Where To Go, What To Do During National Park Week

National Park Week officially kicks off tomorrow, April 18, and if you're wondering how to celebrate, the National Park Service and National Park Foundation have some ideas.

Changes To Visitor Services At Everglades National Park Coming For Summer

Summer is coming to Everglades National Park, and that means some changes in visitor services in some parts of the park.

Concessionaires Want More Investment, Business Opportunities, In National Parks

National park concessionaires, deeply concerned over what they see as three decades of stagnant visitation to the National Park System, want Congress to authorize better marketing of the parks, longer "high" seasons in the parks they believe would generate more revenues for infrastructure improvements, and expanded concessionaire opportunities in the parks.

Boating In The National Parks: Keep It Safe!

Whether you canoe, kayak, raft, or use a Stand Up Paddleboard to explore the National Park System’s waters, pair safety with your enthusiasm.

Take A Peek At Prehistoric Florida And The Calusa Indians Who Called The Lands Of Present-Day Everglades National Park Home

Can you imagine living in southern Florida without the aid of screens, air-conditioning, and bug spray? For thousands of years the Calusa Indians survived in such a setting in the Ten Thousand Islands area of present-day Everglades National Park. Later this month you can learn how they did it.

The Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition: Charting A Course For Wildlife Preservation

Trekking over 1,000 miles through dense Florida jungles, coastal waterways, and tropical swamplands, the Florida Wildlife Corridor expedition team are charting a geographic path for wildlife migration and environmental preservation.

Two Final Chances For "Big Day Birding Adventures" At Everglades National Park

The winter and early spring seasons are especially fine times to enjoy birding at Everglades National Park, and the staff has invited the public to participate in several "citizen science" activities to help count birds in the park. The final two "Big Day Birding Adventures" programs for this year will be held on March 14 and 28, 2015

Birding In The National Parks: Where Are All The Wading Birds Going?

No national park is more associated with birds than Everglades, and the most prominent birds in the park are undoubtedly the waders. Herons, egrets, storks, and ibises are the rock stars of the Everglades. The park was even created partly with the protection of egrets in mind after plume hunting for the millinery industry nearly wiped them out in the 19th century.

Call For Papers: National Parks, The Next Century

What path should the National Park Service take as it enters its second century? How can the National Park Service continue to nurture landscapes, cultures, and American history without compromising the world's best collection of parks? In this unique collection of papers, National Parks Traveler will recapture Stephen Mather’s ambition of preserving “the most inspiring playgrounds and the best equipped nature schools in the world.”

2nd Annual Essential Guide To Paddling The Parks

Flat water. Whitewater. Tranquil pools and rising tides. All this and more abounds in the National Park System’s water world. Though often described as “more than 84 million acres” of landscape, the system also embraces endless miles of streams, lakeshore, and ocean front. It’s a watery landscape you can explore for half-a-day, or for the rest of your life.
Facing Extinction: The world Is there a living Ivory-billed Woodpecker anywhere? There hasn't been a well-documented sighting since 1987, yet it still hasn't officially been declared extinct, giving hope to countless birders that they might yet spot this large, striking bird.

Florida Panthers Died At A Record Rate In 2014

Florida panther's existence is threatened, as 30 animals died in 2014, the majority on the state's highways.

Some Southern National Parks To Put On Your Travel Calendar

With long, cold, snowy months descending on the northern half of the country, it's not a bad time to cast your eyes to the south and national parks where you can find warm weather, sandy beaches, and plenty of sunshine.

25-Cent Piece Honoring Everglades National Park Coming Next Month

An anhinga and a roseate spoonbill, not an alligator and a crocodile, grace the new 25-cent piece arriving next month that celebrates Everglades National Park.

For Contrarians, Winter Is The Perfect Season To Hit The Road To The National Parks

Winter is not the season to leave the rig in the driveway. Across the National Park System there are wonderful places to explore while half the nation is locked in snow and cold.

Essential Winter Guide '14: Winter Doesn't Have To Be An Off-Season

When it comes to construction skills, male Anhingas are slackers. Oh, they’re good at pulling together nesting materials, but that’s about it. Instead of turning the sticks, twigs, and leafy greenery they collect into a nest for their mates, they stash the materials in trees and let the females build the actual nest.

