Submitted by NPT Staff on December 24, 2011 - 2:23am
Electricity might not immediately come to mind in terms of connecting today's younger generations with the national parks, but that was the key in at least one instance involving a Massachusetts teen and Virgin Islands National Park.
Submitted by NPT Staff on November 11, 2011 - 3:18am
Coming to your computer on November 18 -- an on-line auction intended to raise money for the Friends of Virgin Islands National Park to help with its work of preserving and protecting the park's resources while also educating visitors.
University of Georgia researchers have determined that unusually cold seawater, as with unusually warm seawater, can be deadly for the coral reefs that can be found in places such as Virgin Islands and Biscayne national parks.
The history of any national park includes stories of people, places and even empires that predate the parks themselves. Virgin Islands National Park's history involves international politics from centuries past, and a trip to the Spanish archives by the park historian yielded some important new insights.
Decades of "bleaching" events and diseases have been devastating to coral reefs surrounding national parks in the Caribbean and off South Florida, so much so that the losses are akin to "losing the Redwoods."