News in All Parks

America's 20 most-visited National Monuments

May 6, 2010, 8:48 am
The Baltimore Sun has complied a slideshow of the 20 most visited National Monuments in the country. Check it out ...

Wild Muir: 22 of John Muir's Greatest Adventures

April 21, 2010, 4:41 pm
Most remember John Muir as a devoted naturalist and conservationist who campaigned to preserve some of America’s most treasured landscapes, including Yosemite National Park. But few know of Muir’s daring, and sometimes outlandish, adventures in the great outdoors. The Wild Muir: Twenty-two of John Muir’s Greatest Adventures is a compilation ...

Top 10: Park Conservationists

April 21, 2010, 3:36 pm
In honor of National Park Week—and Earth Day—we’re saluting those who helped found, create and turn our national parks into what they are today. Here’s a list of ten conservations who have helped make our parks great. John Muir John Muir is probably the most famous American conservationist, and Yosemite and ...

Support our Outdoor Spaces: Join National Forest Foundation

April 21, 2010, 3:20 pm
This Earth Day, support our outdoor spaces by becoming a member of the National Forest Foundation, which helps to conserve and restore our National Forests. By becoming a member, you’ll help ensure a sustainable future for the many resources National Forests provide to us all--fresh air and clean water, ...

National Park Week 2010: Visit our Parks for Free!

April 21, 2010, 3:13 pm
National Park Week takes place this April 17-25, when all 392 national parks will have free admission! Parks will also offer additional family friendly activities and special offers on tours, lodging, food and souvenirs. A complete listing of parks and promotions is available at “We are rolling out the ...

Slideshow: Presidents in our Parks

April 19, 2010, 8:49 am
A great slideshow of American presidents in national parks is available at Our favorite: Warren Harding feeding "Max" the bear in Yellowstone! What's ...

A new assignment for Mount Rushmore superintendent Baker

April 14, 2010, 1:07 pm
Gerard Baker, the charismatic, sometimes-controversial superintendent of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, has a new assignment. National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis announced Monday that he has named Baker as his assistant director for American Indian Relations. “The National Park Service faces important cultural and natural resource issues with First Americans,” Jarvis ...

Amtrak Launches Podcast for Sunset Limited Line

April 14, 2010, 1:02 pm
Passengers riding on Amtrak’s Sunset Limited long-distance train between New Orleans and Los Angeles can now download a podcast which provides an interpretive tour of the communities and regions through which they are traveling. Amtrak, the National Park Service, and the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences at ...

Stewart L. Udall dies at 90; Interior secretary championed national parks

March 22, 2010, 7:38 am
Stewart L. Udall, who as Interior secretary in the 1960s vastly expanded the country's system of national parks and monuments and developed far-reaching legislation to protect public lands, has died. He was 90. Udall died Saturday morning at his home in Santa Fe, N.M., surrounded by his children, according to ...

Bear-proof Gear Reviews

March 19, 2010, 9:15 am
Need to purchase a bear-proof food container? put four popular storage devices to the test by dropping them in with Betsy, the Fresno Chaffee Zoo's 500-pound grizzly. Check out the results ...

Augmented Reality: Zeal Ski Goggles

March 17, 2010, 11:29 am
When Avatar came out this winter in 3-D (and IMAX for the truly lucky) just about everyone on the block ran as fast as they could to see it. They're still running! And not just once or twice mind you, some people I know (generally sane people I might ...

Keep it Green: Bird Watching Tips

March 17, 2010, 8:12 am
As the snow begins to melt and the flowers begin to bloom, now is the perfect time to shake off your cabin fever and go bird watching. Spring is an excellent time to go bird watching as several migratory species return home from the south, while many local residents ...

Species Spotlight: American Kestrel

March 17, 2010, 8:10 am
The American Kestrel is the smallest falcon in North America and the second smallest in the world, often no bigger than a robin! Despite their diminutive size American Kestrels have one of the most far-ranging habits of any bird. They have been identified as far west as Alaska and ...

Guns in National Parks: What you need to know

March 17, 2010, 7:46 am
A change in federal law effective Monday, February 22, 2010, allows firearms in many national parks. There's been much talk about the issue, and much confusion about where firearms are allowed and where they're not. Here's our breakdown of the most important details of the new law: If you can ...

‘Red-Tails in Love’ tells a tale of Wildlife in the City

March 17, 2010, 7:40 am
Urban legends may propel the belief that New York City’s only wildlife species are pigeons, rats and squirrels, but we’ve actually got all kinds of critters living in the parks and wildlife refuges throughout the city. Bald eagles, raccoons, screech owls, turtles, tree frogs, beavers coyotes and many other ...