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Pictured Rocks

National Lakeshore - Michigan

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore hugs the south shore of Lake Superior in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. It's known for the dramatic multicolored Pictured Rocks cliffs. Unusual sandstone formations like Miners Castle and Chapel Rock define the park’s headlands. Twelvemile Beach has a trail through a nearby white birch forest. Remnants of shipwrecks dot the shoreline around Au Sable Point’s 19th-century lighthouse.

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Official visitor map of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (NLS) in Michigan. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).Pictured Rocks - Visitor Map

Official visitor map of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (NLS) in Michigan. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

Map of the U.S. National Park System. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).National Park System - National Park Units

Map of the U.S. National Park System. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

Map of the U.S. National Park System with Unified Regions. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).National Park System - National Park Units and Regions

Map of the U.S. National Park System with Unified Regions. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

Map of the U.S. National Heritage Areas. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).National Park System - National Heritage Areas

Map of the U.S. National Heritage Areas. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

https://www.nps.gov/piro/index.htm https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pictured_Rocks_National_Lakeshore Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore hugs the south shore of Lake Superior in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. It's known for the dramatic multicolored Pictured Rocks cliffs. Unusual sandstone formations like Miners Castle and Chapel Rock define the park’s headlands. Twelvemile Beach has a trail through a nearby white birch forest. Remnants of shipwrecks dot the shoreline around Au Sable Point’s 19th-century lighthouse. Sandstone cliffs, beaches, sand dunes, waterfalls, inland lakes, deep forest, and wild shoreline beckon you to visit Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. The power of Lake Superior shapes the park's coastal features and affects every ecosystem, creating a unique landscape to explore. Hiking, camping, sightseeing, and four-season outdoor opportunities abound. Pictured Rocks NL is located on the south shore of Lake Superior in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, between the towns of Munising (west) and Grand Marais (east). Access the west side of the park via Michigan highways M-28 and M-94 to Munising. State highway M-77 leads to Grand Marais on the east side. Alger County Road H-58 runs parallel and through the park, providing access to spur roads that lead to scenic overlooks, trailheads, campgrounds, beaches, etc. Many roads are closed in winter due to snow. Grand Sable Visitor Center Nestled at the foot of the Grand Sable Dunes, the Grand Sable Visitor Center is located near the eastern gateway to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and at the beginning of the park's segment of the North Country National Scenic Trail. The building is partially open this summer to provide information - as staffing allows from 9 am to 5 pm through the end of September. Closed the rest of the year. Park information. No indoor restrooms. A vault toilet is located across the parking lot. From Grand Marais drive west on H-58. The Grand Sable Visitor Center is located, on the right, 2.7 miles from Grand Marais. From Munising the Grand Sable Visitor Center is 60.8 miles east on H-58. To take the longer route, follow M-28 toward Seney. At Seney turn onto M-77. Follow M-77 for 25 miles north to Grand Marais. Munising Falls Visitor Center Munising Falls is located near the western gateway to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and at the beginning of the park's segment of the North Country National Scenic Trail. The visitor center is currently closed due to needed structural maintenance work. Information about the park is available outside. Staff are in the area during the summer months to assist and answer questions. Restrooms are available. Take the paved trail to Munising