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Higher Fees Coming To Mammoth Cave National Park In March

Mammoth Cave National Park Superintendent Sarah Craighead has announced that fee increases proposed last year will take effect on March 14. This year, income from park fees will fund renovations at the Mammoth Cave Hotel, she said.

Ten Signature Projects In Yosemite National Park To Help Highlight National Park Service Centennial

Yosemite National Park officials, with an eye on the National Park Service Centennial in 2016, have picked 10 "signature" projects to help celebrate that notable birthday.

Presidio Expected To Add An Additional Lodging Facility

San Francisco's Presidio, part of Golden Gate National Recreation Area, is in the process of planning for a second lodging facility.

Yellowstone National Park Thermal Regions Harbor Rare Plants

Gift shops in and around Yellowstone National Park are filed with postcards, videos and guidebooks featuring grizzly bears and gray wolves. But you’d be hard-pressed to find a photograph—or even a passing mention—of three much rarer species found only in Yellowstone.

New Look Starting To Appear On National Park Websites

As we told you early this week, the National Park Service is revamping its websites in advance of the agency's centennial next year. Some of the changes can already be seen on a number of park websites.

"Ice Caves" At Apostle Islands National Lakeshore On Track To Open To Public Saturday

The third time apparently was the charm at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Wisconsin, where continued frigid weather has frozen Lake Superior hard enough to allow for the public to tour the lakeshore's "ice caves" beginning Saturday, barring any significant changes.

Go Fly A Kite...At San Juan National Historic Site

While flying kites at San Juan National Historic Site in Puerto Rico used to cause problems with kites that "escaped" and discarded kite string, park officials have turned the hobby into a festival that focuses on flying kites, cleaning up afterwards, and preserving the fortifications in the park.

With Harbor Seals Pupping, Some Areas Of Point Reyes National Seashore Off-Limits

With pupping season arriving for harbor seals at Point Reyes National Seashore in California, some areas of the seashore will be off-limits to visitors for the next four months.

Birding In The National Parks: Where Are All The Wading Birds Going?

No national park is more associated with birds than Everglades, and the most prominent birds in the park are undoubtedly the waders. Herons, egrets, storks, and ibises are the rock stars of the Everglades. The park was even created partly with the protection of egrets in mind after plume hunting for the millinery industry nearly wiped them out in the 19th century.

Possible Fireworks Over Interior Funding As Sen. Murkowski Threatens To "Squeeze" Budget

Funding for the National Park Service and other Interior Department bureaus could turn into a bargaining chip U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski is willing to dangle to prevent the Obama administration from standing in the way of energy development in Alaska.

White-Nose Syndrome Creating "Wildlife Crisis" For Bat Deaths At Mammoth Cave National Park

White-nose syndrome, a disease deadly to bats and with no known cure, has created a "wildlife crisis" at Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky, where some bat species have declined as much as 80 percent compared to 2013 population counts, according to park officials.

Thinking Of A Seasonal National Park Job? Here's Where To Look

It's bitterly cold, you're tired of snow and ice, and a seasonal job in a beautiful, and warm, location somewhere in the National Park System sounds ideal. So where do you look?

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park Plans A Celebration For Eva B.

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park will sponsor a reception and open house February 27 to celebrate the nearing completion of the restoration of the Eva B.

Join The Botanists In Inventorying Blooming Wildflowers At Saguaro National Park

Love wildflowers? Then consider heading to Saguaro National Park in Arizona early next month to help Tucson botanical experts perform a species inventory of blooming wildflowers in the national park.

Bear At Katmai National Park Belly Flops For His Fish

Brown bears at Katmai National Park and Preserve in Alaska are renowned for their fishing prowess at Brooks Falls, but one apparently has refined his/her technique: The bruin does a belly flop into the water to catch a salmon.

It's Prime Season For A Visit To Big Thicket National Preserve

Any park in the country has certain times of the year when a visit is especially enjoyable, and for Big Thicket National Preserve, a prime season for outdoor activities is upon us. Compared to more northerly climes, spring comes early to southeast Texas, and March and early April can offer a fine time hiking and boating in an area that's not your typical national park.

National Park Service Centennial Will Include Revamped Websites

While the 100th birthday of the National Park Service won't officially arrive until August 25, 2016, it's not too early to work on improving the agency's many park websites. And the agency's webmeisters are doing just that.

Celebrate Archaeology Month In Arizona With A Visit To Tonto National Monument

March is a pretty good month to get out and about in Arizona before the summer heat arrives, and with the state celebrating Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month you have a great reason to visit Tonto National Monument.

Conditions Seem Right For Formation Of Ice Caves At Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

Close, but not quite ready. That's the situation at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Wisconsin, where the frigid temperatures of late are making progress on freezing over Lake Superior and creating the "ice caves" on the lakeshore's mainland cliffs.

Online Reservation System Coming To Theodore Roosevelt National Park Campgrounds

Is there anything worse than driving to a national park a loooonnngggg way from home, hoping to find a campsite to pitch your tent in, only to discover the campground is sold out? Well beginning in March you'll be able to reserve your campsite at Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota from your computer months before you leave home.