Wind Cave National Park

With Longer Nights, Time To Be Extra Careful When Driving Through National Parks

They're big, hard to see until the last minute, can do substantial damage to your vehicle, and likely will wind up dead if you run into them. With longer nights having arrived across the National Park System, it's time to drive a little more carefully and slowly so you don't run into wildlife.

Wind Cave National Park Bison Provide Stock For Five Preserves

Healthy bison herds at Wind Cave National Park in South Dakota are sowing their genes through a program with The Nature Conservancy that operates bison preserves in Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota, and Illinois.

Catch The Bugling At Wind Cave National Park This Fall

Wind Cave National Park rangers will be leading tours this month to listen for the bugle of the Rocky Mountain elk. The elk’s high-pitched whistle heralds the arrival of fall and the elk’s mating season.

Returning Bison To Western Landscapes

With the Interior Department's recent report on how to restore bison to federal and tribal landscapes in the West, the following video about restoring bison to the West is worth a watch. It touches on how the National Park Service will have to look beyond traditional wildlife management practices and existing park boundaries.

On The Road In The National Park System: There's Cold In Those Hills

The Black Hills have long been considered sacred ground by the native people, and after a visit here, perhaps you will too. Start your journey in Rapid City, South Dakota, which is set against the eastern slope of the mountains. The history here, of miners, soldiers, and native tribes, is fascinating. Gold drew the original settlers, but tourism now sustains the region.

Campaign Underway To Designate A "National Mammal Of The United States"

Our nation has a National Bird (bald eagle), a National Tree (oak) and a National Flower ( rose), but no national mammal. A bill has been introduced in the U. S. Senate to fill that gap, and the proposal would designate a large animal that's a big visitor draw in several national parks. What's being suggested for the "national mammal of the United States"? The American Bison.

Entrance, Campground Fees Rising In Some National Parks

It's getting a bit more expensive to visit some national parks, with entrance fees rising at Wind Cave and Jewel Cave national parks in South Dakota, and camping fees going up at Sequoia National Park in California.

Making A Difference Through Hard Work With The Student Conservation Association

I had two job offers the summer before my junior year of high school. I chose the job that came with new boots.

Free Cave Tours At Wind Cave National Park During Presidents Day Weekend

Find yourself near Wind Cave National Park during Presidents Day Weekend and you should drop in to take a free cave tour.

"Adventures In Nature" Program For Kids Coming To Wind Cave National Park

A program specifically designed to get youngsters out into nature, and the national parks, is coming to Wind Cave National Park in a couple of weeks.

Motorists Prove A Great Threat To Bison At Wind Cave National Park

It's been a century since bison were returned to Wind Cave National Park via a recovery program for the shaggy animals, and while they're thriving, overall, in the park, motorists are proving to be a great threat to them.

Wind Cave National Park's Annual Bird Count Sunday

Birders can get a jump on the year's Christmas Bird Count by heading to Wind Cave National Park for its annual bird count this Sunday.

Wind Cave National Park Seeking Higher Fees For Cave Tours, Campgrounds

Fee increases, some up to 100 percent, are being proposed at Wind Cave National Park in South Dakota.

Student Conservation Association Crews Erect Trail Markers At Wind Cave National Park

It was hot, dusty, back-breaking work, but someone had to do it. And in the case of planting 116 posts to mark trails at Wind Cave National Park in South Dakota, that chore fell to two Student Conservation Association crews.

Three Bison Killed At Wind Cave National Park When Motorist Runs Into Them

It's always wise to observe the speed limit in national parks, and even slow down more after sunset. Proof of that comes from Wind Cave National Park in South Dakota, where three bison were killed when a truck plowed into them after dark.

Memorial Day Weekend Brought Record Crowds To Wind Cave, Bryce Canyon National Parks

Summer got off to a record start at Bryce Canyon and Wind Cave national parks, where holiday weekend crowds set records.

Wind Cave National Park To Reopen Elk Mountain Campground

A shuffling of money has enabled Wind Cave National Park officials to reopen the Elk Mountain Campground for the summer.

Wind Cave National Park Sends Elk Herd To Neighboring Custer State Park

Airborne cowboys have herded hundreds of elk from Wind Cave National Park in South Dakota into neigboring Custer State Park under a plan to both reduce the elk population in the national park while boosting it in the state park.

National Park Service Sequestration Update: Closed Campgrounds, Fewer Seasonal Employees, Sunday Closures

Closed campgrounds, Sunday closures of National Park System units, and 900 permanent positions that will go unfilled are just some of the latest details of how the National Park Service is responding to the ongoing federal budget sequestration.

Wind Cave National Park Programs Will Lead Kids Into The Backcountry

Programs for exploring nature with children and discovering the park’s backcountry will be offered this winter and spring at Wind Cave National Park.

Wildlife Pose Problem For Inattentive Motorists At Wind Cave National Park

Winter driving in Wind Cave National Park can be troublesome for inattentive drivers due to short hours of daylight, snowy weather, and bison drawn to the roads by salt used to melt snow and ice.

A Halloween Creature Feature: The Burrowing Owl, Not Your Average Raptor

The classic picture of an owl is typically one associated with Halloween: large, nocturnal creatures with wide eyes and a wise mind. With Halloween here, it’s the perfect time to take a look into a lesser-known owl species that can be found in some national parks: the Burrowing Owl.

White-Water, Apple Harvests, And Indian Summer On The Coast Are Among 10 Great Fall National Park Activities

Fall is, in many people's eyes, the best season to enjoy the National Park System. Temperatures are moderating, insects are a thing of the past, forests wrap themselves in dazzling colors, and wildlife is easy to see and often vocal. Here are ten great fall destinations in the park system.

Wind Cave National Park Latest Park To Institute Fire Restrictions

You can add Wind Cave National Park to the growing number of parks that are instituting fire restrictions due to the extreme fire conditions that are popping up across the country.

Day-Long Celebration Planned To Mark Addition Of Land To Wind Cave National Park

A day-long celebration, complete with chuck wagon dinner and an appearance by President Theodore Roosevelt, is planned to celebrate the addition of more than 5,500 acres to Wind Cave National Park.

Cave Tours, Visits To Buffalo Jump, On Tap At Wind Cave National Park This Summer

Just because "cave" is part of Wind Cave National Park's name, that doesn't mean the only thing you can do at this South Dakota destination is go underground.

Elk-Antler Poachers Busted At Wind Cave National Park

Elk antlers wind up in art, are ground into perceived aphrodisiacs, and grace fireplaces. But they're also illegal to collect in national parks, as three Minnesotans found out when they were busted last weekend in Wind Cave National Park.

Wind Cave National Park Collars Elk To Learn From Them

Not even elk at Wind Cave National Park can escape the eye in the sky these days.

High Arsenic Concentrations Lurk In Underground Lakes At Wind Cave National Park

While underground lakes at Wind Cave National Park test high for arsenic levels, they have no bearing on the safety of the park's drinking water, according to studies

Wind Cave National Park Officials To Discuss Management of "Casey Addition"

Most national park boundaries are fairly static, not growing or shrinking over the years. But Wind Cave National Park is growing by more than 5,500 acres thanks to an acquisition arranged by The Conservation Fund, and now park officials are working on a plan to manage that addition.
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