Celebrate Earth Day at a National Park

Celebrate Earth Day at a National Park

Here are some great tips and tricks for family fun in our national parks! Enjoy: There are few more beautiful places to picnic than our national parks, which also offer other ways to spend quality time with your family: Exercise: You can run, hike, bike, swim and even do yoga in our national parks! Bring lots of water and wear light-colored clothing to keep you cool. The Healthy Parks, Healthy People program also offers organized activities for families and children. Learn: National parks are our country’s biggest classroom, protecting and preserving our vast landscapes, history and culture. And Parks for Play is a National Park Foundation program that offers educational family activities in 35 of our national parks. What To Bring: o   Bring a hat and sunglasses to protect you from the sun o   Don’t forget a camera o   Bring a bag or backpack filled with the essentials – water, snacks and a map of the park   I recently wrote you about the launch of Find Your Park, a new campaign celebrating 100 years of the National Park Service and encouraging the next generation – and those who already know and love the parks – to get up, get out and Find Your Park! The White House, First Lady Michelle Obama (see below), Mrs. Laura Bush and celebrities including Bill Nye and Bella Thorne are also lending their efforts to the initiative. Share your family stories and photos on social media with #FindYourPark and go to FindYourPark.com to find your local park. With more than 400 parks across the country, there’s one closer than you think!   Cite this… (new...
Fillmore, Millard

Fillmore, Millard

Millard Fillmore US President – 1850-53 Born: January 7, 1800, Summerhill, NY Died: March 8, 1874, Buffalo, NY Full name: Millard Fillmore Presidential term: July 9, 1850 – March 4, 1853 Buried: Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo Millard Fillmore – Early Life In his rise from a log cabin to wealth and the White House, Millard Fillmore demonstrated that through methodical industry and some competence an uninspiring man could make the American dream come true. Born in the Finger Lakes country of New York in 1800, Fillmore as a youth endured the privations of frontier life. He worked on his father’s farm, and at 15 was apprenticed to a cloth dresser. He attended one-room schools, and fell in love with the redheaded teacher, Abigail Powers, who later became his wife. Millard Fillmore -The Law and Politics In 1823 he was admitted to the bar; seven years later he moved his law practice to Buffalo. As an associate of the Whig politician Thurlow Weed, Fillmore held state office and for eight years was a member of the House of Representatives. In 1848, while Comptroller of New York, he was elected Vice President. Fillmore presided over the Senate during the months of nerve-wracking debates over the Compromise 1850 He made no public comment on the merits of the compromise proposals, but a few days before President Taylor‘s death, he intimated to him that if there should be a tie vote on Henry Clay’s bill, he would vote in favor of it. President Millard Fillmore Thus the sudden accession of Fillmore to the Presidency in July 1850 brought an abrupt political shift in the...
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