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.
Colonial National Historical Park
In this video, National Park Service staff and partnering scientists talk about climate change in the context of Jamestown Island in Virginia, the site of the first permanent English settlement.
The reopening of NPS areas late last week came just in the nick of time for not only the popular fall color season, but also for some annual special events in parks. Among the activities held last weekend were the 34th Annual Bridge Day at New River Gorge National River and Yorktown Day at Colonial National Historical Park, which commemorates the 232nd anniversary of America's climactic Revolutionary War victory at Yorktown.
The country's first National Historic Site celebrated its 75th anniversary earlier this month, and the occasion offers the opportunity for some fun challenges for NPS trivia buffs. Can you identify the NPS area claiming this historic "first"? How about the location of America's first National Battlefield, or the former national park that's now a national monument?
The National Park Service recently released a prospectus soliciting bids for the operation of a relatively small retail store in the Yorktown area of Colonial National Historical Park.
The National Park Service manages over fifty sites connected with the American Revolution or Colonial America, and they offer valuable glimpses into the birth of our nation. Whether you're a serious history buff or one whose memory on the subject is a bit rusty, odds are you've never read much on that subject from the British point of view. You can bridge that gap via an entertaining and enlightening book, The Long Fuse: How England Lost the American Colonies, 1760 – 1785.
Which state east of the Mississippi holds the most units of the National Park System within its borders? That would be Virginia, which counts Shenandoah National Park, Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and Colonial National Historical Park among its more than 20 units. This video sampler will whet your appetite for visiting Virginia and its parks.
Glassworks are one of the tools of interpretation at historic Jamestown in Colonial National Historical Park. Today you can watch as artisans recreate glass vessels using time-honored practices.
A new report from the National Parks Conservation Association points out a range of concerns the organization has about the health of the Chesapeake Bay and its 64,000-square-mile watershed, and carries a number of recommendations that NPCA believes can greatly improvement the bay's health.NPCA-Chesapeake Bay Report.pdf
Perhaps President Obama, in his effort to get Congress to support his jobs bill, should have mentioned the economic might of investing in national parks. While here at the Traveler we believe you don't need to stress economics when discussing the value of parks, their ability to generate jobs can't be ignored.