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National Park Mystery Photo 46: Shallow Water

Happy Ides of March! When you've finished celebrating -- giving Mars his due, or whatever -- take a crack at this mystery photo.

Rare Chance to View FDR's Historic Ice Yacht "Hawk" on March 17, 2012

Long before he entered politics, Franklin D. Roosevelt enjoyed ice yachting on the Hudson River near his home. His ice yacht "Hawk" hasn't been on public display for years, but visitors can get a rare, one-day look at the historic craft on Saturday, March 17, 2012.

Pura Vida! Connecting Latino Students With The Wonders At Grand Teton National Park

Today it's estimated that 46 percent of the country's youth under age 18 are either Hispanic, African American, or from some other minority group, while 54 percent are Caucasian. By 2050, it's pre

Pull Up a Tent: Camp on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Fall camping on Price Lake Blue Ridge Parkway, Blowing Rock, NC.
There's great camping all along the 469-miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway, starting with the Parkway's own campgrounds.

The SWEAT Crew Keep the Appalachian National Scenic Trail in Shape Through Great Smoky Mountains National Park

APPA - Steve Epps on Trail Crew
Keeping the Appalachian Trail in shape through Great Smoky Mountains National Park is not easy. The A.T. is so remote that the SWEAT Crew, an elite crew of maintainers, has been established by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.

Reader Participation Day: Does Availability of Cell Phone Service Affect Your Decision to Visit a Park?

Are you anxious about being out of cell phone contact during a park visit? Would you actually decide to skip a trip to a park just because the answer to "can you hear me now?" is ..."no"?

North Cascades National Park Ranger, Helicopter Pilot Honored For Rescue Of Injured Climber

A ranger from North Cascades National Park and a helicopter pilot have been honored by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar for their efforts in recusing an injured climber in July 2009.

Wolves At Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve Appear To Be Thriving

Wolves in Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve seem to be thriving, according to the preserve's latest report on the canids, with at least 71 animals divided among nine packs.

Birding in the National Parks: Looking For The Elusive Ivory-Billed Woodpecker in Congaree National Park

Ivory-billed Woodpecker. That’s all you need to say to a bird lover to stir some strong emotions. Once common across the southeastern United States, these majestic woodpeckers, as large as a red-tailed hawk, are now most likely extinct.

Grand Teton National Park Rangers, Exum Mountain Guides Recognized for Valor By Interior Secretary

Climbing rangers from Grand Teton National Park and guides from Exum Mountain Guides have been recognized for their valor in connection with a search-and-rescue operation in the Tetons when 17 climbers were caught up in a lightning storm.

Student Conservation Association Works To Nurture Life-Long Love For Outdoors in Youth

Who will be the next stewards and advocates of the national parks? In a society where Baby Boomers are graying steadily if not quickly, and where the "face" of the National Park Service is decidedly male and Caucasian, it's not an unreasonable question to raise.

Yogi The Bear Meets His Match At Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

Yogi might have been smarter than the average bear, but he was just a two-dimensional cartoon character. But there's a bear in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve who really seems to be smarter than the average bear, as he's figured out how to use tools.

Indian Trader Driven Out Of Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site Still Pursuing Lawsuit Against NPS Personnel

A lawsuit brought against National Park Service personnel by an Indian trader forced out of Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site in Arizona is continuing, with an effort to have a judge reconsider the matter.
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And February's Winner Is....David Crowl!

Congratulations to David Crowl, who successfully negotiated Traveler's February puzzlers to win a deck of Freedom of the Hills playing cards from The Mountaineers!

Spring Brings Flowering of Great Smokies' Services

Chimneys Picnic Area, Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Opening dates for Great Smoky Mountains National Park visitor services.

Parks Beyond Borders: Looking Abroad At Other National Park News

Namadgi National Park Australia
A round-up of global park news.

Teachers Become the Students At National Parks

When one thinks of national parks, visions of natural scenery at places such as Mount Rushmore, Old Faithful at Yellowstone, and El Capitan at Yosemite come to mind. Perhaps the furthest thing from a person’s mind is a vision of a classroom; but the fact is that national parks and historic sites are a perfect environment for visitors of all ages to learn

As Time Nears To Hit The Appalachian Trail, Some Stats For Thru-Hikers To Keep in Mind

With an eye on the prize, this year's crop of would-be Appalachian Trail thru-hikers are getting ready to hit the trail. With that in mind, here are some stats, courtesy of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, to help them stay focused.

13 National Historic Landmarks Added To the System

The roster of National Historic Landmarks has grown by 13, with landmarks in nine different states received that designation this week from Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.

Massive Avalanche Blamed For Deaths Of Backcountry Skiers At Grand Teton National Park

A massive avalanche that ran 3,000 feet is being blamed for the deaths of two veteran backcountry skiers at Grand Teton National Park.

National Park Mystery Spot 37 Revealed: The Italian Word for Large is Grande

Baseball fans and caffeine addicts had an easier time with this one.

Yellowstone Park Foundation Underwrites $1.4 Million in Projects At Yellowstone National Park

Funding to help fight the lake trout infestation in Yellowstone Lake, educate visitors on the dangers of wildlife, and improve access to the Norris Geyser Basin are among the projects at Yellowstone National Park being made possible through $1.4 million in grants from the Yellowstone Park Foundation.

Good Start: Bald Eagle Chick Hatches At Channel Islands National Park

It wasn't too long ago that you couldn't find a nesting bald eagle at Channel Islands National Park, but things are definitely different today. Just the other day the 2012 bald eagle breeding season got of to a record start with the earliest known natural hatching of a bald eagle chick on the Channel Islands, according to park staff.

Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation Provides More Than $650,000 For Parkway Projects and Programs

Boardwalk on accessible portion of Price Lake Trail, Blowing Rock, NC.
Trail work, facility repairs, and even music are among some of the projects and programs that will be evident along the Blue Ridge Parkway this year thanks to the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation.

UPDATE: Avalanche Kills Two Backcountry Skiers in Grand Teton National Park

Rangers on Thursday recovered the bodies of two men who were killed by an avalanche during a backcountry skiing trip in Grand Teton National Park.

National Park Mystery Spot 37: Tall Is Too Small

This one rates about 7.5 on the ten-point scale.

Ranking The National Parks By Visitation In 2011

People seem to like numbers, and hierarchy, so here's a rundown of the leading units of the National Park System in terms of 2011 visitation. The first list combs through all 397 units in the system, while the second looks only at "national parks."

Yellowstone National Park Wolf Population Numbers Down

Wolf numbers in Yellowstone National Park at the end of 2011 were far off their peak of 174 counted back in 2003, a decline attributed to disease and a smaller prey base.

It's the Centennial Year for Washington D.C.'s Cherry Blossoms. Will the Blooms Cooperate?

This year marks the centennial for Washington, D.C.'s famous cherry trees, and that adds a little extra drama to the "big question" facing organizers of the National Cherry Blossom Festival every year: Will the trees bloom on the same schedule as the Festival events? The official "peak bloom" prediction for 2012 has now been released.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park To Institute Backcountry Fees

Those who head off into the backcountry of Great Smoky Mountains National Park for a night or two will have to pay for the privilege beginning in 2013 under a plan approved by the National Park Service.