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Activator Tips & Site-Specific Guidelines from NPS

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  • Affiliated Areas - AA (25)

    AA01:  Aleutian World War II National Historic Area, Alaska
    AA02:  American Memorial Park, Saipan
    AA03:  Benjamin Franklin National Memorial, Pennsylvania
    AA04:  Chicago Portage National Historic Site, Illinois
    AA05:  Chimney Rock National Historic Site, Nebraska
    AA06:  Fallen Timbers Battlefield and Fort Miamis National Historic Site, Ohio
    AA07:  Father Marquette National Memorial, Michigan
    AA08:  Gloria Dei (Old Swedes') Church National Historic Site, Pennsylvania
    AA09:  Green Springs National Historic Landmark District, Virginia
    AA10:  Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site, South Carolina
    AA11:  Ice Age National Scientific Reserve, Wisconsin
    AA12:  International Peace Garden, North Dakota-Manitoba
    AA13:  Inupiat Heritage Center, Alaska
    AA14:  Jamestown National Historic Site, Virginia
    AA15:  Kate Mullany National Historic Site, New York
    AA16:  Lower East Side Tenement National Historic Site, New York
    AA17:  New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail Route
    AA18:  Oklahoma City National Memorial
    AA19:  Pinelands National Reserve, New Jersey
    AA20:  Red Hill Patrick Henry National Memorial, Virginia
    AA21:  Roosevelt Campobello International Park, New Brunswick, Canada
    AA22:  Sewall-Belmont House National Historic Site, District of Columbia
    AA23:  Thomas Cole National Historic Site, New York
    AA24:  Touro Synagogue National Historic Site, Rhode Island
    AA25:  Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience

  • National Battlefields - BF (11)

    BF01:  Antietam, Maryland
    BF02:  Big Hole, Montana
    BF03:  Cowpens, South Carolina
    BF04:  Fort Donelson, Tennessee-Kentucky
    BF05:  Fort Necessity, Pennsylvania
    BF06:  Monocacy, Maryland
    BF07:  Moores Creek, North Carolina
    BF08:  Petersburg, Virginia
    BF09:  Stones River, Tennessee
    BF10:  Tupelo, Mississippi
    BF11:  Wilson's Creek, Missouri

  • National Battlefield Parks - BP (4)

    BP01:  Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia
    BP02:  Manassas, Virginia
    BP03:  Richmond, Virginia
    BP04:  River Raisin, Michigan

  • National Battlefield Sites - BS (1)

    BS01:  Brices Cross Roads, Mississippi

  • Other Designations - DZ (11)

    DZ01:  Catoctin Mountain Park, Maryland
    DZ02:  Constitution Gardens, District of Columbia
    DZ03:  Fort Washington Park, Maryland
    DZ04:  Greenbelt Park, Maryland
    DZ05:  National Capital Parks, District of Columbia
    DZ06:  National Mall, District of Columbia
    DZ07:  Piscataway Park, Maryland
    DZ08:  Prince William Forest Park, Virginia
    DZ09:  Rock Creek Park, District of Columbia
    DZ10:  White House, District of Columbia
    DZ11:  Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, Virginia

  • National Historical Parks - HP (49)

