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Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore BioBlitz: Latest Tally Above 1,700 Species

The latest species tally from the BioBlitz at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore: 1,716. How high will it go?

Facilities, Roads Opening Around Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park is not something to be rushed through, but rather savored like a fine glass of wine, a bold cup of tea, or a beautiful sunset. And the road network, such as it is, ensures that you won't rush through this park, which is how it should be. There's just so much to enjoy that you shouldn't rush.

Don't Take National Park Landscapes for Granted

How comfortable have we become with national park settings? With the big sweep of granite that frames the Yosemite Valley, with Old Faithful's not-quite-so-faithful demonstrations of steam and hot water, with the fall's colorful deciduous forests of Great Smoky and Shenandoah?

New Tours Offer a Nighttime Experience at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.
Lighthouses are a popular attraction, and what better time to appreciate one than at night? Cape Hatteras National Seashore is offering the unusual chance to climb to the top of the venerable Cape Hatteras Lighthouse on a new nighttime tour.

Massive Avalanche Took Out Sections of Stone Wall, But Glacier National Park's Sun Road Should Open On Schedule

A massive avalanche, one not seen in Glacier National Park in decades, roared down the "Garden Wall" in January and took out nearly 550 feet of stone retaining wall along the Going-to-the-Sun Road.

Here's How You Can Follow Science At Great Smoky Mountains National Park From Afar

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the most biologically diverse units of the National Park System. And now you can get a feel for that diversity without leaving the comfort of your home (though hopefully you'll be inspired to visit the park).

Grand Canyon National Park Rangers Recover Bodies of Two Young Drowning Victims

The bodies of two young men who disappeared after jumping into the Colorado River near Phantom Ranch in the bottom of Grand Canyon National Park have been recovered.

Judge Blocks Wal-Mart SuperCenter From Opening Near Joshua Tree National Park

In what could be a sign of what's to come, a court has blocked Wal-Mart from building a Supercenter near Joshua Tree National Park because the company did not adequately consider its greenhouse-gas impacts.

Endangered Species Day, What Have We Lost, What Might We Lose In the National Parks?

For many going to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Pigeon Forge is a town they pass en route to the park. Others spot the Pigeon River, or even spend a day rafting it during their stay. The pigeon that influenced these place names no longer darts through the skies nor perches in the forests. It's extinct.

Sail on a Historic Schooner at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

The schooner Alma under sail.
If you've got a hankering to feel the wind and salt spray from the deck of a historic sailing ship, the staff at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park has a deal for you.

Upon Further Review - Wacky Question of the Week

Ranger talking to visitors.
Another summer is almost here, and with it, the opportunity for those who work in parks to field some excellent questions from visitors. Along the way, those rangers and volunteers will also undoubtedly encounter a few new candidates for the wacky question of the week.

Update on Opening Mount Rainier National Park's Cayuse Pass

In case you're wondering, Cayuse Pass in Mount Rainier National Park didn't open as scheduled this past Tuesday. A little late-season snowstorm prevented that from happening. Now park officials say the pass should be open at noon Friday.

Wanted: Interns to Help With Safety Studies in the National Park System

In an effort to make visitors a bit safer in national parks, the National Park Service is working with the Student Conservation Association to get into the minds of park visitors. And the agency is looking for some interns to help develop an understanding of why visitors do the things they do in the parks.

Interior Secretary Salazar Urged to Protect Valley Forge National Historical Park

The Coalition of National Park Service Retirees is urging Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to intervene over development at Valley Forge National Historical Park.

Updated: Brian O'Neill, Golden Gate National Recreation Area Superintendent, Dies Following Heart Surgery

Brian O'Neill, who had guided Golden Gate National Recreation Area as its superintendent since 1986, has passed away following complications from heart surgery. He was 67.

The Quagga Quandry – Coming to a Lake Near You? You'd Better Hope Not.

