The Riverstone Tract is a Vital Addition to Congaree National Park

Adding the Riverstone tract to Congaree National Park is creating new infrastructure development opportunities and protecting a key link in a 30-mile long conservation corridor stretching along the Congaree, Wateree, and upper Santee Rivers.

National Park Quiz 73: Birds

You don’t need to be a hard-core birdwatcher to enjoy this quiz. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we’ll make you write on the whiteboard 100 times: “The title of Havilah Babcock’s book ‘Jaybirds Go to Hell on Friday’ was inspired by a Negro folk tale.”

New “Roots in the River” Documentary Chronicles Congaree National Park History

South Carolina ETV’s new documentary “Roots in the River: The Story of Congaree National Park” will be aired in association with Ken Burns’ six-part documentary on America's national parks. A sneak preview of clips from both documentaries will be screened for the general public at the Congaree National Park visitor center on Sunday, September 20.

Follow Kelly On Her Trip Through Congaree National Park

This entry in the National Park Foundation's "Your Parks Video Challenge" has Kelly leading us on a tour of Congaree National Park. And it has a pretty dang good soundtrack, if you like bluegrass!

National Park Quiz 67: Potpourri III

We haven’t had a potpourri quiz since March, so here’s another batch of category leftovers and hard-to fit questions. Hope you find ‘em interesting. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we’ll just look the other way. Everybody deserves a free pass now and then.

There's a Treat in Store for Early Risers on International Dawn Chorus Day

Thousands of birding enthusiasts will be out and about to enjoy International Dawn Chorus Day this Sunday, May 3. Early risers have a special Dawn Chorus treat in store for them at South Carolina’s Congaree National Park.

Aging Activists Gather at Congaree National Park to Recall a Nick-of-Time Rescue

The spectacular old-growth forest of the Congaree floodplain would have been lost forever had it not been for a grassroots campaign that achieved a highly implausible victory back in the 1970s. Veterans of the campaign gathered at Congaree National Park this past weekend to share memories of that long-ago struggle.

By the Numbers: President Bush’s National Park Legacy

George W. Bush’s national park legacy includes seven new NPS units, five redesignations, one deauthorization, and one oddity.

What are the Odds?!

When you work the visitor center’s information desk on a slow day, you can strike up conversations with walk-ins. Visitors will often tell you interesting things about themselves. And once in a while they will positively astound you.

National Park Quiz 25: Threatened and Endangered

This week’s quiz focuses on troubled species. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we’ll make you write “Encountering a four-meter Crocodylus acutus can cause severe de-puckering of the anal sphincter” 100 times on the whiteboard.

Francis Beidler’s Long-Ago Decision Saved the Forest that Became Congaree National Park

In an action unusual for its time, timber tycoon and early conservationist Francis Beidler put his vast holdings of South Carolina forestland in timber reserve status in the early 1900s. Six decades later, Congaree Swamp National Monument, now Congaree National Park, was created from the remnants. The park celebrates its 32nd birthday today, October 18.

National Parks Will Waive Entrance Fees on September 27, National Public Lands Day

You’ll love what they see at the national park entrance gates on Saturday, September 27. It’s the 15th annual National Public Lands Day, and all parks will be waiving their admission fees. It’d be nice if you volunteered to help with the site restoration and cleanup efforts planned for that day.

Four Billion Dollars from the Land and Water Conservation Fund is a Good Start, but the National Park Service Needs More

The Land and Water Conservation Fund was signed into law on September 3, 1964, took effect on January 1, 1965, and has since provided $4 billion to buy national park land and easements. That’s not nearly enough. The National Park Service’s acquisitions backlog has grown to $1.9 billion, and it’s getting bigger every year.

Flooding Nurtures Life in Congaree National Park

The Congaree River is flooding again, and as far as Congaree National Park is concerned, that’s a good thing. Periodic flooding is the very lifeblood of the extraordinary river bottom forest that the park preserves.

National Park Quiz 1: Are You Centered?

Do you know where the national parks are located? This little quiz will test the accuracy of your National Park System “mental map.” The answers are at the end. No peeking!

Park History: Congaree National Park

Though a veritable youngster in the national park realm, Congaree National Park is a vegetative museum, harboring some of the eastern United States' tallest trees in what's said to be the largest old-growth bottomland hardwood forest in the country.