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Heat Kills Boy Scout Leader At Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Four Others Recovering

In the wake of one death, and with continued unrelenting heat in the forecast, Lake Mead National Recreation Area officials are cautioning visitors to take it easy during their visit to the NRA.

Replacement Of Historic Chinook Entrance Arch At Mount Rainier National Park Should Make The CCC Proud

The Chinook Entrance Arch has served a dual purpose at the northeastern entrance to Mount Rainier National Park for nearly eight decades, but its useful life as both a rustic entrance portal and an overpass for hikers and pedestrians had come to an end. Now, thanks to work by skilled park crews, a nearly identical replacement is back in service.

Around The Parks: Hot Times In Death Valley, Teachers At C&O Canal, Yellowstone Visitation, And Riding The Train

The world's hottest day will be recalled at Death Valley National Park next month, while the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park is seeking teachers, Yellowstone National Park is watching visitation climb, and Steamtown National Historic Site trains will be running to the Delaware Water Gap late this month.

Grant Will Enable Yellowstone Park Foundation To Bring Urban, Rural Youngsters To Yellowstone National Park

A $15,000 grant from the National Park Foundation will enable urban and rural youth to visit Yellowstone National Park under a program offered through the Yellowstone Park Foundation.

Politicians Form Executive Committee To Help Them Draft Legislation To Designate Colorado National Monument As A "National Park"

For two years a working group in western Colorado has studied the possibility of redesignating Colorado National Monument as Colorado National Park. Now an executive committee has been designated to help U.S. Sen. Mark Udall and Rep. Scott Tipton come up with proposed legislation to achieve the name change.

Glacier National Park Has A 17-Year-Old Harlequin Duck!

There are young Harlequin ducks, middle-aged Harlequin ducks, old Harlequin ducks, and then the real old Harlequin duck that calls Glacier National Park home.

Take A Virtual Tour Of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park With This Video

"Hawaii Volcanoes", a time-lapse video newly released on Vimeo, takes you on a sea-to-summit journey to the volcanoes of Hawaii, where you'll witness some of the the most dynamic landscapes on Earth.

Essential Friends + Gateways: West Yellowstone, A Gateway Town Worth Hanging Around

For more than a century, West Yellowstone, Montana, has been a key jumping off point for a once-in-a-lifetime visit to the world’s first national park.

National Park Service Signs Agreement With Adventure Cycling Association To Promote Road Cycling Opportunities

A memorandum of understanding has been signed between the National Park Service and the Adventure Cycling Association to promote the opportunties for road cycling to and within in the National Park System.

Updated: Groups Working To Prevent Hog Farm From Polluting Buffalo National River

An industrial hog farm that could produce more than 2 million gallons of manure and wastewater over porous karst geology roughly 5 miles up a tributary of the Buffalo National River was permitted based on erroneous information, according to a coalition opposing the project.

Peaks Of Otter Lodge On Blue Ridge Parkway Set To Open In Mid-July

The Blue Ridge Parkway’s Peaks of Otter Lodge is scheduled to open July 15 under new concessionaire, Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts. Reservations are currently being taken for the upcoming season that will run through December 16.

Civil War Cannons, Restored, Return To Fort Moultrie National Monument

Sixty-thousand pounds of Civil War cannons are returning to Fort Moultrie National Monument in South Carolina for public display at the park's Cannon Row.

Congress Creates Some Of The National Park Service's Funding Headaches

To understand where some of the National Park Service's budget headaches come from, you need go no further than Congress.

Divers To Search For Quagga Mussels In Lake Powell At Glen Canyon NRA

More than two dozen divers are scheduled to search parts of Lake Powell in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area for non-native quagga mussels later this month.

Wales' Snowdonia: The UK’s Top National Park?

The British Isles have some great national parks—but for the best scenery with easiest access, I’d choose Snowdonia National Park in Wales. Here's why...

Study Concludes Migration Is Not Healthy For Yellowstone National Park Elk

Seasonal migrations, once viewed as natural and beneficial for wildlife, are not helpful for elk that leave and return to Yellowstone National Park, according to a study published in the journal Ecology.

Progress Noted In Efforts To Rebuild Population Of Rare Swallowtail Butterfly Found At Biscayne National Park

It was just about a year ago that we told you of efforts to collect up to four individuals of an extremely rare butterfly found at Biscayne National Park. Now we're back with some good news: an egg gathered from that project has hatched, lending some slight hope that the numbers of the Schaus swallowtail can be bolstered.

Investigation: Multiple Errors Contributed To Death Of Mount Rainier National Park Climbing Ranger

Climbing ranger Nick Hall was struggling to control a rescue litter on an icy, 35-degree slope while being buffeted by the swirling downwash from a Chinook helicopter when he slipped and fell 2,400 feet down Mount Rainier to his death last June, a National Park Service investigation has found.
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While Campers Slept, Lanterns Set Fire To Oyster Bay Chickee At Everglades National Park

Despite being surrounded by water, the Oyster Bay Chickee at Everglades National Park was destroyed when lanterns left burning by campers while they slept set the structure on fire.

Reader Participation Day: How Would You Promote The National Park System?

How would you market and promote the national parks to build not just overall visitation, but visitation that reflects the country's diversity and various age groups?

Citizen Science Opportunities At Glacier National Park

If you're thinking of a career in science, or simply want to help out the staff at Glacier National Park, check out the "citizen science" opportunities at the park this summer

Essential Friends + Gateways: Preserving Wonderland, The Yellowstone Park Foundation

Preserving ‘Wonderland’ is an on-the-ground, daily mission of the Yellowstone Park Foundation.

Dislodged Rock Kills Climber On El Capitan In Yosemite National Park

In a freak accident on El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, a lead climber accidentally dislodged a rock that fell about 150 feet and struck and killed his partner.

Floodwaters Swept Across Ozark National Scenic Riverways

Heavy rainfall that pounded the Ozarks during the weekend led to extreme flooding in Ozark National Scenic Riverways, where parts of the park were closed due to high water that surged to 17 feet above flood level.

Birding In The National Parks: Is There A Lack Of Diversity In Birders?

When spring migration ends, the biggest birding lull of the year sets in. It’s a good time to sit back, recover from your migration birding binge, and reflect on some things. One of the things I’ve noticed this week is that I’m white.

National Recreational Trail System Grows By 28

If you're keeping track of your travels along the national recreational trails in the National Trails System, you can add 28 more hikes or paddles to your to-do list.

Beating The Odds: Missing Man Found "Over The Edge" In Sequoia And Kings Canyon National Parks

Against seemingly insurmountable odds, a California man whose vehicle plunged down a steep mountainside was found alive in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks after an extensive multi-day search. The odds were certainly against his discovery and rescue since his vehicle was almost completely hidden from view by thick brush.

Research Identifies Where Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtles Feed

Clues to how and where endangered Kemp's ridley sea turtles feed, and whether those feeding grounds might be imperiled by human actions, are being gleaned through a recent study conducted by the National Park Service and U.S. Geological Survey.

Swimmer Swept Over 594-Foot Nevada Fall At Yosemite National Park

A recovery operation was ongoing Monday at Yosemite National Park for a California man swept over 594-foot-high Nevada Fall.

Oil And Water Don't Mix: How The Energy Industry Is Using Yosemite's Merced River And Point Reyes' Drakes Bay To Facilitate Public Land Exploitation

In the following commentary, Barbara Moristch raises questions into the forces behind efforts to see an oyster farm remain in business and to further open the Yosemite Valley to recreation.