Zebra mussels on bottom of boat.
Those tiny mussels called Quaggas cause major problems in lakes and rivers, including those in national parks, and they're spreading across the country. If you think this won't affect you, better think again.

"The Right Stuff" - Valor Awards for Two Rescuers at Mount Rainier National Park

Mt. Rainier
In a timely reminder that search and rescue activities are rarely routine and often dangerous, a ranger and a climbing guide from Mount Rainier National Park have received a Valor Award and a Citizen’s Award for Bravery from the U.S. Department of the Interior.

National Park Mystery Photo 2: Where In the National Park System Does Puck Reside?

Ahhh Shakespeare, how much has the Bard given to literature? One character, of course, is Puck, from A Midsummer Night's Dream. Interestingly, there's at least one place in the National Park System where you can find Puck these days.

Coalition of Groups Asks President Obama To Halt Move to Allow Weapons in National Parks

President Obama stated his support for the 2nd Amendment during the presidential campaign. But how does he stand on allowing national park visitors to arm themselves? A coalition of groups has asked the president to stop a Senate effort to open national parks to a variety of weapons, from pistols to semi-automatics.

Social-Networking Campaign Could Garner Funds for National Park Foundation

Add one dose social-networking, a dollop of corporate charity, and blend with hope that younger generations like national parks and the National Park Foundation could leverage a portion of a $3 million grab bag for the parks.

Is There A New Dawn For the National Park Service?

A massive influx of dollars is heading towards the National Park System, part due to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, some proposed within the Obama administration's Fiscal 2010 budget proposal. It certainly is a change from the past eight years.

Mountain Life To be Celebrated In Festival at Great Smoky Mountains National Park

There's something special about the Appalachian Mountains and the folks who homesteaded them and handed down their traditions to their kin. This Saturday you can experience a rich slice of that lifestyle at the annual "Cosby in the Park" festival at Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

National Park Quiz 54: Authors

This week’s quiz will find out if you are as well-read as you think. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we’ll make you write a ten-page essay explaining, with appropriate illustrations and citations, the difference between an author and a writer.

Rescue of Injured Climber from Remote Site in Rocky Mountain National Park

A 57-year-old Colorado man was hauled out of Rocky Mountain National Park's backcountry in a hand-carried litter Tuesday night in a grueling evacuation.

Senate Loads Credit Card Bill With Amendment to Allow Loaded Weapons in National Parks

The U.S. Senate, which struggles mightily with topics such as health care, education, and a balanced budget, had no troubles Tuesday amending a credit card bill of all things with a measure to allow concealed weapons to be toted about national parks and wildlife refuges.

Roads and Facilities Opening at Mount Rainier National Park

Road access to Mount Rainier National Park continues to improve following the long winter, with crews scheduled to open State Routes 123 and 410 over Cayuse Pass today. However, Route 410 over Chinook Pass remains closed by snow.

Bald Eagle Numbers Continue to Grow at Voyageuers National Park

Bald eagles are continuing to find Voyageurs National Park to their liking, with 69 nests sighted this spring. Thirty-eight of those had adults focused on incubating eggs, according to park officials.

Severe Storm Hits Ozark National Scenic Riverways

tree blocking road
A severe storm stuck Ozark National Scenic Riverways last Friday, knocking down thousands of trees, blocking roads and stranding visitors throughout the area.
Thank goodness there still are independents taking pen to paper to produce guides to national parks. Forget the cookie-cutter approach, toss aside worries about over-emphasizing one area, never mind about catering to one demographic. Janet Chapple's Yellowstone Treasures is a must for Yellowstone National Park visitors.

Some Sure Signs of Spring at Denali National Park and Preserve

Mt. McKinley
The first climbers of the season have reached the summit of Mt. McKinley, there's no longer enough snow on the ground to allow the use of snowmobiles in the area, and the first 30 miles of the road into the park are open. It must be spring at Denali National Park and Preserve.