Today's the day, folks. The last day of 2015, and the last day you can make a donation to the national park friends organization of your choice and claim a tax deduction if the group is a non-profit.
Acadia National Park
Record Visitation Strained Some National Parks This Year, Creating Concern Over What 2016 Might Bring
"Find Another Park." That twist on the National Park Service's "Find Your Park" campaign leading into the agency's centennial year was voiced this year in some parks as record visitation strained staff and impacted resources and left Park Service managers wondering how high visitation might go next year, according to a sampling of parks by the Traveler.
Whether captured in words, photographs, or illustrations, national parks are wondrous places, vibrant and breathtaking in their scenery and history. To drive that point home, Joel Anderson and his son, Nathan, of the Anderson Design Group have just released a book that displays the 59 "national parks" in unique posters.
For park travelers who focus their excursions on Acadia National Park in Maine, an affordable approach to visiting is with the park's annual pass. And it's particularly affordable if you purchase this pass during the month of December.
The National Park Service isn’t the only entity marking its 100th anniversary next year. With Acadia National Park’s own 2016 centennial fast approaching, Friends of Acadia is busy coordinating a year-long grassroots celebration involving more than 200 community partners, each honoring their own special relationship with the park.
A National Parks Conservation Association campaign launching today is designed to rally public support against threats facing such iconic national parks as Yellowstone, Yosemite, and Grand Canyon with hopes the Obama administration will step up and use the tools and authority it has to protect the parks.
It's that time of year: seasonal closures are coming to Acadia National Park. But in addition to those usual closures, part of the Park Loop Road will be closed to allow for "critical roadside maintenance."
At National Parks Traveler, our mission is to support the parks, show people how to get the most enjoyment from them, keep them abreast of issues confronting the parks, and provide calls to action when necessary. Sharing that mission are the many friends groups across the National Park System, organizations such as Friends of Acadia.
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.