The Latest News & Views

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

  • Two groups in Maine have joined the legal bid to overturn the Bush administration's decision to allow national park visitors to arm themselves.

Saturday, February 7th, 2009

  • Located in the Black Hills about 13 miles west of Custer, South Dakota, Jewel Cave National Monument is a place of surprises. Though it encompasses only 1,279 acres, it amply illustrates that a park need not offer sprawling landscapes to generate visitor excitement and scientific interest.

    Jewel Cave has a fascinating history.

  • Visitation to the National Park System in 2008 was, essentially, flat from the year before. There were spikes in some areas, and deep drops in others, but overall the 275 million visitors who were counted represented just 800,000 fewer than in 2007, according to preliminary data from the National Park Service.

    Among the quirks that stand out in the visitation report (attached below):

  • A series of discussions on how climate change could impact the greater Yellowstone ecosystem is coming to Big Sky, Montana, in the weeks ahead.

    The four lectures, intended to generate a community-wide dialogue about the region’s changing climate, will be held at the Big Sky Community Library in the Ophir School. Each lecture begins at 7:00 p.m., is free, and open to the public.

  • Glacier Bay National Park's main attraction are the rivers of ice that course atop the landscape. But what lurks beneath the waters of the bay? This brand new 26-minute video from the National Park Service helps answer that question.