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Reader Participation Day: Have You Had a "Close Call" in a National Park?

If you've narrowly escaped from a life threatening situation in a national park, tell us about it.

Shot Of Kayaker In Sequoia National Forest Judged Best In Federal Recreational Lands Photo Contest

A photo of a daredevil kayaker negotiating the Kern River in Sequoia National Forest received the grand prize in the National Park Foundation's Share the Experience photo contest, while a scenic from Glacier National Park was awarded first prize.

Eastern National Enters National Park Phone App Market With Passport To Your National Parks iPhone App

Eastern National, a non-profit that produces interpretive and educational materials for national parks, has entered the phone app market with its Passport To Your National Parks® iPhone Application, currently available for free on iTunes.

Ongoing Research At Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve Shows Steady Peregrine Falcon Population

Raptors are returning to many areas in the National Park System for nesting, including to the Upper Yukon River in Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve in Alaska.

Walking to Rattlesnake Lodge on the Blue Ridge Parkway

BLRI - Cistern at Rattlesnake Lodge
At the time when most of the Blue Ridge Parkway seems closed in North Carolina, you can take a delightful, short hike on the Mountains-to-Sea Trail to Rattlesnake Lodge. You'll see the many remains of the summer home of Chase Ambler.

The Beaches of Virgin Islands National Park, A Primer

A wealth of beaches makes Virgin Islands National Park an incredible destination for water lovers. Any of those beaches within the national park can quickly become a favorite to head to day after day after day during your visit, guaranteed to provide warm waters teeming with marine-life, soft, sugar-sand beaches lined by palms perfect for napping.
In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex Weaving together narratives from more than a century ago, Nathaniel Philbrick tells the backstory of Moby Dick, a story that spins out from a real case of a sperm whale attacking an early 19th century whaleship.

Michigan Man Fatally Mauled By Grizzly In Yellowstone National Park Tried To Defend Himself

A Michigan man fatally mauled and partially consumed by grizzlies in Yellowstone National Park last summer was hiking through a landscape with a high concentration of bears, some no doubt drawn by the presence of two bison carcasses, according to a Board of Review investigation into the attack.

Interior Secretary Salazar: No Plans To Explore Possibility of a North Woods National Park in Maine

There are no plans at this point for the National Park Service to look into the merits of a "North Woods National Park" in Maine, according to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.

Glacier Bay National Park Proposing To Build Tribal House Replica Near Barlett Cove

A 3,500-square-foot Tlingit tribal house could rise up near Bartlett Cove in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve under a plan the National Park Service first proposed more than a decade ago.

On-line ReservatIon System Instituted For Last-Minute Slot Canyon Permits In Zion National Park

Zion National Park has changed its wilderness permit system to allow visitors to reserve last-minute slot canyon day use permits via an online reservation system.

Parks Beyond Borders: Looking At Global National Park News

Exterior View of Singapore’s Expo Mass Rapid Transit Station
A look at national park news beyond the United States.

Planning A Western White-Water Trip In A National Park This Year? Earlier Might Be Better Than Later

Tempted to book a river trip in a national park this summer? If you're thinking of a white-water adventure in parks such as Dinosaur National Monument, Glacier National Park, or Canyonlands National Park, sooner in the summer just might be better than later due to the below-normal snowpack.

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.

Facilities At Lake Crescent Lodge in Olympic National Park Gaining a Makeover

Facilities at Olympic National Park’s Lake Crescent Lodge are undergoing extensive renovations that are expected to be mostly complete for the 2012 spring opening.

Access Restrictions In Place At Rocky Mountain National Park To Protect Nesting Raptors

To give hawks and falcons a break from humans during their nesting season, officials at Rocky Mountain National Park have instituted some temporary closures in popular climbing areas of the park.

Telling Rays Apart At Biscayne National Park

Can you tell the difference between manta rays and spotted eagle rays at Biscayne National Park?

National Park Mystery Photo 45 Revealed: What a Joint!

A series of deep, narrow passageways like this one lend special character to a trail in one of our most scenic parks.

Restore Hetch Hetchy Files Papers For Ballot Initiative On Draining Scenic Yosemite Valley

Restore Hetch Hetchy, a group that long has lobbied to see the scenic Hetch Hetchy Valley of Yosemite National Park drained, has launched a bid to ask San Francisco voters if they approve of the proposal.

More Than 52,000 Comments Received On Future of Oyster Farm At Point Reyes National Seashore

Nearly 52,500 comments were received by the National Park Service on the future of an oyster farm at Point Reyes National Seashore, with submissions from each of the 50 states and 40 countries overall.

Traveler's Gear Box: Water Vessels, Steel And Otherwise

With warm weather already here in some parts of the Southwest, and with disposable water bottles on their way out from a number of national parks, what's the best way to stay hydrated in the parks?

Updated: Congress Authorizes Millions Of Dollars To Build Bridge Across St. Croix National Scenic Riverway

Rebuffed time and again by the National Park Service, U.S. Rep. Michelle Bachmann and U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota have succeeded in getting Congress to earmark $700 million to build a bridge across the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway.

National Park Mystery Photo 45: A Narrow Passageway

This passageway is in a national park. Can you identify the location?

Rare Venus Transit Offers a Second Solar Spectacular for Park Sky Watchers in 2012

An upcoming solar eclipse may attract more attention, but some parks are also planning for visitors who would like to observe an even more unusual celestial event. The Venus Transit on June 5 will be a literal "last chance in your lifetime" occurrence.

Conference On Conservation Scheduled For Friday At The White House

A White House conference is scheduled for Friday to examine the links between conservation and local economies, tourism, outdoor recreation, and "healthy lands, waters and wildlife."

Biologists To Fit Moose, Wolves at Voyageurs National Park With GPS Collars

With hopes of learning more about the lives of moose and wolves, and whether climate change is impacting them, technicians at Voyageurs National Park will be fitting six moose and two gray wolves with GPS collars.

Snowmobile Runs Into Snowcoach At Yellowstone National Park, Minor Injuries Reported

Minor injuries resulted when a snowmobiler trying to pass a snowcoach in Yellowstone National Park collided with the much bigger vehicle.