Falls. Located at the western edge of the park in Munising. From H-58, turn on Washington Street. Travel about a half mile to the Munising Falls Visitor Center. It is located on the right - across from the hospital and urgent care facilities. Au Sable East Group Backpacking Site Au Sable Point East Group Campground is 0.2 miles west of the Au Sable Light Station and inland from the North Country Trail. The group campsite is surrounded by a coniferous forest. There is access to Lake Superior with a view of the Grand Sable Dunes. One shared fire ring and pit toilet. Water source is Lake Superior. Lake Superior access for kayakers. Camping Fee - Per Person, Per Night 5.00 Per person, per night charge. There is also a $15 reservation fee for the permit. Au Sable East Group Backpacking Site Sign reads Au Sable Group Site. Dirt path leads to campsite in the background. Au Sable Group Site Au Sable East Individual Backpacking Sites Au Sable Point East Campground is next to the Au Sable Point East Group Campground. Due to the dense forest, you are unable to see the neighboring campground. The six campsites are scattered throughout the trees. Shared fire ring and pit toilet. Water source is Lake Superior. Lake Superior access for kayakers Camping Fee - Per Person, Per Night 5.00 Per person, per night charge. There is also a $15 reservation fee for the permit. AuSable East Backpacking Site Cleared flat ground in the forests with sparse trees. Brown post with a tent symbol and the number 2 AuSable East Site 2. Beaver Creek Individual Backpacking Sites Beaver Creek Campground is on the bluff above Lake Superior and Beaver Creek in the Beaver Basin Wilderness. The six campsites are dispersed throughout the sandy grounds, shaded by pine trees. There is one communal fire ring with a view of Lake Superior. Shared pit toilet. Water source is Lake Superior and Beaver Creek. Lake Superior access for kayakers. Camping Fee - Per Person, Per Night 5.00 Per person, per night charge. There is also a $15 reservation fee for the permit. Beaver Creek Backpacking Sites A campsite in a forest with four people standing to the left of two tents set up. Beaver Creek Site 3 Benchmark Individual Backpacking Sites Benchmark Campground is on a sandy bluff above Lake Superior. The six campsites are sandy and open. There are social trails that lead down to Lake Superior, but it is a steep climb back to your campsite. When hiking from the west, walk through Twelvemile Beach Campground to the trailhead and day use area to connect back to the North Country Trail. Two shared fire rings and a pit toilet. Water source is Lake Superior. Lake Superior access for kayakers. Camping Fee - Per Person, Per Night 5.00 Per person, per night charge. There is also a $15 reservation fee for the permit. Benchmark Individual Backpacking Site Tent set up on sand. Benchmark Site 1 Chapel Individual Backpacking Sites Chapel Beach Campground sits on the sand bluff above Chapel Beach and Lake Superior. As you wind your way along the campground trail, the first three sites are hidden in the trees and offer a bit of privacy. The fourth site provides a view of Lake Superior and the cliff line. The fifth site is hidden among the ferns and pine trees. Shared pit toilet. Water source is Chapel Creek and Lake Superior. Lake Superior access for kayakers. NO CAMPFIRES. Camping Fee - Per Person, Per Night 5.00 Per person, per night charge. There is also a $15 reservation fee for the permit. Chapel Beach Individual Backpacking Sites Brown sign with tent symbol and #2. A tent and hammock are visible in between tree branches. Chapel Beach Site 2 Cliff Group Backpacking Site Cliffs Group Campground is one mile east of Cliffs Campground. It too lies high above Lake Superior and inland from the North Country Trail. You will not be able to see the lake from the campground in the summer. There are spots along the North Country Trail near the campground to get a glimpse of Grand Island and Lake Superior. One shared fired ring and pit toilet. Visitors must bring water. NO ACCESS TO WATER. Camping Fee - Per Person, Per Night 5.00 Per person, per night charge. There is also a $15 reservation fee for the permit. Cliffs Group Backpacking Site Forest with bright green tree leaves and plants. A trail sign reads Cliff Group. This is the sign you will see on the North Country Trail to mark the turnoff to the Cliffs Group Campsite. Cliffs Individual Backpacking Sites Cliffs Campground rests high above Lake Superior inland from the North Country Trail. The