Ranking anything is highly subjective. Nevertheless, the following stories from the national parks rose above most others in 2012. They range from the tragedy of a Mount Rainier National Park ranger gunned down in the line of duty on New Year's Day to the ongoing struggle over the future of an oyster farm at Point Reyes National Seashore.
A few stories from the National Park System stood out this past year because, well, because they cast a light on the lighter side of life in the parks
International tourism in Sri Lanka is spelling good news for the nation’s national parks. While Africa’s national park proponents discuss ways to increase tourism and reduce poaching that’s alarming the world and threatening to eliminate some species—Sri Lanka’s parks are reporting record income from visitors.
Monday is the last day to make a charitable, deductible, donation to the national park friends group of your choice for the 2012 tax year -- and maybe forever, depending on how Congress resolves the nation's budgetary problems.
Planning to be in West Texas early next month? If so, consider heading over to Guadalupe Mountains National Park to join in the park's annual Christmas Bird Count.
Winter months are planning months (unless you can escape to a warm, sandy location). And beginning January 9, you'll be able to start planning a summer journey to Denali National Park and Preserve for a field seminar hosted by Alaska Geographic.
Kirby Adams ranged far afield in the national parks looking for birds in 2012, relating his experiences that took him all the way north, and a bit east, to Newfound in Canada. Let's take a look back at those columns.
As a fifth-grader living in Maine, you would probably not spend a typical Saturday night at town hall dancing with your parents and grandparents. But in Savoonga, Alaska, that would be the only choice.
Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park continues its tradition of sharing After Dark in the Park and Hawaiian cultural programs with the community and visitors throughout January – which is also Volcano Awareness Month, established by the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.
Despite the hectic nature of life, here at the Traveler we still managed to read a few books during the past 12 months. Here's a look at those books, and where you can find our reviews.
Few national park visits are complete without a hike of some distance and duration. We made the following hikes in the parks the past year, and think you'll find them interesting possibilities for 2013.
This fall has been a tough one for those who love the wolves of Yellowstone National Park, as more than a few of the predators have been killed outside the park by hunters. Wolf hunting and trapping also is an issue in the Midwest, and the controversy around that issue prompted writer Greg Breining to take a close look at how wolves and science intertwine. It's not always as neat as you might think
Part of the fun of the National Park System is exploring the various units to see what they have to offer. Here's a look at parks the Traveler "explored" in 2012.
Steven Bumgardner, aka Yosemite Steve, typically restricts his videography to Yosemite National Park, but he recently visited Virgin Islands National Park and came away with a great video on snorkeling in the park.
Parks Beyond Borders: Quebec Set To Create One Of North America's Biggest National Parks, Wales To Get "Power Pylons"
Quebec could become home to the largest national park in eastern North America, and power "pylons" are the "preferred option" to transfer power near Snowdonia National Park in Wales.
Eight days are left in 2012, and then we'll be off to a brand new year in the National Park System. To all our readers, more than 1 million strong, we thank you for visiting the Traveler and, when the urge moved you, leaving your thoughts.
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