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Ice Roads Offer a Unique Way to See Voyageurs National Park during the Winter

During most of the year, if you want to really see Voyageurs National Park you'll need a boat. Nearly a third of the area in the park is water, but during the winter months in northern Minnesota, that water definitely changes character. Until the weather begins to warm, you can drive your car near several islands via the park's ice roads.
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This "Living History" Project at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Required Some Very Sharp Instruments

The term "living history" is often applied to programs using costumed interpreters, but it can also have another, more literal application: historic orchards. A recent project at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area used some sharp instruments to apply some tender loving pruning to historic apple trees in the park.
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Recruiting Under Way For 2010 Youth Conservation Corps at Yellowstone National Park

Had I only known years ago that I could have spent my high school summers in Yellowstone National Park I would have been there in a heartbeat. But I didn't know. But here's the word that your kids have an opportunity now to sign up for the Youth Conservation Corps program in Yellowstone this summer.
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The Maps of Yosemite National Park, A Video

What can you glean from glancing at a map? If it's a road map, folks will look for routes to their destinations, interesting sidetrips, population centers. Topographical maps can provide rich details of landscapes and help us navigate through them. In this episode from Yosemite Nature Notes, Producer Steven M. Bumgardner introduces us to the map wonders of Yosemite National Park. There's even a cameo appearance by Ken Burns!
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Stranded Rafters In Grand Canyon National Park Get Unexpected Helicopter Lift

A group of rafters heading down the Colorado River through Grand Canyon National Park received an unexpected helicopter lift when their boat became stranded on a rock garden in the river near Crystal Rapid. This was no quick and easy rescue, though, as it took 14 rangers, with air support, more than a day to get the rafters heading back downstream.
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Dining At The Parks: Elk Chili From Grand Teton National Park's Signal Mountain Lodge

Winter is one of the best seasons -- if not the best -- for chili. Whether you opt for a vegetarian version, or the Elk Chili from Signal Mountain Lodge in Grand Teton National Park, sitting in front of a roaring fire with a bowl of chili and a loaf of crusty bread is hard to beat.
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NRDC Sues To Have Fish and Wildlife Service Consider Whitebark Pine For Endangered Species Act Protection

It was more than a year ago when the Natural Resources Defense Council asked the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to see if the whitebark pine, a "stone" pine that grows in the very highest reaches of Yellowstone, Glacier, Rocky Mountain, Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks, was eligible for Endangered Species Act protection. Inaction by the agency has prompted the conservation group to sue it to act on the request.
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"Endangered World" Exhibit at Biscayne National Park Includes a Full Moon Event on Sunday

Biscayne National Park is offering a unique way to promote awareness of endangered animals at the park and around the world. A colorful outdoor display and indoor exhibit by Miami artist Xavier Cortada are now open; a full-moon reception and talk by the artist will be held on February 28.
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