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"Summer Of Bugs" At Valley Forge National Historical Park This Summer

Curious about the bugs around us? Plan on participating in the "Summer of Bugs" at Valley Forge National Historical Park, where an inventory of the park's bugs will be assembled this summer

Restoration Work On Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Light Stations Could Close Some To Visitors

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, home to the best collection of lighthouses and stations in the National Park System, is doing maintenance work this summer on five of those facilities, and visitors might find them closed at times.

Washington Monument To Reopen Today After Being Closed Nearly Three Years

After nearly three years of being closed for repairs to fix cracks the Washington Monument sustained from an August 2011 earthquake, the iconic monolith was scheduled to reopen to the public today.

Friends Of The Smokies Use Proceeds From Specialty License Plate Sales To Put SCA Interns To Work In Great Smoky Mountains National Park

When you purchase a specialty license plate in North Carolina to show your love for Great Smoky Mountains National Park, that $35 you spent helps fund a number of projects in the park. For instance, the Friends of the Smokies use some of the money to underwrite seasonal internships in the park and wildlife management programs.

Work At Jenny Lake Area Of Grand Teton National Park Will Temporarily Restrict Your Access

With working beginning this week on the rehabilitation of the Jenny Lake area of Grand Teton National Park this week, you could encounter some temporary closures to allow for crews to bring in materials.

At Olympic National Park, How Would You Improve The Log Cabin Resort?

For many, the Log Cabin Resort at Olympic National Park is not their first lodging choice. But park officials hope to change that with an improvement plan for the Lake Crescent resort. And they're interested in hearing your suggestions.

Investigation: National Park Service Long Ignored Preservation Laws In Desecrating Sacred Ground At Effigy Mounds National Monument

Ancestral burial grounds and ceremonial mounds at Effigy Mounds National Monument in Iowa that were considered sacred by a dozen Native American tribes were desecrated by National Park Service managers who "clearly knew what they were doing was against the law" during a decade-long campaign of building boardwalks and trails across the monument grounds, according to a voluminous investigation.

Kids To Parks Day Coming Next Weekend

In what is fast becoming a national day of play, families across America are planning to visit to local, state or national parks this coming Saturday to commemorate Kids to Parks Day. Across America, kids will be taking their first hike, playing in creeks, studying frogs, participating in clean ups, exploring American history, and having picnics.

Subsistence-Collection Regs To Be Developed For National Park Lands In Alaska

Regulations will be developed for gathering of "wild, renewable resources" on national park lands in Alaska where it is allowed.

Climber Dies While Descending Through A Storm On Mount McKinley At Denali National Park

Stormy weather that forced two climbers to hunker down on Denali Pass on Mount McKinley in Denali National Park played a role in the death of a Washington state woman who died in a fall of about 1,000 feet, park officials reported Friday.

Crater Lake National Park Rangers Searching For Missing Snowshoer

Snowshoeing might seem like a relatively safe activity in the national parks, but the landscape you're walking across might demand some extra attention. That seems to have been the case in Crater Lake National Park in Oregon, where rangers are searching for a snowshoer who likely fell into the crater when a snow cornice he was standing on collapsed.

Castle Rock Cut Deepened At Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

To help boaters avoid a long excursion to reach the main arm of Lake Powell in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area in Utah, the Castle Rock Cut has been deepened to an elevation of 3,580 feet.

Tusayan Shuttle To Grand Canyon National Park To Start Rolling Saturday

You can begin avoiding the parking lot jam on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park this Saturday by parking at Tusayan and riding the free shuttle bus to the South Rim.

Progress Seen In Protecting Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout From Lake Trout In Yellowstone National Park

Two decades after non-native lake trout were discovered in Yellowstone Lake, officials say they are making good progress in removing those predacious fish and protecting the lake's iconic Yellowstone cutthroat trout in Yellowstone National Park.

Olympic National Park's Enchanted Valley Chalet Put On Washington Trust For Historic Preservation's Most Endangered List

The premium placed on saving the Enchanted Valley Chalet in the backcountry of Olympic National Park has gained more stature with the decision by the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation to list the building on its most endangered list for 2014.

Landslide Closes Gunter Fork Trail In Great Smoky Mountains National Park

A landslide has closed the Gunter Fork Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park indefinitely.

Wilderness Character Narrative Offers Added Insights Into Glacier Bay National Park And Preserve

Designated wilderness areas exist in national parks from coast to coast, but many of them can be described as "islands of wildness surrounded by development." Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve is a rare exception, "a wild place within the context of equally wild and sometimes wilder surroundings," and the park has prepared a document that "clearly defines the current status of and threats to the park's wilderness character.

Snowboarder Killed By Fall At Grand Teton National Park

An Alaska man who was snowboarding with friends in the backcountry of Grand Teton National Park has died in the wake of a 1,500 tumbling fall in the park.

Drones Seen Harassing Wildlife At Zion National Park

Within days of Yosemite National Park officials warning visitors it was illegal to fly drones in the park, volunteers at Zion National Park in Utah say they saw a drone harassing wildlife in their park.

After Years Of Restoration, Weir House, Weir Studio, And Young Studio To Reopen To The Public

Some restoration projects take longer than others. Such is the case at Weir Farm National Historic Site, where 10 years of work are coming to an end and the public will soon be able to tour the Weir House, Weir Studio, and Young Studio.

Junior Ranger Program For Underwater Explorers

With so many units of the National Park System tied to water, it shouldn't come as a surprise that the Junior Ranger program has a category for Underwater Explorers.

Acadia National Park Gains 37 Acres Thanks To Maine Coast Heritage Trust, Friends Of Acadia

A 37-acre tract of land along Lower Hadock Pond on Mount Desert Island in Maine has been transferred to Acadia National Park thanks to the work of the Maine Coast Heritage Trust and Friends of Acadia.

Yosemite National Park Warns Visitors That Using Drones In The Park Is Illegal

Using drones to capture climbers on El Capitan in Yosemite National Park might produce an interesting video, but it's illegal, park officials are pointing out.

Work On Chimney Tops Trail At Great Smoky Mountains National Park Will Require Weekday Closures Into October

Extensive rehabilitation work on the Chimney Tops Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park will require that it be closed to the public Mondays through Thursdays through mid-October.

Bears Do The Darnedest Things, As This Video From Big Bend National Park Proves

Bears have been acrobats in circuses for generations, and watching this black bear sow and her cub at Big Bend National Park, it's obvious their talents come naturally.

Check Out The Latest On The "National Park Electronic Library"

The National Park Electronic Library we told you about last fall has, and is, expanding to provide more reference materials from the U.S., and soon Canadian, park services.

Disney's "Bears" Movie Gaining Good Reviews, Raising Funds For National Park Projects

Early returns of Disney's Bears movie are highly favorable, and ticket sales are helping with a number of projects across the National Park System.

Wondering Where To Spot Animals In Grand Teton National Park? Watch This Video

Grand Teton National Park is an open-air zoo of sorts, with bison, pronghorn antelope, eagles, and other wildlife usually in view wherever you find yourself in the park. But there is one slice of Grand Teton that is more productive when it comes to spotting animals.

National Park Sessions: Friend Of The Devil

Arches National Park is the backdrop for this episode of the National Park Sessions, in which The Giving Tree Band plays Friends of the Devil.

Some Biscayne National Park Campgrounds Open For Free This Summer

Not a lot of people think of camping at Biscayne National Park in the summer months because of the heat and bugs. But if you do go, campsites on Boca Chita Key and Elliott Key will be free for the taking during the summer.
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