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Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park continues its popular
Release Date: 6/30/2011
Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park continues its popular summer movie series with the movie Yogi Bear, shown on the LBJ Ranch near Stonewall, TX, on Saturday, July 9. Entry to the park begins at 7 PM.
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Tuzigoot National Monument Celebrates Reopening of Visitor Center with New Exhibits
Release Date: 5/15/2011
On Friday, June 3, 2011 at 10:00 AM Tuzigoot National Monument held a celebration to mark the reopening of its visitor center museum, and a community open house followed, June 3-5, 2011.
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Montezuma Castle National Monument Visitor Center Celebrates 50th Anniversary
Release Date: 9/19/2010
On Monday, September 27, 2010, at 10:00 AM, Montezuma Castle National Monument held a 50th anniversary observance of the center's dedication.
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Peregrine's Sky
Release Date: 11/1/2009
Share in the exultation of a young bird discovering her soaring power and the wonder of the world around her with the beautiful, detailed illustrations and vibrant text of artist and author Consie Powell.
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Taco Table
Release Date: 11/1/2009
Some of the tastiest dishes in the world developed from the blending of the indigenous American and Spanish cultures. Taco Table brings this delicious food to you in a simple, clear, durable format.
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Heritage Farming in the Southwest
Release Date: 3/15/2009
Rich in tradition, dating back to the ancestral Puebloans, food of the Southwest carries the flavor of the land. Heritage Farming honors the role of Native Americans, Spanish, Mexican and today's farmers in agricultural adaption to this arid climate.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Butterflies
Release Date: 2/1/2009
Which dazzling pollinators flutter by whenever flowers bloom? How long do butterflies live? Do butterflies migrate? What kinds of plants do they prefer? Have all your questions answered about these lovely, flying wisps of color.
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50 Common Edible & Useful Plants of the Southwest
Release Date: 12/15/2008
As the indigenous people and early explorers knew, the Southwest abounds in plants that give us food, medicines, fibers, pigments, and tools. Learn how humans have drawn on the diversity of flora there.
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Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail
Release Date: 12/15/2008
Anza was a peripatetic Spanish officer and governor who, in 1775-1776, led 240 colonists from Sinaloa and Sonora, Nueva Espaņa (Mexico), overland to establish the port of San Francisco in the province then known as Alta California.
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A Quick Field Guide to Pottery Sherds in the Southwest
Release Date: 8/15/2008
Discover useful information about how ancient people made, decorated, and used their pottery along with the connection pottery makes between past and present people. Learn why pottery sherds are most significant when left in place for all to see.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Coyotes
Release Date: 8/5/2008
Why do coyotes howl? What is the difference between a coyote and a dog? Learn the answers to these questions and many others in this easy-to-follow book. Concise text and colorful photos and illustrations help you learn about this iconic predator.
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Counting Rings: Tree-Ring Dating
Release Date: 7/28/2008
A how we know booklet. This booklet explains how tree-ring dating can be used to find the age of a tree, how old pueblo ruins are, and to provide insight into science, climate, disasters, and the arts.
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Santa Fe Trail National Historic Trail
Release Date: 7/15/2008
Fresh and well-documented overview of the trail, emphasizing its importance as an international trade route.
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El Malpais National Monument
Release Date: 6/15/2008
Illustrated with twenty-four color photographs and two full-color maps, El Malpais National Monument guides readers through one of the most beautiful and accessible national parks in northwestern New Mexico.
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Kelso Depot
Release Date: 3/10/2008
Deep within the Mohave Desert, a road curves through a vast landscape. At a bend rests a fully restored Spanish revival railroad depot. Kelso Depot served as a primary stopover on the Union Pacific Railroad's route between Los Angeles and Salt Lake City.
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Tide Pools
Release Date: 3/1/2008
Learn about the many inhabitants of the tidal pools of the rocky Pacific shoreline, home to one of the richest coastal marine communities of the world, with this handy, spiral-bound, heavy-laminate field guide.
