There are the obvious impacts tied to the closure of the National Park System due to the partial government shutdown: guests forced to leave the parks, gateway communities losing business, concessions operations in flux.
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
An investigation is ongoing at Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio where hikers stumbled across parts of a human skull and jawbone.
While some national parks struggle with moving tourists around during the peak season due to traffic jams and road systems designed for fewer vehicles, the National Park Foundation is working to provide the National Park Service with the expertise to help improve the situation.
Good with paint and brush? Then you just might want to enter the upcoming Fifth Annual Plein Air Competition-Along the Crooked River: 100 Years Later at Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio.
A Grand Canyon National Park ranger, one who you might see dangling from a helicopter to help an injured visitor, has been honored as the National Park Service's top ranger.
Quite a few folks were riding the rails in Cuyahoga Valley National Park last year. Records show that the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad had record ridership of 210,347 passengers during 2012.
Nearly 70 National Park System units along the Eastern Seaboard were either fully or partially closed due to impacts from "superstorm Sandy," and it could be days before some reopen.
Cuyahoga Valley National Park took the first four-legged steps to engage local dog owners and their canine companions with a Paw Patrol volunteer program. Devils Postpile National Monument just started their own program.
If you’re in mood to travel, September and October are wonderful months to spend in the national parks. The crowds have departed, the animals are busy, and the fall color beckons. Now is the time park friends also host an array of workshops tailor-made for life-long learners.
Looking for some spring bird watching? Consider Cuyahoga Valley National Park, and don't forget to bring the kids along.