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National Park Quiz 60: Bears

This week’s quiz will be a snap if you know your bears. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we’ll make you write on the whiteboard 100 times: “Sporadic euthermal arousal imparts an episodic character to hibernation.”
The Complete Guide to the National Park Lodges, 6th David and Kay Scott are still traveling the country to stay in as many lodges in the National Park System as possible. The latest edition of their book -- number six if you're counting -- is ready to take its place in your home library.

National Park Service Launches Website to Help You Plan Your Fourth of July Celebration

With the Fourth of July holiday weekend not too far off, the National Park Service has launched a website that will help you plan your holiday celebration somewhere in the National Park System. And you'd expect the Park Service to have some pointers, as it preserves numerous areas that commemorate the birth of the United States and American Independence.

Grand Canyon National Park Crews Working to Restore Endangered Humpback Chub To Shinumo Creek

There are efforts under way to restore a stream in Grand Canyon National Park with some endangered humpback chub.

Land Donation Will Boost Size of Harpers Ferry National Historical Park By 176 Acres

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park will expand by 176 acres on Thursday as the Civil War Preservation Trust transfers a key part of the battlefield to the National Park Service during ceremonies on historic School House Ridge.

Field Notes From Yosemite: Yosemite's High Country, A Tradition in Educational Excellence

Nestled peacefully in Yosemite’s Tuolumne Meadows, at roughly 8,600 feet above sea-level, sits Parsons Memorial Lodge, a modest fieldstone structure built in 1915 to celebrate the life and good works of Edward Taylor Parsons. It’s surrounded by some of the most recognized topographical icons in the Sierra Nevada, such as Cathedral Peak, Unicorn Crest, Mountains Dana and Gibbs.

Ice Age Floods Trail Commemorates Floods of Unimaginable Ferocity

The Ice Age Floods National Geologic Trail, America’s first national geologic trail, was established to interconnect sites in four western states that interpret the geologic consequences of some of the biggest floods this planet has ever produced.

National Park, New Jersey, Reached for the Gold Ring

National Park, New Jersey is not a national park, nor is it even associated with one. This little town on the Delaware River near Philadelphia got its interesting name because its founding fathers dreamed of bigger things.

Inspiring Service in the National Parks

If there ever was a model of the value of service in our national parks, it is Megan Cantrell. She first signed up with the Student Conservation Association during the summer of her junior year in high school. After those hot, grueling months fixing eroded trails in Yellowstone, she was hooked.

Despite Wet Weather, There Have Been Forest Fires in Grand Teton National Park

It's been rainy so much here in the Northern Rockies that the locals are about to start sprouting gills. Nevertheless, there have been four forest fires inside and outside of Grand Teton National Park, with two directly tied to human careless.

Replicas of Vintage Buses Returning to North Cascades National Park

They're big, they're red, and they're heading back to North Cascades National Park this summer.

Pronghorn Antelope Knocks Two Off Motorcycle in Grand Teton National Park

A Utah couple was knocked off their motorcycle in Grand Teton National Park when a pronghorn antelope slammed into it while trying to cross U.S. Highway 26/89/91.

New Southern Lake Michigan Water Trail Includes Indiana Dunes Shoreline

A kayaking expedition and landing site programs inaugurated the Southern Lake Michigan Water Trail on June 13-14. The new paddling route, which extends 40+ miles between Chicago and Michigan City, includes a 15-mile stretch of the waters and shoreline at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

Naked Hikers Let It All Hang Out On the Summer Solstice

The summer solstice arrived early this morning. Now we’ll experience the longest day, the shortest night, and perhaps a spate of naked hiking.

June 30 is Deadline for Comments on Death Valley Wilderness Stewardship Plan

If you’d like to comment on wilderness resource values and management alternatives in the largest named wilderness in the continental U.S., you’ve still got time, but you’d better hurry. The deadline for public input on the Death Valley Wilderness Stewardship Plan has been extended to June 30.

