Science in the National Parks: The Video

Along with offering incredible landscapes to explore, the National Park System offers researchers incredible "laboratories" to learn more about the world around us, as this short video explains.

Photo Exhibit To Benefit Mount Rainier, North Cascades, and Olympic National Parks

Another photo exhibit is scheduled to benefit national parks, this one in Seattle with the proceeds to go towards programs at Olympic, Mount Rainier, and North Cascades national parks.

Olympic National Park, Tribes to Continue Study of Kokanee Salmon in Lake Crescent

Are the kokanee salmon in Lake Crescent at Olympic National Park a genetically unique population that dates back several thousand years to when the lake was formed, or are they progeny of hatchlings released nearly a century ago?

Looking Back On 2010 Across the National Park System

What were the top stories across the National Park System in 2010? There were more than a few, ranging from the tragic loss of three Katmai National Park and Preserve employees to a small-plane crash to the ongoing controversy over whether birds, turtles and off-road vehicles can co-exist at Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Let's take a look back through the year at some of the stories.

National Park Mystery Plant 15 Revealed

It was named after an early Washington botanist, and it grows only on the high slopes of the Olympic Mountains.

Gettysburg, Glacier, Vicksburg Among National Park Units To be Honored With Quarters

For 25 cents you'll soon be able to put Glacier National Park in your pocket. Or Olympic National Park, Gettysburg National Military Park, Vicksburg National Military Park, or Chickasaw National Recreation Area, for that matter.

Winter Season At Olympic National Park To Open December 17

With a successful community fund-drive behind them, Olympic National Park officials are ready to kick off the winter season on Hurricane Ridge, one that hopefully will feature access to the snowy ridge seven days a week.

National Park Mystery Plant 14 Revealed: It's the Devil's Walking Stick

The Aralia spinosa acquired its devilish name for good reason

Snapshots of Where To Winter in the National Park System, Cold Weather Edition

Winter long has been regarded as the slow season for national park visits, and that's a good thing if you prefer to have the parks to yourself. With most travelers confined by school schedules to the summer months, and many convinced winter is a bad time to be outdoors, you can savor the best of the parks from coast to coast in winter. Here are some snapshots of wintry fun in the parks that bear that out.
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Rocky Mountain-Winter Programs.pdf154.39 KB
OLYM-XC Snowshoe trails.pdf178.32 KB
MORA-Winter Trails.pdf97.43 KB
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MORA-Winter Recreation.pdf947.76 KB
YOSE-Glacier Pt Trails.pdf937.39 KB
YOSE-Mariposa in Winter.pdf220.95 KB

Finding Winter Bliss in a National Park Lodge

Winter can be a blissful time to visit the national parks. You can head south, and enjoy the warm weather and simply pitch your tent, or you can head to the snow belt and explore the parks on skis or snowshoes. But where should you stay? We asked our lodging experts, David and Kay Scott, for their recommendations.