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Great Pennsylvania Hikes

Lace up your hiking boots and get ready for adventure! Pennsylvania is known for its mountainous, natural beauty and boasts some great places for hiking. If you’re looking for day hikes in Pennsylvania, look no further than the Appalachian Trail and Bushkill Falls.

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Destination: Drive-Through Trees

Years ago, curious nature enthusiasts started a trend by carving holes in the trees they wished to study. These holes were large enough for cars to drive through, giving viewers a totally new perspective on trees.

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National Park Service Celebrates 97th Birthday

On August 25, 1916, the United States became the first country to set aside some of its most beautiful places for the whole country to cherish and enjoy. The National Park Service was created under Woodrow Wilson and the 64th Congress to care for, protect and promote all of the national parks throughout the country.

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Species Spotlight: Armadillo

Of the 20 surviving varieties of the world’s armadillos, only one species can be found in the United States. While the nine-banded armadillo’s population is increasing, many of its cousins in Latin America are threatened, over-hunted and used for traditional dishes.

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Take it to the Park!

The search for America's Favorite Park is on! This summer, make a difference in your community and cast your vote to help your favorite park win up to $100,000.

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July is Park and Recreation Month!

America’s parks and recreation areas are some of the nation’s greatest treasures. These places help encourage fitness, adventure, knowledge and appreciation of our country. This month is your time to share what you love about parks and recreation!

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Fun in the Sun at Gulf Islands National Seashore

Who wouldn’t love to feel the sun on their face, the sand in their toes or the wind in their hair? The Gulf Islands National Seashore is the perfect place to feel just that. In the 2012 visitation report, the National Park Service ranked the Gulf Islands as one of the top ten most visited recreation sites in America.

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Species Spotlight: Brown Pelican

There are only about seven or eight species of pelican in the world. The brown pelican, found on the West Coast from California south to Chile and on the East Coast from Maryland south to Venezuela, is wonderfully unique, with a large bill, pale neck and dark body. Its beak is about 10 inches in length, with a hooked tip and a huge pouch, and it has short legs and webbed toes.

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