The Latest News & Views

Sunday, December 2nd, 2012

  • Hohe Tauern National Park in Austria, the largest park preserve in the Alps, is close to designating a parcel around the Grossvenediger peaks as the country’s first wilderness area—part of an emerging European system of wild areas spearheaded by the PAN Park Foundation.

    The Hungary-headquartered PAN Park Foundation, founded in 1999 by WWF ([url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Wide_Fun

  • Traveling through Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve in winter isn't done easily. Often the best way to travel is by dogsled, a mode of travel that once was the only way to get around this cold, snowy, demanding landscape during the winter months.

    The park is sprawling, covering more than 7.5 million acres above the Arctic Circle.

  • The arrival of the shortest day of the year, the winter solstice, will be marked at Aztec Ruins National Monument in New Mexico with a special luminaria event involving 2,000 glowing luminarias.

    The monument's annual Evening of Lights will begin at 4:30 p.m. on December 19 and run until approximately 8 p.m. The evening begins with storytelling in the Great Kiva.

Saturday, December 1st, 2012

  • A stubborn wildfire in Rocky Mountain National Park that has been smoldering and actively burning off and on since early October has flared up under gusting winds, forcing authorities to order the evacuation of outlying areas of Estes Park, Colorado.

    Shortly before 2 a.m.

  • Can you tell the difference between the Eastern Screech Owl and the Barred Owl just from their hoots? On December 14 a program at Obed Wild and Scenic River in Tennessee will revolve around the differences in their calls and looking for them in the park.

    The Winter Owl Prowl will begin at 6 p.m.