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What To Do For National Park Week? Here Are Some Suggestions!

Looking for some ideas on how to celebrate National Park Week? Here you go!

Items Exhibited At APPL Convention Might Show Up At Your National Park Bookstore

ranger Doug WPA card
Where does the stuff in National Parks bookstores come from? Items exhibited at the APPL (Association of Partners for Public Lands) Convention will be sold in in the Parks if they serve an educational and cultural purpose.

Traveler's View: National Park Foundation Erred In Licensing Air Fresheners And Tricked Out Trucks

The National Park Foundation erred in reaching licensing agreements with trucks tricked out for conquering wilderness and air fresheners many associate with bathrooms.

A View From The Overlook: Montana Wowsers!

Everyone thought giving some extra Yellowstone National Park bison to Native American tribes in Montana was a grand idea...except the Montana Wowsers.

Missing From The System? Utah's San Rafael Swell

The Obama administration might have lost its ambition to declare Utah's San Rafael Swell a national monument, but that doesn't lessen the beauty and richness of the landscape and what it encompasses.

New Film Marks 150th Anniversary at Shiloh National Military Park

It was a two-day battle that unfolded 150 years ago this weekend, in the newly greened forests of southwest Tennessee.

Putting Black History Into Perspective At Hampton National Historic Site

A page out of slavery unfolds at Hampton National Historic Site in Maryland, where Ranger Angela Roberts-Burton tells an unusual story of a freed slave who returns to work for her once-upon-a-time overseers.

Alternative Spring Break: Seeing The Forest For The Joshua Trees

Alternative Spring Break -- time spent not on the beach, but in the national parks -- might not be for everyone, but for Student Conservation Association students, it can be a blast.

Spring In the National Parks: Where Can You Find Wildflowers?

Spring is showing up in more and more corners of the country, which means it's a perfect time to check out what's blooming in the National Park System. Here's a quick list of some reliable sites to catch wildflowers in the weeks ahead.

Gateway Communities: Not All Have Tight Connections With Their National Parks

In Moab, Utah, a gritty town that mines the tourism industry spawned in part by nearby Arches and Canyonlands national parks, the Friends of Arches and Canyonlands Parks is working to connect the region's youth with the parks.

Review Of National Park Service's Approach To History Points To Weak Support For That Mission

History, both protecting vestiges of it and interpreting it, is one of the central missions of the National Park Service. But a new report says the agency is largely failing that mission, both from a lack of investment as well as from an approach to telling history almost with blinders on, and that history in the parks is considered to be "endangered."

How To Bag A Reservation In A National Park Lodge

Although it can be quite difficult to get into a room at Old Faithful Inn, Many Glacier Hotel, Yosemite Lodge, and El Tovar during high season, there are ways to improve your chances of bagging a reservation at a national park lodge.

Tule Springs, With Its Rare Collection Of Prehistoric Fossils, Promoted For National Monument Status

Lynn Davis and Christina Kamrath going into the Upper Las Vegas Wash
Tule Springs outside of Las Vegas is a hotbed of Ice Age fossils. A large coalition is working hard to make it a national monument.

Appalachian Spring: The Video

The Blue Ridge Parkway, between Great Smoky Mountains and Shenandoah National Parks, is a prime venue to a secret season—the explosive beauty and bounty of Appalachian Spring.

Discriminating Explorer: Appalachian Spring

The Blue Ridge Parkway, between Great Smoky Mountains and Shenandoah National Parks, is a prime venue to a secret season—the explosive beauty and bounty of Appalachian Spring.

Chiricahua National Monument's "Wonderland of Rocks" Is Also a Hiking Smorgasbord

Tucked away in southeastern Arizona is an off-the-beaten-path destination often described as a "Wonderland of Rocks." The nickname for Chiricahua National Monument is certainly appropriate, but this area offers a lot more than interesting geology, including a fine variety of trails that could be called a hiking smorgasbord.

