In an effort to prepare visitors for handling a hostile bear encounter, Yellowstone National Park has launched a campaign – “A Bear Doesn’t Care” – to encourage more people to carry bear spray in the park.
The latest news from around the National Park System.
The woman who painted and drew on rock formations in Western national parks in 2014 pleaded guilty Monday to defacing government property, according to the Associated Press. She was sentenced to two years probation and 200 hours of community service.
As a birder and naturalist, I have a love/hate relationship with roads and parking lots in national parks. On the one hand, it’s not difficult to agree with Ed Abbey that all pavement is the opposite of progress. Roads kill things outright and bring more tourists, a certain percentage of which will be destructive in their own way. Then I stop and think about the best birding spots I’ve found in the parks – and a majority of them of were either in a parking lot or within sight of some kind of pavement.
Repercussions from a massive, destructive flash flood that tore through Death Valley National Park last October may soon be felt in visitor wallets, as the California park is proposing entrance and campground fee increases to help cover $26 million in repairs to Scotty’s Castle and its access road through Grapevine Canyon.
While George Bucknam Dorr had the wherewithal to travel extensively about the world and do anything with his life, he came to cherish the landscape of Mount Desert Island along coastal Maine. It was a lifelong connection spurred by childhood vacations on the island, one that spawned a tireless, and selfless, campaign to both conserve the island’s landscape and, more importantly, see it included within the National Park System.
The National Park Service and Statue of Liberty - Ellis Island Foundation hope to move the current museum out of the statue’s pedestal and into a new 20,000-square-foot building within Statue of Liberty National Monument.
Tourism impacts and climate change stressors are on course to greatly affect Yellowstone, Mesa Verde, the Statue of Liberty and other UNESCO World Heritage Sites, according to a UNESCO report just out.
A half-century after the California red-legged frog and western pond turtle disappeared from Yosemite Valley, in large part because of decisions made by humans, both species will be reintroduced to lake, river, or meadow habitats beginning this summer.
A grizzly bear attack is a frightful, horrible thing. Long claws raking the body, the cracking of bones, dragging off the victim to consume, then burying it under a thin layer of forest duff.
The annual congregation of grizzlies at Brooks Falls in Katmai National Park and Preserve has become one of the world’s most popular wildlife spectacles. “Pearls of the Planet: Brown Bears” will air at 7 p.m. ET/PT Monday on LinkTV.
Yosemite National Park's scenic namesake valley long has had parking woes, and park officials are experimenting with a plan to allow you to reserve a parking space in advance of your visit.
June brings full leaves, family guests, and, this year, the rising tide of the Acadia Centennial. Well more than 400 partners have stepped up to offer an event, product, or their support for the yearlong, community-based, world-welcoming celebration of the 100-year-old national park. This month, Acadia National Park lovers can join these partners in art, birding, science, music, history, puppetry, garden design, baseball, and ice cream—all to celebrate America’s favorite place.
National Park Service officials mistakenly allowed an historic building used as housing for World War II soldiers in Hawaii to be razed and replaced with a replica, according to the superintendent of World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument.
Cape Lookout National Seashore is working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service and Duke University Marine Laboratory to monitor sea turtles in the waters of the park through November. The research area includes Cape Lookout Bight and Back and Core Sounds.
The high heat of Death Valley National Park is believed to have played a role in the death of a motorcyclist whose body was found in the southern end of the park.
With summer and visitors returning to the National Park System, expect some wildlife to pay the price. At Glacier National Park in Montana, a black bear that connected humans with food had to be put down because of its brazenness.
Remains of a Georgia man who set out on a 28-day backcountry trek in Denali National Park a year ago have been discovered in the park's backcountry.
Zion National Park, one of the most crowded and congested units of the National Park System in summer, one where visitors can spend an hour or more simply waiting to get into iconic Zion Canyon, will temporarily close public access on August 1 to allow for a professional bike race. What is the National Park Service thinking?
Cape Lookout National Seashore's first Horse Sense and Survival trip of 2016 will be offered June 18. It will be one of several ranger-led tours on a day that honors Cape Lookout’s 50th Anniversary and the National Park Service Centennial.
An Oregon man who died when he fell into a thermal feature in Yellowstone National Park just wanted to "dip his toe into the hot spring," according to his sister.