Camping in the Everglades doesn't hold much appeal for many Americans today, especially if they're city dwellers. Throw in worries about bugs, alligators and giant pythons, and a campout in the 'Glades can be a hard sell. Everglades National Park is overcoming those hurdles with a new approach that started with a reality TV program and an approach called CAMP.
The latest news from around the National Park System.
A week-long Girls in Science Camp is being offered this summer for rising eighth grade girls in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. You can't beat the price and applications for the residential program are now being accepted.
High public interest has prompted the superintendents of Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, and the Middle Delaware National Scenic and Recreational River and National Recreation Water Trail to extend by a week the public comment period on a proposal to run a transmission line across the areas.
I remember clearly hurrying to the Yellowstone River after finishing a shift as a seasonal ranger with fly rod in hand. I would rent a rowboat from the Fishing Bridge boat dock and row downstream a bit to clear the lines of the people fishing from the bridge. And then I would begin to cast — not too skillfully I might add — and catch a cutthroat on every second or third cast. It was absolutely the best fishing in the world.
The superintendent of Grand Teton National Park has been appointed acting-regional director for the Intermountain Region.
Growing up on the East Coast, spring break meant heading either to Florida's beaches or going north to New England's snow country. In the Southwest, among the destinations growing in popularity with regional spring-break students is Bryce Canyon National Park.
With the guessing ongoing in Death Valley National Park over the spring bloom, the folks at Joshua Tree National Park say their spring blooms are some weeks off as well.
After four months of refurbishing, the Oracoke Lighthouse at Cape Hatteras National Seashore was scheduled to go back online Wednesday night.
The National Park Service once managed a recreation area focused on Shadow Mountain Lake, a West Slope Collection System reservoir located near Grand Lake, Colorado. Transferred to Forest Service management more than 30 years ago, this property is now a component of the huge Arapaho National Recreation Area.
If There's A Noticeable "Peak Bloom" At Death Valley National Park, It'll Be In Late March, Early April
The guessing game on how significant the spring bloom in Death Valley National Park will be continues. No one is willing yet to say it will rival the 2005 showcase, but Park Service officials are predicting the "peak bloom," if there is one, will arrive in late March and into early April.
Four decades after it went into service, the Mammoth Cave Hotel is showing its age, both in appearance and function. As a result, Mammoth Cave National Park officials want to start talking about how the hotel can best be renovated to improve visitor services.
Two of the most incredible waterfalls in the National Park System can be found in Yellowstone National Park. But it certainly doesn't have a monopoly on waterworks. Olympic National Park boasts the beautifully secluded Marymere Falls, Glacier National Park the towering Bird Woman Falls, and Great Smoky Mountain National Park the comparatively small but gorgeous-just-the-same Abrams Falls. What other waterfalls in the park system deserve to be singled out for their beauty?
From large Burmese pythons in the Everglades to tiny Quagga mussels at Lake Mead, exotic animals are a growing problem in our national parks. A recent story from Australia demonstrates that the battle against exotics can sometimes employ some low-tech weapons, including cat food and ants.
Those folks who work at the National Parks of the Pacific Islands have quite the sense of humor. True, it's a different sense of humor than the one us mainlanders possess, but it's funny just the same. Need proof? Just check out this "crab cam" video they posted the other day.
A 35-year-old North Carolina man is due in federal court on March 22 to face poaching charges in connection with the shooting of a bull elk in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
With negotiations on how best to handle the "Cape Wind" wind farm project proposed for Nantucket Sound apparently deadlocked, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has decided to make a decision on the project himself.
During its lengthy meeting in Fairbanks this week the Alaska Board of Game is expected to consider a proposal to extend a wolf protection buffer zone that is surrounded on three sides by Denali National Park and Preserve.
Kentucky's Sen. Bunning Singlehandedly Idles Road Construction Projects Nationally, Including Many in National Parks
Jim Bunning, Kentucky's contrary U.S. senator, singlehandedly has shut down road construction projects across the nation, including many in national parks, because he doesn't want to help middle-class families weather the economic storm, U.S. Department of Transportation officials said Monday.
If you frequent national parks on a regular basis, you need a well-stocked personal library of park-related books. They're essential to plan for trips, and to place yourself in a national-park setting from the comfort of your armchair. What titles should you stock? In this checklist, the Traveler touches on a general reading list that will provide a sound backbone for your collection. Down the road we'll delve into region-specific lists.
Imagine being named in the same breath with Thomas Jefferson, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Frank Gehry? That's the honor bestowed on Peter Bohlin, an architect who envisioned the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center that opened in Grand Teton National Park in 2007.