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#FindYourPark National Park Week-Apr 16-24

Thanks to all those who followed our spotlights of many of the Great National Parks across America. As you are planning your vacations for this summer, we encourage you to #FindYourPark as a way of celebrating the 100 year anniversary of the U.S. National Park System. For more info on the many great places to see and visit go to:

http://www.nps.gov

To help celebrate U.S. National Park Week, April 16-24, we are showcasing several of those great places, with a bit of educational  fun including a little history, some photo based trivia and perhaps even a laugh or two. We add in our own edition of "where's the Polly Product?" thanks to the magic of Photoshop. We make park benches, picnic tables, trash and recycling receptacles, and outdoor message center signs, all made out of 100% post-consumer recycled plastic. Here are the National Parks we spotlighted over the past week.

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In 1909 a paleontologist, Earl Douglas, discovered 8 dinosaur tail bones exposed in stone. Further excavation revealed one of the largest finds of various dinosaur species including Allosaurus, Apatosaurus, Camarasaurus, Diplodicus, and Stegosaurus. Visitors to Dinosaur National Monument on the border of Colorado and Utah, can even touch some of the 149 million year old fossils that make up the “wall of bones” which has over 1,500 exposed fossils. The Polly Product is a weather resistant Specialty Viewing Message Center made of Recycled Plastic. However the sign is from the quarry area.

For more info, please see:

https://www.nps.gov/dino/planyourvisit/quarry-exhibit-hall.htm

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Over 7000 years ago, Mount Mazama, a large stratovolcano in Oregon exploded in a violent eruption that was at least 42 times more powerful than Mt. St. Helens. The remaining deep volcanic crater then filled with water from rain and melting snow to form Crater Lake which is “like no place else on Earth.” Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the U.S. and  is about 5 miles wide and 6 miles long with two islands created by later small volcano eruptions. The Polly Product is a Plaza Picnic Table made from 100% recycled Plastic.

For more info please visit

https://www.nps.gov/crla

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This is the Narrows of Zion National Park in Southern Utah.The lower part is a wide open canyon with towering steep mountains along both sides. However the upper part of the Canyon narrows to as little as 20 feet wide. Hiking up the riverbed is a popular activity, but dangerous raging flash floods do sometimes occur when a heavy rain hits the area.

The Polly Product is a weather resistant Large Message Center made from recycled plastic.

For more information about hiking the riverbed trail through  the Narrows go to:

http://www.nps.gov/zion/planyourvisit/narrowstopdown.htm

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Mesa Verde National Park in Southwestern Colorado is home to the ruins of over 600 cliff dwellings built between 1190 & 1280 A.D. These range from small dwellings to larger communities build under overhanging cliffs to protect the dwellings and inhabitants from weather.  We know very little about the Ancestral Puebloans other than what we can learn from the dwellings they lived in and the few artifacts that have been found. Most abandoned their farms and homes around 1280-1285, likely due to severe droughts that hit the area.

The Polly product is an 8 ft. Traditional Park Bench, off in the distance on the left. For more information go to the Park's website.

http://www.nps.gov/meve

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Did you guess Badlands National Park in South Dakota? This fossil is a Saber Tooth Tiger skull that was found in the park in May 2010 by a 7 year old girl named Kylie from Georgia. She did the right thing by reporting what she discovered to the Park Rangers and they had Paleontologists come out and investigate what she found.  They carefully excavated the rock area surrounding the fossil, and took that to a lab where it could be carefully removed and studied. So if you find a fossil in a National Park, please don’t dig it, but rather report it to a Park Ranger so scientists can investigate what it is and possibly excavate so that it can be preserved.

To read more about Kylie’s story, including several photos from the discovery, excavation and lab work:

http://www.nps.gov/badl/learn/photosmultimedia/upload/Kylies_Fossil_Find_PowerPoint_9MB.pptx

And Badlands National Park Website:

http://www.nps.gov/badl

The Polly Product is an 8 ft. Landmark Bench with a Black Frame and Green Boards, all made from 100% recycled plastic.

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This is Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore located here in our home state of Michigan. The Great Lakes area was originally sculpted by ancient glaciers that retreated thousands of years ago. The waves of water and winter ice of Lake Superior has further eroded the sandstone into dramatic cliffs, caves and other intricate formations. Nature then “painted” them different colors with various mineral stains that leach out from the rock.

The Polly Product is a Double Duty Trash & Recycle Receptacle made from 100% Recycled Plastic. For more information go to:

http://www.nps.gov/piro

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Skyline Drive runs along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains through the entire length of Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. 75 overlooks along the 105 mile winding road offer breathtaking views of the Shenandoah Valley and Virginia Piedmont to the east. If you prefer hiking, there are over 500 miles of trails. The Polly Product is a Mile Marker made of 100% Recycled Plastic, so it won’t rot or deteriorate like wood will.

