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Narwhals: The Unicorn of the Sea

Why does so much mystery surround the narwhal and its tusk?

Nicknamed “unicorn of the sea,” male narwhals possess a peculiar nine-foot-long tusk. Protruding out of the left side of its face, the tusk is made of ivory, a commodity once traded across the globe. Today, it is illegal in much of the world to sell ivory. The tusk and its uses are the subject of story and mysticism alike.

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New Book -- Narwhals: Arctic Whales in a Melting World Explores Mysterious Whales

Yes, narwhals are real. Glad we’ve gotten that out of the way.

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National Kids to Parks Day

It's time to get out and enjoy the spring with the kids! Take the family to your favorite outdoor location for National Kids to Parks Day (KTP). The day is set for Saturday, May 19, 2012.

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Winter Trails 2012

Have you ever wanted to try out winter sports? Here's your chance to try out snowshoeing and cross country skiing! . Saturady, January 7 marks the 17th annual Winter Trails Day. With over one hundred locations across the country, take the whole family for some fun! Winter Trails Day let's you explore the snow covered areas around you for free.

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Fort Monroe becomes newest NPS site

Aerial View of Fort MonroeFor the past six years, the future of the Fort Monroe seemed uncertain. Many feared that the Fort Monroe site would be turned into condominiums if the federal government did not step in to preserve area. In September, the army based that controlled the land shut down and the site fell into the hands of the state of Virginia.

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America Recycles Day slated for Nov. 15

The world recently passed the seven billion people mark and demands on the Earth’s natural resources will only continue to be strained as that number increases. Our skyrocketing population in the past century makes it more important than ever that we recycle and reuse as much of our materials as we can.

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Select 'America the Beautiful' Passes Available via Mail

Coming to a mailbox near you, America the Beautiful Passes! If you’re thinking about heading out to one of the National Park and are looking to get an Access or Senior pass, they can now be mailed right to your door!

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Celebrate the 62nd annual Death Valley '49ers Encampment!

When the weather in the north starts getting chilly, head down to warmer weather for some fun. Join the Death Valley '49ers from Nov. 9-13 for the 62nd annual Death Valley '49ers encampment. The encampment includes a large amount of family friendly activities that will be sure to entertain.

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