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Millennials In The Parks Are Not An Endangered Species

What is better than packing a car with sleeping bags, tents, new tunes, and good friends? Not much in my opinion! Here in northern Utah I am spoiled with weekend desert adventures that range from meandering around Devils Garden in Arches National Park to canyoneering the narrow ravines of Zion National Park. Exploring the natural wonders, and connecting with friends, is kept alive by the National Park System. The parks make for a great getaway.
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Yellowstone Park Foundation Needs Help Purchasing 1,000 Bear Boxes

Across the National Park System, groups are constantly work to improve the plight of both animals and human visitors. At Yellowstone National Park, one aspect of that effort is to install bear-proof boxes that will keep bears and campers out of each other's way. But as of today, more than 1,000 bear boxes are still needed, and the Yellowstone Park Foundation is trying to raise the money needed to close that gap.
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Olympic National Park Officials Propose Temporary Salvation For Enchanted Valley Chalet

Olympic National Park officials are proposing to move the Enchanted Valley Chalet up to 100 feet from the East Fork of the Quinault River to both protect the historic structure from collapsing and to prevent impacts to the riverbed and its hydrology and fishery.
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Traveler's Gear Box: H2O Escape Bungee Sneaker From Sperry-Top-Sider

It's always nice to look inside a shoe box and see a nicely put together pair of shoes, in this case, the H2O Escape Bungee Sneaker made by Sperry Top-Sider. My old, ratty water shoes had finally rotted away on my feet, and I needed something new, something that works and plays as hard as I do, a shoe that lasts, and something that will follow my feet around, in and out of the water.
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Birding In The National Parks: A New Birding Book For Your Library

Spring migration is in full swing here in the Great Lakes, and your humble birding columnist has been run ragged. Among my recent travels was a stop at Ontario’s Point Pelee National Park. It’s a small park, but loaded with unique geographic features and plenty of fabulous birds. You’ll hear about the actual birds right here in a couple weeks, but for now I want to focus on the birders. One group in particular was out in force.
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Cape Cod National Seashore To Offer Junior Lifeguard Program

Cape Cod National Seashore will once again offer its Junior Lifeguard Program for boys and girls ages 13 to 17 this summer. The purpose of the program is to promote water safety and provide job-specific training on Cape Cod by reaching out to area youth. Many past junior lifeguards currently work as ocean lifeguards for the seashore and several towns on Cape Cod.
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Essential Summer Guide '14: Cape Lookout National Seashore, A Slice Of Wild America

Dancing on the morning breeze, the sea oats sway to and fro while the Atlantic surf crashes the beach. Two surfcasters, knee deep in the water, wait for the inevitable bite. This is seashore perfection: no crowds, no boom boxes, no wafting sunblock mixed with the fresh ocean air. It doesn’t get much better if you’re searching for a slice of wild America.
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Some Slight Changes If You're Planning To Boat At Grand Teton And Yellowstone National Parks

Some of the best paddling waters in the National Park System can be found in Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks, and for years these two parks offered a great deal: One permit for boating in both parks. Concerns about invasive aquatic species have made that deal a thing of the past.
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Heavy Rains Causing Problems For National Park Units In And Around Washington, D.C.

Flooding problems, possible sewage overflows, and downed trees were causing problems Friday for Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Rock Creek Park, and other National Park System units in and around Washington, D.C., and officials said things could get worse this weekend.
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Grand Teton Lodge Company Will Match Visitors' Donations To Grand Teton National Park

Many lodges in the National Park System run a program through which guests can contribute $1 per night to the benefit of the parks. At Grand Teton National Park, the Grand Teton Lodge Company will match those donations dollar for dollar and send the money to the Grand Teton National Park Foundation.
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Glacier National Park Releases 2014 Schedule For Concessions Operations

The 2014 operating dates for concessioners within Glacier National Park are scheduled. These concessioners, who work under contract within Glacier National Park, provide visitor services including lodging, food service, retail shops, tours, transportation, horseback riding, guided day hikes and backpacking trips, boat tours and small boat rentals. Services are listed in alphabetical order.
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It's Summertime, And The Options Are Many In The National Park System

Summertime, for many, equates with beach time, and there’s no shortage of that in the National Park System. From the 10 national seashores that line the country’s coasts to the four national lakeshores that rim the Great Lakes, the park system offers you plenty of freshand saltwater options when it comes to escaping the heat.
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Essential Park Guide, Summer 2014

Summertime, for many, equates with beach time, and there’s no shortage of that in the National Park System. From the 10 national seashores that line the country’s coasts to the four national lakeshores that rim the Great Lakes, the park system offers you plenty of freshand saltwater options when it comes to escaping the heat. You can take a sea kayak out, pitch your beach umbrella, or go in search of shells to add to your collection.
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The Glacier Skywalk Is Open At Jasper National Park In Alberta

Now visitors have a dramatic new way to view Jasper National Park in western Alberta. The Glacier Skywalk, a glass-floored observation platform cantilevered more 900 feet above the Sunwapta Valley floor, opened to visitors on May 1. It is the newest attraction along the Icefields Parkway linking the Jasper and Banff townsites.
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Some Spring Safety Tips For Visitors To National Parks In The Rocky Mountains

Spring can come slowly in the national parks in the Rocky Mountains, as evidenced by the many weeks it takes to open Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park and Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park. And that slow transition of seasons requires you to keep your wits about you if visiting the parks in this season.
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American Chestnut Trees, Hopefully Resistant To Blight, Will Be Planted At Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park

Can the American chestnut tree recovery from the devastating blight that has plagued it for decades? We could find out from a planting next weekend at Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park in Kentucky, where staff will plant 20 potentially blight-resistant American chestnut trees at the national park's picnic area.
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National Parks Traveler's Essential Park Guide