    HP01:  Abraham Lincoln Birthplace, Kentucky
    HP02:  Adams, Massachusetts
    HP03:  Appomattox Court House, Virginia
    HP04:  Boston, Massachusetts
    HP05:  Cane River Creole NHP and Heritage Area, Louisiana
    HP06:  Cedar Creek & Belle Grove, Virginia
    HP07:  Chaco Culture, New Mexico
    HP08:  Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, Maryland-West Virginia-District of Columbia
    HP09:  Colonial, Virginia
    HP10:  Cumberland Gap, Kentucky-Tennessee-Virginia
    HP11:  Dayton Aviation Heritage, Ohio
    HP12:  First State, Delaware
    HP13:  George Rogers Clark, Indiana
    HP14:  Harpers Ferry, West Virginia-Maryland
    HP15:  Hopewell Culture, Ohio
    HP16:  Independence, Pennsylvania
    HP17:  Jean Lafitte NHP and Preserve, Louisiana
    HP18:  Kalaupapa, Hawaii
    HP19:  Kaloko-Honokohau, Hawaii
    HP20:  Keweenaw, Michigan
    HP21:  Klondike Gold Rush, Alaska-Washington
    HP22:  Klondike Gold Rush, Seattle Unit
    HP23:  Lewis & Clark, Oregon, Washington
    HP24:  Lowell, Massachusetts
    HP25:  Lyndon B. Johnson, Texas
    HP26:  Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller, Vermont
    HP27:  Minute Man, Massachusetts: Open sunrise-sunset. No entrance fee. No camping. During the winter there are building closures, which may mean no restrooms. - KC1AJT Jan 19
    HP28:  Morristown, New Jersey
    HP29:  Natchez, Mississippi
    HP30:  New Bedford Whaling, Massachusetts
    HP31:  New Orleans Jazz, Louisiana
    HP32:  Nez Perce, Idaho
    HP33:  Palo Alto Battlefield, Texas
    HP34:  Paterson Great Falls, New Jersey
    HP35:  Pecos, New Mexico
    HP36:  Pu'uhonua o Hōnaunau, Hawaii (formerly, City of Refuge)
    HP37:  Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front, Richmond, California
    HP38:  Salt River Bay NHP & Ecological Preserve, St. Croix, Virgin Islands
    HP39:  San Antonio Missions, Texas
    HP40:  San Francisco Maritime, California
    HP41:  San Juan Island, Washington
    HP42:  Saratoga, New York
    HP43:  Sitka, Alaska
    HP44:  Thomas Edison, New Jersey
    HP45:  Tumacacori, Arizona
    HP46:  Valley Forge, Pennsylvania
    HP47:  War in the Pacific, Guam
    HP48:  Women's Rights, New York
    HP49:  Blackstone River Valley

  • International Historic Sites - HS (1)

    HS01:  Saint Croix Island, Maine

  • National Lakeshores - LK (4)

    LK01:  Apostle Islands, Wisconsin
    LK02:  Indiana Dunes, Indiana
    LK03:  Pictured Rocks, Michigan
    LK04:  Sleeping Bear Dunes, Michigan

  • National Monuments - MN (79)

