The British Isles have some great national parks—but for the best scenery with easiest access, I’d choose Snowdonia National Park in Wales. Here's why...
Today is John Muir Day in Scotland. That makes April 21st, 2013 a perfect day to celebrate Scotland’s and the world’s, national parks. How appropriate that 2013 is the Year of Natural Scotland—and you’re invited! Visit Scotland is throwing out the red carpet for anyone who loves national parks, the outdoors, wildlife—and the great food and drink tied to the nature.
The world’s largest prize for grassroots environmentalism has been awarded to Iraqi Azzam Alwash for the impending creation of Iraq’s first national park. The startling fact—this soon-to-be realized preserve in the Mesopotamian Marshland had to be recreated from scratch after being completely destroyed by Saddam Hussein.
It’s April and countless outdoor enthusiasts around the world are eyeing summer travel. For many, Germany is the target. For a first step in your planning process, explore the German National Tourist Board’s new interactive map of the country’s national parks and nature parks.
Parks Beyond Borders: Conference On European Wilderness Set During "The Gathering" Travel Year In Ireland
The topic of “rewilding” Europe will come up for serious consideration at a May 14-16, 2013 international conference on The Potential and Challengees of Developing Wilderness in Modified European Landscapes. The conference, to be held in County Mayo, Ireland.
Parks Beyond Borders: Icelandic National Park Rangers and Partners Train in United States; Wales' Brecon Beacons Gets Dark Sky Designation
Icelandic park rangers and partners just finished a two-week visit to the United States, learning about American-style national park management, development and conservation at national parks in Washington and Oregon.
If you were to ask Americans to compile a short list of wildlife most associated with Africa, it's a pretty safe bet that elephants would be included. Unfortunately, it's gotten a lot harder lately to find as many of the iconic animals in central Africa, and a just-released study has confirmed a "devastating decline" in the population of forest elephants. Could they be headed for extinction?
Vlado Vancura, Conservation Manager for Europe's pro-wilderness PAN Parks organization, says, "Large carnivores are essential for landscape-level ecological restoration as well as for the restoration of other highly interactive species and the dynamism of natural processes. Large predators are critically important elements of wilderness."
There is likely no more cherished national park experience on the planet than the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to climb Mount Fuji. Every year, hundreds of thousands of Japanese do it—and pilgrims from all over the world are joining them. I was one of them not long ago.
Parks Beyond Borders / Video Feature: Nuuksio National Park—The Best Of Finland's Parks Just Minutes From Helsinki
Watch our new video to see why visiting a national park in another country doesn’t have to be hard—especially in Finland. Nuuksio National Park’s spectacular lakes and trails will be a major tourist attraction this summer when the park's hi-tech Finnish Nature Centre Haltia opens—a fast, easy bus ride from Helsinki.