#usparksandmonuments#getoutside#protectingparks#hashtag417


"America the Beautiful" is an American patriotic song. The lyrics were written by Katharine Lee Bates, and the music was composed by church organist and choirmaster Samuel A. Ward at Grace Episcopal Church in Newark, New Jersey. The two never met. Bates originally wrote the words as a poem, "Pikes Peak", first published in the Fourth of July edition of the church periodical The Congregationalist in 1895. At that time, the poem was titled "America" for publication. Ward had originally written the music, "Materna", for the hymn "O Mother dear, Jerusalem" in 1882, though it was not first published until 1892. Ward's music combined with the Bates poem was first published in 1910 and titled America the Beautiful. The song is one of the most popular of the many U.S. patriotic songs. [wikipedia] #nationalparkgeek #july4th #america #nationalparkobsessed #wnpa1938


#TriviaTuesday Are you ready?⠀ ⠀ Today, I'm in Biscayne National Park, and although this park is 95% underwater, there are a handful of structures throughout the park.⠀ ⠀ Can you name at least 5 structures in the park and where they are located?⠀ ⠀ The first person to correctly answer will get a NP Patch Prize pack. Good luck!⠀ UPDATE: congrats to @christiededman for today’s correct answer! ⠀ 📍: Biscayne National Park, FL⠀ 📅 : February 2018⠀ ⠀ #nationalparkgeek#keepbiscaynebeautiful #getolympus


Happy birthday, Aztec Ruins National Monument!⠀ ⠀ The Aztec Ruins National Monument preserves Ancestral Puebloan structures in the northwestern part of the U.S. state of New Mexico. The Aztec ruins date from the 11th to the 13th centuries. American settlers in the 19th century named them the "Aztec ruins" based on their erroneous belief that the Aztec civilization built them. The site was declared "Aztec Ruin National Monument" on January 24, 1923. After a boundary change, "Ruin" was changed to "Ruins" on July 2, 1928.⠀ ⠀ As a historical property of the National Park Service, the monument was administratively listed on the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization listed the Chaco Culture as a World Heritage Site on December 8, 1987. That listing specifically included the Aztec ruins.⠀ ⠀ The property was part of a 160-acre homestead owned by H.D. Abrams, who supported the ruins preservation. ⠀ ⠀ 📍: Aztec Ruins National Monument, NM⠀ 📅 : May 2017⠀ ⠀ #nationalparkgeek #getolympus #igsouthwest #wnpa1938


The Yosemite Grant Act was signed by President Abraham Lincoln on June 30, 1864. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That there shall be, and is hereby, granted to the State of California the “cleft” or “gorge” in the granite peak of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, situated in the county of Mariposa, in the State aforesaid, and the headwaters of the Merced River, and known as the Yo-Semite Valley, with its branches or spurs, in estimated length fifteen miles, and in average width one mile back from the main edge of the precipice, on each side of the valley, with the stipulation, nevertheless, that the said State shall accept this grant upon the express conditions that the premises shall be held for public use, resort, and recreation; shall be inalienable for all time; but leases not exceeding ten years may be granted for portions of said premises. ... And be it further enacted, That there shall likewise be, and there is hereby, granted to the said State of California the tracts embracing what is known as the “Mariposa Big Tree Grove,” not to exceed the area of four sections, and to be taken in legal subdivisions of one quarter section each, with the like stipulation as expressed in the first section of this act as to the State’s acceptance, with like conditions as in the first section of this act as to inalienability, yet with same lease privilege; the income to be expended in preservation, improvement, and protection of the property; the premises to be managed by commissioners as stipulated in the first section of this act, and to be taken in legal subdivisions as aforesaid; and the official plat of the United States surveyor general, when affirmed by the Commissioner of the General Land Office, to be the evidence of the locus of the said Mariposa Big Tree Grove. (U.S.C., title 16, sec. 48.) [] #usparksandmonuments #nationalparkgeek #naturephotoUSA #yosemite


More birthday ❤️❤️ for the grand Olympic. ⠀ ⠀ 📍:⠀Shi Shi Beach, Olympic National Park 📅 :⠀May 2017 #nationalparkgeek#nationalparkobsessed #olympicnationalpark #np10k #getolympus


Happy 80th birthday, Olympic National Park! ⠀ ⠀ 📍: Hurricane Ridge, Olympic National Park 📅 : May 2017 #nationalparkgeek #getolympus #olympicnationalpark #igpnw #nationalparkobsessed


Happy birthday and 50th anniversary to Biscayne National Park. I’m honored to be considered a volunteer at this amazing natural wonder. ⠀ ⠀ 📍: Boca Chita Key, Biscayne NP⠀ 📅 : March 2018⠀ ⠀ #nationalparkgeek #keepbiscaynebeautiful #BISCreefranger#igflorida #getolympus #olympussuperfan



Hey #southflorida! @wexplorations and I are hosting a #NationalParkGeek meetup on Saturday, July 7th! Come by the Royal Palm VC at 9am and we’ll explore some of our favorite parts of this amazing park. ⠀ ⠀ 📍: Everglades National Park⠀ ⠀ @nationalparkgeek @evergladesnps #evergladesnps #meetup#getolympus #igflorida