The public is invited to the grand opening of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park Visitor Center on March 11 and 12. The National Park Service and the Maryland Park Service have teamed up to provide special family-friendly grand opening events and activities at the site and a first look at the new visitor center. It is located at: 4068 Golden Hill Road, Church Creek, Maryland. All events are free.
Parks in the News
National park boundaries are largely imaginary things, without walls or fences. As a result, what happens on adjacent lands can impact parks, which is one reason there is an outcry over the U.S. Senate's decision, by a party-line vote, to scrap a U.S. Bureau of Land Management regulation intended to give the public a greater voice during that agency's planning periods.
Need to get away from it all? Head to Aniakchak National Monument and Preserve in southwestern Alaska. Just don't forget your bear spray.
Voyageurs National Park is no longer recommending travel on frozen lake surfaces due to warming weather, as ice conditions are deteriorating, standing water is appearing on frozen lake surfaces, and bare ground can be found on the safety portages.
A colloquium coming later this month will examine a variety of natural resource topics dear to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, ranging from salamanders in the park to bats and climate change.
A 20-year-old woman working in Yosemite National Park was killed when a falling tree hit her in Half Dome Village, previously known as Curry Village.
The season for recreational fires is under way at Ocean Beach in Golden Gate National Recreation Area in California. New fire rings installed last week will welcome visitors to enjoy s’mores and sunsets on the beach once again.
The contracting process for rehabilitation of 12 miles of the Lake Crescent section of Highway 101 and four miles of East Beach Road at Olympic National Park in Washington state remains under way, so this spring’s construction schedule has been adjusted. Construction is now slated to begin in late April this year. This project is being managed collaboratively by the Federal Highway Administration and the National Park Service.
The National Park Service will offer a number of special programs and services during the 2017 National Cherry Blossom Festival, including festival-related lantern walks, ranger talks, and tours around the Tidal Basin and National Mall. Park Service events, which are free, will be held from March 15 through April 2. Peak bloom of the cherry trees is expected to occur between March 14-17.
You know that Acadia National Park’s natural scenery is spectacularly varied, from granite-topped mountains to bold shorelines. But did you know that Acadia’s plant and animal life are similarly diverse? Delicate alpine wood lilies thrive just a 30-minute hike from saltwater eelgrasses. Explore the park and you can see peregrines, great blue herons, and harlequin ducks all within a short distance.