    MN01:  African Burial Ground, New York
    MN02:  Agate Fossil Beds, Nebraska
    MN03:  Alibates Flint Quarries, Texas
    MN04:  Aniakchak, Alaska
    MN05:  Aztec Ruins, New Mexico
    MN06:  Bandelier, New Mexico
    MN07:  Booker T. Washington, Virginia
    MN08:  Buck Island Reef, Virgin Islands
    MN09:  Cabrillo, California
    MN10:  Canyon de Chelly, Arizona
    MN11:  Cape Krusenstern, Alaska
    MN12:  Capulin Volcano, New Mexico
    MN13:  Casa Grande Ruins, Arizona
    MN14:  Castillo de San Marcos, Florida
    MN15:  Castle Clinton, New York
    MN16:  Cedar Breaks, Utah
    MN17:  Cesar E. Chavez, California
    MN18:  Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers, Ohio
    MN19:  Chiricahua, Arizona
    MN20:  Colorado, Colorado
    MN21:  Craters of the Moon, Idaho
    MN22:  Devils Postpile, California
    MN23:  Devils Tower, Wyoming
    MN24:  Dinosaur, Colorado-Utah
    MN25:  Effigy Mounds, Iowa
    MN26:  El Malpais, New Mexico
    MN27:  El Morro, New Mexico
    MN28:  Florissant Fossil Beds, Colorado
    MN29:  Fort Frederica, Georgia
    MN30:  Fort Matanzas, Florida
    MN31:  Fort McHenry NM and Historic Shrine, Maryland
    MN32:  Fort Monroe, Virginia
    MN33:  Fort Pulaski, Georgia
    MN34:  Fort Stanwix, New York
    MN35:  Fort Sumter, South Carolina
    MN36:  Fort Union, New Mexico
    MN37:  Fossil Butte, Wyoming
    MN38:  George Washington Birthplace, Virginia
    MN39:  George Washington Carver, Missouri
    MN40:  Gila Cliff Dwellings, New Mexico: Hugh (monument manager), his staff and volunteers were extremely accommodating.  The topography is challenging. We set up in the SE corner of the parking lot to provide the best chance for working towards the east and northeast. - N2IC Jan 8
    MN41:  Governors Island, Governors Island, New York
    MN42:  Grand Portage, Minnesota
    MN43:  Hagerman Fossil Beds, Idaho
    MN44:  Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad, Maryland
    MN45:  Hohokam Pima, Arizona (NO PUBLIC ACCESS)
    MN46:  Homestead NM of America, Nebraska
    MN47:  Hovenweep, Colorado-Utah
    MN48:  Jewel Cave, South Dakota
    MN49:  John Day Fossil Beds, Oregon
    MN50:  Lava Beds, California
    MN51:  Little Bighorn Battlefield, Montana
    MN52:  Montezuma Castle, Arizona
    MN53:  Muir Woods, California
    MN54:  Natural Bridges, Utah
    MN55:  Navajo, Arizona
    MN56:  Ocmulgee, Georgia
    MN57:  Oregon Caves, Oregon
    MN58:  Organ Pipe Cactus, Arizona
    MN59:  Petroglyph, New Mexico
    MN60:  Pipe Spring, Arizona
    MN61:  Pipestone, Minnesota
    MN62:  Poverty Point, Louisiana
    MN63:  Rainbow Bridge, Utah
    MN64:  Russell Cave, Alabama
    MN65:  Salinas Pueblo Missions, New Mexico
    MN66:  Scotts Bluff, Nebraska
    MN67:  Statue of Liberty, New York-New Jersey
    MN68:  Sunset Crater Volcano, Arizona
    MN69:  Timpanogos Cave, Utah
    MN70:  Tonto, Arizona
    MN71:  Tuzigoot, Arizona
    MN72:  Virgin Islands Coral Reef, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
    MN73:  Walnut Canyon, Arizona
    MN74:  White Sands, New Mexico
    MN75:  World War II Valor in the Pacific
    MN76:  Wupatki, Arizona
    MN77:  Yucca House, Colorado
    MN78:  Pullman National Monument, Illinois
    MN79:  Honouliuli National Monument, Hawaii

  • National Military Parks - MP (9)

    MP01:  Chickamauga and Chattanooga, Georgia-Tennessee
    MP02:  Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battlefields Memorial, Virginia
    MP03:  Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
    MP04:  Guilford Courthouse, North Carolina
    MP05:  Horseshoe Bend, Alabama
    MP06:  Kings Mountain, South Carolina
    MP07:  Pea Ridge, Arkansas
    MP08:  Shiloh, Tennessee
    MP09:  Vicksburg, Mississippi

  • National Memorials - NM (30)

    NM01:  Arkansas Post, Arkansas
    NM02:  Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial, Virginia
    NM03:  Chamizal, Texas
    NM04:  Coronado, Arizona
    NM05:  De Soto, Florida
    NM06:  Federal Hall, New York
    NM07:  Flight 93, Pennsylvania
    NM08:  Fort Caroline, Florida
    NM09:  Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, District of Columbia
    NM10:  General Grant, New York
    NM11:   Hamilton Grange, New York
    NM12:  Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, Illinois-Missouri
    NM13:  Korean War Veterans, District of Columbia
    NM14:  Johnstown Flood, Pennsylvania
    NM15:  Lincoln Boyhood, Indiana
    NM16:  Lincoln Memorial, District of Columbia
    NM17:  Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove on the Potomac, District of Columbia
    NM18:  Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, District of Columbia
    NM19:  Mount Rushmore, South Dakota
    NM20:  Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial, Ohio
    NM21:  Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial, California
                  KS6M reported Amateur Radio will not be permitted at NM21 due to military concerns.
    NM22:  Roger Williams, Rhode Island
    NM23:  Thaddeus Kosciuszko, Pennsylvania
    NM24:  Theodore Roosevelt Island, District of Columbia
    NM25:  Thomas Jefferson Memorial, District of Columbia
    NM26:  Vietnam Veterans Memorial, District of Columbia
    NM27:  Washington Monument, District of Columbia
    NM28:  World War II Memorial, Washington, District of Columbia
    NM29:  Wright Brothers, North Carolina
    NM30:  World War I Memorial, Washington, District of Columbia

