In honor of the International Year of Astronomy, Acadia National Park will host two special series of night sky programs during the remainder of the summer. They're part of an impressive lineup of interpretive activities at Acadia this year.
The latest news from around the National Park System.
It took a while. Going on three years, in fact. But Glacier National Park crews finally have been able to get the Inside North Fork Road open to traffic. Just don't plan on driving the family sedan down it.
Big Cypress National Preserve Proposal Would Greatly Expand Hunting, ORV Use To the Detriment of Florida Panthers
A proposal drafted by planners at Big Cypress National Preserve would greatly expand hunting and off-road vehicle use in the preserve, moves that would pose a "moderate adverse" impact to the endangered Florida panther.
Grand Teton National Park Rangers Rescue Father and Son From the Snake River After Their Raft Springs a Leak
A father and son who thought they could negotiate 25 miles of the Snake River on an inflatable raft better suited for a swimming pool and armed with sticks for paddles had to be rescued by Grand Teton National Park rangers several miles into their journey when the raft sprung a leak.
Officials have confirmed the presence of sylvatic plague and tularemia in Badlands National Park. That’s bad news for the park’s prairie dogs and black-footed ferrets, but visitors should be OK if they use common sense safety precautions.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is inviting high school-aged students, their families, and the general public to join scientists and educators in collecting scientific data during field activities in the park, July 13-15, 2009.
Abraham Lincoln said, "Vicksburg is the key. The war can never be brought to a close until that key is in our pocket." A new virtual exhibit on the siege of Vicksburg is now available on-line for the enjoyment of history buffs, and its also a useful tool for teachers.
If you'll be at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon between now and July 27 and you'd like to learn how to take better photos, here's a great opportunity. You don't even need a camera to participate.
Well, it's official. President Obama has nominated Jon Jarvis to be the next director of the National Park Service.
Fire restrictions were put into place Friday in Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks as officials try to cope with extremely dry conditions across the two parks.
The combination of highly skilled rescue personnel and modern technology made three recent rescues at Yosemite National Park amazingly quick and efficient operations. Not so many years ago, such situations would have required many hours or even days and a small army of rescuers.
Officials at Joshua Tree National Park in California announced that the Jumbo Rocks Campground has been temporarily closed due a rather unusual wildlife safety problem - swarming bees.
If you're headed to Zion National Park in the next few days, you may notice a bit of smoke in the canyon at night, and a section of the West Rim Trail has been closed temporarily. Both are the result of a small wildfire in the northern portion of the park.
It's hard to see black-footed ferrets during the day, as they're largely nocturnal creatures. Travel to Wind Cave National Park this summer, however, and you just might be able to glimpse one of these rare critters, as rangers are leading nighttime hikes to go in search of ferrets.
In the Fashion of Wikipedia, Sierra Club Launches New Trails Site That You Can Help Build and Keep Honest
Ever wonder about a hiking trail you've never trod upon? Ever had some insights regarding a trail you'd like to share? Well, the folks at the Sierra Club have launched a product for you, one designed to provide trail descriptions and also allow you to tweak existing descriptions.
The Buffalo National River in northern Arkansas features over 100 miles of free-flowing river, massive sandstone and limestone bluffs, and excellent opportunities for a variety of outdoor activities in a scenic setting. Here are some suggestions to help you plan a visit.
Updated: Greenpeace Climbers Arrested for Climate Change Protest at Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Eleven Greenpeace members were arrested Wednesday for mounting a protest on the granite presidential faces of Mount Rushmore National Memorial to urge President Obama to "show real leadership on global warming."
Storms Batter Cape Cod National Seashore Beaches And Destroy Most Piping Plover and Least Tern Nests
While humans certainly can wreak havoc on the nests of shorebirds such as piping plovers and least terns, so can Mother Nature. A late-June storm that battered Cape Cod National Seashore destroyed a large majority of the seashore's plover and tern nests.
While we at the Traveler have in the past raised the issue of what units of the National Park System should be jettisoned, today's survey is just the opposite. Tell us what you would like to see added to the system.
If Yellowstone National Park could be viewed as a bellwether, then those who fear the national parks are suffering from a decline in visitors will be relieved. The latest figures show that a visitation rebound in Yellowstone that started in May has now reached a record pace.