three campsites are in an open area with little cover between sites. During the summer months when the foliage is at its peak, you cannot see Lake Superior from the campground. There are places along the trail to sneak a peek of Grand Island and the lake. One shared fired ring and pit toilet. Visitors must bring water. NO ACCESS TO WATER. Camping Fee - Per Person, Per Night 5.00 Per person, per night charge. There is also a $15 reservation fee for the permit. Cliffs Individual Backpacking Site The word "cliffs" scratched into a cut tree in the middle of a forest. Sign you will see on the North Country Trail for the Cliffs Individual Campsites. Coves Group Backpacking Site Coves Group Campground is three miles east of Chapel Beach. You are still up on the cliff line, but have started your descent towards Twelvemile Beach. Hike east on the North Country Trail about a quarter mile to find a trail to a small cove and beach on Lake Superior; this is where you have access to water. One shared fire ring and pit toilet. No access for kayakers due to 1/4 mile portage. Camping Fee - Per Person, Per Night 5.00 Per person, per night charge. There is also a $15 reservation fee for the permit. Coves Group Backpacking Site Sign reads Coves Group with a dirt trail leading through forest. Sign for Coves Group Site. Coves Individual Backpacking Sites Coves Campground is inland from the North Country Trail, hidden behind the pine trees and ferns. There are two entry points to the campground. The campground trail leads through the forest where you will find five campsites and two designated metal communal fire rings. There is Lake Superior and beach access from the bluff along the North Country Trail. Water source is Lake Superior. Shared pit toilet. Lake Superior access for kayakers. Camping Fee - Per Person, Per Night 5.00 Per person, per night charge. There is also a $15 reservation fee for the permit. Coves Individual Backpacking Sites Forest area with flat grounds. Trees are spaces apart. Coves Site 2. Hurricane River Campground There are two loops: 11 campsites in the lower loop and ten in the upper loop. Both loops include one disabled accessible campsite. Several campsites are designated as generator-free. Because the turning radius and some parking site lengths are limited within this campground, we recommend single vehicles no more than 36 feet and vehicle/trailer combined length no more than 42 feet. The campground is primarily occupied by reservations from May - September. Hurricane River Campground Camping Fee - 5/1 to 10/31 20.00 Holders of the America The Beautiful Senior Pass (62 and older) and the America The Beautiful Access Pass (disabled) receive a 50% discount. Hurricane River Campground Camping Fee - winter 11/1 to 4/30 15.00 Holders of the America The Beautiful Senior Pass (62 and older) and the America The Beautiful Access Pass (disabled) receive a 50% discount. Hurricane River Campground Map Map of Hurricane River campground showing site numbers, vault toilets, and water. Campsite Map for Upper and Lower Hurricane River campground Hurricane River Campground Campsite, including tent and picnic table in forest setting. Hurricane River campsite Little Beaver Lake Campground Little Beaver Lake Campground has 8 campsites on this beautiful inland lake. One campsite is disabled accessible. Single unit vehicles in excess of 36 feet and vehicle/trailer combined units in excess of 42 feet are prohibited at Little Beaver because of the small campsites and the narrow, twisting, hilly access road. This small campground is located 3 miles north of Alger County Road H-58 and 20 miles northeast of Munising. The campground is primarily occupied by reservations from May - September. Little Beaver Lake Campground Camping Fee - 5/1 to 10/31 20.00 Holders of the America The Beautiful Senior Pass (62 and older) and the America The Beautiful Access Pass (disabled) receive a 50% discount. Little Beaver Lake Campground Camping Fee - 11/1 to 4/30 15.00 Holders of the America The Beautiful Senior Pass (62 and older) and the America The Beautiful Access Pass (disabled) receive a 50% discount. Little Beaver Lake Campsite Pickup Truck and and two tents at Little Beaver Lake Campsite. Campsite at Little Beaver Lake Campground Little Beaver Lake Campground Map Numbered site map of Little Beaver Lake Campground Site map for Little Beaver Lake Campground Lowney Creek Individual Backpacking Sites Lowney Creek Campground is one and a half miles from Little Beaver Lake Campground and three