This Thursday, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., the perfect story for the Halloween season . . . digging up bones from a long neglected grave. The infamous "Roger Williams tree root" will be on display at Roger Williams National Memorial in Providence, Rhode Island, as part of the park's 50th anniversary celebration.
The latest news from around the National Park System.
Your trip to Alcatraz Island might offer more than a look at the famed old prison in the middle of San Francisco Bay. It just might give you a front-row seat to Great White sharks on the hunt, as was the case recently for passengers waiting to leave dock.
It's been an incredibly wet fall at Death Valley National Park, where torrential rains at times washed over, and washed out, roads. Which begs the question: Should you book your spring 2016 wildflower trek to the park?
Recognizing its incredible diversity of stream life and years of efforts to conserve that diversity, the Little Tennessee River basin, which includes the Abrams Creek drainage in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, has been designated the nation’s first Native Fish Conservation Area.
The National Park Service is proposing to modernize regulations for non-federal oil and gas rights exercised in national parks. The proposal would update current regulations that are now 36 years old.
Two significant mergers have been formalized in recent days, each with the aim of building a stronger ally for national parks. In Wyoming/Montana, the Yellowstone Park Foundation has merged with the Yellowstone Association, while in California the Sequoia Natural History Association and Sequoia Parks Foundation have joined forces to form the Sequoia Parks Conservancy. The goal, of course, is to eliminate redundancies, streamline administrations, and generate more for the parks they serve.
More work to maintain the Transcanyon Pipeline that carries drinking water across the Inner Gorge of Grand Canyon National Park has led to the shutoff of water in some areas.
Beginning on Monday the National Park Service and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will begin small-scale geotechnical drilling at Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve. This investigation is in preparation for a proposed interagency project to restore up to 100 acres of freshwater tidal marsh within the 485-acre Dyke Marsh. A 2009 study of Dyke Marsh by the NPS and the U.S. Geological Society found that this unique ecosystem would be entirely lost by 2035 without restoration efforts.
The Nebraska Daughters of the America Revolution recently donated a conservation quality dress form to Homestead National Monument of America. This dress form will allow the monument staff to properly display women’s clothing for the public to see.
Theresa Pierno, whose history with the National Parks Conservation Association dates to 2004 when she was hired to oversee regional operations, has been chosen to lead the organization as president and chief executive officer.
America's national parks will be gorgeously portrayed in an Imax production coming to theaters next year, but the trailer is misleading in that it shows mountain bikers cavorting in a red-rock landscape that is not located within a park. Indeed, that activity as portrayed is actually banned in national parks.
With sweeping views of Jackson Lake and the jaw-dropping jagged Tetons from its deck, and the historic Molesworth furniture that fronts its stone fireplace, the historic Brinkerhoff Lodge in Grand Teton National Park would likely qualify as a 5-star resort property commanding hefty rental fees. But the National Park Service wasn't in the habit of charging the lodge's guests, who included Vice President Joe Biden and his family, nor did it provide the safety and security it should have, according to a report from the Interior Department's Inspector General's Office.
With little light pollution obscuring the skies over Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona, it can be a perfect spot for studying the stars overhead. On October 19 you can do just that with a park ranger and other astronomers and photographers.
Enjoying the snow, red-rock, and starry skies over Bryce Canyon National Park will be a bit easier this winter, as part of the Bryce Canyon Lodge will for the first time in its history remain open for guests.
Fall and winter are the best seasons to explore Florida with a pack on your back. The Florida National Scenic Trail has over 1,400 miles to explore, from Gulf Islands National Seashore in far west Florida, to southern Mississippi, to Big Cypress National Preserve at the southern tip of Florida.
From September 28 through October 3 a group of park travelers floated through Canyonlands National Park, enjoying the scenery, the camaraderie, and a great measure of solitude.
Each fall, hundreds of enthusiastic volunteers descend upon Acadia’s historic carriage roads to rake leaves and clear drainage ditches from miles of carriage roads in preparation for winter.
Will the coming winter bring snow, drought, soaking rains, or mild weather to your national park outings? As usual, it depends on where you go, but Rocky Mountain National Park could be a winter wonderland if the forecast from AccuWeather holds true, while New England travelers should enjoy a reprieve from last year's overly bountiful snows.