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Find Your Park: The Lead Up To The National Park Service Centennial

"Find Your Park," the marketing campaign tied to the celebration of the National Park Service's 100th birthday, is being rolled out from coast-to-coast this week as individual parks invite you to not only connect with your favorite national park unit but also relate your favorite stories about that park.

"Raiders of the Lost Art" Sequel Lets Visitors Help Design Park Museum Exhibits

Almost every NPS site has more interesting items in its archives that it has room to display to the public, so choosing the ones to exhibit is an on-going challenge. The staff at Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site had one solution last year—letting the public "co-curate" an exhibit by voting on-line for items to be displayed. It was such a success they're repeating the program and expanding it to a second site, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park.

National Park System Visitation Statistics: Where Did All The Backpackers Go?

Glance through National Park System visitation statistics for a few years, and some puzzling numbers surface. For example: Doesn't anyone like to backpack?

"Then-And-Now Photo" From Shiloh National Military Park Goes Viral

In 1902 a crowd of 2,000 people witnessed the dedication ceremony for a monument to the Fifth Ohio Cavalry at Shiloh Battlefield in Tennessee. They could never have imagined the future technology that would enable 135,000 people to view, in a single day, a photo comparing the monument as it looked 1902 with the same scene over a century later.

Keeping Our National Park Waters Healthy

The National Park System offers countless paddling opportunities...as well as impediments to paddling. There are free-flowing, gin-clear streams, and pollution threats in the form of fracking operations, agriculture, and population growth. And there are experiences that will pull you into wilderness settings that seemingly turn the calendar back a century or more.

Thunder Hole Viewing Area Closed At Acadia National Park

It's one of the main attractions at Acadia National Park, and perhaps that's why crews need to make repairs to the viewing area at Thunder Hole.

Photography In The National Parks: A Photographer's Stay At Camp Denali

Traveling to a national park that may limit vehicular activity? Look for other options to combine several days' stay with photography like Rebecca Latson did during her time in Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska.

Bighorn Sheep Released Into Both Yosemite And Sequoia National Parks

There are more hooves clattering across the rocky high country of Yosemite and Sequoia national parks thanks to a multi-agency effort to bolster bighorn sheep populations in the parks.

Opening Of Glacier Point Road At Yosemite National Park Earliest In Recent Memory

One of the classic scenes in Yosemite National Park is found from Glacier Point, an overlook which provides outstanding views of park landmarks such as Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, Yosemite Valley. Glacier Point is an understandable favorite with park visitors, but you'd usually need cross-county skis to get there in March. That's not the case this year, and the Glacier Point Road is already open to traffic.

Effort To Overturn Backcountry User Fee At Great Smoky Mountains National Park Fails

A legal challenge to a backcountry user fee at Great Smoky Mountains National Park has failed, with a federal judge ruling the National Park Service was within its rights to levy the $4 per night per person fee.
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National Park Service Begins Rollout Of Centennial Campaign, Urging Americans To "Find Your Park"

With the National Park Service's 100th birthday little more than a year away, the agency and the National Park Foundation are beginning to rollout the celebratory campaign, urging Americans to "Find Your Park."

Concessionaires Want More Investment, Business Opportunities, In National Parks

National park concessionaires, deeply concerned over what they see as three decades of stagnant visitation to the National Park System, want Congress to authorize better marketing of the parks, longer "high" seasons in the parks they believe would generate more revenues for infrastructure improvements, and expanded concessionaire opportunities in the parks.

Road Work Coming To Newfound Gap Road At Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Driving the Newfound Gap Road at Great Smoky Mountains National Park this spring, summer and fall will be a bit more trying as work to repave more than 4 miles of the road is carried out.

Botanical Bioblitz Turns up Almost 100 Species Of Plants At Saguaro National Park

Gaze across the flower-dotted landscape of Saguaro National Park and it's hard to immediately discern how many species are spread out in front of you. But a recent Bioblitz at the park in southern Arizona turned up near 100 species of plants, including two not previously known to grow in the park

Three Days At Fredericksburg And Spotsylvania National Military Park

Take a walk to the Bloody Angle at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, stand before the Kirkland Memorial just below the Sunken Road, or gaze at the bed where General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson died and the gravity of this nation’s greatest internal conflict washes over you.

U.S. Cattlemen's Association Opposed To Proposed Chisholm And Great Western National Historic Trails

While the National Park Service says there is wide support for creation of Chisholm and Great Western National Historic Trails, one group that opposes the trails is the U.S. Cattlemen's Association.

Short Stretch Of Blue Ridge Parkway In North Carolina To Close For Bridge Repairs

Bridge repairs will require a roughly nine-mile-long stretch of the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina to close for about two months beginning April 1.

Teton Park Road Open For Non-Vehicular Travel

For the next five weeks you can enjoy traveling the Teton Park Road in Grand Teton National Park by bike, roller-blades or skis, or simply walking. The road has melted down to pavement in most places and is now open to non-motorized recreation.

Xanterra Parks & Resorts Abandoning Efforts To Trademark Business Names On South Rim Of Grand Canyon National Park

Xanterra Parks & Resorts has dropped most, if not all, of its applications to trademark the names of lodgings and other concessions on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.

Glacier National Park Employee Cited For Not Controlling Dog That Led To Mountain Lion's Death

A Glacier National Park employee has been cited for failing to maintain control of a dog that got into a fight with a mountain lion that led to the lion being shot to death by a park ranger.

National Parks Across Europe To Celebrate "European Day Of Parks"

While here in the United States we celebrate National Park Week, in Europe the continent's national parks celebrate European Day of Parks to showcase the parks' beauty and resources.

Golden Spike Locomotives Being Refurbished

The two replica locomotives at Golden Spike National Historic Site at Promontory, Utah, are being refurbished. Jupiter and No. 119 will be fully rebuilt in time for the May 10, 2015, anniversary of the driving of the Golden Spike in 1869.

National Park Week: April 18-26

National Park Week, 2015 edition, is just a handful of weeks away. While any day is a great day to visit a national park, during this special week April 18-26 there will be more than a few events and activities to take part in.

National Park Service Hopes To "Round Up" Geese On National Mall, Herd Them Elsewhere

Dogs -- man's best friend -- are the hoped for solution to flocks of wandering Canada Geese that are fouling grounds of the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

An Early Opening For Clingmans Dome Road At Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Barring a late snowstorm, the road to Clingmans Dome in Great Smoky Mountains National Park will open Friday.

Spotted Salamanders, Newts, And Other Critters On The Move At Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area

You could call it the "Rise of the Amphibians," but at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area it's simply a seasonal event: the rise of spotted salamanders, newts, and other critters that are in an amorous mood and on the move.

Appalachian Trail Hiking Death Prompts Call For Hikers To Be Safety-Minded On The Trail

The recent death of a hiker who was struck by a falling tree on the Appalachian National Scenic Trail has prompted the American Hiking Society to remind hikers not to let their guard down while out on the trail.

Glacier National Park Ranger Shoots Mountain Lion Tangling With Dog

A fight between a mountain lion and a dog at Glacier National Park came to an end when a park ranger shot and killed the big cat after efforts to separate the two animals failed.

UC Berkeley And The National Parks: A Centennial Retrospective

A much publicized conference, Science for Parks, Parks for Science: The Next Century, opens today at the University of California, Berkeley. Led by the National Park Service and National Geographic Society, conference sponsors propose “to launch a Second Century of stewardship for the parks, 100 years after the historic meetings at UC Berkeley that helped launch the National Park Service.” A specialist on those meetings, Dr. Alfred Runte reports on why the story does not end there.