The Latest News & Views

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

  • President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and their family will officially light the National Christmas Tree on Thursday at the 90th annual holiday tree lighting ceremony on the Ellipse in President’s Park.

    The ceremony will be streamed live (4:30 p.m. EDT, 2:30 p.m. MDT, 1:30 p.m.

  • As the National Park Service approaches its centennial, one of birding’s grand traditions is turning 113 years old this winter. Yes, it’s Christmas Bird Count time, and things are a little different this year.

    Most importantly, it is now free to participate in the count.

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

  • Weather, which has hampered firefighters battling a wildfire in Rocky Mountain National Park, seemed to turn into an ally Monday as cooler temperatures and lighter winds settled over the fire.

    While a private cabin in Moraine Park within the park boundaries was lost to the Fern Lake Fire, officials said high winds Sunday and into Monday did not push the fire any closer to the park's eastern gat

  • How do you collect your national park memories?

    More than a few national park trips result in the collection of memorabilia to help you recall your time in the parks.

  • After World War II, the brown tree snake was accidentally introduced into Guam from its native New Guinea and Australia. Within a few decades these snakes completely devastated the island’s bird life—causing the extinction of nine out of the 11 native species.