Parks in the News

Alaska Trip Helps High School Students Learn About Climate Change

A dozen days spent in national parks in Alaska this summer helped high school students from Ohio learn a little bit more about climate change up close. Their experience was part of the first “Climate Change Academy,” an immersive, comprehensive climate change course offered through the National Park Service.

Deadline Looming For Concessions At Grand Canyon National Park's South Rim

Barring a temporary agreement, mass layoffs stand to cripple concessions operations at Grand Canyon National Park on December 31, shuttering hotels and dining rooms, ending mule rides and bus tours, and canceling some memorable New Year's Eve celebrations on the South Rim.

Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park Plan To Restore Road Overrun By Lava Not Without Ecological Hazards

A proposal to build an emergency access route across a lava-covered section of Chain of Craters Kalapana Road at Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park is not without hazards to the environment in the form of "potentially ecosystem altering" invasive species such as fire ants and coqui frogs.

Tour Fort Pulaski National Monument By Lantern And Candles

You can help keep a 152-year tradition going by attending the traditional Confederate Nog Party at Fort Pulaski National Monument and taking part in night-time tours of the fort by candlelight and oil lamps.

UPDATE: Yellowstone, Grand Teton National Parks Proposing Sweeping Changes In Fees

Yellowstone National Park officials, seeking to cover more of their bills, are proposing sweeping changes in their fees, from higher entrance fees to backcountry user fees. If all the proposals were instituted, it would generate roughly $3 million for the park, which currently spends about $4 million a year in existing fees on projects ranging from campground upgrades to road repairs.

Draft Report On Recognizing National Park Philanthropy Calls For Logo Placements, Naming Opportunities

National parks long have been largely devoid of overt advertising via logos and sponsorships, but that could change as the National Park Service approaches its centennial in 2016.

Trail Ridge Road At Rocky Mountain National Park Closed For Winter

Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park was closed for the winter Tuesday, marking the latest date since 2005 that it remained open to wheeled traffic.

National Park Calendar Of Events Flows Over In November And December

Looking for something to do in the National Park System in November and December? Check out this listing of activities, from Andersonville National Historic Site to Yoemite National Park.

Talk Of $30 Million Fiber Optic Network At Yellowstone National Park Renews Debate

Should the wired world end at a national park's entrance gates? That's a controversial question, one that has spurred a petition drive against a wired National Park System and which is generating concern over the enduring sanctity of the parks.

Next Time You Visit Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park...

The next you find yourself in Vermont to visit Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, be sure to spend a little time checking out Woodstock. And to help you on your exploration of the town, pick up the 32-page New Birth of Freedom: A Walk Through the Civil War Home Front in Woodstock, Vermont, at the park.

Legal View: Utah Has No Basis To Order Federal Government To Turn Public Lands Over To The State

The state of Utah, which has given the federal government until year's end to turn over roughly 30 million acres of public lands, has not legal basis to make such a claim, according to a legal analysis of the issue.
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New Maps Promote Lake Mead National Recreation Area's "Accessible Wilderness"

Lake Mead National Recreation Area has just released a set of six maps that describe "self-guided adventures that range from quick trips by car, to peaceful raft trips down the river to a four-wheel-drive backcountry trip to Lake Mead." What makes these maps unique is the fact they're being used to promote the park's nine wilderness areas.

"To Conserve Unimpaired...", Unless Told Otherwise By Congress

Students of National Park Service history are well-familiar with the National Park Service Organic Act, particularly the section of it that reads that the agency's primary mandate is, "....to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein..." But there should be a caveat inserted, one that permits the agency to look away from that mandate.

To Wire, Or Not To Wire, The National Parks, That Is The Question

Should the National Park Service work to see 4G coverage extended to as much of the National Park System as possible? Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility doesn't believe that should happen, and is behind a petition drive to have that idea spiked before we find visitors experiencing the parks in the palms of their hands, and not by using all their senses.

Lockhouses Along Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park Open For Celebration

Next weekend offers you a great chance to check out the lockhouses along the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal that sheltered the lock keepers back when the canal was a key transportation route.

