The Latest News & Views

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

  • Anybody who shops for souvenirs or other durable goods in national park bookstores or concessions cannot fail to notice that the great majority of the products are imports. This T-shirt was manufactured in Honduras. That stuffed toy was made in China. And so on.

    We know that it's all about money. Imported products are cheaper and yield bigger profits.

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

  • Fall is the perfect time to fall in love with Great Smoky Mountains National Park all over again. On Tuesday, October 4th, you can catch the first glimpses of autumn color, explore old cabins and cemeteries and even ring the bell of a picture-perfect mountain chapel during a guided hike along Little Cataloochee Trail with the Friends of the Smokies.

  • There's now even more to see and do at Richmond National Battlefield Park—the area's newest unit known as Rural Plains is now open to the public. The area, in Hanover County, Virginia, includes an 18th century house, civil war earthworks, a walking trail and interpretive information, and an interesting human interest angle.

Monday, September 19th, 2011

  • When was the last time you paused during a hike in a national park to simply stand there, take in the beauty, and listen to nature?

    During a trip to Congaree National Park back in June I was able to do that with Bob Janiskee and Jim Burnett, and the three of us just stood quietly on the Boardwalk Loop and marveled in the sounds of that can be heard.

  • CALL FOR ENTRIES: Visual artists are invited to submit works for a new competition, "America's Parks Through The Beauty Of Art" that will feature a national traveling exhibition beginning in 2013.

    Competition creator David J.