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Joshua Tree National Park To Partner With NatureBridge

NatureBridge, a non-profit organization that provides environmental education for youth in national park settings, has reached an agreement to bring its programs to Joshua Tree National Park.

Top National Park Service Officials Reverse Decision Tied To Fatal Climbing Accident

While a 2011 fatal climbing accident in Denali National Park led local Park Service officials to deny the outfitter involved in the matter "preferred status" for permit renewal, officials in the agency's Washington, D.C., headquarters overturned that decision.
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Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park Seeks Volunteers For Stewardship At The Summit

You can help protect Hawai‘i’s fragile ecosystem from invasive, non-native species by volunteering for Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park's “Stewardship at the Summit” programs throughout 2014.

Update: Three Appalachian Trail Hikers Need Rescue In Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Winter's latest punch to the East caught three Appalachian Trail hikers in Great Smoky Mountains National Park unprepared and needing to be rescued by rangers.

Cowpens National Battlefield Anniversary January 17-19 Offers An Impressive Slate Of Events

It may seem an unlikely name for the site of a battle often called the turning point of the Revolutionary War in the South, but Cowpens National Battlefield also claims a second distinction: one of the few uses of a classic military tactic known as a double envelopment occurred here. The park will commemorate the 233rd anniversary of the battle with an impressive slate of events January 17-19.

Shenandoah National Park's Byrd Visitor Center To Be Open Weekends This Winter

Good news for travelers to Shenandoah National Park this winter: The Harry F. Byrd Sr. Visitor Center at Big Meadows will be open weekends, weather allowing, of course.

"Adventures In Nature" Program For Kids Coming To Wind Cave National Park

A program specifically designed to get youngsters out into nature, and the national parks, is coming to Wind Cave National Park in a couple of weeks.

Zion National Park's Condor No. 299 Is No More

Condor No. 299, arguably the most-viewed condor in Zion National Park, has died. The bird's body was found in a remote canyon southeast of the park.

Homestead Trolley To Everglades And Biscayne National Parks Hits The Road Saturday

Beginning Saturday you'll be able to get a lift from Homestead, Florida, to either Everglades or Biscayne national parks courtesy of a partnership between the community and the two national parks.

Convulsion In National Park Concessions

Concession operations in the national parks underwent some important changes during the last couple of years. Long-time concessionaires in two major parks failed in attempts to win contract renewals with winning bidders being companies with extensive National Park Service concession experience.

Traveling Mural Of Guadalupe Mountains National Park Part Of Anti-Gang-Drug Coalition Project

Guadalupe Mountains National Park has completed a partnership with the Carlsbad Mural Project, a project of the Carlsbad Community Anti-Gang-Drug Coalition, with the creation of a traveling mural of the park.

Petrified Forest National Park Grows By More Than 4,200 Acres Thanks To The Conservation Fund

A few acres here, a dozen over there, perhaps a thousand at a time. Those increments are slowly growing the National Park System, a system that just jumped by more than 4,200 acres in size thanks to The Conservation Fund.

Reactions To Yellowstone Supervolcano Study Ranged From Hysteria To Ho-Hum

News from the parks in 2013 offered some fine opportunities for reporters, but for those inclined toward dramatic headlines, few stories could match the release of an updated study on the "Yellowstone Super-Volcano." Depending upon the source, readers might conclude that the end is near...or it's no big deal.

A Wish List For The National Parks In 2014

So much promise ranges across the land each January 1. The blotters are all clear, the expectations great, and the hopes and aspirations high. With that understood, here's a short "wish list" for the National Park Service and its wondrous system of parks as we head off into 2014.

Tourists Injured When Bull Elephant Attacks Vehicle At Kruger National Park

Two Kruger National Park visitors were injured, one seriously, when a bull elephant charged their vehicle and flipped it over.

What Were The Top National Park Stories Of 2013?

Flooding pummeled a handful of units in the National Park System this past fall, budget cuts hamstrung the National Park Service, and a 16-day closure of the national parks drew the public's ire. Those were just some of the top stories of 2013 across the National Park System. Here's a look at some of the year's top stories.

Road Work To Repair Slide Along Newfound Gap Road In Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Repair work is scheduled to begin next week on a slide along Newfound Gap Road in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which early this year saw a larger slide take out a section of the road.

Stories We Particularly Liked From Around the National Park System In 2013

With more than 1,300 stories posted on the Traveler during the past 12 months, there are a few that we particularly liked, either because of the prose, the subject matter, or the particular window on the parks they opened. Here's a look at some of our favorites.

National Parks We Explored During 2013

So many parks, so few months in a year. Still, the National Parks Traveler staff and contributors managed to reach a fair number of parks in 2013 and returned home with the following stories.

NPS Sends Nearly $1 Million To Threatened Civil War Battlefields

The National Park Service has committed nearly $1 million in grants to help preserve more than 760 acres of land at seven of America’s threatened Civil War battlefields.

Christmas Bird Count Coming To Death Valley National Park On Saturday

Christmas is past, but counting birds is not. At Death Valley National Park, the annual Christmas Bird Count is scheduled for this coming Saturday.

Nature Could Have A Solution For Emerald Ash Borer Problem In National Parks

Nature might be able to provide a partial solution, at least, to emerald ash borer problems in national parks such as Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains as well as Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. It turns out that woodpeckers and nuthatches, which are present in those parks, are developing an appetite for the non-native insects.

The Wolves And Bison Of Wood Buffalo National Park

The list of national parks on my "bucket list" is somewhat long, and not restricted to those in the United States. I've long been intrigued by Wood Buffalo National Park in northern Alberta, and a recent PBS documentary on the wolves and bison there only heightened my desire to check that one off my list.

The Consequences Of Climate Change At Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

Adapting to climate change at Apostle Islands National Seashore means taking every opportunity to solve problems and communicate successes.

A Look At Some Unusual Stories From The National Park System In 2013

As broad and diverse as the National Park System is, it should come as no surprise that there are, well, some surprising or simply interesting stories from time to time. Here's a look at some unusual stories from the past year.

Golden Gate National Recreation Area Extends Comment Period On Dog Management Plan

Golden Gate National Recreation Area, which for more than a decade has worked to develop a management plan for dogs in the park, have extended into mid-February the time period during which you can comment on the latest draft plan.

Vicksburg National Military Park Developing "Foundation Document"

The National Park Service is preparing a foundation document to guide planning and management of Vicksburg National Military Park, and is seeking public input on the document.

Nine Free Admission Days To National Parks In 2014

There will be nine admission-free days to the National Park System in 2014, though just one falls during the peak vacation months of summer.

Consider A Year-End Donation To Your Favorite National Park Friends Group

Trail improvements, interpretive programming, historic preservation, and even transportation are some of the projects tackled by national park friends groups. With time running out in 2013, consider a year-end tax deductible donation to your favorite friends group to help them through 2014.

Happy Holidays From Arches National Park, The Video

At this festive time of year, the folks at Arches National Park have sent out this video holiday greeting with ample amounts of red rock and snow.
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