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Go Fly A Kite...At San Juan National Historic Site

While flying kites at San Juan National Historic Site in Puerto Rico used to cause problems with kites that "escaped" and discarded kite string, park officials have turned the hobby into a festival that focuses on flying kites, cleaning up afterwards, and preserving the fortifications in the park.

Essential Paddling Guide '15: 10 Great Whitewater Paddles In The National Parks

There are a lot of whitewater runs in the National Park System just waiting for you out there. Some for experts, others intermediates, and a few that will help a novice gain confidence.

With Harbor Seals Pupping, Some Areas Of Point Reyes National Seashore Off-Limits

With pupping season arriving for harbor seals at Point Reyes National Seashore in California, some areas of the seashore will be off-limits to visitors for the next four months.

Birding In The National Parks: Where Are All The Wading Birds Going?

No national park is more associated with birds than Everglades, and the most prominent birds in the park are undoubtedly the waders. Herons, egrets, storks, and ibises are the rock stars of the Everglades. The park was even created partly with the protection of egrets in mind after plume hunting for the millinery industry nearly wiped them out in the 19th century.

Possible Fireworks Over Interior Funding As Sen. Murkowski Threatens To "Squeeze" Budget

Funding for the National Park Service and other Interior Department bureaus could turn into a bargaining chip U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski is willing to dangle to prevent the Obama administration from standing in the way of energy development in Alaska.

White-Nose Syndrome Creating "Wildlife Crisis" For Bat Deaths At Mammoth Cave National Park

White-nose syndrome, a disease deadly to bats and with no known cure, has created a "wildlife crisis" at Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky, where some bat species have declined as much as 80 percent compared to 2013 population counts, according to park officials.

Thinking Of A Seasonal National Park Job? Here's Where To Look

It's bitterly cold, you're tired of snow and ice, and a seasonal job in a beautiful, and warm, location somewhere in the National Park System sounds ideal. So where do you look?

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park Plans A Celebration For Eva B.

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park will sponsor a reception and open house February 27 to celebrate the nearing completion of the restoration of the Eva B.

Join The Botanists In Inventorying Blooming Wildflowers At Saguaro National Park

Love wildflowers? Then consider heading to Saguaro National Park in Arizona early next month to help Tucson botanical experts perform a species inventory of blooming wildflowers in the national park.

Bear At Katmai National Park Belly Flops For His Fish

Brown bears at Katmai National Park and Preserve in Alaska are renowned for their fishing prowess at Brooks Falls, but one apparently has refined his/her technique: The bruin does a belly flop into the water to catch a salmon.

It's Prime Season For A Visit To Big Thicket National Preserve

Any park in the country has certain times of the year when a visit is especially enjoyable, and for Big Thicket National Preserve, a prime season for outdoor activities is upon us. Compared to more northerly climes, spring comes early to southeast Texas, and March and early April can offer a fine time hiking and boating in an area that's not your typical national park.

National Park Service Centennial Will Include Revamped Websites

While the 100th birthday of the National Park Service won't officially arrive until August 25, 2016, it's not too early to work on improving the agency's many park websites. And the agency's webmeisters are doing just that.

Essential Paddling Guide '15: A Channel Islands Getaway

If you’re trying to find your way off of the Los Angeles freeways, away from the urban crowds, just offshore is an island wilderness waiting for you. Channel Islands National Park is close, wild, and beautiful. These five islands, just 18 miles from Ventura, beckon to those with a need for quiet and solitude.

Celebrate Archaeology Month In Arizona With A Visit To Tonto National Monument

March is a pretty good month to get out and about in Arizona before the summer heat arrives, and with the state celebrating Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month you have a great reason to visit Tonto National Monument.

Conditions Seem Right For Formation Of Ice Caves At Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

Close, but not quite ready. That's the situation at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Wisconsin, where the frigid temperatures of late are making progress on freezing over Lake Superior and creating the "ice caves" on the lakeshore's mainland cliffs.

