Parks in the News

You Can Now Watch Old Faithful In High-Definition From Your Couch

The beauties of technology continue to make it easier to appreciate and enjoy the national parks. The latest is the arrival of high-definition cameras focused on Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park.

Voluntary Climbing Closure At Devils Tower National Monument In June

Out of respect for Native America beliefs, a voluntary climbing closure will be in effect at Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming for the month of June.

Climber Stranded On Longs Peak In Rocky Mountain National Park

Climbing rangers at Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado were battling wintry conditions Wednesday as they tried to reach a 19-year-old Canadian stranded on Longs Peak.

Veterans' Stories Added To World War II Memorial App Created By Trust For The National Mall

The Trust for the National Mall, in collaboration with the Library of Congress Veterans History Project, has added nearly 50 additional World War II veterans’ stories to the Trust’s award-winning World War II Memorial mobile app.

Join The Movement: Protecting The Saguaro Wilderness

Tucson, Arizona, is in the midst of a revolution...a stewardship revolution! Join the residents of Tucson as they mobilize to protect their neighboring community, the Saguaro Wilderness.

Great Outdoors Month Gives You A Chance To Connect With Nature

Do you recall how old you were the first time you went camping? The answer to that question goes a long way to explaining how connected you are with the outdoors.

Coalition Of National Park Service Retirees Reaches 1,000 Members

From its humble beginnings as a group of just three former National Park Service employees speaking out in 2003 against proposed cuts to national park budgets to a major advocacy organization representing a collective 30,000 years of NPS work experience, the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees has added its 1,000th member: former NPS Director Gary Everhardt.

Clark Bunting Comes To National Parks Conservation Association At A Time Of Transition

Transitions can be tricky, and for Clark Bunting his arrival as president and chief executive officer of the National Parks Conservation Association coincided with two pivotal events for the National Park Service: the shuttering of the National Park System last fall, and the challenge of attracting younger, more diverse generations into the parks.

Wine Bottle Dating To Late 18th Century, Early 19th Found At Buck Island Reef National Monument

After resting for roughly 200 years, a nearly intact wine bottle has surfaced at Buck Island National Monument in the Caribbean.

When Visiting Acadia National Park, Participate In The Quest

Planning a vacation to Acadia National Park in Maine this summer? Be sure to sign up for Acadia Quest!

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area Loses Battle With Invasive Mussels

Keeping quagga mussels in, not out of, Lake Powell at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area is the new strategy after years of trying to prevent the non-native species' spread into the reservoir have been declared a failure.

Yellowstone Park Foundation Needs Help Purchasing 1,000 Bear Boxes

Across the National Park System, groups are constantly work to improve the plight of both animals and human visitors. At Yellowstone National Park, one aspect of that effort is to install bear-proof boxes that will keep bears and campers out of each other's way. But as of today, more than 1,000 bear boxes are still needed, and the Yellowstone Park Foundation is trying to raise the money needed to close that gap.

Low Water Levels Hampering Opening Of Ok-A-Beh Marina At Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area

Low water levels have been complicating the full opening of the Ok-A-Beh marina at Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area.

Grizzly Apparently Falls To Its Death In Glacier National Park

A young grizzly bear apparently fell to its death in Glacier National Park, where it was found on the Going-to-the-Sun Road by maintenance workers.

Glacier National Park Will Have Limited Facilities For Memorial Day Weekend

Winter doesn't easily let go in places such as Glacier National Park in northern Montana, and while the park will be open for visitors on Memorial Day weekend, not all facilities will be open and hiking conditions could be dicey.

Court Documents Allege Private Trails Cut Into Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Sometime in recent years two trails running more than a mile-and-a-half was cut into the backcountry of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, allegedly for the use of a private resort that borders the park, according to court documents.

13 Feet Of Snow Won't Stop Mount Rainier National Park From Opening For Memorial Day

Live in the high country of the Pacific Northwest and you get used to snow, lots of it. And so, despite 13 feet of snow piled about Paradise, Mount Rainier National Park will have many facilities ready for visitors come Memorial Day weekend.

Olympic National Park Officials Propose Temporary Salvation For Enchanted Valley Chalet

Olympic National Park officials are proposing to move the Enchanted Valley Chalet up to 100 feet from the East Fork of the Quinault River to both protect the historic structure from collapsing and to prevent impacts to the riverbed and its hydrology and fishery.

Badlands National Park, The Video

Traveling across the country, or even across a state, to explore a national park you've never been to can generate a little anxiety. Will it be like the brochures depict it, will you like it, will you see wildlife, what's the landscape really like? That's where videos can help out a lot, as this was does for Badlands National Park in South Dakota.

Cape Cod National Seashore To Offer Junior Lifeguard Program

Cape Cod National Seashore will once again offer its Junior Lifeguard Program for boys and girls ages 13 to 17 this summer. The purpose of the program is to promote water safety and provide job-specific training on Cape Cod by reaching out to area youth. Many past junior lifeguards currently work as ocean lifeguards for the seashore and several towns on Cape Cod.

Electronic Library Up And Running For Canadian National Parks

Curious about Canada's national parks, historically speaking? There's a website waiting for you.

French And Indian War Reenactment Coming To Fort Necessity National Battlefield

The calendar will be turned back to the mid-1700s at Fort Necessity National Battlefield in Pennsylvania when a re-enactment of the French and Indian War will be staged.

Lifeguards Will Watch Swimmers At Three Cape Hatteras National Seashore Beaches This Summer

Cape Hatteras National Seashore will, with the help of local communities, be able to offer lifeguard services at three beaches this summer beginning this coming Saturday.

National Park Service Working To Map Bottom Of Lake Superior Around Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

A 28-foot silver boat gliding about the islands of Apostle Islands National Lakeshore this summer will be working towards completing a mapping of the Lake Superior lakebed around the islands.

Some Slight Changes If You're Planning To Boat At Grand Teton And Yellowstone National Parks

Some of the best paddling waters in the National Park System can be found in Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks, and for years these two parks offered a great deal: One permit for boating in both parks. Concerns about invasive aquatic species have made that deal a thing of the past.

National Park Service Key Player In Nurturing Tomorrow's Park Interpreters, Naturalists

Hoh Rain Forest ranger program/Kurt Repanshek
Reaching into his daypack, the ranger pulled out a banana slug. Not a real one, but a stuffed animal version, a perfect prop to explain just exactly what banana slugs were to the youngsters in his audience here in the Hoh Rain Forest of Olympic National Park.

Lower Emerald Pool Trail At Zion National Park To Close Briefly For Trail Work

The Lower Emerald Pool Trail at Zion National Park in Utah will be closed for two days late this week so crews can make trail repairs.

Heavy Rains Causing Problems For National Park Units In And Around Washington, D.C.

Flooding problems, possible sewage overflows, and downed trees were causing problems Friday for Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Rock Creek Park, and other National Park System units in and around Washington, D.C., and officials said things could get worse this weekend.

Boulders Prompt Closure Of Westside Road At Mount Rainier National Park

A boulder fall at Mount Rainier National Park has forced the temporary closure of the Westside Road, where a private vehicle was crushed by a rock and another boulder left a crater 8 feet in diameter in the road surface.

Swimming With The Whales At Channel Islands National Park

What's it like to swim with the whales at Channel Islands National Park in California? Check out this video of a humpback swimming at the park.
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