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Send Your Teen To Work This Summer: In Grand Teton National Park

Summer jobs might be tough for your teens to find this year thanks to the economic doldrums. But if they jump on the following opportunity, they might be able to land a great job in Grand Teton National Park

Spring Break's Newest Destination? Grand Canyon National Park

For most college students, spring break is a time to shuck responsibility and have a good time. For some, it offers a time to relax in one of the world's most famous national parks while contributing a little sweat equity to the setting.

Phenological Forecast Delights National Cherry Blossom Festival Producers

The cherry trees in the nation’s capital are expected to bloom later than usual this year. That means the peak bloom should occur smack-dab in the middle of the 2009 National Cherry Blossom Festival. High fives!

Committee: Keep Mount St. Helens Out of the National Park System

After roughly a year of reviewing scenarios, a committee tasked with determining whether Mount St. Helens should remain a U.S. Forest Service property or be turned over to the National Park Service has reached its conclusion: Keep the National Park Service away from the mountain.

Where in the World is Paul Fugate?

It’s been nearly 30 years since ranger Paul Fugate disappeared while on patrol in Chiricahua National Monument. What happened to him remains a mystery to this day.

When It Comes to National Parks, is it an "Earmark" or Prudent Spending?

As Congress works on the Omnibus Spending Bill of 2009, that heft appropriations catchall that funds government, critics have pointed to more than 8,500 "earmarks." But is that word truly a pejorative when it comes to the National Park System?

Five Units of National Park System to Benefit From Trails Dollars

A coming infusion of $330,000 will help five units of the National Park System improve their trail networks.

A Look Back On Search-And-Rescue History In Grand Teton National Park

If you're going to be in the vicinity of Jackson, Wyoming, next Thursday you might be interested in a talk about the search-and-rescue history of Grand Teton National Park.

This Park Has Ties to a Pirate, a Forgotten American Holiday and a Chart-Topping Song

This unit of the National Park System commemorates an event that was once celebrated as a national holiday, helped put a general in the White House, and inspired a popular song a few decades ago. Just for good measure, the park story also includes a legendary pirate.

Sullivan’s Island Was the African-American Ellis Island

Charleston, South Carolina, was North America’s main port of entry for African slaves, and hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children were quarantined at Sullivan’s Island before being passed along to the slave markets and a life of toil. “African Passage,” an exhibit that will open on March 22 at Fort Moultrie National Monument, will tell this painful story.

House Committee Studies Proposal To Expand Saguaro National Park By 975 Acres

Efforts are under way in Congress to expand Saguaro National Park by nearly 1,000 acres. It's not a new proposal, but one carried over from the past Congress that seemed little interested in the initiative.

Going to Olympic National Park this Summer? Plan Ahead Due to Major Bridge Work

Hood Canal Bridge.
Olympic National Park is deservedly considered one of the crown jewels of the National Park System. Getting there in the late spring and early summer of 2009 will require some advance planning—and a bit of patience—for a lot of visitors due to an upcoming six week closure of the Hood Canal Bridge.

Mount Rainier National Park: One of the Oldest in the System, But Appearances Can Deceive

It is one of the oldest parks in the National Park System, having been established on this date in 1899, and yet ... there's a decidedly new face to Mount Rainier National Park.

Condors To Be Released into the Wild at Vermilion Cliffs National Monument

If you like birding, are concerned about endangered species, and are free on Saturday, you're invited to see the release of four California condors into the wild at Vermilion Cliffs National Monument.

March 1st was a Big Day for More Than One Park

Buffalo River scene.
March 1st is a landmark date for our national parks—and not only because it's the birthday for Yellowstone. Another park became the first of its kind exactly one century after Yellowstone was established. This one includes cliffs, caves and canoeing in its list of attractions.

The "Yellowstone Creation Myth": A Good Tale, But Little More Than That

Firehole River, Yellowstone NP, Kurt Repanshek photo.
One of the more enduring stories about America's national park movement is that it was spawned in the early fall of 1870 during talk around a campfire deep in the heart of today's Yellowstone National Park. But did it?
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True, for many the main appeal of Yosemite National Park are the soaring cliffs that frame the Yosemite Valley. But if you pay a little closer attention to the landscape, you'll see its many colorful calling cards.

How to Save a Historic Lighthouse. Sometimes the Answer is ... Give it Away

Chicago Harbor Lighthouse.
There's just something about a lighthouse that appeals to history buffs, romantics, and lots of other people. The National Park System includes some great lighthouses, but the NPS can't save them all. Sometimes, the best way for the feds to preserve one is to give it away.

Of Gray Whales, National Parks, and Climate Change

Migrating gray whales are a common sight in the nearshore waters of the Pacific Coast, and two of the region’s national parks are whale watching hotspots. Now the timing of the gray whale migrations has shifted perceptibly, fewer whales are passing close to shore, and whale watchers will need to be more flexible.

Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park Lands Windfall In Donation of Historic Buildings, Memorabilia

A donation of four historic buildings, and a treasure trove of gold-rush era memorabilia, to Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Monument will help the National Park Service better present and interpret that fevered aspect of American history.