Essential Park Guide, Winter '14: Your Guide To Exploring The Parks This Winter

When it comes to construction skills, male Anhingas are slackers. Oh, they’re good at pulling together nesting materials, but that’s about it. Instead of turning the sticks, twigs, and leafy greenery they collect into a nest for their mates, they stash the materials in trees and let the females build the actual nest.

Guest Column| Defending The Science That Explains Climate Change

Adam Markham, director of climate impacts for the Union of Concerned Scientists' Climate and Energy Program and a co-author of the report “National Landmarks at Risk," has written the following rebuttal to Dr. Daniel B. Botkin's column on climate change and his thoughts on what is, and isn't, driving it.

Friends Group Sends Nearly $200,000 To South Florida Parks For Programs

Nearly $200,000 is flowing to four south Florida national park units to help underwrite habitat restoration, protect wildlife, and support visitor programs.

Around The Parks: Friends Support Voyageurs National Park, Aspiring Writers At Everglades National Park, Fall Colors At Guadalupe Mountains National Park

A quick glance around the National Park System finds a celebration coming to Voyageurs National Park, gifted writers at Everglades National Park, and fall colors at Guadalupe Mountains National Park.

Grand Canyon National Park's Concessions Issue Impacting National Parks Nationwide

A problem roughly a century in the making that left Grand Canyon National Park in a nearly $200 million hole is impacting parks from coast to coast, with superintendents forced to find programs and projects they can postpone, cutback, or simply cut.
Kupe and the Corals (Long Term Ecological Research) Coral reefs are some of the richest habitats in the world, providing home and grocery for scores of marine species. Too, they serve as storm buffers for the islands and mainlands they rim, and delight countless snorklers and scuba divers who explore them. A new children's book focuses on coral reefs, and how they're established.

Collecting Marine Debris At Everglades And Biscayne National Parks

Earlier this year we shared a video of a garbage cleanup at Kenai Fjords National Park in Alaska. Today we have a video of garbage -- marine debris -- collected at national park landscapes in south Florida.

Everglades Foundation Works With National Park Service To Benefit Cape Sable

A grant of nearly $150,000 from the Everglades Foundation will help the National Park Service pay for the cost of an environmental assessment of canals that are harming the ecosystem of Cape Sable.

"Ticket To Ride" Grants Helps Provide Transportation For Students To Parks Across The Country

Much has been written in recent years about the disconnect between the current generation of young people and the natural world, along with concerns that national parks are not seen as relevant by Americans from a variety of cultural backgrounds. Both issues aren't helped when field trips to parks and other off-site areas are often among the first casualties of tight school budgets. One solution is being provided by the National Park Foundation's "Ticket to Ride" grant program.

Monday Is Entrance-Fee Free Day Across The National Park System

If you can manage it, be sure to head to the National Park System on Monday, when the gates will all be open with no need to pay an entrance fee.

National Park Service Promotes Parks As Economic Engines

Once considered largely to be worthless, national parks today are economic engines that generate $26.5 billion for the nation's economy.

Study Documents Impacts Of Climate Change Across National Park System

Impacts of climate change on the National Park System are such that it is "no longer ecologically viable to manage resources solely within park boundaries," according to a study that found parks "are overwhelmingly at the extreme warm end of historical temperature distributions..."

Birding In The National Parks: Odd Birds Showing Up In National Parks

I write this from the south shore of Lake Superior, not far from Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Two days ago, while casually birding the lakeshore, my wife Sarah spotted a Black-crowned Night-heron. That’s an extremely unusual bird to find as far north as the Superior shore.

Traveler's View: National Parks Are Boring, Outside Magazine? Really???

Did you hear the news? National parks, those wondrous and scenic expanses of Nature's eye candy, those wild and rumpled landscapes that test your skills and will kill you if you're not careful and prepared, or maybe just in the wrong place at the wrong time, are boring. They've been transformed -- or, perhaps, kept since their creation -- as "drive-through museums."