By The Numbers: Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

Johns Hopkins Glacier, Glacier Bay National Park, copyright Kurt Repanshek
Though its name inspires thoughts of massive rivers of ice, Glacier Bay National Park is much, much more than glaciers. With its borders you'll find some of the country's tallest mountains, tangles of temperate rain forest that harbor brown and black bears, and rich waters that attract both birds and whales. Here's a glimpse of some of the park's significant numbers:

Birding in the National Parks: Puffins, Murrelets And More In Glacier Bay National Park

I wasn't really sure what to expect from Glacier Bay National Park, outside of glaciers, of course, but it didn't take long for me to realize this Alaskan park is a birder's paradise. From the "poor man's puffin" to dwindling numbers of Kittlitz's murrelets, I was rewriting my birding success, and not in days, but in minutes.

National Park Quiz 97: Ships

This month's quiz will test your knowledge of ships and their role in the National Park System. Answers are at the end. If you peek, we'll make you write on the whiteboard 100 times: "A ship is a vessel of considerable size, usually designed for deep-water navigation."

Calling All Pee Wee Rangers To the National Parks

Is your young-un too young to get involved in the National Park Service's Junior Ranger program? Well, here's news that some parks have created a "Pee Wee Ranger Program" for kids aged 3 and 4.

By the Numbers: Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

Glacier Bay National Park, the core attraction of the Inside Passage coastal cruise ship route, is noted for its tidewater glaciers, abundant watchable wildlife, and gorgeous mountain-backed scenery. Here are some statistics that reveal the character of this remarkable park.

Humpback Whale from Glacier Bay National Park is a Regular Winter Resident of Hawai'i

Hawaii's lure as a wintertime destination isn't limited to humans, and researchers recently spotted a regular seasonal visitor to island waters. A humpback whale that's regularly seen in and near Glacier Bay National Park each summer has been making the annual trek for at least two decades.

A Canadian Park Grizzly Study Underscores the Need to Minimize Human-Caused Mortality in Highway-Served Peripheral Areas

A study in Canada's Kluane National Park and Reserve investigated grizzly bear habitat and mortality losses in peripheral areas that function as "attractive sinks."

Easy Park Hikes – Forest Loop Trail in Glacier Bay National Park

Forest and pond
Sometimes a short, easy hike is just what you need for a nice change of pace during a park visit. Here's a suggestion for a trip to Glacier Bay National Park.

Traveler's Checklist: Glacier Bay National Park

Half again as large as Yellowstone National Park, Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve can be a conundrum for visitors. If you arrive via cruise ship, how can you possibly get a good taste of this 3.3-million acre landscape of ice, ocean, and forest?

Coast Guard Wants To Install Search-And-Rescue Communication Towers At Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

The U.S. Coast Guard is seeking National Park Service approval to install one or two search-and-rescue communication towers in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.