Mississippi National River and Recreation Area

Tornado Destroys Great Blue Heron Rookery At Mississippi National River and Recreation Area

A tornado has devastated a great blue heron rookery at Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, killing nearly 200 of the graceful birds.

National Park Mystery Plant 17 Revealed

It helped if you knew where van Gogh was from.

Hartzog Awards for Outstanding Volunteer Service Show Citizens Can Make a Big Difference for Parks

NPS volunteer patch.
In the National Park Service, the acronym "VIP" usually stands for "Volunteers in Parks," but recent awards confirm an alternative meaning could be "Very Impressive Performance." The recipients of the 2009 George and Helen Hartzog Awards for Outstanding Volunteer Service were honored at a recent ceremony, and their work was impressive indeed.

Take a Look at the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area

Though it's easy to imagine the Mississippi River as a wide, barge-crowded river, there are sections that are quite tranquil and which draw paddlers, not barges. The Mississippi National River and Recreation Area protects some of those upper reaches of the Mississippi.

By the Numbers: The Mighty Mississippi River

Whether you like the tune or not, you’ll find these numbers interesting
The Mississippi River carries a lot of history in its currents, and a lot of that history has been set down in song. Check out this tune from the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area.

Where Can You Find the Best Fall Foliage In the National Park System? Here Are Ten Contenders

Where do you go to digitally capture fall colors in the National Park System? The National Park Foundation released a list of the Top 10 parks for fall color the other day, and there are some old stalwarts, and some upstarts as well!

National Park Quiz 28: Rivers

This week’s quiz deals with rivers flowing within or through the national parks. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we’ll make you write “Tributaries joining main streams at right angles is a signature feature of trellis drainage” 100 times on the whiteboard.
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