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"Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn." - John Muir #MondayMotivaton #fallcolors #fall #glacier #findyourpark

Big Prairie, Glacier National Park. NPS Photo.

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Pictured here is one of the many cave rooms that can be found at Bandelier National Monument.
These rooms were dug out of the cliff wall using only stone tools. The cliff walls are made up of a very soft rock called volcanic tuff so the ceilings were smoked in order to harden the volcanic tuff and make it less crumbly. Bandelier plays an important role in preserving one of the many links to the rich history of the Ancestral Pueblo people in the Pajarito Plateau.
Photo by M.Reed
#FindYourPark #BandelierNational Monument #signsofthepast #historicpreservation #NewMexico

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This #moose stands in front of snowy peaks that rise more than 7,000 feet above the valley of Jackson Hole. #whereisit?
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It’s @grandtetonnps! This mountain range has been the inspiration for many photographers and artists. NPS Photo / Gwen Gerber. 🗻#naturalbeauty #whereisitwednesday #moose #grandtetonnationalpark #grandtetons

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Happy Halloween! 🎃
#pumpkincarving #halloween #findyourpark
NPS Photo / David Restivo

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Happy Friday! Watch this red bat backflip to catch a few months. 🦇 #BatWeek #bats #FridayFeeling

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Do you like getting messy and muddy? You might like a career in #science! Tune into the newest episode of #OutsideScience to follow along as Student Conservation Association interns study bats in #GlenCanyon. Find the full episode at facebook.com/naturenps #BatWeek #parkscienvery #bats 🦇🦇

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Awww, this #PallidBat is excited for #BatWeek! Join us this week as we explore the secret lives of #bats, those night-flying, insect-eating, pollinating mammals. All week we’ll share photos of some of the more than 50 species of bats that live in #nationalparks. The pallid bat pictured here lives in Utah’s @capitolreefnps which has 16 species of bats. #ParkScience #SaveTheBats

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“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

NPS Photo / David Restivo

#WednesdayWisdom #WildlifeWednesday #FindYourPark

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You might think you're looking at photos of another planet...but no! It's @badlandsnps! These rugged peaks were formed through the earthly processes of deposition and erosion. Layers of sedimentary rock were first deposited during the late Cretaceous Period (67 to 75 million years ago). NPS Photo/ M.Reed #traveltuesday
#GoodTimesinBadlands
#Parkscience #FindYourPark #southdakota #badlands

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It's #NationalFossilDay! Can you guess what #fossilized creatures these are? They are #clams! You can find this fossilized clam bed at Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry, a National Natural Landmark in #Utah. #clevelandlloyddinosaurquarry #fossil #earthscienceweek

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It’s #triviatuesday time!
This park has lava fields that are up to 15,000 years old and contain aa, pahoehoe, and block lava as well as lava tubes, cinder cones, and tree molds!
Hint: It is not in Hawaii!
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Answer: Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve in Idaho!
#earthscienceweek #lava #cratersofthemoon #FindYourPark #trivia

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Can you spot the #crab in this photo?

A'ama crabs (Grapsus tenuicrusatus) are indigenous to Hawaii and are frequently found along rocky seashores. They are typically black with yellow flecks and can camouflage themselves against the rocks. Their swift legs allow them to move quickly, and scurry into crevices to find protection. Many people say the crabs’ movements remind them of spiders!

This crab was spotted (and almost missed!) at @kaloko_honokohau_nhp 🦀🌊
#WildlifeWednesday #FindYourPark #HawaiiParks #Hawaii #nature

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Tomorrow is #PublicLandsDay and all park entrances are free! Hike a trail, go for a scenic drive, or lend a hand at a volunteer event. How will you celebrate? #explorenature #findyourpark #encuentratuparque
NPS Photo / David Restivo

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Calling all artists! There's just a week left to submit an entry for the #NationalFossilDay art contest. This year's theme is "The Future of Fossils: People Studying and Caring for Our Fossil Heritage." So get out your camera, watercolors, colored pencils, or pens to bring your fossil ideas to life. The clock is ticking...you have until next Thursday, Oct. 5 at 5 pm ET. Check out all of the details: go.nps.gov/art17

Pictured here is the 2016 2nd place winner in the 9-13 age category. Artwork By William L. (Age 10)
#fossil #artwork

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#WhereisitWednesday: This national park protects the four highest peaks in Texas. Where is it?
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Answer: Guadalupe Mountains National Park!
@guadalupemountainsnps also protects the world's most extensive
Permian fossil reef, called Capitan Reef. The Capitan Reef is 400 miles
long and composed of resistant Capitan Limestone. #FYI, National Fossil Day is coming up Oct 11th!
NPS Photo/Buehler
#elcapitan #texas #guadalupemountains #nationalpark #DYK #fossil

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Are you getting that #fallfeeling ? Maybe it's because tomorrow is the first day of fall! Leaf piles, pumpkins, and sweaters here we come! #fall #RMNP #changingleaves #rockymountain #sweaterweather
NPS Photo/ M.Reed

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#whereisitwednesday: This national lakeshore has it all, beaches, lakes, ponds, rivers, streams, wetlands, bogs, marshes, and sand dunes! Where is it?
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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan!
Did you know, the Sleeping Bear Dunes Wilderness in Michigan is the newest of the 50 NPS designated wilderness areas?
NPS Photo/ Mark Lindsey
#wilderness #michigan #lake #NationalWildernessMonth #wild #FindYourPark #dyk #sleepingbeardunes @sleepingbearnps

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If you're going up to @rockynps this week, check out their website for tips on how to safely watch wildlife. A long distance relationship with wildlife is the best kind! #FindYourDistance #RMNP
Repost from @rockynps

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#Whereisitwednesday: The sunsets at this national seashore looks inviting! Maybe that is why you can find so many birds there. Where is it?
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Answer: Point Reyes National Seashore, California🌊
Nearly 490 species of birds have been recorded at Point Reyes National Seashore, earning it the award for greatest avian diversity in any U.S. national park!
#pointreyes #birds #seashore #FindyourPark #cali #california #trivia
NPS Photo/Debra Miller
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