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Lassen Volcanic National Park Kids’ Guide

Northern California's Lassen Volcanic National Park has roaring fumaroles (steam and volcanic-gas vents), thumping mud pots, boiling pools, and steaming ground. These and great programs are more than enough to delight young explorers.

Booker T. Washington National Monument Announces Upcoming Civil War Program

A discussion about the impact a Civil War soldier's death can have on his family will be presented at the Booker T. Washington National Monument later this month.

Renowned Chef, Farm Bureau Support Oyster Company's Bid To Remain At Point Reyes National Seashore

Alice Waters, a chef renowned for her insistence on the freshest organically grown and locally produced ingredients, has signed on to a "friend of the court" brief in support of an oyster company trying to hold on to its operations at Point Reyes National Seashore.
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Updated: Democratic, Republican Budget Proposals Take Decidedly Different Tacks On National Parks

Federal budget proposals released this week by the Republicans and Democrats take decidedly different tacks when it comes to national parks, with the GOP plan continuing cuts to the National Park Service while the Democratic version would stablize funding, according to onlookers.

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area To Close Roads For Amphibians

It's not like the swallows returning to Capistrano, but a varied collection of amphibians will be out and about the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area in the coming weeks, necessitating the temporary closing of some roads.

Another County Opposes Backcountry Fees At Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Another county whose lands include Great Smoky Mountains National Park has gone on record opposing the park's fee for overnight backcountry use.

At Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Kīlauea Volcano’s Eruption Approaching 5-Year Anniversary

Anniversary celebrations can lose their newsworthiness over time, but when the anniversary marks the fifth year of continuous eruption of the Kīlauea Volcano’s at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, well, it's something to note.

Congresswoman Wants To Slice Seven Acres, Museum From Fort Vancouver National Historic Site

A dispute over the National Park Service's authority at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site in Washington state has led a congresswoman to introduce legislation to remove a museum and seven acres of land from the park.

Reader Participation Day: Rate National Park Lodgings

Travel season is here in some parts of the country, and quickly approaching in others. With that in mind, which lodges within the national parks would you gladly return to, and which will you never set foot in again?

Get Your Hands Dirty Cleaning Up On Civil War Battlefield Park Day!

This coming April 6 is Park Day for Civil War battlefields and historic sites. Started in 1996 by the Civil War Trust, Park Day is a nationwide event during which Civil War history lovers contribute a day of volunteer work to help maintain the war's historic sites.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Closing Some Campgrounds Due To Budget Cuts

Three front-country campgrounds at Great Smoky Mountains National Park won't open this year due to the budget cuts brought on by the federal government's inability to resolve taxing and spending differences.

A Shout-Out To The Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Trust

Quick, can you name the national historical park that greeted more visitors in 2012 than Yosemite, Yellowstone, Grand Canyon and Grand Teton national parks, not to mention 383 other units of the National Park System?

Updated: Parks Beyond Borders: Can Africa's Elephants Survive Poachers, Ivory Markets ... And The Internet?

Wildlife-based tourism is vital to the economy of several African nations, but a surging demand for ivory is putting some elephant populations at risk. Can the animals in and out of the continent's national parks survive the combined power of poachers, ivory markets--and the Internet?

Birding In The National Parks: Birding In Saguaro National Park In Summer

It’s no secret that we birders tend to do things a little differently than “normal” travelers. Valentine’s Day weekend at the sewage treatment plant? Getting up at 4 a.m. every morning of your vacation? Perfectly acceptable behavior for the seasoned birder. But Saguaro National Park in August???

Hot Springs National Park Signs Lease To Turn Bathhouse Into Microbrewery

A stately component of Bathhouse Row at Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas is moving from soothing patrons with hot waters to slaking them with microbrews.

Parks Beyond Borders: Are African Forest Elephants On A Path To Extinction?

If you were to ask Americans to compile a short list of wildlife most associated with Africa, it's a pretty safe bet that elephants would be included. Unfortunately, it's gotten a lot harder lately to find as many of the iconic animals in central Africa, and a just-released study has confirmed a "devastating decline" in the population of forest elephants. Could they be headed for extinction?

Exploring the Parks: Antietam National Battlefield

Maryland monument at Antietam
Antietam battle was the single bloodiest battle in the Civil War. The landscape, which is the most important artifact, is being protected almost like it was in the 1860s.

Traveler's View: Congress, National Park Service Need To Restructure Fees For Centennial Celebration

"Mountaineers are always free" is West Virginia's state motto, but that sentiment is getting harder and harder to find in the National Park System, where an imbalance in fee structures charges you for sleeping on the bare ground but not for burning gas as you negotiate the 11-mile loop of Cades Cove.

Rebuilding After Sandy: Moving The National Park Service Forward With An Eye On Climate Change

If ever there was an exclamation point to a report warning of the consequences of climate change, Hurricane Sandy was it. As the storm swept up the Eastern Seaboard last fall it cut national seashores in two, inundated mainland parks that lie at sea level, downed untold scores of trees, and in its aftermath left the National Park Service with a glowing opportunity to put its parks back together with similarly potent storms in mind.
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Gulf Islands National Seashore Proposing Huge Jumps In Fees At Fort Pickens, Davis Bayou Campgrounds

Site fees at the Fort Pickens and Davis Bayou campgrounds at Gulf Islands National Seashore will jump 50 percent and more under a proposal the seashore is seeking public comment on.

National Park Service Sequestration Update: Closed Campgrounds, Fewer Seasonal Employees, Sunday Closures

Closed campgrounds, Sunday closures of National Park System units, and 900 permanent positions that will go unfilled are just some of the latest details of how the National Park Service is responding to the ongoing federal budget sequestration.

Monitoring The Signals Of Climate Change In Rocky Mountain National Parks

Signals of climate change seem to be more and more frequent in some parts of the country. In the Rocky Mountains, snowfall patterns are changing, temperatures are warming, bird behavior is alternating.

Some Great Ideas For Spending Spring In The National Park System

Spring is a great time to get outside and enjoy all that America’s national parks have to offer. It’s also a perfect opportunity to collect new Passport cancellations!

Private Donors Add Important Acreage To Rocky Mountain National Park

In today's world of scarce federal dollars, it takes a village of sorts to grow a national park. Rocky Mountain National Park took another step toward maturity recently, thanks to a fund-raising effort spearheaded by the Rocky Mountain Nature Association.

Grand Teton National Park Gets Go-Ahead To Makeover Colter Bay Village

A plan to makeover Colter Bay Village at Grand Teton National Park has been approved, although it still needs funding to move forward.

Plowing Of Denali National Park Road To Begin Sunday

National Park Service road crews will begin preparations for the annual spring road opening on Sunday, March 10.

Investigation Concludes Hunters Killed Grizzly In Self-Defense In Grand Teton National Park

Three hunters who were charged by a grizzly bear in Grand Teton National Park last Thanksgiving Day acted in self-defense in shooting and killing the bear, an investigation has determined.

Congressman From North Carolina Wants To Overturn Cape Hatteras National Seashore Access Regs

A congressman from North Carolina is making a second bid to force the National Park Service to reverse itself on managing people, birds, and sea turtles at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

Blizzard Of '13 Rearranged Parts Of Cape Cod National Seashore

While Hurricane Sandy walloped a good section of the Eastern Seaboard, it was a snowstorm dubbed Nemo by some that did substantial damage to Cape Cod National Seashore.

Everglades National Park Pursuing Higher Fees For Backcountry Use

Under a proposal open for public comment at Everglades National Park, you would pay more than four times as much to explore the park's backcountry for a week by canoe or kayak than you would to drive into the park over that same period of time.