The Latest News & Views

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

  • Are national parks relevant to African Americans? A new guidebook from Eastern National answers that question with a definitive "YES!," as it traces their ties to the parks.

    Released to coincide with the dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr.

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

  • A report by an interagency investigation team into a fatal bear attack this past July in Yellowstone National Park has been released.

    The report reviews the events surrounding the July 6, 2011, incident which occurred along the Wapiti Lake Trail near Canyon Village. The attack by a sow grizzly resulted
    in the death of 58-year-old Brian Mata

  • Anybody who shops for souvenirs or other durable goods in national park bookstores or concessions cannot fail to notice that the great majority of the products are imports. This T-shirt was manufactured in Honduras. That stuffed toy was made in China. And so on.

    We know that it's all about money. Imported products are cheaper and yield bigger profits.

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

  • Fall is the perfect time to fall in love with Great Smoky Mountains National Park all over again. On Tuesday, October 4th, you can catch the first glimpses of autumn color, explore old cabins and cemeteries and even ring the bell of a picture-perfect mountain chapel during a guided hike along Little Cataloochee Trail with the Friends of the Smokies.

  • There's now even more to see and do at Richmond National Battlefield Park—the area's newest unit known as Rural Plains is now open to the public. The area, in Hanover County, Virginia, includes an 18th century house, civil war earthworks, a walking trail and interpretive information, and an interesting human interest angle.