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Earlier this summer, the First Family traveled to Yosemite National Park to celebrate the centennial of the National Park Service. Today, on the National Parks 100th birthday, you can experience the President’s trip to Yosemite like never before through virtual reality (VR).

In a first-ever VR experience featuring President Obama, witness Marine One lower into Ahwahnee Meadow, float in a canoe on the Merced River, and gaze up at the sequoias in Mariposa Grove and take in stunning views of Yosemite Falls.



President Obama on National Parks

This week is the 100th anniversary of the creation of America's National Park Service, marking a time to reflect on the history of America's iconic landscapes and historical sites, and to take action that will inspire the next century of conservation and historic preservation.

In honor of this anniversary, President Obama is designating the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument -- a site that encompasses awe-inspiring mountains, forests, and waters of north-central Maine.



In this week's address, President Obama commemorated the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service and encouraged Americans to "Find Your Park." First Lady Michelle Obama and Mrs. Laura Bush are serving as honorary co-chairs of the National Parks Centennial Celebration to raise awareness and help Americans connect with their favorite parks and public lands.



The White House Internship Program is a longstanding tradition in the White House. The hands-on experience is designed to mentor and cultivate today’s young leaders and prepare them for a future in public service. Over the past 8 years, young people from all 50 states have served as a part of the Obama administration in 16 different departments within the White House.



The state of Louisiana continues to deal with a significant level of flooding and one of the worst natural disasters in recent years. This morning, the President spoke with FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, who traveled to Louisiana yesterday, to receive an update on the response to ongoing flooding in the state.  In the latest of a series of updates the President has been receiving since the weekend, Administrator Fugate briefed the President on the resources that have been provided to support the response and recovery, including FEMA Corps volunteers and federal assistance available to individuals who have been impacted.



Ed. note: This is cross-posted on EPA's blog. You can read the original post here

In 2013, President Obama announced his Climate Action Plan, a bold plan that is now on track to reduce emissions from nearly every sector of our economy.



Since President Obama took office in 2009, the Administration has made science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education as one of its priorities—making sure that opportunities and resources are available to succeed.

The President has made a commitment to hiring, developing, and retaining 100,000 effective STEM teachers. EPA’s Office of Environmental Education is working to reach that goal by placing STEM education as its focus in the 2016 Presidential Environmental Education Ceremony—an opportunity for the Nation’s brightest students to bring their projects and insights to the White House.



In this week's address, President Obama discussed the progress we have made to combat global climate change. During the Obama Administration, we have made ambitious investments in clean energy and achieved reductions in carbon emissions – increasing wind power and solar power, and decreasing the amount of carbon pollution from our energy sector to its lowest level in 25 years.



President Barack Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia shop for books at Politics and Prose in Washington, D.C., on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Barack Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia shop for books at Politics and Prose in Washington, D.C., on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Today, President Obama shared his official summer reading list -- a mix of fiction and non-fiction, including a Pulitzer Prize-winning surf memoir, a psychological thriller, and a science fiction novel.

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