Archive List

Volunteers Honored At Great Smoky Mountains National Park For Thousands Of Hours Of Service

Volunteers are a large part of the national park community, donating time and sweat to help improve their favorite park. At Great Smoky Mountains National Park, officials recently honored some volunteers who eclipsed 5,000 hours of service to the park.

Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park Rangers On Mission To Keep Plants From Going Extinct

As lush and overgrown as the landscape at Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park might appear, there are some plants that are at risk of going extinct. To prevent that from happening, park rangers have been working to collect seeds of four extremely rare plants.

Sand Island At Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Closed To All Visitors Due To Bears

Continued aggressiveness by one or more black bears at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Wisconsin have forced park officials to close Sand Island to all visitors until further notice.

Inexperience, Poor Planning Tied To Canyoneering Accidents Outside Zion National Park

Inexperience and errors of judgment, two factors often cited in accidents and injuries in the National Park System, played a role in two recent canyoneering accidents just outside Zion National Park.

The British Are Coming, The British Are Coming....To Salem Maritime National Historic Site

The calendar will be turned back a few centuries later this month when re-enactors stage a British encampment at Salem Maritime National Historic Site in Massachusetts.

Fluke Fire Burning Atop Sequoia Tree Leads To Small Closure Of Congress Trail At Sequoia National Park

A fluke fire burning in the crown of a giant sequoia has prompted the partial closure of the Congress Trail at Sequoia National Park.

33rd Annual Cultural Festival Coming To Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

For the 33rd time, on July 13 Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park will host the Annual Cultural Festival. The festival is free, and park entrance fees are waived all day.

Smokejumpers Called In To Protect Historic Structures From Wildfires In Denali National Park

A team of smokejumpers has been working in the backcountry of Denali National Park to protect some historic structures from wildfires that are burning nearby them.

Trails I've Hiked: A Trio Of Watery Jewels At Rocky Mountain National Park

While Bear Lake is a potent draw at Rocky Mountain National Park, and justifiably so, there lies a trio of watery delights beyond this attraction that are more than worthy of your attention...before visiting Bear Lake.

National Park Foundation Grants Designed To Help Parks Improve Visitor Transportation

While some national parks struggle with moving tourists around during the peak season due to traffic jams and road systems designed for fewer vehicles, the National Park Foundation is working to provide the National Park Service with the expertise to help improve the situation.

"Flightseers " Spend Fourth Of July Stranded On Denali National Park Glacier

A group of visitors enjoying Denali National Park from the air spent the Fourth of July grounded on a glacier on Mount McKinley and were awaiting help from rangers bringing tents, food, and warm clothing on foot.

Yosemite Nature Notes: Neon Red Psychedelic Asparagus

One of the most unusual plants in the far West is the snow plant, a brilliant red stalk of vegetation that some refer to as a "neon red psychedelic asparagus."

National Park Service's 2012 Search-And-Rescue Caseload Reflects Many Ill-Prepared, Out-Of-Shape Visitors

Search-and-rescue missions in the National Park System in 2012 cost the agency nearly $5.2 million, and in many cases the individuals spurring the rescues were ill-prepared or out of shape.

Some Acadia National Park Peregrines Fail In Nesting Attempts, Trails Reopen

Well, it appears that nesting attempts by Peregrine falcons in some areas of Acadia National Park have failed this year. As a result, areas that had been closed during the nesting season have been reopened.

Chimney Tops Trail Reopens In Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Just in time for the extended Fourth of July weekend, the Chimney Tops Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park has been reopened after extensive trail work. However, more work to the trail will require temporary closures in the weeks to come.

U.S. House Subcommittee To Take Testimony On Yosemite National Park's Merced River Plan Impacts

California politicians, who jumped quickly to prevent horse pack trips at Sequoia National Park from being derailed last year, are moving to take a close look at Yosemite National Park plans that could lead to some concessions closings in the Yosemite Valley.

Light Station Maintenance Under Way At Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Means Temporary Closures

It takes a lot of maintain lighthouses, particularly old ones. So, not surprisingly, work on some of the historic light stations at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Wisconsin mean there will be some temporary closures this year.

Reader Participation Day: Where's The Best View From A Dining Room In A National Park?

There are restaurants in and near national parks that serve up some mighty fine food, but not all of them offer an outstanding view to go with your meal. What are your choices for the restaurant with the best view in or near a national park?

Wildflower Festival Coming To Cedar Breaks National Monument

At 10,000 feet and above, wildflowers bloom a wee bit later than, for instance, at sea level. That's why Cedar Breaks National Monument's 8th Annual Wildflower Festival is just beginning this Saturday.

Heat Possibly Played Role In Death Of Grand Canyon National Park Hiker

With an extended heat wave baking the West, generating temperatures above 100 degrees in many national parks, Grand Canyon National Park officials are investigating whether the heat played a role in the death of a hiker on trhe South Kaibab Trail.

Swimming Holes Once Again Open At Chickasaw National Recreation Area In Oklahoma

The swimming holes are once again open at Chickasaw National Recreation Area in Okalahoma.

Overnight Use Of Sand Island At Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Closed Due To Bears

An acquired taste of human food by a black bear has forced the overnight closure of Sand Island at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Wisconsin.

Birding In The National Parks: A Conversation With American Birding Association President Jeffrey Gordon

A conversation with American Birding Association President Jeffrey Gordon.

Around The Parks: Lodging At Glacier Bay, Personal Hygiene On Mount McKinley, Explosives At Assateague Island

A scan of news from across the National Park System shows a need for a new lodging concessions at Glacier Bay National Park, a problem with personal hygiene on Mt. McKinley in Denali National Park, and an explosive situation at Assateague Island National Seashore.

5-Year-Old Dies In Boating Accident At Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

A 5-year-old was killed instantly at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area in Utah when he fell out of a boat and was struck by the propeller, according to park officials.

Trails I've Hiked: Tundra Communities Trail At Rocky Mountain National Park

It's only a mile roundtrip, and the trailhead is easy to reach, but it almost surely is the highest elevation hike most folks will do in their lives, topping out at over 12,000 feet -- if you climb atop a rock outcrop.

Exploring The Parks: Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site

Dr. and Mrs.King's tomb
The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site takes up several city blocks in downtown Atlanta. Several buildings, gardens, statues, walkways tell the story of the Civil Rights icon.

Help Yellowstone Park Foundation, North Cascades Institute, Land Thousands Of Dollars For Youth Programs

Whether you prefer Yellowstone National Park, or North Cascades National Park, now is your chance to help fund teen programs in one of those two parks.

Tributes, Music, But No Fireworks, For Fourth Of July At Mount Rushmore National Memorial

There will be lots to do this Fourth of July holiday at Mount Rushmore National Memorial -- music, patriotic tributes, and presidential re-enactors -- but no fireworks due to the fire danger in the surrounding forests.

Waterton Lakes National Park Almost Back To Normal

It has taken some time and a concerted effort, but most of the Waterton Lakes National Park facilities that were damaged by a storm that dumped nearly 8 inches of rain on the Canadian park have been repaired and reopened.