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Species Spotlight: Raccoon

June 24, 2010, 9:35 am
Often known as “masked bandits,” raccoons have gray fur, with what looks like a black mask around their eyes. Their fur is long and dense with a grizzled brown and black color that has often been described as "salt and pepper." Their bushy tails are ringed with black and ...

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2010 Oh, Ranger! Guides

June 24, 2010, 9:29 am
Our little green guides have been helping outdoor enthusiasts plan their adventures to parks and monuments across the country for more than two decades. This month, we’re happy to announce our newest edition that features convenient, easy-to-navigate Watchable Wildlife, Lodging & Dining, Walking & Hiking and Camping charts. Also ...

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Oh, Ranger! Granola

June 24, 2010, 9:28 am
The beauty of making your own granola is that you can put whatever you want into it, just like another famous trail treat, Good Old Raisins and Peanuts (GORP). That means that making the world’s best breakfast is easy (very easy) and almost impossible to mess up. If you ...

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Oh, Ranger! Story Tour Update: Making our way out West

June 24, 2010, 9:27 am
Do you remember the first time you saw a bear in the wild? How about memories of family adventure, when everyone piled into the car and drove to the Grand Canyon? Perhaps you took a class trip to the National Mall in Washington, D.C.? With approximately 270 million visits ...

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Things we Like: Museum of Animal Perspectives

June 24, 2010, 8:40 am
Today we stumbled upon a great website that has compiled videos from critter-mounted cams that allow you to see the world the way animals do. The animal perspective videos include footage from cameras mounted on the backs of species from across the globe, including moles, white-tailed deer and turtles. Our ...

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Spend a Night Under the Stars with NOC’s Great Outpost

June 22, 2010, 1:40 pm
Remember summer evenings catching fireflies, star-gazing and sharing campfire stories? The National Wildlife Federation’s Great American Backyard Campout reminds us all of simple pleasures we had as a child and how these memories can inspire the next generation of children to appreciate the wonders of the outdoors. On June 26, ...

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Gulf oil spill: What's the impact on national parks?

June 16, 2010, 7:27 am
So far, only the Gulf Coast National Seashore has seen oil on its barrier islands. But park officials from Louisiana for Florida's space coast are bracing for more oil. From Louisiana's Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Reserve to the Canaveral National Seashore on Florida's space coast, the region's national ...

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15 National Parks and Wildlife Refuges Most at Risk from the BP Gulf Oil Spill

June 2, 2010, 8:11 am
To help draw attention to the oil spill catastrophe and the impacts it’s having, TheDailyGreen.com has released Special Places at Risk in the Gulf: Effects of the BP Oil Catastrophe along with the Rocky Mountain Climate Organization. The report lists the following 15 top national and state parks and wildlife ...

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31 New National Recreation Trails added in honor of National Trails Day, 2010

June 2, 2010, 8:01 am
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced the designation of 31 trails in 15 states as national recreation trails, adding more than 716 miles of trails to the National Trails System. The announcement comes in anticipation of National Trails Day on June 5, when trail dedications and other ...

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Urban Adventure Gear

May 26, 2010, 7:24 am
Thanks to healthier economic conditions, Memorial Day travel is expected to increase this year. According to an AAA report, approximately 32.1 million Americans are planning to travel—a 5.4 percent increase from last year. They'll spend an average of $809 on their holiday trip, money that I’ve decided to put ...

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Keep it Green: Gardening

May 25, 2010, 11:39 am
April showers bring May flowers. This spring keep your garden eco-friendly and follow these simple tips. Use Native Plants: Native plants not only add a little local color to your garden, but they are also environmentally friendly. Native plants generally don’t require the fertilizer, water, pesticides and other resources often ...

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Species Spotlight: Beaver

May 25, 2010, 11:18 am
The beaver is a lumberjack, wildlife conservationist and architect and a keystone species in many environments. Weighing 40 to 60 pounds and growing three to four feet from nose to tail, beavers are the largest rodent in North America. They are easily identified by their flat, black, scaly tail, ...

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Oh, Ranger! Story Tour: Coming to a Park near You

May 25, 2010, 9:19 am
Do you remember the first time you saw a bear in the wild? How about memories of family adventure, when everyone piled into the car and drove to the Grand Canyon? Perhaps you took a class trip to the National Mall in Washington, D.C.? With approximately 270 million visits ...

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National Park Free Admission June 5-6

May 25, 2010, 8:42 am
The NPS is continuing their extremely popular free admission program, so mark your calendars. On June 5th and June 6th, more than 100 parks will waive their entrance fees, so you’ll have no excuse not to go visit. What will you do with the extra money? We’re thinking about ...

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New Book and Stamped Postal Cards Honor America’s National Parks

May 20, 2010, 7:47 am
America’s national parks are the subject of stamped postal cards and a new book released today by the U.S. Postal Service and the U.S. Department of the Interior’s National Park Service. The Scenic American Landscapes Premium Stamped Postal Cards is a booklet of 20 cards with 10 designs is based on ...

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