The Latest News & Views

Reforestation Continuing At Flight 93 National Memorial

On April 17-18 the National Park Service, the National Park Foundation, and Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial are continuing a major reforestation effort that will eventually result in 150,000 new trees at Flight 93 National Memorial, the nation’s permanent memorial to the 40 passengers and crew of United Flight 93, and all of those lost on September 11, 2001.

Conference Will Use "Back to the Future" Theme to Look Ahead At Science In The NPS

A number of universities in our country have contributed invaluable support for the National Park Service through research and ideas, and such ties with University of California, Berkeley, are especially significant. An upcoming summit, “Science for Parks, Parks for Science: The Next Century,” will be held March 25-27 on the Berkeley campus, and the plenary sessions will be live-streamed at parksforscience.berkeley.edu

Birding In The National Parks: New Festivals For Birders In National Park Settings

Looking for a birding festival in the National Park System? You can add the woods and shorelines of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, which is hosting its very first birding festival this May.

National Park Service Maintenance Backlog Approaching $11.5 Billion

The backlog in maintenance across the National Park System is approaching $11.5 billion and touches many areas of the visitor experience, from campgrounds and trails to visitor centers and roads and bridges, according to the National Park Service.

Bells To Ring On April 9 To Commemorate 150th Anniversary of Appomattox Surrender

Special events on April 9, 2015, at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park and Independence National Historical Park will be part of a nationwide observance of the 150th Anniversary of General Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox, Virginia. That surrender marked the symbolic but not the final end of the Civil War.

Joshua Tree National Park Looking For Some Volunteers Who Can "Cut The Mustard"

Joshua Tree National Park is looking for some volunteers to help with the fight against non-native weeds that are creating a host of problems, and one project requires some folks who are able to both cut--and pull--the mustard. Projects set for April 4 and 11 will target Sahara mustard plants.

Traveler's Gear Box: Working Watches, Not Fashion Pieces

Designer watches are nice, but in the backcountry you want a sturdy timepiece that simply tells you the time. Flashiness isn’t the point, which makes the “clip watches” from Dakota Watch Co., dare we say, timely?

Overlook Collapses At Point Reyes National Seashore, Killing One

One visitor was killed and another injured when part of a popular overlook at Point Reyes National Seashore in California collapsed, dropping them 70 feet to the ground below.

Wrestling Bears At Katmai National Park, The Video

Bears 32 Chunk (darker brown) and 89 Backpack (grizzled brown) spar in an extended play fight.

Canyonlands National Park Considering Day-Use Permits For Vehicles, Bikes On White Rim, Elephant Hill Roads

Officials at Canyonlands National Park in Utah want to move to a day-use permitting system for vehicles and cyclists heading down either the White Rim or Elephant Hill roads.

Plowing Operations Coming To Grand Teton National Park

The plows will be out in Grand Teton National Park on Monday as road crews begin their annual spring plowing of the Teton Park Road from Taggart Lake parking area to Signal Mountain Lodge. As plowing operations get under way, recreation on this winter trail will cease for the season.

Cycling Season, Without Visitor Traffic, Under Way In Yellowstone National Park

You'll definitely want to dress in layers, and perhaps use booties to shield your feet, but cycling season, without visitor traffic, is open in Yellowstone National Park.

Essential Spring Guide '15: Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park, Mammoth Cave National Park, Big South Fork National River And Recreation Area

Spring is a lovely time for a visit to the Cumberland Mountains. On rocky slopes up high the Catawba rhododendron blooms. The Painted Trillium, spring beauty, and red buds burst forth from their dormancy in all of their beauty. Take a few days to fill your eyes with beauty, your soul with history, and your body with adventure.

Voyageurs National Park Turning 40!

Four decades ago, on April 8, 1975, Voyageurs National Park was established as the country's 36th national park. This April, the nation celebrates Voyageurs’ 40th birthday. 2015 also marks the 50th anniversary of Voyageurs’ founding nonprofit partner, Voyageurs National Park Association. Together, the park and its partner will celebrate this anniversary and thank their many visitors, supporters, partners, and volunteers with a full year of special events.

Concessionaires Want To See Improvements In Visitor Services In National Parks

With the National Park Service Centennial little more than a year off, the National Park Hospitality Association is unhappy with the pace of visitor facility and services upgrades across the National Park System.

Take A Peek At Prehistoric Florida And The Calusa Indians Who Called The Lands Of Present-Day Everglades National Park Home

Can you imagine living in southern Florida without the aid of screens, air-conditioning, and bug spray? For thousands of years the Calusa Indians survived in such a setting in the Ten Thousand Islands area of present-day Everglades National Park. Later this month you can learn how they did it.

Traveler's Gear Box: Sierra Designs' DriDown Better Vest

"A vest with covered shoulders?" my wife asked when I tried on the DriDown Better Vest from Sierra Designs.

Springtime At Acadia National Park: It Could Be Cold, Wet, And Frozen

The cold and snowy winter that buried New England in feet of snow could likely leave some calling cards around Acadia National Park for spring visitors, according to park officials.

Photography In The National Parks: Reflecting In National Parks

Reflections are fascinating and intriguing; they can amplify the colors and beauty of a scene, or provide a unique and original perspective on it. I love photographing reflections of landscapes in nature - from a stunning lake, to a small pond, pool, or even a puddle.

Wildflower Season In Death Valley National Park: A Mixed Bag

The wildflowers have been going fast and furious this spring at Death Valley National Park -- furious in their colors, fast in the time from bloom to being spent, according to park staff.