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A Guide to American Indian Beadwork of the Southwest
Release Date: 1/25/2008
Whether you are a collector or just an admirer of these colorful, artistic works, this book will enrich your experience by introducing you to the history as well as the southwestern American Indian people who make beaded works.
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Fort Laramie National Historic Site
Release Date: 10/5/2007
Established as a trading post in 1834, Fort Laramie became a military post in 1849 along the Oregon Trail in Wyoming. This historic post played an important role in the westward migration and relations with the Indians.
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Great Basin National Park
Release Date: 9/1/2007
Great Basin National Park is home to a 13,000-foot peak, a rock glacier, groves of ancient bristlecone pines, limestone caves, and alpine creeks that tumble down canyons to the sagebrush desert below.
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Capulin Volcano National Monument
Release Date: 8/1/2007
Capulin Volcano, a long-extinct cinder cone in northern New Mexico, provides an opportunity to learn about volcanoes and how they are formed. Learn about the geology, archeology, flora, and fauna of this surprising place in this colorful and introductory
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100 Common Wildflowers of the Tallgrass Prairie
Release Date: 7/29/2007
At one time, the tallgrass prairie of North America spread from the center of the continent eastward as far as Kentucky--a vast sea of wildflowers and grasses. This book is the indispensable guide to the names, characteristics, and traditional uses of the
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Earthlodge: A Home on the Central Plains
Release Date: 7/19/2007
When Lewis and Clark explored the West, they found the indigenous people living in a variety of dwellings. One of the most durable, and largest, was the earthlodge. These well-insulated homes were more than 1,200 square feet and sturdy enough for a family
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Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
Release Date: 5/1/2007
Stunning vistas, rocky coastline, secluded canyons, wildlife, and waterfalls abound in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. Informative text introduces you to the cultural and natural history, recreation opportunities, and habitat preserva
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A Desert Hello
Release Date: 1/15/2007
Come say hello to birds, bats, ants and other desert wildlife in this brightly illustrated board book. Children will be captivated by the colorful illustrations of plants and animals as they are introduced to the special place that is their desert home.
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Saguaro Height Chart
Release Date: 1/10/2007
Chart the growth of your little one and learn some fun desert facts along the way with the Saguaro Height Chart! Parents and grandparents will enjoy tracking their children's and grandchildren's height as they learn fascinating facts about the saguaro.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Hummingbirds
Release Date: 1/5/2007
How long do hummingbirds live? How fast do hummingbirds beat their wings? How do they stay warm? Where do they put their nests? Do hummingbirds migrate? Learn the answers to these questions and many others in this easy-to-read book.
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A Biography of Lady Bird Johnson
Release Date: 12/20/2006
A Biography of Lady Bird Johnson gives us a thoughtful look at the life of this influential and graceful woman. Brief and informative, the book weaves together her biography with archival images.
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WNPA Announces Scientific Research Grant Award Winners for 2007
Release Date: 12/8/2006
WNPA is pleased to announce the recipients of its scientific research award grants for 2007.
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Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve DVD released
Release Date: 12/4/2006
The DVD Sand to Summit: Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, product of a unique collaboration between WNPA and the Friends of the Dunes, has been released.
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Geronimo: A Biography
Release Date: 11/15/2006
Was Geronimo a frowning, rifle-clutching assassin or the defender of a besieged culture? Geronimo: A Biography tells his story through the land of his culture and his people.
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100 Common Wildflowers of Central California
Release Date: 6/15/2006
Central California is home to some of the most varied and wonderful wildflowers in North America. Learn about their often stunning beauty and amazing diversity with this handy field guide.
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A Guide to American Indian Folk Art of the Southwest
Release Date: 5/8/2006
Examines the whimsical and engaging styles of folk art as practiced by Apache, Hopi, Navajo, and Pueblo artisans. Part of our bestselling Indian Arts series - now with over 100,000 copies sold!
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Native Harvest: Authentic Southwestern Gardening
Release Date: 3/31/2006
This colorful book explains how anyone can grow the traditional Native foods of the Southwest. Corn, beans, squash, amaranth and many more are profiled, along with natural pest control and water harvesting techniques.