Motorized Tours OK-ed for Cumberland Island National Seashore

Acting on a Congressional mandate, the Park Service will begin offering motorized tours at Cumberland Island National Seashore as soon as the necessary funding can be arranged.

Dead Whales On a Sullivan's Island Beach Remind Us That There’s No Such Place as “Away”

An exhausted pygmy whale and her calf washed ashore last week near Charleston, South Carolina, and had to be euthanized. The mother whale was starving because she swallowed a plastic bag tossed from a boat.

Update: At 25 Years and Counting, Jackson Hole Airport Still Owes For Its Footprint

Jackson Hole Airport still hasn’t compensated the Park Service for the 533-acre footprint it planted inside Grand Teton National Park back in the 1980s. TNC says it’s high time for this 25-year old debt to be paid and suggests how the money can be raised.

Don’t Do This with Your Helicopter

You can’t let people jump out of your helicopter anywhere you please. You can’t buzz the crowd on the shore. You can’t endanger other visitors when you land your helicopter on a houseboat. And if you keep doing this kind of stuff at Glen Canyon, law enforcement rangers will make your acquaintance and a federal court will help to shape your future.

Recalling the Wonderland Hotel in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Demolition by Neglect?

Once a popular stopping spot in the Great Smoky Mountains, the Wonderland Hotel no longer exists. This video explains some of the hotel's history.
Jazz is so entirely American in its roots. You can trace those roots at the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park, but until you can make the trip, here's a sample courtesy of the National Park Service.

National Park Mystery Photo 7 Revealed: The Lady of the Woods

Lady of the Woods is the figure of a woman carved from a large volcanic boulder in Crater Lake National Park. The carver was Dr. Earl Russell Bush, a physician working for the Corps of Engineers, in October of 1917.

Free Shuttle Makes Touring Bryce Canyon National Park Easy

Touring Bryce Canyon National Park this summer will be easier than ever thanks to free daily tours the park is offering on the Bryce Canyon Shuttle. And if you're a backpacker, this is a great way to catch a ride to the trailhead and then back to your car.

Planning For Blue Ridge Parkway's 75th Anniversary Moving Along

Plans for celebrating the Blue Ridge Parkway’s 75th Anniversary in 2010 are moving along well. There's a rich mix of activities and events being planned, including community programs as well as professional seminars.

Badger Pass Icon Nic Fiore Passes; Taught Thousands to Ski At Yosemite National Park's Ski Area

Nic Fiore, an icon at Yosemite National Park's Badger Pass Ski area, has died at the age of 89. During his 57-year-career at Bridger Pass he taught an estimated 137,500 people how to ski.

Take Dad to A National Park This Weekend

Not only is Father's Day this Sunday, but this weekend marks the first entrance-free weekend in the National Park System this summer, so celebrate by taking dad to a park.

Toddler Dies After Drinking Citronella Oil at Chickasaw National Recreation Area Campsite

A child’s tragic death at Chickasaw NRA underscores the need to be extra careful with hazardous materials when camping with small children. Citronella oil, a common lantern fuel, is one of the products that must be kept out of a child’s reach.

National Park Mystery Photo 7: Who Was This Maiden?

History abounds throughout the National Park System. There are rare petroglyphs and pictographs to be found in the parks of the Southwest, American seafaring history along the Atlantic Coast, and even Civil Rights history in places like Mount Zion Baptist Church in Albany, Georgia. But what about this object? Is it historic, or possibly even prehistoric?

Zion National Park Gets Commemorative Licence Plate, But It's No Delicate Arch

Zion National Park is celebrating its centennial this year, and the state of Utah's gift is a commemorative license plate honoring Zion. But it pales in comparison to the state's license plate that depicts Delicate Arch in Arches National Park.

National Park Quiz 59: Only

This week’s quiz should take only a little while. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we’ll enroll you in the Vinnie and Carmine Institute of Attitude Readjustment.