Apostle Islands National Lakeshore's Latest Lecture Focuses on A Backwoods Convenience

Call it a loo, a latrine, an outhouse, vault toilet or privy, but when you're out hiking or paddling a national park's backcountry and you have to answer the call of nature, it's awful nice not to have to squat over a cathole.

Lecture Series At Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Touches on Shipwrecks, Sailors, and Ice Conditions

When was the last time you heard an 1850s yarn put to song? If you're in the neighborhood of Apostle Islands National Lakeshore on Monday, you'll be able to hear what it sounds like. Or, if you're curious about Lake Superior's shipwrecks, you can bone up on them at the lakeshore as well.

Another National Park Arch Collapses, This One at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

Another national park arch has collapsed. Not one of the famous ones at Arches National Park, but rather one of the icons at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.

National Park Mystery Photo 22 Revealed: Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

There are many great places to paddle in the National Park System, whether you choose to go by canoe, raft, or sea kayak. And, there also are many park shorelines that are dotted with caves and grottoes.

21 National Park System Units Nominated For "Marine Protected Area" Status

Twenty-one units of the National Park System, including five national seashores and four national lakeshores, have been nominated for status as "Marine Protected Areas."
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National Park Mystery Plant 5 Revealed: It’s the Red Baneberry

Did you identify the red baneberry as the mystery plant in yesterday’s quiz? Here are some more interesting facts about this widely-distributed plant and its toxic effects.

NASA, National Park Service Team To Offer Climate Change Podcasts

While rising sea levels are a concern for some national parks, dropping lake levels are a concern for others. A unique partnership between NASA and the National Park Service examines these issues in two podcasts for your listening ease.

New Coalition Brings Groups Together to Push for Water Stewardhip in Great Lakes, Chesapeake Bay, Everglades, and Puget Sound

There was a news event earlier this week that seemed to sail under the radar, but it's something to keep an eye on. A large coalition of groups has come together to lobby for the waters that flow through Everglades National Park, the parks and lakeshores that dot the Great Lakes and touch the Chesapeake Bay, as well as many other watery ecosystems across the country.

Friends Groups Help National Parks In Many, Many Ways, Even Providing the TP In Some

Across the country there are dozens of "friends groups" that help national parks in myriad ways. Just recently the Yellowstone Park Foundation announced a drive to buy bear-proof lockers for front-country campgrounds in Yellowstone National Park. At Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, the friends group actually provides the TP!

Fourteenth Annual Apostle Islands Lighthouse Celebration Runs through September 12

Raspberry Island Lighthouse
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is sometimes described as the "Holy Grail" for lighthouse buffs. Nowhere else in the country can you find such a wide variety of lighthouses in such a compact area. The area's annual Lighthouse Celebration is underway with special tours through September 12.

It Ain't Sexy: Charting The Next Two Decades At Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

Perhaps one of the least publicly intriguing issues when you're talking about national parks is that of the general management plans used to guide a park's growth and use. But when these documents come up for revision, the opportunity is ripe for you to have your two cents considered. For instance, should the lighthouses at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore be turned into bed-and-breakfasts?

Climate Change and National Parks: A Survival Guide for a Warming World -- Loon and Other Birds of the Great Lakes

Change is under way in the Great Lakes, the source of 84 percent of North America’s fresh water and more than 20 percent of the world’s supply. It is a progressive sweeping change that threatens to greatly transform the ecosystems of these inland seas by warming their waters and supplanting native species with harmful invasives. And it is a change that ultimately may threaten the viability of the common loon and dozens of other birds that depend on the lakes.

Are You a Fan of Lighthouses? National Lighthouse Day is Coming Up

Sullivan's Island Light.
National Lighthouse Day is being observed around the country on August 7, and there are some excellent examples of those beacons in NPS areas. Some parks will host special events this weekend; one of them is more often associated with a famous battle than a lighthouse.

