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National Park Quiz 45: Green

St. Patrick’s Day is less than a week away, so this week’s quiz will see if you’re ready to start thinking green. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we’ll make you write on the whiteboard 100 times: “The shamrock of Irish legend is a three-leaf clover symbolizing the Holy Trinity.”

How Valuable Are Fossilized Mammoth Bones To the National Park System?

There are national parks that focus on geology, that provide windows into ancient civilizations, and which honor westward expansion. So should one that preserves fossilized mammoth bones be added to the mix?

Glacier National Park Officials Developing Battle Plan For Lake Trout in Quartz Lake

In a sign of how difficult it can be to overturn mistakes in national parks, crews in Yellowstone National Park are moving into their second decade of fighting non-native lake trout in Yellowstone Lake, where they're threatening to wipe out the lake's native cutthroat trout population. Now Glacier National Park has its own lake trout battle.

Historic Oath of Allegiance Comes Home to Valley Forge National Historical Park

Historic document - oath of allegiance
Military personnel, federal employees and elected officials take an oath of allegiance or oath of office, but during the American Revolution there was a lot at stake for those who promised "true allegiance to the United States of America"—in writing. One of those historic documents was recently donated to Valley Forge National Historical Park.

Send Your Kid To Work in Great Smoky Mountains National Park This Summer

Great setting, inspirational leadership, insights into a possible career, and $10.31 an hour. What more could a teenager want from a summer job? All they have to do is live in North Carolina and want to spend a chunk of the summer in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Tailgating With the Symphony? It's Possible at Great Smoky Mountains National Park In June

When was the last time you tail-gated before a symphony concert? You'll be able to do just that this June at Great Smoky Mountains National Park when the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra helps the park celebrate its 75th birthday.

Lake Powell Resorts and Marinas Offers New 62-foot-long Houseboat This Year

Not every national park visitor likes to spend their nights in a sleeping bag, cook over a campstove, or paddle across a lake. That's why there are houseboats.

Can You Still Get Off the Beaten Path in National Parks?

How much have the national parks changed since you were a kid? Have they changed? When you return to a park that you haven't been to in decades, is it like returning to an old friend, or visiting someplace totally alien?

Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite National Park Could Shut Down For Structural Strengthening

Yosemite National Park officials hope to learn in June whether they'll have the money needed to strengthen The Ahwahnee Hotel against earthquakes, a project that could shutter the iconic lodge for two years.

Yellowstone Association Announces Its Summer Hiking Program in Yellowstone National Park

Kurt Repanshek photo.
If you've always thought it'd be fun to hike off into Yellowstone National Park, but just weren't sure you had the requisite skills, here's your opportunity to make it happen.
A prime concern, it seems, of folks who venture off into the backcountry of national parks in the Rocky Mountains and the high Sierra is bears. I know it took me several trips to get over that gnawing anxiety. This video from Glacier National Park will help you prepare for your travels in bear country.

Interior Secretary Salazar Upholds Delisting of Gray Wolves in Part of Yellowstone Ecosystem

In a move quickly condemned by conservationists, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar today upheld a decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to remove Endangered Species Act protection from thousands of gray wolves, including many in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

Send Your Teen To Work This Summer: In Grand Teton National Park

Summer jobs might be tough for your teens to find this year thanks to the economic doldrums. But if they jump on the following opportunity, they might be able to land a great job in Grand Teton National Park

Spring Break's Newest Destination? Grand Canyon National Park

For most college students, spring break is a time to shuck responsibility and have a good time. For some, it offers a time to relax in one of the world's most famous national parks while contributing a little sweat equity to the setting.

Phenological Forecast Delights National Cherry Blossom Festival Producers

The cherry trees in the nation’s capital are expected to bloom later than usual this year. That means the peak bloom should occur smack-dab in the middle of the 2009 National Cherry Blossom Festival. High fives!

Committee: Keep Mount St. Helens Out of the National Park System

After roughly a year of reviewing scenarios, a committee tasked with determining whether Mount St. Helens should remain a U.S. Forest Service property or be turned over to the National Park Service has reached its conclusion: Keep the National Park Service away from the mountain.

Where in the World is Paul Fugate?

It’s been nearly 30 years since ranger Paul Fugate disappeared while on patrol in Chiricahua National Monument. What happened to him remains a mystery to this day.

When It Comes to National Parks, is it an "Earmark" or Prudent Spending?

As Congress works on the Omnibus Spending Bill of 2009, that heft appropriations catchall that funds government, critics have pointed to more than 8,500 "earmarks." But is that word truly a pejorative when it comes to the National Park System?

Five Units of National Park System to Benefit From Trails Dollars

A coming infusion of $330,000 will help five units of the National Park System improve their trail networks.

A Look Back On Search-And-Rescue History In Grand Teton National Park

If you're going to be in the vicinity of Jackson, Wyoming, next Thursday you might be interested in a talk about the search-and-rescue history of Grand Teton National Park.

This Park Has Ties to a Pirate, a Forgotten American Holiday and a Chart-Topping Song

This unit of the National Park System commemorates an event that was once celebrated as a national holiday, helped put a general in the White House, and inspired a popular song a few decades ago. Just for good measure, the park story also includes a legendary pirate.

National Park Quiz 44: Potpourri II

This week’s quiz features another grab bag. Answers are at the end. No peeking, please.

Sullivan’s Island Was the African-American Ellis Island

Charleston, South Carolina, was North America’s main port of entry for African slaves, and hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children were quarantined at Sullivan’s Island before being passed along to the slave markets and a life of toil. “African Passage,” an exhibit that will open on March 22 at Fort Moultrie National Monument, will tell this painful story.

House Committee Studies Proposal To Expand Saguaro National Park By 975 Acres

Efforts are under way in Congress to expand Saguaro National Park by nearly 1,000 acres. It's not a new proposal, but one carried over from the past Congress that seemed little interested in the initiative.

Going to Olympic National Park this Summer? Plan Ahead Due to Major Bridge Work

Hood Canal Bridge.
Olympic National Park is deservedly considered one of the crown jewels of the National Park System. Getting there in the late spring and early summer of 2009 will require some advance planning—and a bit of patience—for a lot of visitors due to an upcoming six week closure of the Hood Canal Bridge.

Mount Rainier National Park: One of the Oldest in the System, But Appearances Can Deceive

It is one of the oldest parks in the National Park System, having been established on this date in 1899, and yet ... there's a decidedly new face to Mount Rainier National Park.

Condors To Be Released into the Wild at Vermilion Cliffs National Monument

If you like birding, are concerned about endangered species, and are free on Saturday, you're invited to see the release of four California condors into the wild at Vermilion Cliffs National Monument.

March 1st was a Big Day for More Than One Park

Buffalo River scene.
March 1st is a landmark date for our national parks—and not only because it's the birthday for Yellowstone. Another park became the first of its kind exactly one century after Yellowstone was established. This one includes cliffs, caves and canoeing in its list of attractions.

The "Yellowstone Creation Myth": A Good Tale, But Little More Than That

Firehole River, Yellowstone NP, Kurt Repanshek photo.
One of the more enduring stories about America's national park movement is that it was spawned in the early fall of 1870 during talk around a campfire deep in the heart of today's Yellowstone National Park. But did it?
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Stimulating the National Parks: Good For the Short-Term, But Then What?

Over the coming months there will be a flurry of construction work across the National Park System thanks to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. But then what?
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