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.

National Park Turns: The Slides Of March

All signs point to spring: warm winds, green budding trees, flowering bulbs, and... skiing? Sure enough! Spring’s a great time to spend some time sliding around on those broad bowls, snow-covered roads, and long ridges. The weather is mild, the skies are blue, and the days are long: it’s just a lot more comfortable spring-skiing than going on a mid-winter slog in a blizzard through deep snow.

Spring Is No Season To Be Cooped Up

Springtime is a bit of an “in-between” season. It’s somewhere between the longer, warmer days of summer, and the cooler and muddier days of a late winter. Hopefully you’ll find your place farther from winter’s cold and closer to summer’s breezes.

Obama Administration Offers Year-Long Free National Park Access To Fourth Graders And Their Families

With a goal of luring more youngsters, and their parents, into the National Park System and onto other public lands, President Obama on Thursday announced the Every Kid in a Park initiative that will provide every fourth-grader in the country a park pass good for one full year of free access to the nation's public lands.

No Bones, Bullets, Or Bodies Connected With 132-Year-Old Winchester Found At Great Basin National Park

No bones, bullets, or bodies have been connected with that century-old Winchester rifle found propped against a gnarled juniper in the backcountry of Great Basin National Park, but park staff are not finished with investigating the circumstances around how the rifle got there.

132-Year-Old Winchester Rifle Found At Great Basin National Park

Usually you need to head into a museum to see what turned up in the backcountry of Great Basin National Park: A 132-year-old Winchester rifle.

Look To The Stars Over Great Basin, Theodore Roosevelt, Mount Rainier, And Oregon Caves

With clear skies overhead, and no moon, the star gazing should be outstanding in the coming weeks at western national parks. Several of those parks -- Great Basin, Theodore Roosevelt and Mount Rainier national parks, and Oregon Caves National Monument -- are taking advantage of the night skies with star-gazing festivals.

Parks Can Offer A Great Setting For Viewing Upcoming Total Lunar Eclipses

Throughout human history, total lunar eclipses have inspired a range of emotions, and seeing such events are an amazing experience. Four total eclipses are coming up in the next 17 months, and while you can view those displays from many kinds of sites, enjoying the phenomenon in a dramatic natural setting like a National Park Service site would be a bonus for many of us.

Two Tons Of Garbage Removed From Lehman Cave At Great Basin National Park

You wouldn't immediately think caves would be a sink for garbage, but quite a bit of junk collects in Lehman Cave at Great Basin National Park each year. Recently, volunteers hauled more than two tons of garbage out of the cave.

Great Basin National Park Officials Seeking Comment On Plan To Restore Native Bonneville Cutthroat Trout

Snake Creek in Great Basin National Park has been without native Bonneville Cutthroat Trout since non-native trout forced them out. Now park officials want to reverse that.

Enjoy A Video Preview Of Great Basin National Park

Great Basin National Park long has been on my to-do list, and the following 30-second video explains why. The mix of landscapes -- towering mountains, intricately carved caves -- seems like a fascinating place to explore.

Great Basin National Park Coin and Stamp Set

$12.95

Great Basin National Park Coin and Stamp Set

This brilliant item showcases an uncirculated 2013 National Parks Quarter along with the vintage unused postage stamp featuring Great Basin National Park. The colorful insert highlights this beautiful park and includes interesting facts and other educational features. The 4" x 6" hard acrylic case secures and protects the coin and postage stamp.

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Great Basin National Park Quarter Collection

$5.95

Great Basin National Park Quarter Collection

Many of the nation's collectors and American history enthusiasts seek the added value of a pristine uncirculated quarter from each mint. As circulated quarters continue to be difficult to find, these collections will become a premium item. These collections feature both a P and D minted quarter affixed to a 5"x5" trifold card packed with interesting information, fascinating history and vibrant images. These collections make the entire series fit seamlessly together creating a comprehensive and valuable treasure for families and collectors alike. The Great Basin National Park quarter is the third quarter of 2013. The quarter is part of the U.S. Mint's America the Beautiful Quarters Program TM.

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Around The Parks: Great Basin Water, Zion's Sick Bighorns, Civil War Program, Taxes For Arch

Water is a precious thing in the Great Basin of Utah and Nevada, and the decision by Utah's governor not to endorse a plan to send groundwater from the region to Las Vegas is great news for Great Basin National Park.

Reader Participation Day: What Are You Reading?

As summer gives way to fall, and fall to winter, we usually have more time to read, as there's less daylight outside. So what related to the national parks are you reading these days?

