New YouTube Channel!

A colleague and I are SUPER EXCITED to announce our very first vlog, i.nspiration e.ducation. The link to our first post is below in which we take you on a journey with nine high school students and one very large waterfall! We also discuss the rationale behind i.nspiration e.ducation.

Our goal is to publish one informal, but research-based, video on our channel each week, highlighting best practices in education and inspiration for teachers of life-long learning. We hope you enjoy getting to know us and subscribe to watch upcoming posts.

Happy 100th Anniversary to the National Park Service!

This month marks the 100th anniversary of our nation’s national parks. According to The National Parks: Shaping the System, published by the National Park Service, the idea of land being preserved for everyone to enjoy was first expressed in 1832 (that’s just 56 years after the birth of United States of America in 1776) and is credited to artist George Catlin. During a trip to the Dakota region in 1832, Catlin, best known for his paintings of Native Americans, pondered the impact the western expansion would have upon these civilizations, the wildlife and the wilderness. He wrote that they might be preserved “by some great protecting policy of government…in a magnificent park…a nation’s park, containing man and beast, in all the wild(ness) and freshness of their nature’s beauty.”

FB_IMG_1472161532233Yosemite was cited as a precedence when Senate Public Lands Committee Chairman Samuel C. Pomeroy of Kansas presented a park legislation bill in December 1871 to protect the Yellowstone region, keeping it in federal custody and unavailable for development. President Ulysses S. Grant signed Pomeroy’s bill into law on March 1, 1872 and Yellowstone National Park, the world’s first national park, was established. Continue reading “Happy 100th Anniversary to the National Park Service!”