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Parks After Dark: A Beginner's Guide to Stargazing in the National Parks
Release Date: 3/1/2006
Parks After Dark begins with the basics: what is there to see, the tools needed for an enjoyable stargazing experience, and where to find additional help. Simple-to-understand star charts accompany text highlighting the most interesting objects.
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Chiricahua National Monument
Release Date: 1/23/2006
Colorful photos and illustrations bring alive the story of the "Wonderland of Rocks" in southeastern Arizona, once home to the Chiricahua Apaches.
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The Little Creek
Release Date: 10/15/2005
Children will be captivated with this tale of a stream that becomes mistreated over time. It's up to kids just like them to restore the riparian area. Written by Jennifer Ward and illustrated by Julie Scott.
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Navajo National Monument Interactive Journey CD-ROM
Release Date: 9/15/2005
Take a behind-the-scenes tour of Navajo National Monument with this unique interactive journey. Users can navigate through the ancient dwellings and learn about the history and culture of the ancestral Puebloans.
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Montezuma Castle: Home of the Prehistoric Sinagua DVD
Release Date: 9/1/2005
This award-winning film examines the legacy of the Sinagua people and their legacy left behind in northern Arizona. Includes glimpses of the interior of the cliff dwellings at Montezuma Castle National Historic Site.
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Fort Union National Monument
Release Date: 8/15/2005
For over forty years, Fort Union served as guardian of the Santa Fe Trail and supply depot for many other outposts in the West. Learn the fascinating story told by the now-crumbling adobe walls on the plains of New Mexico.
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Petroglyph National Monument
Release Date: 8/4/2005
The rough volcanic landscape west of Albuquerque, New Mexico contains thousands of petroglyphs inscribed onto boulders. Learn about the symbolic nature of the images and their importance to ancient and modern Puebloan people.
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Forts of the Permanent Indian Frontier
Release Date: 7/1/2005
First map to give a clear and graphic picture of the line of forts set up in the early 1800s to enforce a Permanent Indian Frontier.
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WNPA Announces New Affiliation
Release Date: 6/15/2005
Western National Parks Association is pleased to annouce its affiliation with Great Basin National Park. WNPA will manage sales outlets at two sites in the national park, located near Baker, NV.
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George Armstrong Custer: A Biography
Release Date: 6/1/2005
Custer's life story has been entangled in speculation and controversy since that fateful day in 1876. This first brief biography, by noted historian Mark L. Gardner, focuses on Custer's entire life - from small town upbringing to battle on the Plains.
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Judah the Dreamer: A Practical Plan for Building the Pacific Railroad
Release Date: 5/6/2005
Originally published in 1857, this "bold, startling" plan for building a transcontinental railroad was developed by a visionary young engineer who believed a rail line to California was both practical and possible.
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Clay, Copper, and Turquoise: The Museum Collection of Chaco Culture National Historical Park
Release Date: 3/25/2005
Normally unavailable for public view, the museum collection of Chaco Culture's stunning artifacts is revealed here with high-quality color photography.
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WNPA Blazes Another Trail
Release Date: 3/18/2005
Western National Parks Association is pleased to annouce its affiliation with the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. WNPA will manage a sales outlet at the National Park Service Midwest Regional Office in Omaha, NB.
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WNPA Books Receive National Award Recognition
Release Date: 3/15/2005
Western National Parks Association is pleased to announce that three of its publications received notice in the 2005 Media and Partnership Awards, sponsored by the Association of Partners for Public Lands.
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Pinnacles National Monument
Release Date: 1/31/2005
The rumpled rock formations of Pinnacles National Monument, on the San Andreas Fault in California, are part of an ancient volcano, preserved as one of the nation's first National Monuments.
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Those Who Came Before (DVD)
Release Date: 1/24/2005
Let Those Who Came Before transport you to some of the most spectacular archeological sites in the American Southwest, where the compelling cultural legacy of pre-Columbian Puebloan peoples has been unearthed and preserved.
