Odds and Ends -- Bears and Guns, Shuttles, Roads, Cycling, and More -- From Around the National Park System

Clingmans Dome Road opening early in Great Smoky Mountains, spring cycling in Yellowstone National Park, and other tidbits from around the National Park System.

Summer Special: It's Time To Start Thinking About Your Summer Vacation In the National Park System

Hidden Lake Trail, Glacier National Park. Kurt Repanshek photo
How will you spend your summer vacation? If you're thinking about some R&R in the National Park System, we've got some suggestions and advice to offer. All week-long the Traveler will be offering stories about places to go and things to do in the parks.

Razor Clam Season At Kalaloch Beach In Olympic National Park Shut Down

A decline in razor clam numbers along the Kalaloch Beach in Olympic National Park has prompted park officials to close the clamming season there for the rest of the season.

Olympic National Park Proposing Changes In Fishing Regulations

Olympic National Park officials are proposing changes to their fishing regulations, in part to clarify existing regulations and in part to better manage fisheries as dams along the Elwha River are removed.

Tidal Pool Science in Olympic National Park: The Video

One of the fascinating sides of Olympic National Park is its coastal reach, one replete with cobbled shorelines, sea stacks, and tidal pools rich with marine life. As this video shows, researchers can explore everything from biological diversity to climate change in those tidal zones.

America's Great Outdoors Report Touches On Possible Additions To Roster of National Monuments

There is was, a bit over halfway through the 110-page America's Great Outdoors report: how President Barack Obama could use the 1906 Antiquities Act to designate national monuments through presidential proclamation.

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.