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Dwindling Numbers Of Schaus Swallowtail Butterfly In Biscayne National Park Lead To Collecting Decision

In a bid to keep the Schaus Swallowtail butterfly from blinking into extinction, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials have authorized the collection of up to four of the colorful butterflies in Biscayne National Park.

Chief Operating Officer Hired At National Park Foundation

A chief operating officer has been hired by the National Park Foundation to provide strategic oversight and management of the non-profit organization chartered by Congress to raise charitable dollars for the National Park System.

Dining At The Parks: Lobster Stew From The Jordan Pond House At Acadia National Park

One of the favorite meals at the Jordon Pond House at Acadia National Park is a bowl of thick, rich lobster stew. Here's how you can work on this delicious dish at home (views of Jordon Pond not included).

Avalanche Presumed To Have Killed Four Climbers On Mount McKinley In Denali National Park

Four of five members of a Japanese team are presumed dead on Mount McKinley in Denali National Park after an avalanche swept over them as they descended the West Buttress.

Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park Reopens Areas Closed Since 2008

A section of Crater Rim Drive in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park that was closed in 2008 for safety reasons has reopened to the public--but only for foot traffic. The route provides an easy walk that offers excellent views of some of the park's key features.

30th Annual Rendezvous At Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site This Weekend

Find yourself in northwestern North Dakota this weekend and you should make plans to stop by Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site for the 29th Annual Rendezvous.

Exploring The Parks: Brown V. Board Of Education National Historic Site

Monroe School in Topeka, KS
Brown V. Board of Education in Topeka, Kansas is a pivotal part of modern history. Exhibits in the elementary school interpret the significance of the 1954 Supreme Court ruling.

NPS Retirees Say House Legislation Would Gut Antiquities Act, Lead To More Hunting In National Parks

Legislation currently pending in the U.S. Senate would, if allowed to become law, gut the Antiquities Act that so many presidents have used to preserve and protect valuable landscapes and historical settings, according to the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees.

North Unit Scenic Drive In Theodore Roosevelt National Park Still Partially Closed

Repairs should allow the reopening later this year of the entire North Unit Scenic Drive in Theodore Roosevelt National Park, but until then you'll be limited to only about a 6-mile stretch of the drive.

Legislation To Create Multi-State Manhattan Project National Historical Park Introduced With Bipartisan Support

Legislation to create a national historical park that tells the story of the country's efforts to create an atomic bomb, a park that would reach from Tennessee to Washington state, has been introduced to the U.S. Senate with bipartisan support.

National Park Word Cube 2: Give Me An H

The word cube puzzle we posted during National Park Week was well received, so let’s do it again.

Friends Group Launched To Support Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Having just launched Essential Friends, Celebrating Friends Groups in the National Parks, it seems only fitting to welcome a new friends group into the fold: Dunes National Park Association.

Utah Prairie Dog Day To Be Celebrated At Bryce Canyon National Park On June 22

For the third straight year the lowly Utah prairie dog will be elevated a bit in status at Bryce Canyon National Park with its own day.

Mountain Bikers Get More Riding Time At Big South Fork National River And Recreation Area

Mountain bikers are getting more trail time at Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area in Kentucky and Tennessee.

A View From The Overlook: Oh, Shenandoah!

The wonders of Shenandoah National Park include its "Creation" story.

Take A Side Trip From New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park And Voyage 'Round The World

What better way to enjoy New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park than to take a voyage around the world on a 19th century whaler? You can do that, virtually, beginning June 23 with a stop at the New Bedford Whaling Museum.

Essential Friends: Ensuring Excellence In The National Parks

As lovers of national parks look forward to the 2016 centennial of the National Park Service—guardian of ”America’s Best Idea”—there has never been a better time to profile the rise and role of what may be our “Second Best Idea”—the friends groups, trusts, and foundations that support those parks.

Wilderness Hike At Theodore Roosevelt National Park Will Focus On Finding Water In The Badlands

Curious about where you can find water in the harsh badlands of Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota? Then join a ranger on July 1 to go in search of springs in the park.

Should Pullman State Historic District In Illinois Be Added To The National Park System?

Should a state historic district that protects the birthplace of the Pullman sleeping car that once was a hallmark of rail travel be added to the National Park System? A congressional subcommittee is considering that possibility.

Watch For Road Bikers In Rocky Mountain National Park On Thursday

If you plan to be anywhere along Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park on Thursday, keep an eye out for road cyclists. The Ride The Rockies Bicycle Tour is scheduled to be traveling that route on Thursday.

Lodging Deals Popping Up In Sequoia National Park

Looking for a way to save some money on a national park vacation this summer? You might find some answers at Sequoia National Park's Wuksachi Lodge.

Third Annual Astronomy Festival At Great Basin National Park This Week

The eclipse is past us, as is the transit of Venus, but that doesn't mean astronomy shows in the national parks are over. This week the 3rd Annual Great Basin Astronomy Festival will be celebrated at Great Basin National Park.

EPA's Assessment Of Proposed Mine Near Alaska's Lake Clark National Park Raises Many Theoretical Concerns

Bristol Bay watershed by Robert Glenn Ketchum
Miles and miles of lost or blocked streams. Thousands of acres of lost wetlands. Biological shudders through the underlying ecosystem. Those are some of the potential impacts of a massive mining operation being considered on a landscape near Lake Clark National Park and Preserve in Alaska.

Parks Beyond Borders: Hut To Hütte Hiking—A Premier Accessible Adventure All Across Austria And The Alps

Hornkopflhutte, Hornköpflhütte, Kitzbühel
All over the Alps, mountain huts range from rough to rustic, elaborately atmospheric to refined. They offer tempting meals and informal lodging. Austria and hiking hut to “hutte” just go together, whether it's in Hohe Tauern National Park or other areas. You really should have this thoroughly European experience. Check out the video for a taste of hut hiking—and dining!

New Fee System For Camping At Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's Dunewood Campground

Change has come to camping at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's Dunewood Campground, at least when it comes to paying for your site.
Worth Fighting For (A Park Rangers Unexpected Battle Against Federal Bureaucrats and Washington Redskins Owner Dan Snyder) This is a cautionary tale for those National Park SErvice employees who believe that whistle blowers will be protected from reprisal by their agency; they won’t be. It is also a look at agency behavior that is hard to imagine.

Top Ten National Park Gifts For Dad This Father’s Day

It’s the age-old question; What gift do I give Dad for Father’s Day? Instead of buying Dad another tie or a big mouth bass talking wall decoration, why not get him something that he will really love and can really use? Here’s a top ten list of worthy Father’s Day gifts for the outdoorsman, the history buff or the music aficionado:

Training Day Turns Into Rescue Day At Grand Teton National Park

A key ingredient for enjoying the national parks is being properly outfitted and trained for the adventure you're embarking on. Unfortunately, a young woman climbing in Grand Teton National Park was neither. Fortunately, trained rangers were nearby to rescue her from the steep slopes of Albright Peak.

Parks Beyond Borders: Uganda Parks Get Flurry of Attention for New Website, and Rains Close Park Facilities in Western Canada

Mount Elgon National Park Uganda
Parks Beyond Borders—Uganda Parks get flurry of attention for new website and historic role of Moses Mapesa, the former director of Uganda Wildlife Authority, and rains close Park facilities in Western Canada.