miles inland from Lake Superior. Lowney Creek Campground is in the Beaver Basin Wilderness. The four sites are in a meadow scattered with big trees on the south shore of Beaver Lake. Lowney Creek is on the east side of the campground. One shared fire ring and NO toilet. Water source is Lowney Creek and Beaver Lake. Little Beaver Lake is an inland lake with access for kayakers and other paddlers. Camping Fee - Per Person, Per Night 5.00 Per person, per night charge. There is also a $15 reservation fee for the permit. Lowney Creek Individual Backpacking Sites Dirt path leading to a campsite. Next to path is a post with a tent symbol and the number 1. Lowney Creek site 1. Lowney Greek Group Backpacking Site Lowney Creek Group Campground is one mile from Little Beaver Lake campground and two and a half miles inland from Lake Superior. Lowney Creek Group Campground is in the Beaver Basin Wilderness. The trail to the campground follows the Beaver Lake shoreline. Water source is Beaver Lake. One shared fire ring and NO toilet. Little Beaver Lake is an inland lake with access for kayakers and other paddlers. There is no access to paddle from Little Beaver Lake to Lake Superior. Little Beaver Lake is ideal for canoe Camping Fee - Per Person, Per Night 5.00 Per person, per night charge. There is also a $15 reservation fee for the permit. Lowney Creek Backpacking Site Logs arranged in square for seating around a fire ring in a forest. Fire ring with log benches at Lowney Creek Site. Masse Homestead Group Backpacking Site Masse Homestead Group Campground is to the west of the regular campground. It too is at the base of the dunes in a thick forest canopy. One shared fire ring and NO toilet. Visitors must bring water. NO ACCESS TO WATER. Camping Fee - Per Person, Per Night 5.00 Per person, per night charge. There is also a $15 reservation fee for the permit. Masse Homestead Group Backpacking Site Campsite with cleared ground that contains and fire ring and a bear box. Campsite contains a fire ring and bear box. Masse Homestead Individual Backpacking Sites Masse Homestead Campground is at the base of the dunes (south side) and sheltered due to the thick forest canopy. The three campsites are close together at the base of the dunes. One shared fire ring and NO toilet. Visitors must bring water. NO ACCESS TO WATER. Camping Fee - Per Person, Per Night 5.00 Per person, per night charge. There is also a $15 reservation fee for the permit. Masse Homestead Backpacking Sites Cleared flat ground surrounded by a forest. Brown post with tent symbol and the number 3. Masse Homestead Site 3 Masse Homestead Backpacking Sites Cleared flat ground surrounded by a forest. Brown post with tent symbol and the number 3. Masse Homestead Site 3 Mosquito Individual Backpacking Sites Mosquito River Campground is on the east side of the Mosquito River high above the lake. Depending upon which of the five campsites you choose, you can hear the waves crashing on the cliffs or the Mosquito River flowing into Lake Superior. Shared pit toilet. Water source is Mosquito River and Lake Superior. Lake Superior access for kayakers. NO CAMPFIRES. Camping Fee - Per Person, Per Night 5.00 Per person, per night charge. There is also a $15 reservation fee for the permit. Mosquito River Individual Backpacking Site Tent set up in a cleared patch in the middle of a forest. Brown post with tent symbol and #3. Mosquito River Site 3 Mosquito River Group Backpacking Site Mosquito River Group Campground is on the west side of Mosquito River just a few steps away from the North Country Trail. There is a bluff near the campsite overlooking Lake Superior, which provides easy access to Mosquito Beach and the river. Shared pit toilet. Water source is Mosquito River and Lake Superior. Lake Superior access for kayakers. NO CAMPFIRES. Camping Fee - Per Person, Per Night 5.00 Per person, per night charge. There is also a $15 reservation fee for the permit. Mosquito Group Backpacking Site Open dirt area in the middle of a forested area. Two bear boxes on the right side. Mosquito Group Site. Pine Bluff Individual Backpacking Sites Pine Bluff sites are on a sandy bluff above Lake Superior just off the North Country Trail. The five campsites are on a sandy open area covered in ferns with pine trees scattered throughout the area. Access the beach and Lake Superior from a trail on the bluff at the entrance to the campground. Camping Fee - Per Person, Per Night 5.00 Per person, per night charge. There is also a $15 reservation fee for the