The National Park Service, which has enabled millions to discover America’s natural treasures, will commemorate 100 years of stewardship in 2016. The National Park Service's Centennial goal is to connect and create the next generation of park visitors, supporters, and advocates. Minnesota’s Voyageurs National Park, and its partner Voyageurs National Park Association, will celebrate the Centennial locally with a range of special events, programs, and initiatives throughout the year.
Parks in the News
A thru-hiker on the Appalachian National Scenic Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park was bitten by a black bear while sleeping, sustaining unspecified leg injuries and prompting the Park Service to temporarily close the Spence Field Backcountry Shelter.
The annual Memorial Day Observance at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial will commemorate eight additions and nine changes to The Wall and honor all members of America’s armed forces who have made the ultimate sacrifice on May 30 in Washington, D.C.
The call to “celebrate our past, inspire our future” has struck a chord with organizations, businesses, and individuals in the Acadia National Park region, the state of Maine, and beyond—so much so that nearly 400 have signed up as Acadia Centennial Partners to help build the yearlong, community-based celebration.
Beginning May 16, Shenandoah National Park will close a portion of Skyline Drive between the gate near Panorama Comfort Station (mile 31.7, just south of the Thornton Gap Entrance Station) and Hazel Mountain Overlook (mile 33.0) to do necessary maintenance and repairs to Marys Rock Tunnel.
Restoration work on some wetlands at the Great Marsh at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is coming this spring.
As Vanessa McDonough scanned the ocean floor off the South Florida coast, she spotted an empty beer bottle among the fish, corals, and sponges protected by Biscayne National Park. Only the bottle wasn’t empty. Upon closer examination, a small fish had swam inside, and pebbles and shells had blocked the exit. “The poor fish was a prisoner in this Corona bottle,” she said.
In a bid to arrest those responsible for vandalizing a warm spring with an endangered fish species, Death Valley National Park officials on Monday released a short video showing three men riding up to the Devils Hole unit of the park in an off-road vehicle and roaming around the grounds. Part of the video is from a camera in the warm spring itself. That segment shows one of the men in the water.
With his signature President Obama on Monday signed off on legislation that makes the bison the national mammal of the United States. But that doesn't mean the icon of the National Park Service won't be hunted if it wanders out of Yellowstone National Park.
While the results remain to be seen, Everglades National Park officials are demonstrating some fiscal creativity in their bid to see lodging returned to Flamingo, a popular area of the park that has been beaten and bruised by hurricanes.