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🤔How much of the cave is underground?⁣ ⁣ 🤔So what’s in the unexplored part of the cave?⁣ ⁣ 🤔Does it ever rain in here?⁣ ⁣ 🤔How many ping-pong balls would it take to fill this up?⁣ ⁣ 🤔So what is this — just a hole in the ground?⁣ ⁣ Umm…next question? Ever ask what time the 12pm tour is? We forgive you. Rangers love questions! It’s why we’re here! Ask away!⁣ ⁣ Image: Cavers at Carlsbad Caverns use rope to help ascend steep, slippery flowstone areas near Lake Lebarge. NPS/Jean Krejca⁣ ⁣ #FindYourPark #NationalParkService #cave #underground #carlsbadcaverns #newmexico #questions

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Release the Kraken!!!⁣ ⁣ Excuse me good sir, I do believe I should be bigger. In good time, little one. During a surface break from coral reef monitoring, marine biologists at Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park in Hawaii, noticed something small when they picked up several items of floating plastic marine debris. This beautiful little octopus was found among the debris. On their next dive, park Geoscientists released the octopus safe and sound in a small protected space.⁣ ⁣ Image: Tiny octopus found and released in #Hawaii. ⁣ 🐙 ⁣ #FindYourPark #nationalparkservice #natureupclose #octopus #oceanlife

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I’mma stab the bugs out of this tree with my face-knife!⁣ ⁣ The Pileated woodpecker is the largest woodpecker found in North America. This woodpecker is about 16-19 inches in length and looks as big as a crow. Their bill acts like a chisel to chip wood away to make their homes in trunks of large trees. A large part of their diet is made up of ants and beetles. It uses its knife-like bill to pull bark off trees to find ant colonies. It then uses its long tongue to poke into holes and drag them out. You might say they have a very particular set of skills, skills acquired over a very long pecking career. Skills that make them a nightmare for bugs…and you! (If you ever want to sleep in on Saturday. C’mon! Do you know what time it is?)⁣ ⁣ Image: Pileated woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) at Florida’s Biscayne National Park.⁣ ⁣ #FindYourPark #NationalParkService #woodpecker #birds #florida

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“There are bugs and stuff, and they will bite you on your face.” - Online Review⁣ ⁣ Meh...we like stuff. We also like to think that a visit to Sequoia National Park offers awe and wonder that comes from being surrounded by the colossal trees that inspired John Muir in his beloved Sierras. There’s also bears. Take that! Have you visited Sequoia or Kings Canyon?⁣ ⁣ Image: Bear walking among giants. James Hoang⁣ ⁣ #FindYourPark #NationalParkService #california #sequoianationalpark #trees #badreviews

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Are you prepared for a hike? If you are interested in hiking but don’t have a lot of experience, it can be a little overwhelming. We’re here to judge. Sorry. Help. We meant help.⁣ ⁣ Things to keep in mind…⁣ ⁣ Water: Hydration is an essential for any hike. Bring plenty of water. Two to three liters is generally a good rule of thumb, but if you are hiking in a hot, dry climate, you may need more. Thirsty? Your tears are not hydration relief.⁣ ⁣ Shoes: For most non-technical trails, your favorite pair of sneakers should do. For more advanced trails, a lightweight hiking boot with decent tread comes in handy. No, those flip flops won’t work. Are those crocs? Get lost.⁣ ⁣ Clothing: Always keep the weather in mind. Check the weather and bring appropriate layers so you can adjust as needed. The cape is nice but…⁣ ⁣ Extras: Sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, bug spray, and a map are good to have on hand. However, limit your accessories to the essentials? Really? How many pictures are you really going to take with the selfie stick? Remember, excessive gear dangling hillbilly-style from your pack can cause havoc on your balance and screams…well, it screams something...⁣ ⁣ Be prepared: It’s been said to study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail youuuuuuuuuuuuuu…… Oh. Didn’t see that hole. Know the terrain and stay alert on the trail to avoid potential pitfalls. You see, “pitfalls” is a metaphor for potential problems that may pop up. Also, we’re back at that hole.⁣ ⁣ Stay safe out there!⁣ ⁣ Image: An early morning picturesque view along hiking trail in the Hoodoos at Bryce Canyon. Ed Simon (sharetheexperience.org)⁣ ⁣ #FindYourPark #NationalParkService #Utah #BryceCanyon #Hoodoos #hiking101 #traillife @brycecanyonnps_gov

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When someone says it’s too soon for pumpkin spice and you realize you don’t need that kind of negativity in your life...⁣ ⁣ Well, it is officially fall. Bring on the spice! Speaking of a little spice, did you know the Northern Pygmy Owl is one of the more fierce animals found in parks? While they may be small (around 6 inches tall), pound for pound - or more specifically ounce for ounce - they are fierce. They have been known to be aggressive with animals nearly 60 times their body weight! Must be the caffeine?⁣ ⁣ Image: Is that Northern Pygmy Owl at Olympic National Park judging you? Why, yes. Yes it is...⁣ ⁣ #FindYourPark #NationalParkService #fall #pumpkinspice #owl #naturephotography #birdsofprey

