How badly are some units of the National Park System struggling? If you call VIrgin Islands National Park looking for directions to paradise, your call might get dropped or not even go through.
Virgin Islands National Park
The newly-issued prospectus for concessions at Virgin Island National Park includes the demolition and rebuilding of much of the park’s hospitality facilities, most of which are at Cinnamon Bay Beach.
Public comment is being taken by the Army Corps of Engineers on a proposed marina on Coral Bay in the Virgin Islands that could impact Virgin Islands National Park. If the marina is built, according to opponents, it would become one of the largest in the Caribbean and located in "one of the most environmentally sensitive areas of St John."
With long, cold, snowy months descending on the northern half of the country, it's not a bad time to cast your eyes to the south and national parks where you can find warm weather, sandy beaches, and plenty of sunshine.
Thinking about heading to Virgin Islands National Park this winter? Check out the list of activities Friends of Virgin Islands National Park has lined up:
A marina proposed for Coral Bay at St. John in the Virgin Islands that could accommodate more than 200 vessels has drawn the concern of Friends of Virgin Islands National Park, which is worried the development will impair not only the marine resources but also the surrounding land that could be covered with shopping and dining businesses as well as waste-water treament facilities.
Coral reefs are some of the richest habitats in the world, providing home and grocery for scores of marine species. Too, they serve as storm buffers for the islands and mainlands they rim, and delight countless snorklers and scuba divers who explore them. A new children's book focuses on coral reefs, and how they're established.
With so many units of the National Park System tied to water, it shouldn't come as a surprise that the Junior Ranger program has a category for Underwater Explorers.
Springtime is a great time to take photos in the national parks, but are you prepared for that task? Rebecca Latson has some suggestions for what you need to consider before heading off into the parks.
Essential Park Guide: Winter Doesn’t Have To Mean Cold, Snow And Ice During Your National Park Adventure
Cold, snow, and ice aren’t the only backdrops to a winter’s visit to the National Park System. There’s a flip side to the Glaciers, Yellowstones, and Mount Rainiers of winter park vacations. They’re found in the Caribbean, south Florida, and even Nevada and Arizona.