Historic Lighthouse Aids in Rescue at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

Raspberry Island Light
A historic lighthouse had a role in one of three recent rescues at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Wisconsin, and quick work by the park staff averted several potential tragedies.

Winter In Summer at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

Sure, it's summertime, and the weather is hot, but there's talk of winter at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore next week.

How to Save a Historic Lighthouse. Sometimes the Answer is ... Give it Away

Chicago Harbor Lighthouse.
There's just something about a lighthouse that appeals to history buffs, romantics, and lots of other people. The National Park System includes some great lighthouses, but the NPS can't save them all. Sometimes, the best way for the feds to preserve one is to give it away.

National Park Quiz 39: Winter

This week’s quiz will find out if you are a winterwise park visitor. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we’ll make you explain why the Bergeron-Findeisen process grows snowflakes only because the equilibrium vapor pressure of water vapor with respect to ice is less than that with respect to liquid water at the same subfreezing temperature.

Planning to Visit Apostle Islands National Lakeshore? Leave Your Gun At Home

Planning to visit Apostle Islands National Lakeshore? If you fear for your safety in national parks, you'll have to either skip this lakeshore or go it without your firearm and hope for the best.

Part of Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Lands on National Register of Historic Places

Great Lakes fishing history has led to a segment of Apostle Islands National Lakeshore being named to the National Register of Historic Places.

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Not Immune to Bear Problems

A cantankerous black bear on an island in Lake Superior is proof that bear problems in the National Park System are not restricted to the West or the Appalachians.

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore: It's Really About the Islands

No one postcard can fully capture Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. Indeed, "lakeshore" might just be the wrong category for this jewel of Lake Superior, as the park's essence is an archipelago of 21 islands.

National Park Quiz 7: Islands

The national parks have islands galore. There are islands in the ocean, islands in rivers, islands in lakes, and even islands in lakes on islands. Take this week's quiz and see how much you know about these islands. Answers are at the end. No fair peeking!

Apostle Islands, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshores Taking Steps to Prevent Spread of Fish Virus

Fishing in waters of Apostle Islands and Pictured Rocks national lakeshores is going to be a bit more difficult this year, as emergency restrictions are being implemented in an effort to prevent the spread of a deadly fish virus.

Parks and Tribe Establish Plan to Fight Fish Disease in Lake Superior

The National Park Service and the Grand Portage Band of the Lake Superior Chippewa have agreed to work together on efforts to protect park and tribal fishery resources in Lake Superior from a deadly fish disease known as viral hemorrhagic septicemia, or VHS.

National Lakeshores Threatened by Non-native Species

Loons, mergansers, cormorants and other waterfowl are dying by the thousands in the Great Lakes due to an invasion of non-native species that are threatening to turn the lakes' ecosystem upside down. At Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes National Lakeshore even piping plovers, a threatened species, are dying.
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Climate Change and the National Parks

Climate change slowly is changing the landscape of America’s national parks. As temperatures warm and storm traits alter, ecosystem change is anticipated and expected to carry a range of impacts.

Park History: How the National Lakeshores Came to Be

There are parks across the national park system that have decidedly watery settings: Voyagers National Park, Isle Royale National Park, Channel Islands National Park, Acadia National Park, Biscayne National Park and Dry Tortugas National Park, just to name some of the most obvious. And then there are the national lakeshores.

Congress Takes a Step Toward Restoring the Great Lakes

President Bush isn't going to like this. The House of Representatives has adopted an Interior Appropriations Bill that contains more money than he proposed for the agency. But would the president veto funding that would help clean up sewage in the Great Lakes and work to stop the spread of invasive, non-native species in the lakes?

A New Foundation Arises to Aid Lake Superior Parks

National Parks of Lake Superior Foundation
As times grow increasingly tougher, financially, for the National Park Service, individual parks can find a bit of a lifeline in non-profit friends groups. The latest non-profit to surface is the National Parks of Lake Superior Foundation.