Though the centennial for Acadia National Park, and the National Park Service, still is three years offer, Friends of Acadia already are working towards ensuring the park has a memorable second century.
Around The Parks: Fireflies In The Smokies, Family Days Along The C&O Canal, Hiking In Acadia, Visitor Center Hours At Voyageurs
Summer can't be far off, as the fireflies will be flashing soon in the Smokies, family days are scheduled at the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, a hiking adventure will be offered at Acadia National Park, and visitor hours at Voyageurs National Park are shortened a bit due to sequestration.
Traveler's 2nd Annual Essential Friends + Gateways publication, a collaboration between the Traveler and a core group of national park foundations, cooperating associations, trusts, friends groups, and gateway communities, is aimed at enhancing and furthering the now nationally significant role of these organizations and entities in the preservation and enjoyment of our parks.
Just in time for National Park Week -- Traveler's 2013 magazine Essential Friends + Gateways! Flip through 50+ pages of full-color features celebrating national parks, their increasingly indispensable friends' groups—along with great park gateways and the local insight and travel tips you need to savor summer in the country's top national parks.
A glance at this graphic clearly shows how the budget sequester is impacting operations at Acadia National Park in Maine.
Yes, our national parks are grappling with the loss of millions of dollars due to the failure of Congress and the Obama administration to treat the country's ailing fiscal condition, but they're still open, and still spectacular places to explore.
Stand in Great Smoky Mountains National Park and you can't help but be enthralled by the lush forests and rolling mountains that surround you. Though a somewhat old landscape to modern civilization, the park continues to toss surprises in terms of the species that inhabit it.
Part of the fun of the National Park System is exploring the various units to see what they have to offer. Here's a look at parks the Traveler "explored" in 2012.
How do you collect your national park memories?
Earlier this year National Parks Traveler broke ground with Essential Friends, an initiative created to celebrate the great work of national park friends groups. While the publication has been available in PDF format, we now offer it to you as a flip book. Enjoy!
Nearly 70 National Park System units along the Eastern Seaboard were either fully or partially closed due to impacts from "superstorm Sandy," and it could be days before some reopen.
Come month's end they'll be moving to winter hours at Acadia National Park, where the Hulls Cove Visitor Center and Sand Beach Entrance Station will both close on Halloween.
Unless Congress averts a staggering budget "sequestration" early next year the National Park System will be devastated by underfunding that could force the Park Service to shutter more than 100 parks, according to the National Parks Conservation Association.