  • National Parks - NP (59)

    NP01:  Acadia, Maine
    NP02:  Arches, Utah
    NP03:  Badlands, South Dakota
    NP04:  Big Bend, Texas
    NP05:  Biscayne, Florida
    NP06:  Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Colorado
    NP07:  Bryce Canyon, Utah
    NP08:  Canyonlands, Utah
    NP09:  Capitol Reef, Utah
    NP10:  Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico
    NP11:  Channel Islands, California
    NP12:  Congaree, South Carolina
    NP13:  Crater Lake, Oregon
    NP14:  Cuyahoga Valley, Ohio
    NP15:  Death Valley, California-Nevada
    NP16:  Denali, Alaska
    NP17:  Dry Tortugas, Florida
    NP18:  Everglades, Florida
    NP19:  Gates of the Arctic, Alaska
    NP20:  Glacier Bay, Alaska
    NP21:  Glacier, Montana
    NP22:  Grand Canyon, Arizona
    NP23:  Grand Teton, Wyoming
    NP24:  Great Basin, Nevada
    NP25:  Great Sand Dunes NP & Preserve, Colorado
    NP26:  Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee-North Carolina
    NP27:  Guadalupe Mountains, Texas
    NP28:  Haleakala, Hawaii
    NP29:  Hawai‘i Volcanoes, Hawaii
    NP30:  Hot Springs, Arkansas
    NP31:  Isle Royale, Michigan
    NP32:  Joshua Tree, California
    NP33:  Katmai, Alaska
    NP34:  Kenai Fjords, Alaska
    NP35:  Kings Canyon, California
    NP36:  Kobuk Valley, Alaska
    NP37:  Lake Clark, Alaska
    NP38:  Lassen Volcanic, California
    NP39:  Mammoth Cave, Kentucky
    NP40:  Mesa Verde, Colorado
    NP41:  Mount Rainier, Washington
    NP42:  National Park of American Samoa, American Samoa
    NP43:  North Cascades, Washington
    NP44:  Olympic, Washington
    NP45:  Petrified Forest, Arizona
    NP46:  Pinnacles, California
    NP47:  Redwood, California
    NP48:  Rocky Mountain, Colorado
    NP49:  Saguaro, Arizona
    NP50:  Sequoia, California
    NP51:  Shenandoah, Virginia
    NP52:  Theodore Roosevelt, North Dakota
    NP53:  Virgin Islands, Virgin Islands
    NP54:  Voyageurs, Minnesota
    NP55:  Wind Cave, South Dakota
    NP56:  Wrangell-St. Elias, Alaska
    NP57:  Yellowstone, Wyoming-Montana-Idaho
    NP58:  Yosemite, California - Official Yosemite NPOTA Document
    NP59:  Zion, Utah

  • National Historic Sites - NS (78)

