The Latest News & Views

National Park Mystery Plant 2: There’s Good Reason They Call This Thing "the Death Apple”

This tree, which can be found growing in a few of our national parks, is one you’ll want to treat with respect. Its various parts are full of toxins that can irritate your skin, temporarily blind you, make you very sick, or even kill you.

Going to Olympic National Park? Here's Some Important Travel Information - and a Tip for Some Bargains

Road to Hurricane Ridge in summer.
It's been a rather cold, wet winter in much of the country, and Olympic National Park includes a smorgasbord of outdoor delights to help cure a case of cabin fever. Here's some important travel information for anyone planning a visit to Olympic in the next two months-and a tip than can save you some money on your trip.

Cape Lookout National Seashore Looking For Good Homes For 'Shackleford' Horses

If you're a lover of horse history, and wouldn't mind gaining ownership of a "Shackleford" horse, call the folks at Cape Lookout National Seashore.

Stones River National Battlefield Recovering From Tornado Damage

Crews at Stones River National Battlefield in Tennessee slowly but steadily are putting the battlefield back in order in the wake of a tornado that registered a 4 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale.

Upon Further Review: A Cat on a Leash

Cat on a leash.
The "leash law" for pets in national parks is intended to protect pets, wildlife and park visitors, but even following the letter of the law can occasionally have an unexpected outcome. Perhaps that's even more likely to be true when the situation involves a cat on a leash.

National Parks Provided Dramatic Backdrops for a Famous Marine Corps Commercial

Do you think you’re pretty good at recognizing national parks? Even when you get only brief glimpses? OK, see if you can spot all of the NPS units in the extended version of this Marine Corps commercial featuring the Silent Drill Platoon.

NPCA Launching "Do Your Part!" Program To Encourage You to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Regardless of whether you believe climate change is being driven by human causes, efforts to see a reduction in greenhouse gases and other pollutants can only benefit society. To help you reduce your own "carbon footprint," the National Parks Conservation Association is launching a public awareness campaign.

Recovery Funds for National Parks Address Everything From Wastewater Plants to Monuments

Waste-water treatment plant overhauls. New boardwalks. Foot and bridle trail restoration. Roadwork. Attacking invasive species. These are some of the ways $750 million in federal economic recovery funds will be used across the National Park System.

North Cascades Institute Offering Earth Day "Stimulus" Package

What beats a family weekend at a national park? Getting $100 knocked off the price tag of that weekend. And that's the Earth Day present being offered today by the North Cascades Institute.

What Not to Do with an Old Cannonball

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On the morning of April 21, 2009, a local homeowner arrived at the visitor center at Fort Smith National Historic Site in Arkansas with the best of intentions but the worst of plans—he was carrying an old cannonball he'd dug up in his garden.

Traveler Checklist: Arches National Park In May

It's purely personal opinion, but I believe May to be one of the best months of the year to visit Arches National Park. It's not too hot, the spring rebirth is evident in the vegetation, and the crowds haven't yet arrived.

Celebrate Wildlife Day at Grand Canyon National Park – May 2, 2009

The staff and friends of Grand Canyon National Park will be celebrating their second annual Celebrate Wildlife Day on Saturday, May 2, 2009. The event will include special exhibits and programs, live animal demonstrations and fun for the entire family.

Yellowstone National Park: No Cellphone Towers in Campgrounds or Recommended Wilderness, Limits on Wi-Fi

Yellowstone National Park officials, in an effort to limit electronic intrusions in the park, are banning cellphone towers in campgrounds and recommended wilderness and limiting wireless access in some hotels.

National Park Superintendents Have Authority To Allow Bear Spray

While federal regulations prohibit bear spray in national parks outside of Alaska, park superintendents have the authority to override that ban within their parks, according to officials at Grand Teton National Park.

Rocky Mountain National Park Storm Totals: Roughly 4 Feet

If you're heading to Rocky Mountain National Park this week you just might want to pack some snowshoes or skis. This past weekend's snowstorm dumped roughly 4 feet of snow in the park!

National Park Service Concerned Over Solar Power Plans on BLM Lands in West

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The National Park Service has been trying to raise its "climate friendly" image in recent months, but it's concerned about the potential impact huge solar power arrays on Western lands could have on national parks.
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Wind  Cave  National  Park:  The First  100  Years  (SD) (Images of America) After deciding to write a memorable book about Wind Cave National Park, Peggy Sanders selected old photos with great care and then added skillfully crafted captions and explanations. The result is a photo-dense book that’s fun to read and hard to put down. Thank you, Peggy.
For years the folks at Yellowstone National Park have been encouraging backcountry travelers to carry bear spray, as this video clearly shows. But would you be breaking the law by doing so?

Are National Parks That Recommend Bear Spray Encouraging You To Break the Law?

"Bear spray" long has been recommended by national parks in the West as a great deterrent against grizzly and black bears. A check of the Code of Federal Regulations, though, shows those parks just might be encouraging you to break the law.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Looking For Volunteers To Help With Elk Education

Head to the Cataloochee Valley in Great Smoky Mountains National Park and you'll find one of the most beautiful low-country settings in the park. And if you're willing, you can spend a lot of time there this year helping to educate visitors on the valley's elk herds.