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Essential Park Guide, Spring 2014: Teach Your Children Well, National Parks As Learning Centers

Climate change. Glaciology. Sustainability. These are not the subjects that leap to mind when you consider sending your kids to summer camp. But blend them with backpacking, canoeing, or a walk in the woods, and the result is a generation with not only a better connection with nature, but perhaps a career path.

Proposal Calls For Renaming Colorado National Monument As Rim Rock Canyons National Park

After much discussion, a proposal is being floated to rename Colorado National Monument as Rim Rock Canyons National Park.

Senators Ask GAO To Investigate National Park Service's Spending Habits

A trio of U.S. senators has asked the Government Accountability Office to review the National Park Service's spending habits and recommend ways the agency can save money.

Quote For The Day: Rachel Carson On The Value Of Nature

Rachel Carson, author of Silent Spring, understood nature and the value it holds for us.

Photography In The National Parks: Make It A Macro Kind Of Day

When capturing those landscapes and wildlife images in a national park, don't forget to throw in a few macro-type shots for good measure. Contributing photographer Rebecca Latson demonstrates different ways to achieve these "super" close-ups.

Waiting For The Buds To Burst At Mammoth Cave National Park

Timing, as they say, is everything. Particularly in springtime, when you're waiting for the tulips to bloom, the dogwoods to flower, and the crocuses to appear. At Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky, officials hope you'll alert everyone when you see that first bud burst into color.

Dinosaur National Monument Expanding Hours For Travel Season

Longer days mean more hours to enjoy Dinosaur National Monument.

Looking For A Long Bike Ride? Join The 465-Mile Cycle Greater Yellowstone Ride

Looking for a nice, long bike ride to stretch out your legs this summer? Sign up for the 465-mile Cycle Greater Yellowstone ride.

Quote For The Day: Ed Abbey On Grizzly Bears And Humans

Well, the grizzlies are awakening in the Northern Rockies, so this quote from Ed Abbey seems pertinent.

Essential Paddling Guide: Rio Grande River Grapples With High Salinity, Bacteria Loads

Big Bend National Park and the Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River claim 245 miles of this renowned river. And while many of those miles wend their way through rugged and remote canyon country, sections of the river nevertheless are on the state of Texas’ list of impaired water bodies. The primary concern is high total dissolved solids (high salinity), but bacteria can be a problem in the very upper reach.

Decades-Long Cattle Trespass Comes To A Head For Lake Mead National Recreation Area And BLM

In a situation that reads like a bad plot from an old western movie, officials with the Bureau of Land Management and Lake Mead National Recreation Area are hoping for a peaceful resolution of a cattle trespass dispute with a Nevada rancher that has lasted more than 20 years. It's a tense and tricky situation.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore Struggling To Afford Lifeguards This Summer

Riptides along Cape Hatteras National Seashore are some of the most dangerous along the East Coast, but budget woes have left the question of whether there will be lifeguards on the seashore this summer up in the air.

Trail Closures Planned At Zion National Park This Summer

Trailwork in Zion National Park this summer will require the closure of some trails in the Weeping Rock area, according to park officials.

4.8 Quake Shakes Yellowstone National Park

A swarm of earthquakes, with one registering a 4.8 magnitude, shuddered parts of Yellowstone National Park on Sunday, with smaller quakes before and after that one reported by seismologists.

Grand Teton National Park, The Videos

Kudos to the Grand Teton Association, which won a Media and Partnership Award at the Association of Partners for Public Lands' annual convention for a video series, From Valley to Peak, created in partnership with the Grand Teton National Park Foundation.

Two Tons Of Garbage Removed From Lehman Cave At Great Basin National Park

You wouldn't immediately think caves would be a sink for garbage, but quite a bit of junk collects in Lehman Cave at Great Basin National Park each year. Recently, volunteers hauled more than two tons of garbage out of the cave.

Essential Park Guide, Spring 2014: Spring Into The Parks

While spring in some parks (mostly those in the Rockies, Sierra, and Pacific Northwest) is rightfully described as “mud season,” there are some great early season hikes—and some wonderful camping—to be found across the National Park System. Here’s a rundown of some of the highlights.

Congressman Would Open More National Parks To Drilling

There are some units of the National Park System that allow oil and gas drilling, but very few. And that's wrong, believes a congressman from Texas.

Videos Offer A Plow Operator's View Of The Challenges Of Spring Road Openings In Parks

Millions of winter-weary residents of the Upper Midwest and Northeast hope they can soon put away their snow shovels for the current season, but in a number of national parks, the job of clearing snow from roads in preparation for the upcoming summer season is just getting underway. It's a mammoth job indeed, and these videos offer some interesting views from the cabs of the plows.

Yellowstone National Park, Montana To Explore New Bison Management Plan

The bison management plan that governs how Yellowstone National Park bison are managed when they leave the park could be revised under a proposal Park Service and Montana officials are exploring.

NPS Director Jarvis: National Parks Are Losing Relevancy With Americans

Recent political skirmishes involving the National Park Service, from calls for some parks to be returned to the states to the U.S. House vote to gut the Antiquities Act, are signs that the national parks are losing relevancy with Americans, believes Park Service Director Jon Jarvis.

Essential Paddling Guide: Minimize Your Paddling Impacts

Paddling starts out as a low-impact activity in the National Park System, but keep the following tips in mind to ensure you leave the lowest possible impact.

Making A Difference Through Hard Work With The Student Conservation Association

I had two job offers the summer before my junior year of high school. I chose the job that came with new boots.

Shenandoah National Park's Whiteoak Canyon Being Added To Old-Growth Forest Network

A slice of Shenandoah National Park, Whiteoak Canyon, soon will be added to the national Old-Growth Forest Network.

Traveler Housekeeping: Take A Minute To Get Caught Up With Us

Here it is the end of March, yet it feels like we've gone through at least six months of travails here at the Traveler.

Rebranding Logos For National Park Service Centennial Draw Criticisms

Initial returns on the logos being used to promote the National Park Service's centennial in 2016 have been pretty harsh, with one Facebook commenter saying they look "like a bland fish crashing down," and another saying a third-grade student could have done better.
Photographing Acadia National Park: The Essential Guide to When, Where, and How Book store clerks could have a difficult time displaying this book. Does it go under "photography" or under "travel"? You'll understand the quandary once you start turning the pages of this book, for you'll learn as much about Acadia National Park in general as you'll learn about how to get the best photos there.

Safety Concerns Prompt Closure Of Crumbling Carnifex Tunnel At Gauley River National Recreation Area

An abandoned railroad tunnel in the Gauley River National Recreation Area offers a real-world example of a dilemma faced by every park manager: how to balance convenience and existing uses with safety and limited dollars. The Carnifex Tunnel receives occasional use by the park staff and the public—mostly local residents—but an inspection by engineers found crumbling ceilings.

House Of Representatives Votes To Gut Antiquities Act

In a narrow vote described as a marker for perhaps "the single darkest day" for the National Park System, the U.S. House of Representatives today approved a measure that would gut the Antiquities Act that numerous presidents have used to set aside lands for the good of the country,

Reader Participation Day: Should Congress Restrict The President's Ability To Use The Antiquities Act To Create National Monuments?

As reported in yesterday's Traveler, a vote may be taken as early as today on a bill that would greatly restrict the power of U. S. Presidents to create new National Monuments via the Antiquities Act of 1906. Does the Act as originally written still serve a useful purpose, or are changes now called for?