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Friday, April 13th, 2012

  • A set of hiking sticks (aka trekking poles) is a handy thing to have when you're hiking in the National Park System. They take some of the load off your knees, can offer you greater stability, and, in a pinch, can help you pitch your tent or "encourage" a snake to get off the trail.

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

  • In late March, the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation continued its cascade of contributions to the Parkway by conveying ownership of a new 1,800 square-foot Communications Center building.

  • With just four years until the National Park Service marks its centennial and ventures into its second century of managing the National Park System, officials at the agency's Alaska units are beginning to plan for that anniversary.

    To start that transformation, the leadership of the Alaska Region of the NPS is beginning a series of public conversations about how the Park Service should work to

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

  • Where can you see one of the more unusual rites of spring in the animal kingdom?

  • Good food and national parks aren't always discussed in the same conversation, but there are some great meals to be had in the parks.

    Places such as the Metate Room at Mesa Verde National Park or the Mammoth Springs Hotel in Yellowstone National Park can compete with many fine big-