The Latest News & Views

Monday, March 16th, 2009

  • Some units of the National Park System offer premier sites for enjoying the night sky, due to their location far from cities and the accompanying light pollution. One park which doesn't have the advantage of dark skies has something else—the only planetarium in the National Park System.

Sunday, March 15th, 2009

  • Wheeled access into the heart of Denali National Park and Preserve is intentionally limited to the 92-mile-long Parks Highway to protect the wildness and character of the park. This short video explains the rationale behind that decision, and looks at the future of the highway.

Saturday, March 14th, 2009

  • Mention a "national lakeshore" and thoughts will almost immediately jump to summer sun, frolicking in the water, and sand under your feet. But lakeshores endure winter, too, and the season brings its own magic to these places.

  • If you like to leave the pavement for the sand dunes at Cape Cod National Seashore, mark April 10 on your calendar. That's when the seashore will begin selling this year's off-road-vehicle permits.

Friday, March 13th, 2009

  • A congressman from New Jersey hopes he can convince the National Park Service to spend some of its economic stimulus funds on historic restoration work at Fort Hancock in Gateway National Recreation Area.