News in All Parks

The Best Places to make S'mores

August 18, 2010, 7:59 am
The website has just posted a great list of the best parks for s'more-making. Here's a sampling of the article: A summertime rite-of-passage, roasting s’mores around the campfire has been a family tradition since marshmallows found their way onto grocery store shelves in the early 20th century. A camping ...

Kayaker on final stretch of 740-mile journey

August 16, 2010, 11:50 am
A New Jersey kayaker is nearing her goal of becoming the first woman to complete the 740-mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail on her own. Cathy Mumford of Colts Neck, N.J., started her solo trip on June 19 in Old Forge, N.Y., and paddled through Vermont, southern Quebec, New Hampshire and ...

Northern Forest Canoe Trail

August 16, 2010, 11:44 am
740-mile 'canoe trail' popular among local paddlers The Northern Forest Canoe Trail is a 740-mile inland paddling trail that begins in New York and ends in Maine, retracing traditional water routes used by Native Americans and early settlers. The trail was researched and organized by paddling enthusiasts in the 1990s, ...

Top Ten Water Parks

August 6, 2010, 11:37 am
In an effort to keep you nice and cool during the dog days of summer, we’ve come up with ten of the best places to kick off your shoes, enjoy the scenery and relax. Each of these parks offers exceptional opportunities for swimming, kayaking, rafting and boating; all that’s ...

Oh, Ranger! Story Tour: Update #2

August 6, 2010, 11:15 am
Our team of Oh, Ranger! Story Tour ambassadors is still on the road, collecting stories about our national parks. I spoke to our lead ambassador, Abe, the other day to get the inside scoop on the team’s latest adventures. Over the past few weeks, they were collecting stories at Yosemite ...

Gear Review: Osprey Aura 65 Pack

August 5, 2010, 12:33 pm
by Leyla Heckrotte Among many naturalists of the past and present, John Muir knew well that wild places are essential to the health of human beings. “Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity...” he wrote ...

Free Admission to National Parks August 14-15

August 4, 2010, 9:27 am
The National Park Service will waive entrance fees on August 14 and 15 to encourage all Americans to visit our national parks. This means FREE entry to the 146 National Park Service sites across the country that normally charge admission fees, which range from $3 to $25. Many parks across ...

Developing park ranger skills in an urban environment

August 2, 2010, 8:46 am
What kind of person would want to be a national park ranger? An outdoorsy type? Someone who loves to tramp through the woods, scale mountains, ford streams? That's not Melissa Burch. Her name may sound like a tree, but "I never even went hiking," said Burch, a park ranger intern who ...

What's Your Favorite Summer Getaway?

July 28, 2010, 9:33 am
What's your favorite park for a summer getaway? A big-name national park, or a more low-key state or national park closer to home? Submit your favorite weekend getaway park and activity in the comments section below, and we'll choose one person at random to receive a free pair of Leki ...

Species Spotlight: Great Blue Heron

July 28, 2010, 8:46 am
The great blue heron, North America's largest heron, is part of a family that also includes bitterns and egrets and closely resembles storks and cranes. Once hunted for its beautiful plumage, the great blue heron’s habitat now ranges from Alaska to Canada and south to the Caribbean and South ...

Great Summer Gear

July 28, 2010, 8:04 am
Of all of the seasons, summer is the cure that many of us eagerly await after spending long, dark months in winter’s cocoon. It’s not just the good weather that makes us happier in the summer, it’s all of the things that the warmer weather brings—baseball, fresh corn, ripe ...

Campsite Cooking: Mac-n-Trees

July 26, 2010, 9:21 am
Half the fun of camping is cooking up delicious meals after a long day spent enjoying the outdoors. One of our favorite campsite meals here at Oh, Ranger! is a spruced-up version of mac-n-cheese. Our spin on this dinnertime classic is fortified with broccoli and yogurt to ensure it ...

Oh, Ranger! Story Tour: An Update From The Road

July 26, 2010, 8:52 am
The Oh, Ranger! Story Tour is traveling to national parks and public lands all across America, collecting stories from park-lovers like you! Your stories will inspire others to seek out new adventures in our national parks. As tour sponsor, Hyundai will donate $100,000 to the National Parks Conservation Association ...

Top 10 Weekend Getaways

July 26, 2010, 8:29 am
A weekend getaway can mean a lot of things. For some, it's a bed and breakfast in a quaint town, for others it's driving to the beach for some swimming and boardwalk hot dogs. For the Oh, Ranger! crew, it's learning about our country's history and exploring the beautiful ...

2010 Canon Photography in the Parks Contest

July 12, 2010, 11:58 am
No matter where you head this summer, be sure to take lots of photos, and enter your best national park photographs in the fifth annual Canon Photography In The Parks Photo Contest. The contest, open until September 30th, invites photography enthusiasts to enter by submitting their “Inspirational Nature Images”–the ...