Help and Information Center

Welcome to the Help and Information Center of Views of the National Parks. We want you to get the most out of your experience. To enhance your experience, visit the multimedia version of Views.

 

Welcome!

Welcome to Views of the National Parks.

The United States' national park system is a magnificent quiltwork of people and places stitched seamlessly in the fabric of the American experience. Come, explore this mosaic where the natural world and our cultural heritage are deeply intertwined. Investigate natural wonders and the powerful forces that sculpt them. Discover how the natural landscape has shaped - and been shaped by - the American people. Recognize the uniqueness and diversity of our many cultures and celebrate the threads that join us all as Americans.

Connect with the stories of your national parks, and "Experience your America."

 

Navigation

Views of the National Parks can be navigated by using a mouse or a keyboard. Use the mouse to explore each page, highlighting images or selecting where to go next. Keyboard controls allow the same functionality to choose how to move around the site. Select a choice below to learn more.

Using the Keyboard

We continually strive to ensure that everyone can navigate the program. To aid in this endeavor, two alternative forms of keyboard navigation are incorporated.

 

Tab Indexing

Tab indexing is provided so controls can be cycled through using the "Tab" key (Internet Explorer or Netscape 7+). Press "Enter" to execute a highlighted control.

 

Access Keys

Pressing the "Alt" key in combination with another key will either highlight the control associated with the key (Internet Explorer) or execute the control (Netscape). Press "Enter" to execute a highlighted control. Highlight text for each control shows the key used, or here is a list of standard access keys used:

Alt + H - Opens the Help and Information Center
Alt + I - Returns to the index of the current module
Alt + V - Returns to the Views Visitor Center
Alt + Z - Goes to the previous page
Alt + G - Opens the glossary for the current module
Alt + U - Goes to the Challenge Your Understanding part of the current module
Alt + T - Opens the Text-Only page
Alt + R - Opens the Teacher Resource Center

 

Icons and Images

Throughout Views are many images and icons that aid in navigation. These can appear in three locations. Select a choice below to learn more about the different locations.

 

Navigation Bar

The navigation bar is the black bar at the bottom of most screens. Icons are arranged across the bar in a standard array. Here is what each of icon does.

1. Alt + H - Opens the Help and Information Center
2. Alt + I - Returns to the index of the current module
3. Alt + V - Returns to the Views Visitor Center
4. Alt + Z - Goes to the previous page
5. Alt + G - Opens the glossary for the current module
6. Alt + T - Opens the Text-Only page
7. Alt + R - Opens the Teacher Resource Center

 

Banner

This is the image directly below the top black bar. It provides links to the major sections of a virtual experience or knowledge center.

Click a text choice, or use the access key, to select a choice. Use access keys 1 through 9, depending on the number of choices.

 

Main Body

This is where all the information is presented. Many forms of interactive media are used: images, diagrams, maps, video, and audio.

See the multimedia section to learn more about interacting with these different forms of media.

 

Contact Information

Views of the National Parks is being developed by staff of the Natural Resource Program Center of the National Park Service. This program is free for use. Please contact anyone on the Views team to learn more about the program or to request a CD.

Bruce Nash - Project Manager
email...bruce_nash@nps.gov
phone...(303) 987 - 6697

Erika K. Matteo - Project Lead
email...erika_matteo@nps.gov
phone...(303) 969 - 2684

David S. Krueger - Project Lead
email...david_krueger@nps.gov
phone...(303) 969 - 2033

 

Publications and Handouts

Open one of the handouts listed below to learn more about Views of the National Parks or a particular module. These handouts are in PDF format, so you will need the appropriate software to view them.

Views of the National Parks

Florissant Fossil Beds
Geology and History of the National Mall
Grand Canyon Wildlife Research Expedition
Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument
The Siege of Petersburg
Pu'uhonua o Honaunau

Caves and Karst
Coastal Geology
Glaciers
Invasive Species
Sonoran Desert
Volcanism
Wilderness

 

Links

Views Visitor Center

 

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