The Latest News & Views

Friday, June 29th, 2012

  • There's a long history to national park souvenirs, going all the way back to the 1870s when folks broke off pieces of travertine in Yellowstone National Park to take home.

  • The National Park Service, in partnership with the National Park Foundation's African American Experience Fund, has launched Expressions of Freedom, a nationwide artistic competition to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.

  • A day-long celebration, complete with chuck wagon dinner and an appearance by President Theodore Roosevelt, is planned to celebrate the addition of more than 5,500 acres to Wind Cave National Park.

    The affair, on July 7, is to officially welcome the so-called "[url=

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

  • An approximately 200-acre fire in the north district of Shenandoah National Park has forced trail closures. Firefighters are on the ground working to contain the Neighbor Mountain Fire.

    Park spokesperson Karen Beck-Herzog said the fire is burning entirely within the park on Neighbor Mountain and was reported Tuesday morning at approximately 6:40 a.m.

  • Young military veterans, youth of color, Native Americans and others will benefit from new programs announced this week by the Student Conservation Association in conjunction with the organization’s 55th anniversary.

    The programs are part of a strategy to have the SCA place 10,000 students each year in landscapes across the country by the end of the decade.