    NS01:  Allegheny Portage Railroad, Pennsylvania
    NS02:  Andersonville, Georgia
    NS03:  Andrew Johnson, Tennessee
    NS04:  Bent's Old Fort, Colorado
    NS05:  Boston African American, Massachusetts
    NS06:  Brown v. Board of Education, Kansas
    NS07:  Carl Sandburg Home, North Carolina
    NS08:  Carter G. Woodson Home, District of Columbia
    NS09:  Charles Pinckney, South Carolina
    NS10:  Christiansted, Virgin Islands
    NS11:  Clara Barton, Maryland
    NS12:  Edgar Allan Poe, Pennsylvania
    NS13:  Eisenhower, Pennsylvania
    NS14:  Eleanor Roosevelt, New York
    NS15:  Eugene O'Neill, California
    NS16:  First Ladies, Canton, Ohio
    NS17:  Ford's Theatre, District of Columbia
    NS18:  Fort Bowie, Arizona
    NS19:  Fort Davis, Texas
    NS20:  Fort Laramie, Wyoming
    NS21:  Fort Larned, Kansas
    NS22:  Fort Point, California
    NS23:  Fort Raleigh, North Carolina
    NS24:  Fort Scott, Kansas
    NS25:  Fort Smith, Arkansas-Oklahoma
    NS26:  Fort Union Trading Post, Montana-North Dakota
    NS27:  Fort Vancouver, Washington
    NS28:  Frederick Douglass, District of Columbia
    NS29:  Frederick Law Olmsted, Massachusetts
    NS30:  Friendship Hill, Pennsylvania
    NS31:  Golden Spike, Utah
    NS32:  Grant-Kohrs Ranch, Montana
    NS33:  Hampton, Maryland
    NS34:  Harry S Truman, Missouri
    NS35:  Herbert Hoover, Iowa
    NS36:  Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt, New York
    NS37:  Hopewell Furnace, Pennsylvania
    NS38:  Hubbell Trading Post, Arizona
    NS39:  James A. Garfield, Ohio
    NS40:  Jimmy Carter, Georgia
    NS41:  John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Massachusetts
    NS42:  John Muir, California
    NS43:  Knife River Indian Villages, North Dakota
    NS44:  Lincoln Home, Illinois
    NS45:  Little Rock Central High School, Arkansas
    NS46:  Longfellow House - Washington's Headquarters, Massachusetts
    NS47:  Maggie L. Walker, Virginia
    NS48:  Manzanar, California
    NS49:  Martin Luther King, Jr., Georgia
    NS50:  Martin Van Buren, New York
    NS51:  Mary McLeod Bethune Council House, District of Columbia
    NS52:  Minidoka, S. Central, Idaho
    NS53:  Minuteman Missile, South Dakota
    NS54:  Nicodemus, Kansas
    NS55:  Ninety Six, South Carolina
    NS56:  Pennsylvania Avenue, District of Columbia
    NS57:  President William Jefferson Clinton Birthplace Home
    NS58:  Puukohola Heiau, Hawaii
    NS59:  Sagamore Hill, New York
    NS60:  Saint-Gaudens, New Hampshire
    NS61:  Saint Paul's Church, New York
    NS62:  Salem Maritime, Massachusetts
    NS63:  San Juan, Puerto Rico
    NS64:  Sand Creek Massacre, Colorado
    NS65:  Saugus Iron Works, Massachusetts
    NS66:  Springfield Armory, Massachusetts
    NS67:  Steamtown, Pennsylvania
    NS68:  Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace, New York
    NS69:  Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural, New York
    NS70:  Thomas Stone, Maryland
    NS71:  Tuskegee Airmen, Alabama
    NS72:  Tuskegee Institute, Alabama
    NS73:  Ulysses S. Grant, Missouri
    NS74:  Vanderbilt Mansion, New York
    NS75:  Washita Battlefield, Oklahoma
    NS76:  Weir Farm, Connecticut - MONDAYS ONLY 8A-12p ET. Advance registration with KX9X required.
    NS77:  Whitman Mission, Washington
    NS78:  William Howard Taft, Ohio

  • National Parkways - PK (4)

    PK01:  Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina
    PK02:  George Washington Memorial Parkway, Maryland-Virginia
    PK03:  John D. Rockefeller Jr., Memorial Parkway, Wyoming
    PK04:  Natchez Trace Parkway, Mississippi

