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Wanderfly -- Your Source for Travel Inspiration

November 8, 2010, 6:32 am
Got the itch to travel, but need a little push? Sometimes making decisions about travel can be overwhelming and all it takes to transform wanderlust into actuality is a nudge in the right direction. We’ve partnered with Wanderfly, a new travel inspiration website, to bring personalized outdoor adventure itineraries ...

Oh, Ranger!: True Stories from our National Parks

November 2, 2010, 10:03 am
Oh, Ranger! is a collection of exciting stories told directly by the experts – national park rangers. It provides an insider’s view into the most beautiful and culturally significant treasures in America. From animal encounters to fire fighting and search and rescue missions, rangers share their most memorable, life changing ...

Free entrance to National Parks on Veterans Day

October 19, 2010, 7:57 am
Salute veterans, enjoy the land they’ve protected this Veterans Day. In recognition of current and former servicemen and women, all national parks are waiving entrance fees on November 11, 2010. The national parks hold something for everyone—hardcore hikers and campers and people who like to explore history, take a leisurely ...

Park Palates: Pumpkin Waffles with Cinnamon Syrup

October 15, 2010, 10:06 am
Halloween is on the horizon, and at, we love all things Halloween—especially things having to do with pumpkins! We eat pies made from them, roast their seeds and carve them—and we’ll try virtually any recipe that involves this versatile, tasty squash. These pumpkin waffles come up big on ...

Filmmaker Ken Burns partners with tour company to offer national park trips

October 14, 2010, 8:42 am
Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, whose six-episode PBS series on the history of the national parks helped lure millions of viewers out of their living rooms and into the great outdoors, is partnering with Connecticut-based Tauck Tours to try and draw more. Burns and his collaborator Dayton Duncan are creating two ...

This Fall, Plan a National Park Winter Vacation

October 13, 2010, 1:21 pm
It may not seem like it now, but winter is just around the corner. Before you know it, you'll be itching to get away--and whether your dream destination is warm and sunny or a snowy wonderland, our national parks are some of the best winter getaway destinations in the ...

Oh, Ranger! Insider Tips

October 12, 2010, 12:46 pm
As part of a new series, our Oh, Ranger! team has put together a list of our favorite national park activities. Each month, we'll share a few of our most-loved adventures with you. In return, we hope YOU will do the same! Here is our first round of Oh, Ranger! ...

Celebrate National Fossil Day in our Parks

October 12, 2010, 9:21 am
October 13, 2010 is first-ever National Fossil Day The National Park Service and the American Geological Institute are partnering to host the first National Fossil Day on October 13, 2010 during Earth Science Week. National Fossil Day is a celebration organized to promote public awareness and stewardship of fossils, as ...

Is Your Energy Bill Scary? Slay Energy Vampires

October 12, 2010, 8:59 am
This Halloween, watch out for energy vampires lurking the shadows of your home. Energy vampires continuously suck energy from electrical outlets and unnecessarily waste energy. These vampires won’t drain your blood; they'll drain your pockets! Energy vampires cost Americans almost $10 billion a year, and account for almost 11 ...

Stephen Colbert teams up with Great Outdoors Campaign

October 12, 2010, 8:29 am
Stephen Colbert Says: "America Needs S'more Parks" Television personality Stephen Colbert has teamed up with the Great Outdoors Campaign to encourage Americans to stand up for the preservation of our shared outdoor spaces. The Great Outdoors America website displays advertisements featuring the "Colbert Report" host and provides news about our ...

National park quarters hard to find; blame the slow economy

October 8, 2010, 12:23 pm
Having trouble finding the recently-released National Parks Quarters in your loose change? According to a recent article in USA Today, the lack these quarters in circulation may be due to the slow economy. According to the story on During recessions, cash-strapped consumers raid their piggy banks and other sources ...

America’s Best Idea: A Photographic Journey Through Our National Parks

October 8, 2010, 8:24 am
America’s Best Idea takes you on a visual tour of America’s most special natural and cultural places — our national parks. This book is arranged in chronological order based on the year each park first received protection as public land. While the National Park Service currently manages almost 400 ...

Species Spotlight: North American Elk

October 7, 2010, 1:46 pm
The North American elk (Cervus elaphus), with its towering antlers and regal presence, is truly sight to behold! Just remember not to approach within fifty yards of these stately creatures. Description: Large, deer-like animal with a large yellowish-white rump patch and a fur color that varies with seasons, from reddish ...

2008 Holiday Gift Guide: Eco-Gifts

October 7, 2010, 1:32 pm
This holiday season, give an eco-gift: a gift that inspires outdoor adventure or is that is sustainably made. Here are our recommended gifts for the 2008 holiday season: Timex® Expedition® Adventure Tech Digital Compass WatchWith the economy in the doldrums, time suddenly seems to be more valuable than money and ...

Top 10 Hiking Safety Tips

October 7, 2010, 9:27 am
Stay safe on the trail! Follow our Top 10 Hiking Safety Tips to improve your adventure experience in our parks! 1. Always carry plenty of water and extra food. 2. Be prepared for a variety of weather conditions; dress in layers and bring rain gear. 3. Wear comfortable shoes or boots and ...