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Parks Beyond Borders: Canada Gets 16th World Heritage Site, Shooters Go Off Half-Cocked In Oz

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Parks Beyond Borders, a global roundup of national park news.

Prospectus Issued For Lodging And Associated Services At Mount Rainier National Park

The National Park Service recently issued a prospectus soliciting proposals for a 15-year contract to operate lodging and associated services in Mount Rainier National Park.

National Park Mystery Photo 52 Revealed: This Is The Way

Route markers have played an important role since the earliest days of cave exploration.

Wind Cave National Park Latest Park To Institute Fire Restrictions

You can add Wind Cave National Park to the growing number of parks that are instituting fire restrictions due to the extreme fire conditions that are popping up across the country.

Program On National Park Souvenirs Set For Tuesday At Grand Teton National Park

There's a long history to national park souvenirs, going all the way back to the 1870s when folks broke off pieces of travertine in Yellowstone National Park to take home. Next week, if you're in Grand Teton National Park, you'll be able to learn about the long history of souvenir collecting in the parks during a special program.

Contest Marking Emancipation Proclamation Carries $2,500 Academic Scholarship For Teens

The National Park Service, in partnership with the National Park Foundation's African American Experience Fund, has launched Expressions of Freedom, a nationwide artistic competition to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.

Day-Long Celebration Planned To Mark Addition Of Land To Wind Cave National Park

A day-long celebration, complete with chuck wagon dinner and an appearance by President Theodore Roosevelt, is planned to celebrate the addition of more than 5,500 acres to Wind Cave National Park.

Neighbor Mountain Fire Forces Trail Closures in Shenandoah National Park's North District

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The Neighbor Mountain Fire in the north district of Shenandoah National Park has grown to approximately 200 acres forcing trail closures.

Student Conservation Association Marks 55th Birthday With Slate Of New Programs

Young military veterans, youth of color, Native Americans and others will benefit from new programs announced this week by the Student Conservation Association in conjunction with the organization’s 55th anniversary.

Summer Of Fun Planned At Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area

There's more -- much more -- to explore in Boston than the Freedom Trail this summer. Head into Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area and you'll discover activities for the whole family all summer long.

For First Time In 163 Years, Public Can Tour South Vancouver Barracks At Fort Vancouver National Historic Site

For the first time in 163 years, the general public is being allowed to tour the South Vancouver Barracks at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site in Washington state.

Celebrate The Fourth Of July In Mid-18th Century Style At Fort Stanwix National Monument

Take a trip this Fourth of July holiday...to the 18th century. You can do that by visiting Fort Stanwix National Monument in upstate New York, where they'll be celebrating like it's 1778.

Recovery Of Climbing Ranger's Body On Mount Rainier On Hold Due To Weather, Avalanche Danger

While Mount Rainier National Park officials initially had held some hope Wednesday that improving weather conditions would allow for the recovery of the body of a climbing ranger who died while assisting with a rescue, conditions again forced rangers from to put off an attempt.

Claim Your Piece Of America

An interactive website just launched this week by the Sierra Club lets you show some love and take some action to protect the places in the country -- the Yellowstones, Yosemites, the Smokies, Acadia and more -- that hold a special place in your heart and consciousness.

Essential Friends: Friends of Big Bend National Park, Looking Forward While Preserving The Past

The foremost mission of the National Park Service is to preserve the units of the park system, but providing for public enjoyment and education through interpretation is never overlooked. Helping drive both those missions at Big Bend is Friends of Big Bend National Park, a group that one day could be sponsoring a road or trail run and the next day spending the proceeds from that race on maintaining trails in the park.

Giving Mountain Yellow-Legged Frogs A Fighting Chance In Sequoia And Kings Canyon National Parks

Plop…plop…splash!" Have you ever heard this sound -- a frog hopping in or out of water -- or seen a frog or tadpole? Imagine not hearing this sound in a place where you did in the past? Wouldn't that be strange?

Reader Participation Day: How Should The Next President Of The United States Help The National Parks?

Come November, we get to choose the next president of the United States. President Obama might get a second term, or Mitt Romney might get his first. Whoever wins, how best do you think the next president of these United States can best help the National Park System?

A View From The Overlook: Tim Murphy, A Revolutionary Marksman...And Possible Hero

Who was Tim Murphy, and how good of a shot was he at the Battle of Saratoga?

Special Photo Workshop This Fall In Mesa Verde National Park

For most of us, capturing great pictures during our national park visits is difficult at best. To help you get that perfect shot at Mesa Verde National Park, a special three-day photography workshop has been scheduled for this fall.

Hometown Of Homestead National Monument Attempts To Relive Its History

Beatrice, Nebraska, home of Homestead National Monument of America, tried to entice residents with its own offer of free land.

Traveler's Gear Box: Therm-a-Rest's NeoAir XTherm Coming To Market

After considerable production delays, Therm-a-Rest is poised to bring its NeoAir XTherm to market on July 1, according to the company's public relations folks.

Yosemite’s Tenaya Lake Undergoing Major Restoration

The Yosemite Conservancy is funding more than $1.7 million in restoration and improvements to Tenaya Lake's east beach and surrounding wetlands and trails.

Is Outdoor Recreation An Economic Engine? New Report Says "Yes"

At this point in the 2012 political season the economy is front and center in both campaigns, but all the rhetoric has included little mention of outdoor recreation as part of the equation. Two new reports suggest that's a major oversight. Can public lands, including national parks, benefit from the attention?

Learn To Rock Climb At Obed Wild And Scenic River In July

If you've always wanted to learn how to climb, consider visiting Obed Wild and Scenic River in Tennessee next month to take a class in the site's Fifth Annual Climbing Expedition.

Endangered Nene Killed By Vehicle At Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

A rare nēnē goose, one 21 years old and which has been somewhat of a prolific breeder, has been run over and killed at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Weather Continues To Hamper Removal Of Fallen Ranger's Body At Mount Rainier National Park

Snowy and cloudy conditions have continued to hamper efforts to remove the body of a Mount Rainier National Park climbing ranger who died while working to rescue four climbers, though a small window of opportunity was expected Sunday.

Parks Beyond Borders: "Amateur Shooters" To Take Aim In Oz Parks, Big Cats Killed Near Kenya's Nairobi NP, Power Lines To Mar UK Park Vistas?

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In a global round-up of park news, the State Parliament of New South Wales, Australia, a bill was passed last Friday after acrimonious, alarmist back and forth from all political quarters, to permit hunting in national parks.

The Atlantic Jewel Of Acadia National Park—And Insider Travel Tips From The Park's Friends!

Planning to visit Acadia National Park? Here are some insider tips from Friends of Acadia on how to get the most out of your visit.

Apricots Ready To Harvest At Capitol Reef National Park

Passing through central Utah any time soon? If so, the apricot harvest is just about to get under way at Capitol Reef National Park.