permit. Pine Bluff Backpacking Site Yellow tent and hammock are set up in a cleared area in the middle of a forest. Pine Bluff Backpacking Site Potato Patch Individual Backpacking Sites Potato Patch Campground is inland from the North Country Trail. Follow a trail through an open field with the sounds of a waterfall at your back. The fire ring is at the entrance to the campground. Follow the trail to the right to reach each of the three sites. Within the campground, the view of Grand Island and Lake Superior is blocked during the summer by the birch and maple leaves. One shared fire ring and pit toilet. Visitors must bring water. NO ACCESS TO WATER. Camping Fee - Per Person, Per Night 5.00 Per person, per night charge. There is also a $15 reservation fee for the permit. Potato Patch Individual Backpacking Sites Cleared patch of land in a bright green forest. There is a bench made of a log. Potato Patch Site 3 Seven Mile Creek Group Backpacking Site Seven Mile Creek Group Campground is on the east side of Seven Mile Creek. The North Country Trail guides you over a foot bridge, through the woods and opens up into the group site. It is a wide open area with access to Lake Superior. One shared fire ring and NO toilet. Water source is Seven Mile Creek and Lake Superior. Lake Superior access for kayakers. Camping Fee - Per Person, Per Night 5.00 Per person, per night charge. There is also a $15 reservation fee for the permit. Sevenmile Group Backpacking Site Campsite with log benches arranged in a square around a fire ring. Sevenmile Group Backpacking Site Sevenmile Creek Individual Backpacking Sites Sevenmile Creek Campground is on the west bank of Sevenmile Creek. The North Country Trail wanders through the campground and past the communal fire ring. The sites are separated by trees, which offer a bit of privacy. Three of the five sites are along the creek. Lake Superior access is on the east side of the creek through the Sevenmile Creek Group Campground. NO toilet. Water source is Sevenmile Creek and Lake Superior. Lake Superior access for kayakers. Camping Fee - Per Person, Per Night 5.00 Per person, per night charge. There is also a $15 reservation fee for the permit. Sevenmile Individual Backpacking Site Tent set up at campsite. Brown post near front of site has a tent symbol and the number 4. Sevenmile Creek Site 4 Trappers Lake Group Backpacking Site Trappers Lake Group Campground is a little over a mile inland from the North Country Trail and 0.2 miles east of Trappers Lake Campground. It too is on the north shore of Trappers Lake in the Beaver Basin Wilderness. One shared fire ring and pit toilet. Water sources is Trappers Lake. This is a hike-in campground only; kayakers cannot access this campground. Camping Fee - Per Person, Per Night 5.00 Per person, per night charge. There is also a $15 reservation fee for the permit. Trappers Group Backpacking Site Sign reads Trappers Group Site with a trail leading into a forest. Sign for Trappers Group Site. Trappers Lake Individual Backpacking Sites Trappers Lake Campground is in the heart of the Beaver Basin Wilderness. The five campsites are on the north shore of Trappers Lake. This campground is a quiet hideaway located about one mile inland from the North Country Trail. One shared fire ring and pit toilet. Water source is Trappers Lake. This is a hike-in campground only; kayakers cannot access this campground. Camping Fee - Per Person, Per Night 5.00 Per person, per night charge. There is also a $15 reservation fee for the permit. Trappers Lake Individual Backpacking Site Cleared campsite with a lake in the background visible between a few trees. Trappers Lake Site 3 Twelvemile Beach Campground The campground's 36 sites are located on a high sandy plateau above Twelvemile Beach on Lake Superior. There are two disabled accessible campsites. Generator use is prohibited in the campground's west loop. There are three sets of stairs to the beach. The two mile long White Birch Interpretive Trail begins and ends at the campground. The North Country National Scenic Trail treks through the campground. The campground is primarily occupied by reservations from May - September. Twelvemile River Campground Camping Fee - 5/1 to 10/31 20.00 Overnight fee of $20. Holders of the America The Beautiful Senior Pass (62 and older) and the America The Beautiful Access Pass (disabled) receive a 50% discount. Twelvemile Campground Camping Fee - 11/1 to 4/30 15.00 Overnight fee of $20. Holders of the America The Beautiful Senior Pass (62 and older) and the America The Beautiful Access Pass (disabled) receive a 50% discount. Twelvemile Beach Camping Tent and Car at Twelvemile Beach Campground Tent and Car at Twelvemile Beach Campground Twelvemile Beach Campground Map Twelvemile Beach Campground Map showing site numbers and locations Site map of Twelvemile Beach Campground Au Sable Light Station Au Sable Lighthouse and light keeper's quarters Au Sable Lighthouse and light keeper's quarters Beaver Basin Wilderness Shallow creek narrowing through the forest. Shallow creek in the Beaver Basin Wilderness Battleship Row Three sections of cliffs sticking out into Lake Superior like the bows of battleships. 