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High-Tech Irrigation System Will Keep Historic Gateway To The White House Green

The National Park Service is bringing the beautification of the lawn and gardens of Lafayette Park into the digital age. The seven-acre park just north of the White House will soon be served by a high-tech, water-saving irrigation system that includes intelligent sensors that adjust to evaporation rates and weather conditions like rain or freezing temperatures.

President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama To Light National Christmas Tree

President Barack Obama, and First Lady Michelle Obama will help wrap the National Park Service centennial celebrations when they officially light the National Christmas Tree in President's Park on Thursday during the 2016 National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony. Olympic Gold Medalist swimmer Simone Manuel is also set to make a special appearance with First Lady Michelle Obama.

The Lumineers, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood To Perform At 94th Annual National Christmas Tree Lighting

The Lumineers, Garth Brooks, and Trisha Yearwood have been added to the lineup for the 94th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony. They will join James Taylor, Chance the Rapper, Kelly Clarkson, and Yolanda Adams in performing a collection of holiday favorites.

Secret Service And National Park Service Designing New Fences For White House

The United States Secret Service and the National Park Service have presented concepts for a new White House fence to the Commission of Fine Arts for concept approval. The CFA voted to approve the essential components of the agencies’ preferred concept, which will be further developed and refined in the coming months.

National Christmas Tree Lighting Set For December 4; Ticket Lottery Opens October 17

The National Park Service and the National Park Foundation have set the date for the 92nd annual National Christmas Tree Lighting on the White House Ellipse at President’s Park. This year’s kick-off to the holiday season in the nation’s capital will be held Thursday, December 4, at 5 p.m. Free tickets for the lighting ceremony will be awarded through an online lottery.

Can You Identify These "Historic Firsts" In The National Park System?

The country's first National Historic Site celebrated its 75th anniversary earlier this month, and the occasion offers the opportunity for some fun challenges for NPS trivia buffs. Can you identify the NPS area claiming this historic "first"? How about the location of America's first National Battlefield, or the former national park that's now a national monument?

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