The Latest News & Views

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

  • The National Park System grew by one unit Tuesday as President Obama used his powers under the Antiquities Act of 1906 to create Fort Monroe National Monument in Virginia. With that declaration the president preserved a site integral to the history of slavery, the Civil War, and the U.S.

  • National parks serve so many purposes. Expanding our knowledge about the natural world is just one role they fill.

    Through scientific research in the parks we learn more about the world around us, are able to monitor the health of ecosystems, and possibly even find cures to diseases.

    Failing to track what we learn, though, can be just as crippling as not knowing what exists.

  • How helpful is it for a national park to craft a general management plan that looks 10, 15, or even 20 years down the road?

  • While there are still two months left to 2011, it's not too early to think about making a tax-deductible contribution to your favorite national park-related organization.

    Here, in alphabetical order, is a list of some of the non-profits working for national parks that deserve your support.

  • It just got easier to follow your favorite unit of the National Park System on the Traveler.

    If you click that Visit Your Park button on the toolbar above, you'll be taken to a page that lists every (we think) unit of the National Park System. Nearly 400 in all.