Dedicating the Dream: MLK, Jr. Memorial Dedication on October 16th, 2011

Originally scheduled on August 28th (the 48th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and the historic "I Have a Dream" speech), the dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial is taking place this Sunday, October 16th. This great event signifies the first time that a memorial standing on our National Mall is dedicated not to a former U.S.

Bridge Day: For Thrill-Seekers and Spectators

It’s time for the 32nd annual Bridge Day at New River Gorge National River, an event that takes advantage of the New River Gorge Bridge’s 876-foot elevation and 3030-foot span.

October 12th means Happy National Fossil Day!

Millions of years after animals roamed the earth, we are using their fossils to learn more about the time period in which they lived. Creatures that have been extinct and exist only in our imaginations can become real through fossil reseach.

National Wildlife Refuge Week, October 9th-15th 2011

It’s the middle of National Wildlife Refuge Week—have you been out to celebrate America’s wildlife heritage? Theodore Roosevelt designated the first wildlife refuge at Pelican Island off the eastern coast of Florida in 1903.

October is American Cheese Month

We couldn't be happier! October 2011 marks the very first American Cheese Month, which means a whole 31 days chock-full of cheesy goodness.

Cute Critters! A (Friendly) Baby Black Bear Battle in Yosemite

Cute alert! Here is a great video of baby bear cubs wrestling in the middle of the road in Yosemite National Park.

These little bears are just so cute, we had to share! But, a word of caution—for the sake of these amazing critters and for your own safety, remember to always keep your distance from wild animals, especially mother bears and her cubs!

Visitors Centers Opening for Dinosaur National Monument and Keweenaw National Historical Park

Dinosaur National Monument has two openings

Although Dinosaurs have been extinct for millions of years, we still can't help being fascinated by them. In Colorado and Utah, these creatures are still leaving visitors in awe at Dinosaur National Moument.

'People Make Parks' Gets Neighbors involved in Planning

Last week, I attended the launch of the People Make Parks website, a great resource for community members who want to get involved with the design of their local parks.

Effects of the Return of the Gray Wolf Hunt near Yellowstone

Last night on PBS NewsHour, I saw a great segment about the return of the gray wolf hunt in Montana and Idaho, just along the borders of Yellowstone National Park.

The wolves of Yellowstone have been the subject of much attention in the region. They're adored by many park visitors and wildlife enthusiasts, but disliked by ranchers, who say their livestock are in danger because of the return of these predators.

Baby Critters!

Thanks to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service for posting an amazing collection of baby animal photos this morning. Here are a few of our favorites. You can view the whole set on their blog.


Did you know Lynx feet act like snowshoes, distributing their weight on the top of the snow? Credit: USFWS


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