The Latest News & Views

Friday, October 3rd, 2008

  • Steamtown National Historic Site has scheduled steam-powered train trips in the Pocono Mountains during the fall foliage season. Critics have loudly complained about Steamtown’s sparse excursion schedule, but there’s little to dislike about these leaf peeper outings.

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

  • Dolly Parton grew up in Tennessee not far from Great Smoky Mountains National Park, she's sung My Blue Ridge Mountain Boy, Mule Skinner Blues, My Tennessee Mountain Home, and Tennessee Homesick Blues, so should it be any surprise that the singer has been named ambassador for the park's 75th birthday?

  • North Cascades National Park, part of the North Cascades National Park Service Complex in Washington, celebrates its 40th anniversary today, October 2. The park you see today is a calm, peaceful corner of America, standing like an unwavering sentinel on the Canadian Border.

  • Just before 8:00 a.m. yesterday morning ( October 1st), a Rock Creek Park maintenance worker was in a playing field north of Morrow Drive when he came upon a plastic bag near a trash can. Inside the bag, which was marked "inert,” was a suspicious looking device. Could that be a hand grenade?!

  • A car struck and killed a panther kitten in Everglades National Park Monday night (September 29). The youngster, a two- or three-month old female accompanied by its mother, was crossing a road near an entrance station when it was killed at about 10:15 p.m. The mother, who appeared to have no other kittens with it, was uninjured.