Five for Friday: NPS, Earth Day

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Olympic National Park, July 2015

1.   Saturday begins National Park Week, and Saturday, April 21, is fee-free day at the parks. Learn about other special events here. Take a hike!

2. Earth Day is Sunday, April 22. The Earth Day Network is focusing on plastic pollution this year. Get involved or just learn more here.

3. While we’re on the topic of reducing waste, re-prioritizing values may be a worthwhile consideration.

4. The end of caribou in the lower 48:

 

5. Finally, a poem from Mary Oliver.

Mindful

Everyday
I see or hear
something
that more or less

kills me
with delight,
that leaves me
like a needle

in the haystack
of light.
It was what I was born for —
to look, to listen,

to lose myself
inside this soft world —
to instruct myself
over and over

in joy,
and acclamation.
Nor am I talking
about the exceptional,

the fearful, the dreadful,
the very extravagant —
but of the ordinary,
the common, the very drab,

the daily presentations.
Oh, good scholar,
I say to myself,
how can you help

but grow wise
with such teachings
as these —
the untrimmable light

of the world,
the ocean’s shine,
the prayers that are made
out of grass?

Originally published in Cape Cod Voice
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