When I visited Kings Mountain National Military Park and browsed through their visitor center store, I found National Park Service Silly Bandz.
These rubber bands, usually shaped like animals or geometric shapes, were the craze last year for the 6-to-12-year-old set. They're very cheap and children wear them on their wrists and trade them.
And now, as the fad may be waning, the Kings Mountain store, run by Eastern National , was advertizing "New. NPS Silly Bandz." Each packet contains two types of arrow heads, bisons, a ranger flat hat, and a male and female ranger. My granddaughter loved them.
At Big Cypress National Preserve Visitor Center, the store, run by the Everglades Association, was selling a female ranger rag doll. The doll is almost but not quite in uniform. She's wearing green pants and a gray shirt, has a removable flat hat and binoculars around her neck. For some reason, her National Park Service arrowhead does not have the same design as on a real uniform.
So what is the most unusual, interesting, or silly item you've seen in a national park store? Let us know where you saw the item - the name of the park unit - and if possible, what cooperating organization runs the store?