Saguaro National Park Using New Technology to Deter Cactus Rustlers

Saguaro National Park is using some new technology to help deter an old-time problem—cactus poachers. Operation PIT Tag inserts tiny micro-chips into cacti to allow positive identification of saguaro cacti which have been heisted from the park. The program makes those plants less attractive targets for rustlers, since it's easy to verify that a tagged cactus is "stolen goods."

Lodging In the Parks: Why There Are No Rooms At The Inn

Can't find a room in the national park inn of your choice? This story explains why that might be the case.

Pura Vida! Connecting Latino Students With The Wonders At Grand Teton National Park

Today it's estimated that 46 percent of the country's youth under age 18 are either Hispanic, African American, or from some other minority group, while 54 percent are Caucasian. By 2050, it's pre

Pull Up a Tent: Camp on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Fall camping on Price Lake Blue Ridge Parkway, Blowing Rock, NC.
There's great camping all along the 469-miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway, starting with the Parkway's own campgrounds.

The SWEAT Crew Keep the Appalachian National Scenic Trail in Shape Through Great Smoky Mountains National Park

APPA - Steve Epps on Trail Crew
Keeping the Appalachian Trail in shape through Great Smoky Mountains National Park is not easy. The A.T. is so remote that the SWEAT Crew, an elite crew of maintainers, has been established by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.

Birding in the National Parks: Looking For The Elusive Ivory-Billed Woodpecker in Congaree National Park

Ivory-billed Woodpecker. That’s all you need to say to a bird lover to stir some strong emotions. Once common across the southeastern United States, these majestic woodpeckers, as large as a red-tailed hawk, are now most likely extinct.

Student Conservation Association Works To Nurture Life-Long Love For Outdoors in Youth

Who will be the next stewards and advocates of the national parks? In a society where Baby Boomers are graying steadily if not quickly, and where the "face" of the National Park Service is decidedly male and Caucasian, it's not an unreasonable question to raise.

Indian Trader Driven Out Of Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site Still Pursuing Lawsuit Against NPS Personnel

A lawsuit brought against National Park Service personnel by an Indian trader forced out of Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site in Arizona is continuing, with an effort to have a judge reconsider the matter.
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Teachers Become the Students At National Parks

When one thinks of national parks, visions of natural scenery at places such as Mount Rushmore, Old Faithful at Yellowstone, and El Capitan at Yosemite come to mind. Perhaps the furthest thing from a person’s mind is a vision of a classroom; but the fact is that national parks and historic sites are a perfect environment for visitors of all ages to learn

It's the Centennial Year for Washington D.C.'s Cherry Blossoms. Will the Blooms Cooperate?

This year marks the centennial for Washington, D.C.'s famous cherry trees, and that adds a little extra drama to the "big question" facing organizers of the National Cherry Blossom Festival every year: Will the trees bloom on the same schedule as the Festival events? The official "peak bloom" prediction for 2012 has now been released.

Planning A Western White-Water Trip In A National Park This Year? Earlier Might Be Better Than Later

Tempted to book a river trip in a national park this summer? If you're thinking of a white-water adventure in parks such as Dinosaur National Monument, Glacier National Park, or Canyonlands National Park, sooner in the summer just might be better than later due to the below-normal snowpack.

Rare Venus Transit Offers a Second Solar Spectacular for Park Sky Watchers in 2012

An upcoming solar eclipse may attract more attention, but some parks are also planning for visitors who would like to observe an even more unusual celestial event. The Venus Transit on June 5 will be a literal "last chance in your lifetime" occurrence.

Near-Total Solar Eclipse Will Cut a Path Across Western National Parks in May

Sunday May 20, 2012 will offer a Celestial Super Bowl—a near-total solar eclipse—and parks in parts of the western U.S. will offer some prime viewing locations. If you want to make travel plans for special eclipse-related activities or purchase equipment for safe viewing, just don't wait too long to do so.

PEER, National Park Foundation At Odds Over Foundation's Spending Habits

A watchdog group on Tuesday raised questions about how the National Park Foundation spends its charitable dollars, saying the organization lacks transparency and is top heavy. Foundation CEO Neil Mulholland adamantly rebutted those charges, saying they were "factually incorrect."