Online Reservation System Coming To Theodore Roosevelt National Park Campgrounds

Is there anything worse than driving to a national park a loooonnngggg way from home, hoping to find a campsite to pitch your tent in, only to discover the campground is sold out? Well beginning in March you'll be able to reserve your campsite at Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota from your computer months before you leave home.

Lake Powell Running Out Of Water At Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

The bathtub rings around Lake Powell at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area are getting wider and wider, and that's a problem for boaters. NRA officials on Thursday shut down the west half of the Antelope Point launch ramp due to low water levels.

Biennial Science Conference Coming To Rocky Mountain National Park

Curious about the science that's conducted in Rocky Mountain National Park? You can get some insights March 4-5 when the park's 2015 Biennial Research Conference will be held in the Estes Park Town Board Room.

Obama Administration Offers Year-Long Free National Park Access To Fourth Graders And Their Families

With a goal of luring more youngsters, and their parents, into the National Park System and onto other public lands, President Obama on Thursday announced the Every Kid in a Park initiative that will provide every fourth-grader in the country a park pass good for one full year of free access to the nation's public lands.

President Uses Antiquities Act To Add Monuments To National Park System

President Obama acted Thursday to add two monuments to the National Park System, setting aside sites that tell some of the dark history of World War II internment camps and of the country's Civil Rights movement.

Program On Cabin Architecture Offered At St. Croix National Scenic Riverway

Backwoods log cabins carry a certain charm, at least if they were well-constructed and maintained. Next weekend you can learn a little bit about the architectural history of cabins during a program at St. Croix National Scenic Riverway in Wisconsin.

Road Work Coming To Kolob Terrace Road At Zion National Park

Spring is coming! Which means rising temperatures, blossoming flowers, Cadbury Easter Eggs, and road construction. Major developments (aka closures) are taking place inside the western side of Zion National Park on two sections of the Kolob Terrace Road starting on March 2.

Elwha River Restoration At Olympic National Park Offers Scientists Front-Row Seat To Nature At Work

While cranes and other heavy equipment were the most visible tools used to dismantle dams holding back Olympic National Park's Elwha River, nature itself has proved to be a mighty force in aiding the restoration of the rivershed from mountains to ocean.

Reader Participation Day: Where Are The Best National Park Campgrounds?

Summer really isn't as far off as you might think. With that in mind, is anyone thinking about camping? And, in particular, are you thinking about your favorite campground in the National Park System?

Is Anybody Alive Out There?!? A Private Float Through Grand Canyon National Park

"Is anybody alive out there?!?" If you’ve had the good fortune to attend a Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band concert, you know the feeling when you shout out your answer. Want to experience that for two to three weeks every day on the water? Join in on a Colorado River float trip through the Grand Canyon.

Official Numbers Point To 2014 As Record-Setting Year For National Park Attendance

2014 was a record-setting year for attendance in the National Park System, where nearly 293 million visitors spent time, a jump of more than 5 million from the record year of 1999, according to official figures. While most of the "name brand" parks were packed, there were still some sites in the system where you could find some solitude.

Vandals Strike Timpanogos Cave National Monument, Steal Technical Rescue And Climbing Gear

Vandals broke into buildings at Timpanogos Cave National Monument in Utah, spraying graffiti on walls and stealing technical rescue and climbing gear.

Some Parts Of Yellowstone National Park Running Out Of Snow For Snowmobiles, Snowcoaches

While New England is setting records with its snowfalls this winter, Yellowstone National Park has been enduring a poor snow season. So poor, in fact, that a lack of snow has forced the park to shut down access to some snowmobilers and snowcoaches.

Photography In The National Parks: Capturing The Essence Of The Wild Animal

One day I saw an image of a fox with its head buried in the snow and only its butt and tail visible, and thought, why can't I get something like that? No, wait, my true thought was, why haven't I ever seen something like that?

CaliParks: A New Way To Discover And Share Your Parks In California

Parks and technology — for some park lovers never the twain shall meet. Parks are where you go to escape from technology. But for many others, technology is a way to discover, enjoy, and share experiences and a love for parks.