White-Water, Apple Harvests, And Indian Summer On The Coast Are Among 10 Great Fall National Park Activities

Fall is, in many people's eyes, the best season to enjoy the National Park System. Temperatures are moderating, insects are a thing of the past, forests wrap themselves in dazzling colors, and wildlife is easy to see and often vocal. Here are ten great fall destinations in the park system.

Third Annual Astronomy Festival At Great Basin National Park This Week

The eclipse is past us, as is the transit of Venus, but that doesn't mean astronomy shows in the national parks are over. This week the 3rd Annual Great Basin Astronomy Festival will be celebrated at Great Basin National Park.

Where The Wild Things Are: Untamed Americas

Where are the wild things? For those who call a metropolitan area home, and seldom leave its concrete and steel confines, that might be a reasonable question. National Geographic has the answers for you in a two-night series, Untamed Americas, that debuts this Sunday and Monday nights.

Parks Offer Opportunities To Watch Venus Transit On Tuesday

If you're out in the parks this week, check to see if the park you're in is offering a viewing of the "Venus transit" that will occur Tuesday afternoon. Units from Arches to Voyageurs national parks will be offering special viewing of the celestial event.

Rare Venus Transit Offers a Second Solar Spectacular for Park Sky Watchers in 2012

An upcoming solar eclipse may attract more attention, but some parks are also planning for visitors who would like to observe an even more unusual celestial event. The Venus Transit on June 5 will be a literal "last chance in your lifetime" occurrence.

Near-Total Solar Eclipse Will Cut a Path Across Western National Parks in May

Sunday May 20, 2012 will offer a Celestial Super Bowl—a near-total solar eclipse—and parks in parts of the western U.S. will offer some prime viewing locations. If you want to make travel plans for special eclipse-related activities or purchase equipment for safe viewing, just don't wait too long to do so.

New Species Added to Park Lists During Bioblitz at Great Basin National Park

A "bioblitz" is an intensive, short-term effort by trained scientists and citizen volunteers to conduct an inventory of specific types of plants or animals found in a specific area. A recent effort in Great Basin National Park was very productive, but are you ready and willing to help collect hymenoptera?

Great Basin National Park's Astronomy Festival On the Calendar: July 28-30

Need a good dose of starry nights? Plan to be in Great Basin National Park at month's end to take in the park's second annual astronomy festival.

NPCA Report: America's National Parks Have Troubling Problems With Natural, Cultural, Historic Resources

A report out today from the National Parks Conservation Association paints a distressing picture of the health of the National Park System just five years out from the centennial of the National Park Service.

Snapshots of Where To Winter in the National Park System, Cold Weather Edition

Winter long has been regarded as the slow season for national park visits, and that's a good thing if you prefer to have the parks to yourself. With most travelers confined by school schedules to the summer months, and many convinced winter is a bad time to be outdoors, you can savor the best of the parks from coast to coast in winter. Here are some snapshots of wintry fun in the parks that bear that out.
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Is The American Pika Really On The Road To Extinction Due to Climate Change?

Less than a month after a conservation group expressed its displeasure with the Obama administration for not providing Endangered Species Act protection to the American pika due to the plight it might face due to climate change, a new study suggests the tiny mammals are more widespread than thought and seem to thrive in a temperature range greater than long thought possible.
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Could the Diminutive Pika Succeed Where the Polar Bear Failed In Battling Climate Change?

During my six-month internship with the Student Conservation Association, I had the opportunity to collect data for a field study on the habitat effects of climate change. Our crew of four searched for pikas while backpacking along the rocky slopes of California’s Eastern Sierra Nevada. We came to understand several traits of the pika that could make this elusive alpine mammal an important ally in the movement to stop climate change.

How Far Should You Move a Nuisance Rattlesnake? At Great Basin, Inquiring Minds Want to Know

When rattlesnakes that endanger humans are moved elsewhere, translocation reduces survival rates. Snakes moved long distances fare worst. At Great Basin National Park, wildlife biologists are studying translocated snakes to establish what translocation distance is “far enough.”

National Park Mystery Plant 3: It’s Toxic, and Livestock Producers Hate It

Sheep, cattle, pigs, and goats shouldn't eat this mystery plant. But sometimes they do, and that's a problem.

Star Party Set for June 27 at Great Basin National Park

Let's see, let's see, where's a good place to gaze at stars in the National Park System? Natural Bridges National Monument? Check. Bryce Canyon National Park? Check. Grand Canyons National Park? Check. Great Basin National Park? Add it to the list.