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Trading Tradition Continues at Hubbell
Release Date: 1/15/2005
Western National Parks Association is pleased to announce the arrival of a new Trader at historic Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site, continuing the 127-year history of operation in Ganado, Arizona.
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Land of the Bighorn (DVD)
Release Date: 12/10/2004
Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area preserves a dramatic landscape dominated by a fifty mile canyon and reservoir. This new DVD also features images galleries of historic photos taken from the park's archives.
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Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
Release Date: 9/3/2004
Latest entry in Western National Parks Association's award-winning series of informative National Park publications. Learn how rock nearly two billion years old is being revealed in the stunning canyon that knifes its way through Colorado's western slope.
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Mojave National Preserve
Release Date: 9/3/2004
Latest entry in Western National Parks Association's award-winning series of informative National Park publications. Mojave National Preserve protects critical wildlife habitats and unique landforms in the Mojave Desert of southern California.
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Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument
Release Date: 9/3/2004
Latest entry in Western National Parks Association's award-winning series of informative National Park publications. Tells the story of the prehistory and history of the southwestern New Mexico monument and surrounding wilderness.
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Creepy Critters of the Southwest
Release Date: 8/23/2004
Kids love critters - and the creepier, the better! Colorful close-ups and clear text make learning about these animals an enjoyable experience.
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Do You See What I See?
Release Date: 8/16/2004
Preschoolers will be captivated by coyote singing, bobcat sneaking, and javelina running, among many others in this board book. The colorful, vivid illustrations will capture their attention as they listen to the charming rhymes.
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White Sands Aerial View Poster
Release Date: 8/2/2004
Forty-two individual aerial photographs were combined to create this fascinating look at the unique white gypsum dune field of southern New Mexico.
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Ancient Dwellings of the Southwest
Release Date: 6/11/2004
Children and adults alike will be captivated with this pop-up book. The homes and lives of ancient peoples come to life with three-dimensional depictions of pueblos and cliff dwellings.
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Keeping Promises: What is sovereignty? and other questions about Indian Country
Release Date: 6/11/2004
For hundreds of years, Native peoples have struggled to maintain their identity in the face of promises and treaties made and broken by the U.S. government. Learn how ceremony, tradition, history, law, and politics intersect to define tribal sovereignty.
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50 Common Insects of the Southwest
Release Date: 5/14/2004
The colorful and distinctive world of southwestern insects is brought to life in this handy guide. Author Carl Olson's infectious enthusiasm will fascinate with his descriptions of dozens of insects. Brilliant full-color photos throughout.
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Frequently Asked Questions About the Saguaro
Release Date: 1/1/2004
Brief, well-researched text provides the answers to the dozens of questions about the iconic giants of the Sonoran Desert. Learn the "how, where, and why" of the fascinating cactus that is such an important part of the desert ecosystem.
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Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site
Release Date: 12/28/2003
The landmark 1954 Supreme Court decision upheld the text of the Fourteenth Amendment and ended decades of racial segregation. One of our newest National Park Service locations tells the story of that decision and the events leading to it.
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A Guide to Hopi Katsina Carvings
Release Date: 12/5/2003
For hundreds of years, Hopi carvers have created intricate representations of aspects of their ceremonial ritual. Colorful illustrations and informative text give insight into painting and carving technique.
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El Morro National Monument
Release Date: 10/16/2003
El Morro - the headland - stands in northwestern New Mexico as both a landmark and a historical record. From prehistoric times to the present, visitors have carved a unique series of inscriptions that record war, exploration, hunger and death.
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The Tipi: Portable Home of the Plains
Release Date: 9/5/2003
The light weight and ease of set up made the tipi essential to nomadic Plains Indians, and the dwelling has become an icon of their culture. This concise booklet explains its history and significance.
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Pauly the Adventurous Pallid Bat
Release Date: 8/2/2003
Written by beloved children's author Heather Irbinskas, Pauly the Pallid Bat is a fun and daring story that teaches children of all ages about important members of our animal family.
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