Presidential Memorandum: America’s Great Outdoors, April, 16, 2010—The memorandum calls for NOAA, along with other agencies, to create opportunities for the public to engage in environmental conservation activities and engage in educational experiences in outdoor environments managed by the federal government.

Stewardship of the Ocean, Our Coasts, and the Great Lakes, July 19, 2010 (Executive Order 13547)—The Executive Order encourages NOAA to foster public understanding of the value of the ocean, coastal resources, and the Great Lakes.


An Act to establish the “Smithsonian Institution,” for the Increase and Diffusion of Knowledge Among Men (9 Stat. 102, 1846)—The act created the Smithsonian Institution as a trust instrumentality of the United States for the “increase and diffusion of knowledge among men.” This organic act included the first functions, including creating research laboratories as well as a museum, observatory, and library.

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