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Just Another Weekend In Grand Teton National Park: Climber Rescued, Tragedy Averted, Boaters Pulled To Safety

How was your weekend? At Grand Teton National Park, rangers and others who work in the park had a heckuva weekend, one that required a mountain rescue, a river rescue, and cool decisions by a van driver forced off Highway 26/89/191 and into the Gros Ventre River.

Discriminating Explorer: Fort Monroe National Monument—Hub Of A Classic Historic Harbor Tour

“Freedom’s Fortress” is the perfect place to start a visit to one of the nation’s most historic harbors. The massive Chesapeake Bay and the historic towns that cluster at its mouth are a premier destination for history buffs and water enthusiasts.

Parks Beyond Borders: Sri Lanka National Parks, Nordic Grooming Fix in Canada's Yoho, Summer Ice Fall Closes Road In Jasper

Parks Beyond Borders; a roundup of global national park news.

Explore Yellowstone National Park With Yellowstone Park Foundation's Insider Tips

Yellowstone National Park is huge, covering some 2.2 million acres. How best to explore this landscape? Take to heart some of the following tips from the Yellowstone Park Foundation.

Indiana Boy Enjoys Yellowstone National Park Dream Vacation After Recovering From Leukemia

An Indiana boy and his family enjoyed a Yellowstone National Park dream vacation last month thanks to a charity in his home state and the generosity and hospitality of people in the park and a nearby gateway community.

2012 Fire Season: Alaska Fizzles While Lower 48 Sizzles

It's been a record-setting year for heat, drought and wildfires in parts of the Lower 48, but Alaska is a different story. By mid-August each year the fire season in Alaska is winding down, and 2012 is headed for one of the quietest summers in years for fire crews.

Wildfire At Lassen Volcanic National Park Causing Access Issues

A wildfire ignited by a lightning strike nearly three weeks ago has spread to more than 10,000 acres at Lassen Volcanic National Park and is causing some access problems and trail closures in the park.

New Chef Comes To The Wuksachi Lodge In Sequoia National Park

Wuksachi Lodge, the only in-park lodging at Sequoia National Park, has welcomed a new chef.

National Park Mystery Spot 47 Revealed: Rocks To Remember

Whether seen from land or water, it never fails to delight.

Guadalupe Mountains National Park Preparing For 40th Birthday Celebration

A barbecue, music, and living history presentations are just part of the celebration being planned to mark the 40th anniversary of Guadalupe Mountains National Park.

Caretaking At Vancouver Barracks Unit Of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Begins

Fort Vancouver National Historic Site's military and commercial roots date back to 1824, but 163 years of U. S. Army activities at the post have come to an end with the transfer of the East and South Vancouver Barracks to the National Park Service.

Yellowstone National Park's Bison Population Grows By Roughly 14 Percent Over 2011 Count

Yellowstone National Park's bison herds have grown by nearly 14 percent over 2011 numbers, with most of the animals found across the park's northern range.

Friends Of Acadia Has Annual Benefit Auction This Saturday; Look What's Up For Auction

Friends of Acadia has its annual benefit auction scheduled for Saturday. If you can't make it to Bar Harbor, consider bidding on-line for great items such as a natural seaglass necklace or a 7-night stay in Southwest Harbor at the Harbor Ridge Resort.

July's Contest Winner Is.....Park-O-Phile

Ahhhh, the good quizmeister must have eased back on the throttle last month, as we had 40 readers qualify to win a copy of Andrew Skurka's The Ultimate Hiker's Gear Guide: Tools and Techniques to Hit the Trail.

Man's Body Found As Snow Melts Away At Mount Rainier National Park

Melting snow on Mount Rainier has revealed a man's body at an elevation of about 8,000 feet, leading park officials to wonder if it might be of one of four climbers lost during a storm back in January.

Yellowstone Park Foundation: Working Hard For Wonderland

As Congress continues to look for ways to cut federal spending, non-profit organizations such as the Yellowstone Park Foundation are becoming invaluable for the direct funding they provide the national parks. Often without their help trails would go without maintenance, wildlife research would dip, and facilities would deteriorate.

Enjoy The Perseid Meteor Showers In The National Parks

This coming weekend will be the perfect time to be camping in the backcountry of a national park, or at least visiting a national park that doesn't suffer from light pollution. That's because the annual Perseid Meteor Showers are scheduled to arrive Saturday, and a dark sky is the best sky to observe them.

Reflecting Pool On National Mall Soon To Reflecting Once Again

Not quite two years after it was drained, the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., will soon be reflecting again.

Dining At The Parks: The Metate Room At Mesa Verde National Park

It’s not often you walk out of a national park lodge restaurant feeling wowed. But that was my experience during a recent stay at the Far View Lodge at Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado.

Poll Shows Vast Majority Of Voters Believe Federal Government Has Responsibility To Safeguard, Support National Parks

America's national parks, places such as Yellowstone, Yosemite, Great Smoky Mountains, and Everglades, face problems both small and large due to poor federal funding, according to a survey of voters released today.
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Some Things To Keep In Mind When It Comes To Making Your National Park Charitable Gifts

With so many organizations clamoring for your charitable dollars, how can you decide which group to give to in support of the national parks? Do your homework, urges Jacqueline Vaughn.

Politicians, Staff Heading To National Parks During Congressional Recess

Denali National Park and Preserve seems to be quite popular this August with congressional staffers, though a number of other parks also are destinations for politicians and their staff during the August recess.

Two Mountain Lion Kittens Discovered in Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area claims the title of "largest urban national park in the country," but it's 150,000+ acres of mountains and coastline in Ventura and Los Angeles counties also include some non-urban wildlife. Biologists recently discovered two mountain lion kittens in the park.

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve Dedicates Its First Official NPS Campground

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve's 13.2 million acres includes some outstanding scenery and wilderness opportunities, but until recently, there have been no formal NPS camping facilities in the park. That's now changed after the dedication of the new Kendesnii Campground.

Dry Conditions, Fires Lead To Trail Closures, Fire Restrictions In Yellowstone National Park

A handful of fires burning in the backcountry of Yellowstone National Park, along with extremely dry conditions, have prompted park officials to close some trails and backcountry campsites and also reinstate fire restrictions.

Parents Of Hiker Missing In Glacier National Park Extend Thanks To Park Staff

Parents of a 19-year-old Michigan man who vanished on a day hike in Glacier National Park expressed their struggle with accepting their loss Monday, but also extended their thanks to the park staff for their efforts in finding him.

Historic Preservation In The National Park System And The 1916 National Park Service Act, Part II

In the second part of this series Richard West Sellars, a long-time historian for the National Park Service, takes a look back at what precipitated the historic preservation movement in the National Park System.

Movement Along Fault Line Threatening Cliff Palace At Mesa Verde National Park

Some 800 years after it was built within an alcove in southern Colorado, a section of Cliff Palace at Mesa Verde National Park is being threatened by a fault that is damaging the iconic cliff ruin.

Fort Monroe: A New National Monument Has A Rich Past And A Potentially Complex Future

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Fort Monroe, Virginia, our newest national monument—is the largest stone and masonry fort in the United States. But this site embodies much more than just a look back at coastal fortifications. Fort Monroe's pivotal military and even cultural significance reaches back centuries before the United States and forward as recently as last year.