15 miles of carved and colorful cliffs along the Lake Superior shoreine. Grand Sable Dunes The Grand Sable Dunes rise up 300 feet from Lake Superior. The Grand Sable Dunes rise up 300 feet from Lake Superior. Kayaking Along the Pictured Rocks Cliffs Kayakers near Lovers Leap rock arch formation Kayakers near Lovers Leap Backcountry Camping - Benchmark Site Backcountry camping at Benchmark site showing tent surrounded by ferns and trees. Backpacking and camping are a popular activities. Ice Climbing Ice climber on a curtain of ice along the Pictured Rocks Escarpment Ice climbing is a popular winter activity. Miners Falls High volume of water flowing at Miners Falls Water flowing over Miners Falls Miner's Castle Miner's Castle rock formation along the Lake Superior shoreline. View the Miner's Castle rock formation from the adjacent cliffs or from a boat. Pictured Rocks Cliffs along the Chapel / Mosquito Loop Mineral stained cliffs and collapsed rock arch along Lake Superior Springtime along the Chapel / Mosquito hiking loop NPS Geodiversity Atlas—Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan Each park-specific page in the NPS Geodiversity Atlas provides basic information on the significant geologic features and processes occurring in the park. [Site Under Development] hikers on point overlooking lakeshore and bluffs Great Lakes Mapping Great Lakes Network staff assisted Midwest Region staff in a mapping project that reveals a whole new way of looking at the Great Lakes parks. oblique view of the Gull Island shoal, Apostle Islands NL, Lake Superior 2019 Connecting with our Homelands Awardees Hopa Mountain, in partnership with the National Park Service, is pleased to announce the 2019 awardees of the Connecting with our Homelands travel grants. Twenty-one Indigenous organizations, schools, and nonprofits have been awarded travel funds for trips to national park units across 12 states/territories within the United States. An elder and young student talk while sitting on a rock. Nighttime Navigation and Light Station Landscapes Lighthouses of the Great Lakes region are historic navigational aids that have guided sailors under dark skies, around dangerous coast lines, and through treacherous weather. The light station landscapes are an important cultural resource, representing developments in navigational technology and patterns of commerce and settlement. The landscape features suggest the lives of the keepers and their families who operated these lights, guiding ships through dark waters. Aerial view of a light station with cylindrical light tower, surrounded by trees and grass. Bat Projects in Parks: Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Surveying bats using mist netting in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. The Pictured Rocks over Lake Superior in Pictured Rock National Lakeshore Using Lake Superior parks to explain the Midcontinent Rift Explaining the spectacular scenery around Lake Superior resulting from the 1.1 billion–year–old Midcontinent Rift System gives park interpreters an opportunity to discuss some of the most important processes that shape our planet and influenced the region’s settlement and growth. Kayakers paddle past sandstone rocks at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore (Seth Stein) Letter to the Editor The EPA updated its criteria for assessing water and sediment quality. This enabled a more nuanced analysis of water quality conditions in the Great Lakes. Our analysis suggests that parks would benefit from additional work on water clarity. Nearshore water quality monitoring station near Sand Island, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore 2005 NPS Environmental Achievement Awards Recipients of the 2005 NPS Environmental Achievement Awards Nearshore conditions in the Great Lakes national parks: A baseline