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National Park Service Names Deputy Director For Congressional And External Relations

A former staffer on the House Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands has been appointed deputy director of the National Park Service for congressional and external relations.

Big Bend National Park Seeking Public Input On Proposed Fossil Exhibit

Though it looks anything but a great habitat for prehistoric animals today, Big Bend National Park's landscape has a rich connection with the long-ago past. And to display some of that history, park officials are proposing to build a fossil exhibit along the Fossil Discovery Trail.

Portions Of Skyline Drive Through Shenandoah National Park To Close Nightly During Hunting Season

With hunting season in Virginia arriving soon, Shenandoah National Park officials have announced that portions of Skyline Drive through the park will be close nightly, beginning on Monday.

Head Of Discovery Channel Taking Helm At National Parks Conservation Association

W. Clark Bunting, who most recently was president and general manager of the Discovery Channel, next week takes the helm of the National Parks Conservation Association.

Lottery For Float Permits Through Dinosaur National Monument Going Online

One of the most exciting and intriguing ways to experience Dinosaur National Monument is from a raft floating down either the Green or Yampa rivers as they course through this magnificent landscape. And if you want to land a permit for a private float trip, the Park Service is making it a tad bit easier by moving the application process online.

Future Of Isle Royale National Park Wolves Subject Of Public Meetings

The precarious future of wolves on Isle Royale National Park will be the subject of four public meetings this month.

The View From Clingmans Dome At Great Smoky Mountains National Park

National park vistas often are breathtaking. They practically beg you to head off into the landscape. The way Andy Drinnon captured the view from Clingmans Dome in Great Smoky Mountains National Park does just that...but it also stands on its own as a thing of beauty for the way he captures nature.

Budget Cuts Lead To Reduced Services At Apostle Islands National Lakeshore This Winter

With another layer of budget sequestration coming in January, barring any congressional intervention, national parks are cinching their belts wherever possible. At Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Wisconsin, that means reduced services this winter.

Star Party This Friday At Pipe Spring National Monument In Arizona

A star party will be held Friday at Pipe Spring National Monument in Arizona, where the importance of the stars overhead to ancient cultures will be discussed.

First Death Valley Natural History Conference Coming November 15-17

The inaugural Death Valley Natural History Conference is drawing more than 30 researchers, who will be making presentations on a range of natural science topics in Death Valley National Park.

Canoeing The Buffalo, Finally

Fall might seem an unusual time to paddle the Buffalo National River, but you can be rewarded with incredible solitude and beauty.

Birding In The National Parks: Twitching

Are you a "twitcher" or a "chaser" when it comes to birding in the national parks?

Carlsbad Caverns National Park Shares Superintendent With Guadalupe Mountains National Park

For the next three months, Guadalupe Mountains and Carlsbad Caverns national parks in New Mexico and Texas will share a superintendent.

Free Art Lessons At Arches National Park On Saturday

You can receive some free instruction on your art talent this Saturday at Arches National Park in Utah, where the park's resident artist will offer lessons.

ARAMARK Parks And Destinations Lands Sightseeing Boat Concession At Lake Mead NRA

ARAMARK Parks and Destinations, which manages lodging in a number of national parks, has been awarded a 10-year concession contract to operate Lake Mead National Recreation Area's sightseeing boat tours.

Interior Secretary Jewell Calls On Congress To Step Up For Conservation...Or President Obama Will

President Obama is willing to act to conserve public lands if Congress won't, according to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell.

Valuable Reasons To Become A National Parks Traveler Member

Why should you become a National Parks Traveler member? To pocket savings when planning your next adventure in the park system.

Yosemite National Park Plans Restoration Of Mariposa Grove

Pine cones the size of bread loaves. Trees that climb 20 stories into the sky. These are some of the wonders of the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias at Yosemite National Park.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park To Cull Elk For Next Month

Elk culling resumes Tuesday in Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota and will continue for a month as officials try to maintain an elk population between 100 and 400 animals.

Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area Proposing Fee Increase For Annual Passes

If you visit the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area in Georgia frequently, you might be interested to know the park is proposing to increase the cost of an annual pass by $10, to $35 a year.

Fifth Annual Zion National Park Plein Air Art Invitation Opens Monday

If you stand on the floor of Zion Canyon in Zion National Park, the sandstone cliffs soar in all directions above your head. They're perfect for picturing -- either with your camera, or with paint and brush.

Transmission Line Construction Will Limit Some Use Of Delaware Water Gap NRA

Construction on a transmission corridor across the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area in New Jersey and Pennsylvania is getting under way, and that could temporarily limit some access to the NRA through next spring.

Walking Le Chemin De St. Jacques In France - Part 2

In a field of sunflowers
In this, part two of her series on walking Le Chemin de St. Jacques in France, Danny Bernstein travels the second half of her month-long journey along one of France's national trails. Fall is firmly setting in, painting its colors along the countryside.

Sea Music Concert Aboard 1886 Sailing Ship At San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park On November 16

If you'd enjoy a concert of seafaring songs presented aboard an 1886 sailing ship, there's a fine opportunity coming up on November 16 at San Francisco National Maritime National Historical Park. The event will be the final for the 25th annual Sea Music Concert Series at the park, and will feature acclaimed solo performers John Roberts and Debra Cowan.

Interested In NPS History? New "National Park Electronic Library" Offers A Great Resource

The ability of the NPS and other government agencies to maintain some useful websites is proving to be a serious challenge in the face of budget cuts, and that trend seems unlikely to change. Now a pair of private citizens has stepped forward help fill that gap with a new national park history site called "National Park Electronic Library."

Cape Cod National Seashore's Urgent Message To Visitors: "Don't Feed The Coyotes!"

For decades the message to visitors at some popular national parks has been, "Don't feed the bears," but now there's a different twist on that theme at Cape Cod National Seashore. Park officials are asking visitors to stop feeding coyotes, and there's a sense of urgency in the campaign.

Major Event at Gettysburg National Military Park To Mark 150th Anniversary of Gettysburg Address

On November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivered a brief speech which included the phrase, "The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here...." Time has proven otherwise, and on November 19, 2013, a ceremony at Gettysburg National Military Park will mark the 150th anniversary of what is now known as the Gettysburg Address.

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.