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Sunday, June 15th, 2008

  • Quite large as Eastern parks go – more than 800 square miles -- Great Smoky Mountains National Park occupies a rugged, heavily forested portion of the southern Appalachian Mountains astride the Tennessee-North Carolina border.

Saturday, June 14th, 2008

  • The renowned amateur astronomer and telescope maker, John Lowry Dobson, 92, once said, "National Parks are special places where dark skies and curious minds collide." Dobson and the famed Sidewalk Astronomers have spent three decades taking their home-made telescopes to the

Friday, June 13th, 2008

  • On June 4, a powerful weather system with severe thunderstorms and a few tornadoes roared through the Washington/Baltimore area, putting the many parks, memorials, monuments, and other treasures of the National Capital Region in harm’s way. When the weather cleared, no National Park System units had been struck by tornadoes, but downed trees and power lines were an area-wide problem.

  • A fully grown female leatherback sea turtle is a truly large animal. When she nests for the first time at about 10-15 years of age, she’ll probably be six to eight feet long. She'll weigh 1,200 to 1,500 pounds, which is a good bit more than any other kind of sea turtle -- or your average bull moose, for that matter.

  • Were Yellowstone National Park officials simply being neighborly when they reversed themselves on whether to keep Sylvan Pass open for snowmobile traffic during the winter months?