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How to Identify Black and Grizzly Bears

black bear (top) and grizzly bear (bottom) source:nps.govThe highlight of many park vacations is often a wildlife sighting. Here's a guide for identifying the type of bear you've spotted.

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New Website Celebrates 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act

Image: Even children know why the wild places in America are important and worth protecting—here they participate in a walk in Rapid City, SD, in support of wilderness during the 40th anniversary celebration of the Wilderness Act. Source: Ralph Swain / USFS.On September 3, 1964 President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Wilderness Act.

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Top Ten Parks for Presidents Day

Looking to soak up some American History this Presidents Day weekend? Look no further. We've developed a list of national historic sites related to American Presidents.

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Over and Under the Snow Inspires Curiosity

Over and Under the Snow CoverLooking for a new bedtime story for winter?

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Pinnacles National Monument becomes America's 59th National Park

Hikers at Pinnacle National Monument. Source: NPS.gov.President Obama has signed legislation to elevate Pinnacles National Monument to become Pinnacles National Park, making it America's 59th national park.

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Our Holiday Gift Guide is Live

Oh, Ranger! 2012 Holiday Gift GuideHoliday shopping procrastinator, fear not—our holiday gift guide is live! We've got great ideas for adventurers, kids, foodies, travelers and even those hard-to-shop-for people on your list.

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Holiday Shopping for Good: American Hiking Society's Holiday Auction

American Hiking Society's Holiday Auction on EbayWhat do a Grand Canyon trip, a rock climbing class, some fully-stocked daypacks, a family-camping package, and autographed books from hiking celebs such as Andrew Skurka, Conrad Anker, Aron Ralston, and Cheryl Strayed all have in common?

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National Parks Recovering from Superstorm Sandy

Superstorm Sandy damage on Liberty Island by Kevin Daley, NPSWeeks after Surperstorm Sandy hit the Northeast, millions of people struggle to rebuild their lives.

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Creature Features: Brought to you by Mark Twain

Mark Twain's Book of Animals cover imageDelve into some of Mark Twain’s lesser-known pieces in Mark Twain’s Book of Animals, a compilation of more than 60 pieces Twain wrote about animals during his lifetime.

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Visit a National Park for FREE this Veterans Day Weekend

National Park and public lands across the country are offering free admission on Veterans Day Weekend.

Here's a message from National Park Service ranger and U.S. Marine veteran Dan Hottle of Yellowstone National Park about getting out to visit your National Parks this weekend.

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