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Free Ticket Lottery For National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Now Open

The lighting ceremony for the 2013 National Christmas Tree will be held in Washington, D.C. on Friday, December 6, and free tickets for the event will be awarded via an online lottery. That process opened at 10:00 a.m. today, and will close at 10:00 a.m (EST) on Monday, November 4.

Zion National Park's Shuttle System Winding Down Operations

With fall firmly in place, and the peak of summer visitation out of the way, the shuttle system at Zion National Park is winding down operations for the year.

Page To Legal Documents Pertaining To National Park Service, System Added To Traveler

An early goal here at the Traveler was to provide a library of sorts of documents and other materials key to the National Park Service, the National Park System, and parks in general. We've made it easier for you to access some of that information.

Photo Of American Lotus At Dawn Wins National Natural Landmarks Program Photo Contest

A striking photograph of American Lotus at dawn in the Great Plains is the top winner in the 2013 National Natural Landmarks Program Photo Contest run by the National Park Service.

Guided Ranger Tours, Educational Programs In Florida National Parks Underwritten By South Florida National Parks Trust

More evidence of the value of national park friends groups can be seen in Florida, where the South Florida National Parks Trust is underwriting environmental education programs, ranger-guided tours, and resource protection projects in the parks.

Songs For Junior Rangers CD Wins Award

Songs for Junior Rangers, produced by the National Park Service, has been named a 2013 National Parenting Publications Award (NAPPA) Silver winner, for quality, innovation, entertainment and educational value.

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park Gains 42 Acres

A 42-acre swath of land holding Civil War-era troop trenches, rifle pits, and cannon placements has been added to the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield in Georgia.

Senator Coburn Blames Congress, Bloated National Park Service, For State Of National Park System

Our National Park System has become a bloated, underfunded, kowtowing shadow of the ideal for which it was created, according to U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, who lays out his case in a report that casts a withering portrait of Congress as a poor overseer.

Higher Tennessee Specialty License Plate Sales Benefit Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Results of third quarter contributions from specialty license plate sales to the non-profit Friends of the Smokies have been announced by the State of Tennessee, and the good news couldn't have come at a better time. Revenue for organizations that assist the park was impacted by the recent government shutdown, so rising sales from vehicle tags will help with lost retail sales.

Photography In The Parks: What's In Your Camera Bag?

What goes into Rebecca Latson's camera bag? We asked her that, and other, questions, with hopes the answers will benefit us all.

Cumberland Island National Seashore Seeking Comment On Fire Management Plan

Cumberland Island National Seashore officials are seeking public feedback on their draft fire management plan, which calls for a variety of approaches to battling wildfire on the island, including the use of "mechanical tools" inside designated wilderness.

If You Work For The National Park Service, You Should Be A Traveler Member...

National Parks Traveler is the only website dedicated to offering fresh editorial content on the National Park System to a global readership every day of the year. If you work in that system, we want your support as Traveler members.

Road Construction At Arches National Park

If you're heading to Arches National Park this fall or next spring, you just might run into road construction in the park.

Ellis Island Immigration Museum Reopens A Year After Major Damage From Hurricane Sandy

Millions of Americans can trace their roots to ancestors who first entered this country through Ellis Island, and a year after Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on the island, the Ellis Island Immigration Museum is reopening to visitors

Time To Apply For Rocky Mountain National Park's Artist-In-Residence Program

Got some artistic talent that fed best when you're surrounded by national park splendor? Then apply for one of the slots in Rocky Mountain National Park's 2014 Artist-in-Residence program.

Guadalupe Mountains National Park Continuing To Recover From September Storm

More than a month after a storm battered Guadalupe Mountains National Park in Texas crews are still assessing and repairing damage to the trail system.

Walking Le Chemin De St. Jacques In France - Part 1

Scenery in the Aubrac
Le Chemin de St.Jacques in France, also the Grand Route 65, is a pilgrimage and hike, a segment of the El Camino de Santiago. You walk through forests and villages and past farms. This is part 1 of the 440-mile trail.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park To Burn 400 Acres Near Cataloochee

Smoky conditions likely will be found around Cataloochee in Great Smoky Mountains National Park over the next few weeks as park crews work on burning through 400 acres of landscape.

Special "Night Museum" Returning To Andersonville National Historic Site

Military prisons during the Civil War were horrifying places during the daylight hours, and even more so at night. You can gain some insights into the conditions during a special "Night Museum" program coming to Andersonville National Historic Site next month.

Massive Landslide Closes Denali Park Road At Mile 37 In Denali National Park

A massive landslide has closed the Denali Park Road at Mile 37, covering the road with an estimated 30,000 yards of material that will take crews days to remove.

Blue Ridge Parkway Rangers Saw Plenty Of Work Despite Closure Of National Park System

Though the landscape within the Blue Ridge Parkway --outside of the parkway, itself -- was closed during the recent closure of the National Park System, rangers had plenty of work to attend to, including the arrest of a man poaching mushrooms in the Parkway.

Celebrate The Christmas Season At The Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park

How did President Lyndon B. Johnson and his family celebrate Christmas during his boyhood days in Texas? Find out during the coming holiday season by visiting the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park to experience "Christmas at the LBJ Boyhood Home."

Rainier Guest Services Retains Concessions Contract For Mount Rainier National Park

Rainier Guest Services, which long has held the concessions contract for Mount Rainier National Park, has been awarded a new contract to operate food, lodging, and beverage services within the park.

Body Of Missing Hiker Found At Craters Of The Moon National Monument

More than a month after she was reported missing, searchers found the body of Dr. Jodean "Jo" Elliott-Blakeslee at Craters of the Moon National Monument in Idaho.

Pipe Spring National Monument Has Busy Fall Schedule

Through the month of November the staff at Pipe Spring National Monument in northern Arizona will be celebrating National American Indian Month.

Yosemite National Park Working With Gateway Communities To Celebrate Fall

With the 150th anniversary of the Yosemite Grant that set aside the Yosemite Valley for preservation within reach, Yosemite National Park officials are working with gateway communities to celebrate the anniversary and the season.

Gateway National Recreation Area Searching For Someone To Save Historic Fort Hancock Quarters

No money and ongoing deterioration of turn-of-the-century military quarters have Gateway National Recreation Area officials searching for someone to rehabilitate some of the buildings at Fort Hancock.

National Parks Traveler Member Giveaways-Clarification

Sometimes what seems like a great idea gets shot down before it's launched. That's the case with our members-only giveaways.

Guest Column: Where's The Vision For Properly Funding The National Park System?

In the wake of the recent closure of the National Park System, park supporters should redouble their efforts to build a country in which reliable long-term investment in our parks is part of a broader recommitment to our nation’s public interest.

Time Running Out To Comment On Draft Seagrass Management Plan At Everglades National Park

With hopes of reducing damage caused to seagrass beds in Florida Bay, officials at Everglades National Park have crafted a management plan that strives to reduce prop scarring of the beds while also restoring damaged beds.