water quality and toxicological assessment Field survey results suggest generally good water quality, although nutrient concentrations were unexpectedly high near several parks, and metals and legacy pollutants continue to affect sediments and fish. Nearshore water quality monitoring station near Sand Island, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Coloring Fun for Young Kids Color a few of the scenic places and special things found in Pictured Rocks. You can print these drawings that were created by our park rangers. Colored in coloring page with crayons laying on top of it. Celebrating soils across the National Park System First in a series of three "In Focus" articles that share insights into the near-universal and far-reaching effects of soils on the ecology, management, and enjoyment of our national parks. Fossil soils at Cabrillo National Monument reveal marine deposits Be a Virtual Junior Ranger Participate in our six online activities to complete your Junior Ranger mission right from home and earn your virtual badge and certificate. And don't forget to take the official pledge with Ranger Zach via the posted video. So if you're ready, your online mission can start now! A Junior Ranger quietly makes observations in nature with his notebook Series: National Park Service Geodiversity Atlas The servicewide Geodiversity Atlas provides information on <a href="https://www.nps.gov/subjects/geology/geoheritage-conservation.htm">geoheritage</a> and <a href="https://www.nps.gov/subjects/geology/geodiversity.htm">geodiversity</a> resources and values all across the National Park System to support science-based management and education. The <a href="https://www.nps.gov/orgs/1088/index.htm">NPS Geologic Resources Division</a> and many parks work with National and International <a href="https://www.nps.gov/subjects/geology/park-geology.htm">geoconservation</a> communities to ensure that NPS abiotic resources are managed using the highest standards and best practices available. park scene mountains Series: NPS Environmental Achievement Awards Since 2002, the National Park Service (NPS) has awarded Environmental Achievement (EA) Awards to recognize staff and partners in the area of environmental preservation, protection and stewardship. A vehicle charges at an Electric Vehicle charging station at Thomas Edison National Historical Park Paleozoic Era During the Paleozoic Era (541 to 252 million years ago), fish diversified and marine organisms were very abundant. In North America, the Paleozoic is characterized by multiple advances and retreats of shallow seas and repeated continental collisions that formed the Appalachian Mountains. Common Paleozoic fossils include trilobites and cephalopods such as squid, as well as insects and ferns. The greatest mass extinction in Earth's history ended this era. fossil corals in a rock matrix Wildland Fire in Red Pine and White Pine The red pine and white pine forest inhabits the cooler climates of the upper Midwest. They once covered large areas of northern Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. Red and white pine forests owe their presence and persistence in large part to fire. Although both types of trees can live in areas without fire, especially on very sandy soils, frequent fires are necessary for healthy forests. Small flames consume dead pine needles and log under red and white pine trees. Orlando Poe - Visionary Engineer Rising to the position of Major General William Sherman’s Chief Engineer. Poe carried out the order to burn Atlanta in 1864, by building the roads and bridges that made Sherman’s March to the Sea possible. Despite his accomplishments during The Civil War, Orlando Metcalfe Poe, would be remembered in the Great Lakes as the visionary engineer of lighthouse towers and the Soo Locks. Historical Photograph of Orlando Poe during his time at West Point. Invasive Mussels at Apostle Islands: They're Hardier than You Thought Lake Superior was once thought to be inhospitable to zebra and quagga mussels because of it’s cold water and low calcium levels, yet they have been found in the waters of Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in recent investigations. What is the National Park Service doing, and what can you do to help? A map of the western end of Lake Superior, including Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Shipwrecks of Pictured Rocks Shipwrecks near Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

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