Photography In The Parks: What's In Your Camera Bag?

What goes into Rebecca Latson's camera bag? We asked her that, and other, questions, with hopes the answers will benefit us all.
To Conserve Unimpaired: The Evolution of the National Park Idea There is no better time than now -- with the searing aspects of a shuttered National Park System still fresh -- to sit down with a copy of To Conserve Unimpaired, The Evolution of the National Park Idea.

Photography In The National Parks: A Biplane’s View Of Acadia National Park

Most people explore Acadia National Park by foot, pedal, or paddle. Contributing photographer Rebecca Latson is not like most people. She toured the park from the air...in a biplane!

Guest Column: Government Shutdown Highlights Value Of National Parks

The shutdown of our national government, driven by an extremist minority in the U.S. Congress, is economically reckless and, ultimately, politically self-defeating.

Seeing The Parks By Webcam During The Shutdown

Among the many casualties of the government shutdown are some of the popular webcam views of locations around the National Park System, since NPS and some other government web services have been disabled for the duration of the dispute. If you enjoy the ability to check in on favorite park locations via those cameras, all is not lost, however, and we'll provide some tips about park webcam views provided by non-government sources.

Notes From The Field: Acadia National Park From The Sea…Not

Acadia National Park from sea...can you see it?

When Does Civil Disobedience Morph Into Criminal Mischief In National Parks?

When does a purported act of civil disobedience turn into criminal mischief in the National Park System? That's a good question as visitors across the country are turning a blind eye to closure signs and barricades.

Around The Parks: A Blurring Of National Park Lines

Around the country, as the partial government shutdown moves into its second week, taxpayers angry with the closure of national parks are showing their disgust through civil disobedience, mockery, and anger directed at the National Park Service.

Around The Parks: Vandals, Occupiers And Cyclists

As the government shutdown drags into its second week, there are increasing risks of vandalism in the National Park System and possibly even poaching, according to past National Park Service personnel.

After 80 Years, Park Service Chooses New Concessionaire For Acadia National Park

Eighty years is a long time to operate a business in the same location, and when your lease isn't renewed, well, it can knock you off your feet. That must have been the feeling at the Acadia Corp. when informed they lost their contract at Acadia National Park.

How Has Closure Of The National Park System Impacted You?

There are the obvious impacts tied to the closure of the National Park System due to the partial government shutdown: guests forced to leave the parks, gateway communities losing business, concessions operations in flux.

Traveler's View: The Arrogance Of Congress

The arrogance of Congress is withering and shameful.

Update 3: Closed For Business: America's National Parks

Once-in-a-lifetime trips to majestic places such as the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone crumbled Tuesday as Congress's failure to avert a shutdown of the federal government interrupted countless vacation plans as closure gates came down across the National Park System.

Night Sky Festivals: Acadia And Theodore Roosevelt National Parks

Star gazers have two national park settings to choose from this month if they're interested in attending a night sky festival, one in Maine and the other in North Dakota.

Fall In The National Parks: A Perfect Season For Catching The Wild Side Of The Park System

Wonderment and joy unfold in the national parks come fall when the wild kingdom becomes more visible, literally voicing the call of the wild in parks such as Great Smoky Mountains or Rocky Mountain or winging overhead in any number of parks.

Bus Stop Building At Acadia National Park Next Month Will Limit Some Parking

Heading to Acadia National Park next month? You could find some limited parking in areas of the park as construction on bus stops takes place.

Fall In The National Parks: Some Great Activities To Put On Your Calendar

Sure, it's still August, but that doesn't mean it's too early to start penciling some fall events and activities in the National Park System onto your calendar. Here's a start, and we'll keep adding to it as we hear of events.

Cruise Ships And Their Thousands Of Passengers Pose Problems For Acadia National Park

At Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska, cruise ships negotiate the scenic bay for whale- and glacier watching, without disgorging their passengers on land. But in Maine, the arrival of the cruise ship industry with their thousands of disembarking passengers is posing a threat to Acadia National Park.

Fall In The National Parks: A Kaleidoscope Of National Park Leaf-Peeping Drives

There is a magical quality to fall visits to Shenandoah National Park as mile after mile of trees blazing with vivid reds, oranges, and yellows come into view along Skyline Drive. In Rocky Mountain National Park, the aspen groves you see along the lower reaches of Trail Ridge Road turn so vividly gold in the fall that they take your breath away.

Friends Of Acadia Raising Funds For Trail Work On West Side Of Acadia National Park

Dig out your extra change, or perhaps write a larger check, to help Friends of Acadia meet a challenge grant to underwrite trail work on the west side of Mount Desert Island in Acadia National Park.

Friends Of Acadia Trying To Soften Sequestration Blow On Acadia National Park

Not a year into his role as president and chief executive officer of Friends Of Acadia, David MacDonald's task was ratcheted up a few rungs by the federal budget sequestration and its impacts on a national park that already was struggling with a thin budget.

Falcon Fledging Over, Precipice Back Open At Acadia National Park

With another successful nesting season in the Precipice Cliff area of Acadia National Park, the area's trails, including the Precipice Trail, have reopened to the public.

Driving the Park Loop Road in Acadia National Park

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Driving the Park Loop Road in Acadia National Park is a classic introduction to the park. You can navigate it in a few hours, or take the entire day.

Is National Park Service Abrogating Its Responsibility With The Tour Of Utah Bike Race?

Federal lands make up the majority of Utah's landscape, so it shouldn't be surprising that state roads crisscross those lands. But when a state road crosses a national park, and that road is going to be traversed by a bike race, should National Park Service approval be required?

Some Acadia National Park Peregrines Fail In Nesting Attempts, Trails Reopen

Well, it appears that nesting attempts by Peregrine falcons in some areas of Acadia National Park have failed this year. As a result, areas that had been closed during the nesting season have been reopened.

Rockefeller Hall To Be Dedicated At Acadia National Park

The National Park Service and Schoodic Institute will dedicate the newly renovated Rockefeller Hall at the Schoodic Education and Research Center in a public ceremony on July 3.

Essential Friends + Gateways: High Tech Means High Touch With National Parks

As people become more and more wedded to mobile devices, the National Park System is trying to keep up—and so are its friends. To engage visitors and potential supporters, national park friends groups and foundations are enticing the public with high technology. Here are some savvy ways that’s happening.

Birding In The National Parks: Interesting Numbers From Acadia Birding Festival

The numbers are in from the 15th annual Acadia Birding Festival, and two of them are very impressive: 151 and 200,000.

Where Will You Retire? Imagine How Ideal That Destination Would Be If It Had A National Park In The Backyard

If you’re enticed by retirement near a national park, your options swell to 401. But how do you decide which park is perfect for you?

Acadia National Park Coin & Stamp Set

$12.95

Acadia National Park Coin & Stamp Set

This brilliant item showcases an uncirculated 2012 National Parks Quarter along with the vintage unused postage stamp featuring Acadia National Park. The colorful insert highlights this beautiful park and includes interesting facts and other educational features. The 4 x 6 inch hard acrylic case secures and protects the coin and postage stamp. The Acadia National Park Quarter is part of the U.S. Mint's America the Beautiful Quarters Program TM, and is the thirteenth quarter in the series. The park was established in 1916 and the quarter design proudly displays a view of the Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse and Acadia's rough coastline, highlighting the coastline, the lighthouse, the pine trees and the ocean. Actual stamp may vary based on availability.

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