Joshua Tree National Park in California has a lot of moods and expressions, what with its boulder fields, cholla gardens, and joshua trees. But when conditions are just right, sundown seems to put them all to shame.
Joshua Tree National Park
It long has been expected that as the climate warms, vegetation would react by moving. Both north in latitude, and up in elevation. Now new research confirms that "because of the combination of climate change and habitat loss, up to one-quarter of the total area of the National Park System is vulnerable to vegetation shifting up slope and northward."
National Park Service rangers from across the park system have been honored by Interior Secretary Sally Jewell for valor in the line of duty.
Each Spring, a group of dedicated volunteers and park staff members conduct an annual butterfly count at Joshua Tree National Park to catalog species found inside the park. The park's wilderness areas offer many such opportunities for ongoing scientific discovery, and this year's effort yielded an exciting surprise: a new butterfly species for the park.
While spring in some parks (mostly those in the Rockies, Sierra, and Pacific Northwest) is rightfully described as “mud season,” there are some great early season hikes—and some wonderful camping—to be found across the National Park System. Here’s a rundown of some of the highlights.
A great way to get your son or daughter into the outdoors this summer, and possibly have them earn some money at the same time, is to have them apply for one of many jobs that exist for teens across the National Park System.
If you live in the vicinity of Joshua Tree National Park and have considered joining the park's search and rescue team, make plans to attend a meeting at the park on February 2. The gathering will provide information about a variety of opportunities with the team, and the requirements for serving in each type of assignment.
The science around the change of seasons will be the topic of a one-day workshop at Joshua Tree National Park this Saturday.
NatureBridge, a non-profit organization that provides environmental education for youth in national park settings, has reached an agreement to bring its programs to Joshua Tree National Park.
A long-term study of desert tortoises in Joshua Tree National Park indicates that drought and climate change are behind a decline in their population, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.