National Parks Free Day Jan. 15-17!
Folks, the National Park Service
(our Department of Interior siblings) has just announced their calendar of 2011 Free Entrance Days
The first one is coming up this weekend, January 15-17
, so better start planning and packing for a scenic visit to your favorite park!
Of course, for many USGS scientists, "heading in for work" often means heading up to a National Park or National Seashore -- or even just stepping out from their front porch! The Western Ecological Research Center
has several teams of scientists stationed at or near these popular natural history heritage sites, studying their unique ecosystems and organisms:
Which one will you head to this weekend?
-- Ben Young Landis
Top: Half Dome is one of the many landmarks in Yosemite National Park. Image credit: USGS.