For more information about

http://www.nps.gov/shen

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241 years ago today on April 19, 1775 the first shots of the Revolutionary War were fired near Lexington, then as the battle ensued it continued to Concord. This starting of the Revolutionary war became known as “the Shot Heard ‘Round the World.” The Minute Man National Historical Park honors those Minute Men militia troops who fought for their Independence and eventually the birth of a New Nation.  The “Find the Polly Product” is a 6 ft. Cambridge Bench in Black Base with Sand planks made from 100% recycled Plastic.

For more information on the Minute Man National Historical Park, visit their website at

http://www.nps.gov/mima

 

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Delicate Arch is 65 feet tall and one of the most recognized landmarks in Utah, appearing on license plates in Utah and The America the Beautiful State Quarter for Utah in 2014.

Coin for-ArchesIt is one of over 2,000 sandstone arches located in Arches National Park. Climbing on Delicate Arch, as well as any other named arch formation in the Park is prohibited. The featured Polly Product that has been added with the magic of Photoshop, is a weather resistant Small Message Center made from 100% Recycled Plastic. For more info visit their website:

http://www.nps.gov/arch

 

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Did you guess Yellowstone National Park? But please don’t feed the bears nor leave your “pic-i-nic” basket where they can find it.

According the National Park Service,  feeding wild animals “is unhealthy, and encourages aggressive behavior that may require management action.”

https://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/picnic.htm

And the Polly Products (there are 2): a Polly Tuff Easy Access Picnic Table, and a weather-resistant Small Message Center, both which are made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic.

So get out there this week and #FindYourPark

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Did you figure this out from the Alligator or the clue that it is the largest subtropical wilderness in the US help. The answer is the Everglades National Park in Southern Florida. So in finding out whether the alligators at Everglades have a history of biting, the NPS office there answers that question on their website at

https://www.nps.gov/ever/faqs.htm#SIX

Q#6: “Has anyone in the park ever been hurt by an alligator?”

A: “There are no documented accounts of any alligator attacks inside the park in the past decade. Gators that live near urban areas are typically more aggressive and dangerous as they have been fed by people in the past and are more likely to approach humans. Inside the park gators are not fed (let's hope not) and so do not associate humans with food, let's keep it that way!”

But it may be a good idea to keep your distance.

And the Polly Product bench is a 6 ft Economizer Traditional Bench with a black frame and Cedar planks, made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic.

 

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Do you know where this is? or at least figure out that it was where the battle occurred that inspired our National Anthem. It is Fort McHenry on Baltimore Harbor in Maryland. In September of 1814 Francis Scott Key met with the British on a diplomatic mission to get a prisoner released. But he was also taken captive so as not to be able to warn the American Troops that Baltimore was about to be attacked. He and 2 other Americans witnessed the naval battle from behind enemy lines aboard a British ship. The Battle raged all day and into the night, but when firing stopped during the darkness, they didn't know who won. Then at "dawn's early light" they could see "that our flag was still there." That signaled that the US had triumphed, which was a turning point in the War of 1812. Francis Scott Key wrote the words, while he was still being held by the British for a few days before being released. And that is how our National Anthem was born.

For more info about Fort McHenry, go to the National Parks' website at:

http://www.nps.gov/fomc

And the Polly Product is a 6 ft White Cambridge Park Bench made of 100% recycled plastic which is right below the flag pole.

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Of course this is the Grand Canyon, and there really isn't one of our 6 foot Traditional park benches on top of this pinnacle near Mather Point on the South Rim, but that is part of the fun.

Each of our posts will be a little bit different, but here is our first one to show you how it works:

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The Place: Yosemite National Park in California, from the top of Glacier Point with Yosemite Falls in the background. The Polly Product: is our signature 4 ft. Traditional "Buddy Bench".  Who are these buddies? President Theodore Roosevelt on the left, and John Muir on the right.These two men did great things to lay the foundations for the National Park System.

John Muir was a founder of the Sierra Club, and became instrumental in aiding the preservation of land for seven National Parks. In 1903 he gave President Theodore Roosevelt a three day camping tour of Yosemite National Park to see many of the magnificent views of the scenery there. President Roosevelt, after experiencing Yosemite and several other National Parks that year, would become one of the greatest political advocates and a primary supporter of the National Parks, signing legislation that established five additional National Parks, and designated 18 National Monuments during his presidency.

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We will periodically post the latest posts below along with the answers and a little bit more information about each park. So have fun, and go #FindYourPark.

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