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Park Palates: Achiote-Seared Chickpeas

February 9, 2010, 11:41 am
Get a taste of cowboy cuisine with this appetizer from Taylor Ranch in Marfa, Texas, near Big Bend National Park. We love this recipe, which not only incorporated an ingredient we never used before (annatto seeds), but also helped us discover a new neighborhood store with a fantastic selection of ...

Enter to win $50,000 For Your Outdoor Nonprofit

February 9, 2010, 11:14 am
Don’t miss your chance to win a $50,000 grant from the Redwood Creek Greater Outdoors Project contest! Entries will be accepted until February 28, 2010. The Greater Outdoors Project awards financial grants to nonprofit organizations to use towards specific environmental projects that endeavor to preserve, protect and provide access to ...

Wolves pushed as park "stewards" on a tight leash

February 8, 2010, 7:16 am
Researchers say small packs of gray wolves introduced to national parks and other sites across the country could curb oversized elk and deer herds that are eating up parklands. Keeping the predators on target would be a tricky prospect: They breed prolifically, roam hundreds of square miles and easily pick ...

Muir's writings now online

February 1, 2010, 9:07 am
People inspired by John Muir's story may read many of his writings online, as well as other works in the public domain that are of high relevance to the U.S. National Park Service. Through a recent initiative of the NPS Library Program, increasing numbers of digitized texts may be accessed ...

Arizona State Parks Keeps Nine Parks Open. Thirteen will Close

January 29, 2010, 8:19 am
The Arizona State Parks Board volted on January 15 to keep nine parks open and close the remaining thirteen State Parks. These closures would occur in phases starting February 22, 2010 due to six different State Parks funds being swept of $8.6 million. In addition, four parks will remain closed ...

Gear Review: Snowshoes and Portable Hot Chocolate

January 19, 2010, 2:13 pm
Next month, the Winter Olympics roll into Vancouver following a quadrennial tradition that has lasted more than a century. The Summer Olympics feature events that, while unrealistic, I felt that at some point in my life I had the potential to participate. Perhaps if I made some different decisions ...

Bring the Flavors of the National Parks Home with these Recipes

January 19, 2010, 12:04 pm
If you’re looking for a reminder of a recent national park vacation, or need a taste of cuisine inspired by the great outdoors, pick up a copy of Dining at Great American Lodges, which features recipes from iconic lodges located in and near national parks across the country. Some of ...

Park Palates: Furnace Creek Inn Stuffed Mojave Chicken

January 19, 2010, 11:53 am
Experience the flavors of the desert at home with this savory recipe from the chefs at Furnace Creek Inn at Death Valley National Park. Its spicy flavors and local ingredients evoke the spirit and culture of the American Southwest. The recipe, which appears in the book Dining at Great ...

Eco-Friendly Tips for Weathering the Winter

January 19, 2010, 11:49 am
As the cold settles in, use these green tips from the EPA to help you get through the winter:     * Consider using non-toxic de-icing substances such as clean clay cat litter, sand, or fireplace/stove ash to prevent hazardous waste from chemicals. Chemical de-icers can be hazardous to your pets, ...

Ranger Guided Snowshoe Walks at the National Parks

January 19, 2010, 11:43 am
The Inuit have 52 different words for snow because it is an integral part of their lives. We, on the other hand, have only one, which perhaps suggests an insufficient appreciation of how great snow truly is. Being a counter-seasonal park visitor offers several advantages, most notably a less crowded ...

Camping in the Rain

January 18, 2010, 7:48 am
Camping doesn’t have to be a summer-only activity. Here are some great tips for making camping in the rain more enjoyable, from the folks at “A good friend of mine says ‘There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad gear,’” said Kevin Bacher, a ranger at Mount Rainier ...

Muench's Make National Parks Photography a Family Tradition

December 17, 2009, 12:12 pm
For three generations, the name Muench has been synonymous with images that capture the beauty, diversity and majesty of the American landscape. The patriarch of the Muench family, Josef, started the family’s photographic journey in Germany at the turn of the century, traveling from Bavaria to Detroit to Santa ...

Park Palates: Orange, Almond & Buckwheat Pancakes

December 17, 2009, 10:23 am
Get a dose of Florida sunshine, even in the middle of winter, with these refreshing yet hearty pancakes. These nutritious, high-fiber flapjacks are a tasty alternative to the usual morning meal, and are easy to make in bulk to satisfy hungry houseguests!   Prep time: 20 minutes Total time: 50 minutes Makes: 6 ...

Five Green Tips for the Holiday Season

December 17, 2009, 10:20 am
by Ashley J Pettigrew The holiday season can traditionally be a season of excess. In the midst of all the delicious food, sweets and presents it can be easy to forget many of earth friendly practices that we make a habit of during other months. Here at American Park Network, ...

Count The Pretty Birdies For Audubon At Your Local National Park

December 15, 2009, 7:43 am
For over the last 100 years volunteers have been participating in the Audubon Christmas Bird Count, and this year can be your first time helping out the birdies. Starting today and running through January 5, you’ll have a chance to use that new set of binoculars that you grandparents got ...