Fall Is The Best Time To Make Discoveries At The National Parks

If you’re in mood to travel, September and October are wonderful months to spend in the national parks. The crowds have departed, the animals are busy, and the fall color beckons. Now is the time park friends also host an array of workshops tailor-made for life-long learners.

National Park Quiz 101: Ringer VII Answers Revealed

Did you get at least eight out of ten?

Two Youths Swept Down Merced River Below Vernal Fall Footbridge In Yosemite National Park, One Confirmed Dead

One young boy is dead and another missing in Yosemite National Park, where the two were swept down Vernal Fall.

Does Your Congressperson Share Your Support For the National Parks?

Does your congressperson understand where you stand when it comes to America's national parks? Perhaps more to the point, do they care where you stand?

Special Rates Offered For Fall, Winter Rooms At Yosemite Lodge At The Falls

Now is a great time to be planning a fall or winter getaway to a national park, and at Yosemite National Park a special lodging rate might be enough to entice you to the park.

Poll Shows Vast Majority Of Voters Believe Federal Government Has Responsibility To Safeguard, Support National Parks

America's national parks, places such as Yellowstone, Yosemite, Great Smoky Mountains, and Everglades, face problems both small and large due to poor federal funding, according to a survey of voters released today.
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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.

Birding In The National Parks: Attracting Birds With Recorded Bird Calls

What do you think of using recorded bird calls to lure birders towards your binoculars or camera? It's a controversial practice in some circles, but others consider it harassing birds.

Heated Tents In Curry Village On Sale This Fall And Winter At Yosemite NAtional Park

If you've always wanted to experience Yosemite National Park in the fall, and don't mind sleeping in Curry Village, there's a deal waiting out there for you.

San Francisco Voters To Get Chance To Force City To Wean Itself From Reservoir In Yosemite National Park

Come November, San Francisco voters will get a chance to start a process that could result in the draining of the reservoir that now fills the Hetch Hetchy Valley of Yosemite National Park.

San Francisco Voters Could Get Chance To Vote On Draining Hetch-Hetchy Reservoir In Yosemite National Park

2012 already is going to be interesting election year, what with the presidential election, but in San Francisco the election could proof even more intriguing as voters might have a chance to vote on the future of the Hetch-Hetchy Reservoir in Yosemite National Park.

Reader Participation Day: How Should The Next President Of The United States Help The National Parks?

Come November, we get to choose the next president of the United States. President Obama might get a second term, or Mitt Romney might get his first. Whoever wins, how best do you think the next president of these United States can best help the National Park System?

Yosemite’s Tenaya Lake Undergoing Major Restoration

The Yosemite Conservancy is funding more than $1.7 million in restoration and improvements to Tenaya Lake's east beach and surrounding wetlands and trails.

Assessment Of Rockfall Danger In Yosemite Valley Leads To Decision To Close Additional Housing, Campsites

While permanent closure back in 2008 of some cabins in Curry Village in Yosemite National Park greatly reduced the risk of visitors or staff being injured by rockfalls, more structures and even campsites need to be closed for safety's sake, a new assessment concludes.

A View From The Overlook: Oh, Shenandoah!

The wonders of Shenandoah National Park include its "Creation" story.
The Soul of Yosemite: Finding, Defending, and Saving the Valley Does the National Park Service always make the correct choices? This book presents an insider's view of what can go wrong in the decision-making process.

Be Bear Aware If You're Heading To Sequoia, Kings Canyon, Or Yosemite National Parks

Bears are part of the package if you travel to the High Sierra parks -- Sequoia, Kings Canyon, or Yosemite -- and you should know what to expect and how to react if you encounter one this summer.

Summer Must Be Here: Tuolumne Meadows Lodge Opens In Yosemite National Park

Summer seems to have reached the Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park, where the Tuolumne Meadows Lodge, general store, and grill, were to open for the season today, with the White Wolf Lodge following in two weeks if conditions allow.
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.

More Transportation Options For Visitors To Yosemite National Park

Collaboration between Yosemite National Park officials and their gateway communities is producing more transportation options for you to reach the park, options that could help reduce congestion in the Yosemite Valley.

Refurbishing Of Ahwahnee Hotel At Yosemite National Park Completed

The Ahwahnee Hotel at Yosemite National Park, one of the grand architectural masterpieces of national park lodges, is gleaming thanks to an extensive refurbishing of rooms and common areas.

Poor Burning Conditions Prompt Postponement of Prescribed Burn At Yosemite National Park

Poor conditions for a prescribed burn -- unsettled weather patterns -- have prompted officials to delay a burn planned for the Wawona area of Yosemite National Park.

Yosemite Nature Notes: Water

Yosemite National Park is a landscape of big cliffs, outcrops, and granite domes. But it also is where towering waterfalls, shimmering lakes, and meandering streams mesmerize visitors. In this edition of Yosemite Nature Notes, videographer Steven Bumgardner looks at water in Yosemite.

Yosemite Falls Featured In New Webcam From Yosemite National Park

Yosemite Falls is a prime attraction for visitors to Yosemite National Park, and now a new webcam allows anyone with an internet connection to enjoy a view of the falls.

Study Assessing Climate Change Impacts On Birds Includes Yosemite National Park

A study intended to measure the impacts of climate change on Western bird species involves Yosemite National Park, where researchers will spend a year examining how some common Sierra Nevada species will respond to climate changes.

Prescribed Burn Planned Near Wawona In Yosemite National Park

Don't be too alarmed if you see smoke wafting above the Wawona area of Yosemite National Park later this week. Park officials are planning a prescribed burn in that part of the park to reduce a buildup of fuels.

National Travel And Tourism Strategy Provides Justification For More Investment In National Parks

A national strategy for building travel and tourism in the United States, with a goal of enticing more foreign visitors to come to America, touches in no small part on the role national parks play in tourism. And that, says the National Parks Conservation Association, is a perfect justification for investing more in the parks.

Yosemite National Park In Time-Lapse Glory

Whether you're a long-time Yosemite National Park junkie, or just planning your first visit to the park, you really need to check out this time-lapse video by Shawn Reeder.

Tioga Road In Yosemite National Park To Open Monday

A low snowpack and favorable weather for plowing has Yosemite National Park officials saying the Tioga Road will open this coming Monday, May 7, for all vehicle traffic.

Top 10 National Parks: Is Your List Better Than Mine?

People like lists. No, check that, they love them. Particularly when they disagree with them and think they have a better list. So, here's my personal Top 10 list of national parks. How does it match up with yours?