  • National Preserves - PV (19)

    PV01:  Aniakchak, Alaska
    PV02:  Bering Land Bridge, Alaska
    PV03:  Big Cypress, Florida
    PV04:  Big Thicket, Texas
    PV05:  Craters of the Moon, Idaho
    PV06:  Denali, Alaska
    PV07:  Gates of the Arctic, Alaska
    PV08:  Glacier Bay, Alaska
    PV09:  Great Sand Dunes, Colorado
    PV10:  Katmai, Alaska
    PV11:  Lake Clark, Alaska
    PV12:  Little River Canyon, Alabama
    PV13:  Mojave, California
    PV14:  Noatak, Alaska
    PV15:  Tallgrass Prairie, Kansas
    PV16:  Timucuan Ecological and Historic, Florida
    PV17:  Wrangell-St. Elias, Alaska
    PV18:  Yukon-Charley Rivers, Alaska
    PV19:  Valles Caldera

  • National Recreation Areas - RC (18)

    RC01:  Amistad, Texas
    RC02:  Bighorn Canyon, Montana-Wyoming
    RC03:  Boston Harbor Islands, Massachusetts
    RC04:  Chattahoochee River, Georgia
    RC05:  Chickasaw, Oklahoma
    RC06:  Curecanti, Colorado
    RC07:  Delaware Water Gap, Pennsylvania-New Jersey
    RC08:  Gateway, New York-New Jersey
    RC09:  Gauley River, West Virginia
    RC10:  Glen Canyon, Arizona-Utah
    RC11:  Golden Gate, California
    RC12:  Lake Chelan, Washington
    RC13:  Lake Mead, Nevada-Arizona
    RC14:  Lake Meredith, Texas
    RC15:  Lake Roosevelt (formerly Coulee Dam), Washington
    RC16:  Ross Lake, Washington
    RC17:  Santa Monica Mountains, California
    RC18:  Whiskeytown Unit*, Whiskeytown-Shasta-Trinity, California

    (*Administered under cooperative agreements with other Federal agencies; remaining units managed by US Forest Service)

  • National Reserves - RS (2)

    RS01:  City of Rocks, Idaho
    RS02:  Ebey's Landing NH Reserve, Washington

  • National Rivers - RV (5)

    RV01:  Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, Tennessee-Kentucky
    RV02:  Buffalo National River, Arkansas
    RV03:  New River Gorge National River, West Virginia
    RV04:  Mississippi National River and Recreation Areas, Minnesota
    RV05:  Ozark National Scenic Riverways, Missouri

  • National Seashores - SS (10)

    SS01:  Assateague Island, Maryland-Virginia
    SS02:  Canaveral, Florida
    SS03:  Cape Cod, Massachusetts
    SS04:  Cape Hatteras, North Carolina
    SS05:  Cape Lookout, North Carolina
    SS06:  Cumberland Island, Georgia
    SS07:  Fire Island, New York
    SS08:  Gulf Islands, Florida-Mississippi
    SS09:  Padre Island, Texas
    SS10:  Point Reyes, California

  • National Scenic Trails - TR (3)

    TR01:  Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Maine to Georgia
    TR02:  Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail, Mississippi-Tennessee
    TR03:  Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, Virginia-Pennsylvania

  • National Wild and Scenic Rivers - WR (10)

    WR01:  Alagnak Wild River, Alaska
    WR02:  Bluestone National Scenic River, West Virginia
    WR03:  Delaware National Scenic River, Pennsylvania-New Jersey-New York
    WR04:  Great Egg Harbor National Scenic and Recreational River, New Jersey
    WR05:  Missouri National Recreational River, Nebraska-South Dakota
    WR06:  Niobrara National Scenic River, Nebraska-South Dakota
    WR07:  Obed Wild and Scenic River, Tennessee
    WR08:  Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River, Texas
    WR09:  Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway, Minnesota-Wisconsin
    WR10:  Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreation River, New York-Pennsylvania

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