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Historic Philadelphia, Inc. July 4th Week Activities 2013

Break out the fireworks, and American flags – it’s Independence Day! This Fourth of July, celebrate like it’s 1776 in Historic Philadelphia, the birthplace of our nation. Nothing says Happy Birthday like a 3D Liberty light show, historical reenactments, children’s activities, drama and more!

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Species Spotlight: Porcupine

Even though it is a rodent, the North American porcupine (Erethizon dorsatum) is a force to be reckoned with. While the porcupine is not typically an aggressive animal, it is ferocious when provoked. With approximately 30,000 quills the texture of barbed wire, the porcupine uses these razor-sharp hairs expertly in self-defense.

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Great American Backyard Campout 2013

Despite the countless number of ways to stay connected in society today, Americans are still prone to feeling disconnected in their world. While the benefits that come with the prevalence of technology and immersion in the digital world are great, Americans often miss opportunities to have direct, genuine experiences with nature and with others.

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National Get Outdoors Day – June 8, 2013

Get off the couch and get outdoors! Saturday June 8th is National Get Outdoors Day, and we would like to personally invite you and yours to participate in this important event!

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Join the Outdoor Rise Movement

Looking for a change of pace? A direct and meaningful experience with nature? A reason to get out of the office and into the outdoors? A day of free fun? Look no further – get involved with Outdoor Rise.

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Synchronized Firefly Phenomenon at Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Come experience the exquisite beauty of fireflies this summer at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Each year, Americans are able to revel in this gorgeous display of synchronized fireflies at Elkmont Campground as they kick off the summer.

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Free Entrance to National Parks & Public Lands in 2013

If it's free, it's for me—and YOU! Experience the beauty of America's national parks and public lands this year for free! On the days specified below, entrance fees will be waived for the following national parks and public lands.

January 21: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

National Park Service, Fish & Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, and US Forest Service

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Bird Fests 2013

Come experience the natural beauty and grace of birds this year at the 2013 Bird Festivals! These events, supported by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Wildlife Refuge System, are opportunities to experience these winged creatures in a unique way.

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Gear Review: Moving Comfort NoChill Hoodie

Moving Comfort NoChill HoodieRunning outdoors always presents a challenge for active Americans living in cold climates. From October to March, the weather is cold, snowy, and downright miserable in many places. Icy winds and falling snow promote sledding and snowball fights, but the puffy coats and snow pants that are used for these activities are not conducive to more strenuous workouts.

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