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“Get me chlorophyll! Why are these people driving by and smiling at me? You monsters!” – Jim Gaffigan⁣ ⁣ What better place to witness the changing of the seasons than at one of your favorite National Parks? From Great Smoky to Yosemite, to Great Sand Dunes and Sleeping Bear Dunes, your national parks offer spectacular fall foliage viewing. Oh! There goes another leaf! What are some of your favorite areas to visit this time of year? Also, we don’t need to hear about the pine trees. We know they resent all of the attention the leaves get.⁣ ⁣ Image: Fall is golden at Great Sand Dunes! Aspens, cottonwoods, three-leaf sumac, and red osier dogwood change color while fresh snow dusts the mountains. NPS/Patrick Myers⁣ ⁣ #FindYourPark #NationalParkService #greatsanddunesnationalpark #fall #firstdayoffall #leaves #foliage #colorado

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I have the simplest tastes. I’m always satisfied with the best. Living in Alaska.⁣ ⁣ How others review me...⁣ ⁣ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “ A great friend.” - best bear friend ⁣ ⁣ ⭐️”Stop staring at me bro.” - random salmon ⁣ ⁣ ⭐️⭐️ “What’s that smell?” - moose from across the lake⁣ ⁣ ⭐️ - “Super grumpy when hungry.” - brother ⁣ ⁣ ⭐️⭐️⭐️ “Deep thinker.” - bear one log over ⁣ ⁣ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “Scares campers like no other.” - scared camper ⁣ ⁣ ⭐️ “Inconsiderate.” - log⁣ ⁣ Image: A brown bear looking for love, or just resting on a log. NPS/J. Ehrlenbach⁣ ⁣ #FindYourPark #NationalParkService #alaska #bear #swipeleft #travel

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3 weeks ago

National parks will offer free admission, wellness events, and stewardship activities for National Public Lands Day on Sept. 28 -- the country’s biggest celebration of the great outdoors! In addition to environmental stewardship activities, many events will encourage the use of public lands for education, recreation, and health benefits. Parks play a vital role in personal physical and mental well-being. Experience it firsthand with a paddle trip, wellness talk, guided hike, bike ride, art therapy session, and/or yoga class in a park. ⁣ ⁣ Find an event near you at www.nps.gov⁣ ⁣ Image: Hiking in Yosemite National Park, California. NPS⁣ ⁣ #FindYourPark #NPLD #yosemite #NationalParkService #california #outdoors #travel

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“Space. It seems to go on forever.” - Philip J. Fry⁣ ⁣ When we look up at a dark night sky, we are essentially seeing the same sky that humans have looked upon for thousands of years. The same dark and starry sky has evoked countless myths, art, literature and music from cultures around the world. It is a timeless and boundless resource. Today, nighttime views and environments are among the critical park features the National Park Service protects. Have you looked up at the stars while in a park?⁣ ⁣ Image: Stargazing at Hoodoo Ridge, Petrified Forest. A ranger with headlamp looking up at the stars. NPS/Jacob Holgerson⁣ ⁣ #NationalParkService #FindYourPark #darkskies #starrynight #petrifiedforestnationalpark #arizona #stars

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NOW AVAILABLE! Unfurnished cactus space with desert views! ⁣ ⁣ FOR REAL! This space has walls, a little pulpy, a ceiling, also a little pulpy, and blocks the wind and rain! THAT’S RIGHT! Location is the BIZ-NISSS! Walk, or flutter, anywhere in excessive heat, while also enjoying beautiful desert living. HEY! Is that a scorpion?!?⁣ ⁣ The sleeping space is AMAZING! It’s actually all the same space, but the lack of built-ins, windows, doors, and closets allow for more room to bring in extra food supplies and other fly trinkets you’ve picked up on your way home. ⁣ ⁣ Outdoor space is limited and covered with large needle-like spines. Great for security. However, if out late on the desert, fly responsibly to avoid injury getting back into space! ⁣ ⁣ Is this the cactus for YOU? Serious inquires only!⁣ ⁣ Despite the spines, which prevent hungry animals from feasting on their tissues, saguaros serve as living quarters for birds such as Gila woodpeckers, which carve out nest holes in the plants. These birds typically wait several months before moving in to give the pulp of the cactus time to dry and create a solid casing around the cavity. If empty, other birds such as owls, martins, finches, and flickers are also eager for move-in ready housing.⁣ ⁣ Image: The northern flicker (Colaptes auratus) or common flicker models cactus living at Saguaro National Park, Arizona.⁣ ⁣ #FindYourPark #nationalparkservice #cactus #saguaronationalpark #arizona #desertliving #birds

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3 weeks ago

Hey Bill. I hear the skies are gonna be cloudy all day...Bob. I’ve had it up to here with your discouraging words!⁣ ⁣ Yeah Bob! How about some good news? Did you know we hit a social media milestone? Today, we passed the 2 million mark on @instagram ! Thank you to everyone who follows and supports your national parks! ⁣ ⁣ Image: Two bison home on the range where the buffalo (bison) roam./Carol Bock (sharetheexperience.org)⁣ ⁣ #FindYourPark #NationalParkService #2million #thankyou

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