To truly map the vegetation in Everglades National Park requires a “land, air, and sea approach.” The latest video in the “Outside Science (inside parks)” series follows young scientists into the Florida wetlands as they use helicopters and airboats to track how the vegetation is changing in the park.
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After traveling 1,975 miles across seven states as part of the American Solar Challenge, it all ends for college teams from across the world with a checkered flag at Wind Cave National Park in South Dakota on Saturday, August 6.
Running more than 160 pages, the National Park Service Management Policies provides park managers with quick reference to how they are to manage their units, what uses are appropriate, and how to usher visitors out of the park when Congress fails to fund the National Park Service. But the Management Policies, which last were updated in 2006, also leave much to interpretation and exception.
The most unnerving moment of my climb to the summit of Grand Teton in its namesake national park in Wyoming came on the way down via the Owen-Spalding Route. We had come to the point where you have a free rappel of about 100-120 feet, and after the guide tied me into the rappel line and checked my harness and rappel device, I took a step back toward the brink of the cliff, only to have him shout, "Wait, wait," and then proceed to retie the gear.
A $2 million gift from philanthropists Mike and Sue Raney will serve the dual purpose of restoring two iconic backpacking trails in Washington state while creating jobs and training for youths and recent veterans.
Search-and-rescue missions in the National Park System are stressful. The clock is always ticking, the landscapes to be searched varied and dangerous at times, and the outcome never assured. Two SARs this past weekend in the parks, one in Denali National Park and one in Sequoia National Park, ended with two very different outcomes.
Saguaro National Park is taking comments on a proposal to increase its entrance fee from $10 to $15 to help address maintenance projects in the park.
A search was ongoing Sunday for a California man who separated from a friend while out on a hike in Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska and failed to return to their campground.
Late September into October is typically a season of transition for much of the country, but in Canyonlands National Park it offers daytime temperatures in the upper 80s and into the 90s, cool evenings, and scant chance of rain. And when the sun goes down, telescopes will come out on the banks of the Colorado River during Traveler's float through this national park.
The road to the Elwha Valley in Washington’s Olympic National Park will be closed for two months starting Monday as crews repair damage from a string of floods last winter.