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Can You Identify These "Historic Firsts" In The National Park System?

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?

NPCA Report Calls For Stronger Efforts To Protect Chesapeake Bay And Its Watershed

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

Cannons, Cheers and a Customized Cake Help Dedicate New Visitor Center at Fort McHenry National Monument

Ribbon cutting ceremonies for new buildings are commonplace, but the dedication of a new visitor center for Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine in Baltimore on March 3, 2011, included plenty of unique touches--including a memorable cake.

Updated: The National Park Foundation And The Special "National Parks Edition" Toyota FJ Cruiser

A promotion announced late in December, one that pairs the National Park Foundation with a massive Toyota sport utility vehicle, appears to be at odds with the foundation's stated mission and the National Park Service's approach to climate change.

Candlelight Tour at Fort McHenry National Monument Offers Rare Nighttime Look at the Fort

Fort McHenry is best known as the birthplace of the "Star-Spangled Banner," but the old fort has seen a lot of other history in the years since its stone walls were completed in 1803. A special candlelight tour on December 5 will offer a rare chance to visit the fort after dark and see how Yuletide celebrations have changed during the past 200 years.

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