Glacier Bay National Park Rangers Honored As Park Service's Best Interpreters

Two rangers from Glacier Bay National Park who wove together a wonderful tale around the 45-foot-long skeleton of a humpback whale have been honored as the best interpreters in the National Park Service.

Trails I've Hiked: Grinnell Lake By Boat And Boot In Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park is often described as a "hiker's paradise," and over 700 miles of trails offer plenty of choices for what the park describes as "adventurous visitors seeking wilderness and solitude." Glacier also offers some fine shorter hikes that offer a taste of the backcountry with only moderate physical demands, and one of the most popular is the combination boat trip/hike to Grinnell Lake.

National Park-Scented Clothing? You Can Do That!

Ahhh, the sweet scent of national parks. You've had the chance to freshen your bathrooms with it, and now you can leave your clothes smelling park fresh!

Study Points To Value Of Protecting Migrational Routes Between National Parks

The need to prevent national park units from turning into biological islands, cut off from other wild lands by development, is not a new worry. But a recent study reinforces the value of ensuring migrational corridors survive.

What's That Sound? Building An Audio Library At Glacier Bay National Park

Sounds can identify a place, and the residents of that place. Pulling the sounds of Glacier Bay National Park together and placing them in one repository will make it easier to piece together the sounds of the park.

Around The Parks: Lodging At Glacier Bay, Personal Hygiene On Mount McKinley, Explosives At Assateague Island

A scan of news from across the National Park System shows a need for a new lodging concessions at Glacier Bay National Park, a problem with personal hygiene on Mt. McKinley in Denali National Park, and an explosive situation at Assateague Island National Seashore.

Tent Flap With A View: 25 Favorite Backcountry Campsites

Where are some of the best backcountry campsites in the world (as well as the national parks)? Michael Lanza, Northwest editor of Backpacker Magazine, shares his thoughts on 25 of the best places to pitch your tent.

Tips For Raising Outdoors-Loving Kids

Experiencing the natural world, and specifically national parks, seems richer when you have kids who can share the experience with you. But how do you raise outdoors-loving youngsters?

National Park Quiz 101: Ringer VII Answers Revealed

Did you get at least eight out of ten?

Some Things To Keep In Mind When It Comes To Making Your National Park Charitable Gifts

With so many organizations clamoring for your charitable dollars, how can you decide which group to give to in support of the national parks? Do your homework, urges Jacqueline Vaughn.
Before They In approaching Before They're Gone, A Family's Year-Long Quest to Explore America's Most Endangered National Parks, Michael Lanza desires to take his young son and daughter to places that most amazed him -- national parks -- before climate change alters their appearance too greatly.
Complete Guide to the National Park Lodges Just in time for Mother's Day, as well as Father's Day, is the 7th edition of The Complete Guide To The National Park Lodges. Along with updates in the rundown on park lodges is the insertion of full-color images from lodges and settings in the national parks.

Coalition Of National Park Retirees Warns Of Congressional Overreach That Could Impact National Parks

You can add the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees to the groups that are concerned about efforts by U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop to dismantle many of the nation's environmental laws in the name of border security.

Birding in The National Parks: Bald Eagles No Longer A Ghost Bird in the National Parks

I lowered my binoculars and muttered, “Oh, it’s just another eagle.” With that statement I recognized a few years ago that I officially had started taking Bald Eagles for granted.

Books We've Read This Year, And Actually Liked!

Despite the impending doom that pixels were expected to hand the printed word, we're happy to report that publishers are still turning out books, and more than a few that crossed our desks this year are worth your attention.

Birding in the National Parks

This past year we started a bimonthly column on birding in the national parks, which is a great way to enjoy the parks while learning more about the hundreds of species that flit about the National Park System. Here's a look back at those columns.

Top Six Family Adventures In National Parks

A year's worth of family vacations to national parks led to the following list of top family adventures in the national parks.

National Park Mystery Photo 37 Revealed: It Floats On Water

To find this boomer, you really need to travel far in the National Park System.

Musings from Glacier Bay National Park

It was a familiar sound, and yet unfamiliar. I was out of place: heading into the woods at Bartlett Cove along the coast of Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska, not the Rocky Mountains, and the whooshing sound startled me.

Visit Your Park: Glacier Bay and Shenandoah National Parks Now in the Archives

If you haven't been checking the Visit Your Park section recently, know that two more parks have been added to the archives: Glacier Bay National Park and Shenandoah National Park.

Glacier Bay National Park Officials Propose To Hold 2012 Cruise Ship Quotas Level With 2011

Glacier Bay National Park officials are proposed to hold the line on cruise ship quotas in 2012 at 2011 levels.

Whale Carcass Leads To Closures at Glacier Bay National Park

When was the last time you had to reroute your hike because of a whale carcass? That's the situation at Glacier Bay National Park, where the remains of a humpback whale have come ashore and turned into a magnet for bears and other scavengers.
For six months in 2010 Andrew Skurka went on the adventure of a lifetime. By foot, ski, and raft the adventurer circumnavigated Alaska, a journey of 4,678.8 miles that tested him physically and mentally. Listen to this podcast as he shares insights to that trek.

A Walk Around Alaska, The Andrew Skurka Story

What could possibly inspire someone to circumnavigate Alaska, traveling 4,678.8 miles by foot, ski, and inflatable raft? For Andrew Skurka, the challenge was both physical and mental and an underlying desire to "take advantage of the 70, 80 years that I've got on this planet."

Watching Climate Change Across the National Park System

Across the National Park System many changes are expected from climate change, from more wildfires and vanishing glaciers to invasions of non-native species and flight of long-term residents. Writer/photographer Michael Lanza, concerned that today's park landscapes will change significantly by the time his young kids are his age, has been touring the park system with his family to show his children what they might miss later in life.

2010 in Review: Traveler's Checklists

This year we posted 16 Traveler's Checklists to help you plan your park visits. Did you miss any? Here's a list with handy links.

Glacier Bay National Park Ponders High-Tech Method for Important Salmon Study

How's the salmon population doing in Glacier Bay National Park? With increasing fishing pressure, it's an important question, and the park is proposing a high-tech, low-impact method to gather some key information. The study site is located in designated wilderness, and the park is inviting public input on the idea.