Drinking Water Advisory Issued At Grand Canyon National Park

Usually when you hear "don't drink the water" advisories, a third-world country comes to mind. In this case, it's for hikers in the backcountry of Grand Canyon National Park.

UPDATED: National Park Foundation Head Resigns, Yellowstone Superintendent To Take Job Temporarily

Neil Mulholland announced his resignation Friday as president and chief executive officer of the National Park Foundation, a surprise development that comes just as the Foundation is entering a "critical phase" for fund-raising keyed to the National Park Service Centennial in 2016. Replacing him on a temporary basis was Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Dan Wenk.

Judge Asked To Reconsider Certain Aspects Of Big Cypress National Preserve Addition Lands Ruling

A coalition of conservation groups that came out on the short end of a ruling pertaining to off-road vehicle use in the Addition Lands section of Big Cypress National Preserve has asked the judge to reconsider four aspects of his decision.

Dinosaur National Monument Proposes Doubling Of Entrance Fee

Fees to enter Dinosaur National Monument are proposed to double under a structure dictated by the National Park Service headquarters in Washington.

Wind Cave National Park Bison Provide Stock For Five Preserves

Healthy bison herds at Wind Cave National Park in South Dakota are sowing their genes through a program with The Nature Conservancy that operates bison preserves in Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota, and Illinois.

Conservation Groups Say Gray Wolf Spotted On North Rim Of Grand Canyon National Park

Nearly 20 years after gray wolves were returned to Yellowstone National Park, conservationists believe a "disperser" has found its way to the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park and is looking to carve out a home range.

Many Yellowstone National Park Roads About To Close For Winter To Wheeled Traffic

With October nearing an end, so are your days for driving your own vehicle into Yellowstone National Park.

Twenty-One-Year-Old New York Woman Named As Suspect In "Creepytings" Vandalism In Western Parks

A 21-year-old New York woman, Casey Nocket, was identified Wednesday by the National Park Service as the prime suspect involved in painting images on rock outcrops in at least eight Western national parks.

Instagramming Park Vandal Is Just The Latest To Hit The National Parks And Show-Off Their Crimes

A carefree New Yorker who left acrylic calling cards on the landscape of at least 10 national parks is just the latest vandal to "show-off" her work via Social Media channels. Another scofflaw recently entered a guilty plea to illegal behavior in Yosemite National Park that he, too, showcased via Instragram, a form of self-promotion that provided investigators with the clues they needed to land a conviction.

Big Bend National Park's "Good Neighbor Day" A Success Despite Remote Location

Finding ways to get students to parks is an ongoing challenge, especially with school budgets for field trips facing cuts in many areas. Those difficulties are even greater in places like Big Bend National Park, since it's many a mile to the nearest town. Thanks to help from partner organizations, a recent "Good Neighbor Day" at Big Bend attracted a nice crowd, and many of those attending were first-time visitors.

Photo For Social Media Goes Awry And Ends In Rescue At Yosemite National Park

Whether you use social media or still rely on old fashioned snapshots, you've probably seen—and perhaps participated in—a picture of a group doing something slightly goofy during trip to a park. Occasionally, such attempts for an unusual pose go awry, and that was the case recently at Yosemite National Park. The end result was a painful injury and litter carry out for the subject of the photo.

Higher Entrance Fees Proposed For Cape Cod National Seashore

Proposed entrance fees floated by Cape Cod National Seashore officials, if approved, would boost the cost of driving into the seashore in your car by one-third. The rise would be even steeper if you came in on foot or bike or on a motorcycle.

Energy Saving Projects Implemented In National Parks In Greater Washington, D.C., Region

The National Park Service is investing $29 million in 81 individual energy efficiency and water conservation projects at national parks throughout the greater Washington region. This unprecedented commitment to reducing energy use and generating energy from renewable sources is the largest to date among the nine bureaus in the Department of the Interior.

It's Physics: Why Smaller Backpackers Can Carry Heavy Packs

Physics seems to have an answer for just about everything. How else could you explain why smaller backpackers can carry rather large backpacks?

Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Honored By NPCA

Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Dan Wenk, who was able to end years of litigation over a winter-use plan for the park, has been honored by the National Parks Conservation Association for his achievements during a nearly four-decade career with the National Park Service.
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