The Latest News & Views

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

  • Finding the birds and getting some good glass (binoculars, scope, or camera) on them is only half the battle of birding. Once you see the birds, you then have to identify them. This can be as simple as taking an accomplished and experienced birder with you everywhere, but sooner or later you’ll need to do the book work yourself.

  • If you're looking for a small, quiet campground in Great Smoky Mountains National Park without being too far from a main road, you can't do much better than Big Creek Campground.

    With only 12 tent sites, Big Creek is the smallest campground in the park. RVs are not allowed.

  • Got a thing for horses?

Monday, May 7th, 2012

  • Across the nation, people took to the national parks in late-April not only to visit, but also to roll up their sleeves. They worked on projects to improve the parks and help others learn about these special places.

    It was no different in western Pennsylvania.

  • The National Christmas Tree, located on the Ellipse south of the White House, has been lost due to complications resulting from transplant shock according to the National Park Service.

    The deceased tree was to be removed this past weekend.

    The Colorado blue spruce came from a tree farm in New Jersey and was planted on the Ellipse on March 19, 2011, and was decorated and lit nightly during th