Ranger-led Programs

African Burial Ground National Monument

Superintendent Name: 
Tara Morrison
Free and enslaved Africans alike were buried from the 1690s through the 1790s in a 6.6 acre burial ground outside the boundaries of the settlement of New Amsterdam, later known as New York. African Burial Ground National Monument preserves this burial ground, which was lost to history until recently. The grounds were rediscovered in 1991 as a consequence of the planned construction of a Federal office building. Easily accessible and rich with history, this is a national monument you don't want to miss.
Park Open Info: 
Year-round
Park Closed Info: 
Year-round
Park Acreage: 
0.345
Highest Point: 
The Door of Return Monument
Highest Point Elevation: 
24 feet
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
The Door of Return Monument
Entrance Fees: 
Free
Nearest Major City: 
New York, NY
Gateway Communities: 
New York, NY
Nearby Airports: 
LaGuardia Airport (LGA); John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK); Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)

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Things To Do

Although Acadia is dazzling in summer, the park’s beauty flourishes throughout the year. By land and by sea there is no such thing as an off-season at Acadia. SPRING, SUMMER AND FALL Amphitheater Programs In the evening, Acadia’s two campgrounds present free programs in their centrally located amphitheaters. Programs span a range ...

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Yosemite National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Michael Tollefson
Yosemite National Park, one of the first national parks in the United States, is best known for its waterfalls and impressive granite walls. Within its nearly 1,200 square miles, you can also find deep valleys, sprawling meadows, ancient giant sequoias, a vast wilderness area, and the grandeur of the Sierra Nevada John Muir describes as "the heart of the world".
Park Acreage: 
747956
Highest Point: 
Mount Lyell
Highest Point Elevation: 
13114 feet
Visitor Count: 
3242644
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
Yes
Park Sights: 
Yosemite Valley; Bridalveil Fall; Yosemite Falls; El Capitan; Half Dome; Happy Isles; Mirror Lake; Mirror Meadow; Valley View Turnout; Tunnel View; Wawona; Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias; Glacier Point; Badger Pass Ski Area; Hetch Hetchy; Tioga Road; High Country; Olmsted Point; Tenaya Lake; Tuolomne Meadows
Endangered Species: 
Red-legged Frogs (threatened); Foothill Yellow-legged Frogs (threatened); Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep (threatened); Limestone Salamander (threatened); Giant Garter Snake (threatened); Great Gray Owl; Willow Flycatcher; Sierra Nevada Red Fox (threatened); California Wolverine (threatened); Thompson's Sedge; Yosemite Onion; Congdon's Lewisia; Congdon's Woolly Sunflower; Peregrine Falcon; Southern Bald Eagle; Yosemite Woolly Sunflower (threatened); Congdon's Lewisia (threatened)
Entrance Fees: 
Individual Pass: $10 (on foot, horseback, motorcycle); Vehicle Pass (valid for 7 days): $20; Commercial Tour Fees: $25-300 (varies depending on seating capacity); Yosemite Annual Pass: $40
Nearest Major City: 
Mariposa, CA
Gateway Communities: 
Fish Camp, CA; El Portal, CA; Mather, CA; Lee Vining; Oakhurst, CA; Bass Lake, CA; Wishon, CA; Ahwahnee, CA; Midpines, CA; Coarsegold, CA; Groveland, CA; Big Oak Flat, CA; Mariposa, CA; Auberry, CA; Soulsbyville, CA; Twain Harte, CA; Hayward, CA; Strawberry, CA
Nearby Airports: 
Fresno-Yosemite International (FAT); Merced Airport (MCE); Modesto City-County Airport (MOD); San Francisco International Airport (SFO); Oakland International Airport (OAK); San Jose International Airport (SJC); Sacramento International Airport (SMF); Reno/Tahoe International Airport (RNO)

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Zion National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Jock Whitworth
Zion National Park offers some of America's most beautiful and adventure inspiring landscapes. Day and overnight visitors to the Utah playground are greeted with endless desert trails, precipitous canyon walls, magnificent wildflowers, and breathtakingly open skies. A dream destination for summer or winter outdoor enthusiasts, this southwestern park will please both those who want to sightsee and soak up the fascinating Native American history, and those who want to run, bike, hike, and swim their way into the "red earth" sunset.
Park Acreage: 
146598
Highest Point: 
Horse Ranch Mountain
Highest Point Elevation: 
8726 feet
Visitor Count: 
2567350
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
Yes
Park Sights: 
The Watchman; West Temple; Great White Throne; Angels Landing; Weeping Rock; Observation Point; Riverside Walk; Virgin River; Kolob Canyon; Double Arch Alcove; Kolob Arch; Checkerboard Mesa
Endangered Species: 
Mexican Spotted Owl; Shivwits Milkvetch; Southwest Willow Flycatcher; Desert Tortoise; Zion Snail; Virgin Spinedace; Peregrine Falcon (threatened)
Entrance Fees: 
Individual Pass (valid for 7 days): $12 per person (pedestrian, bicycle, motorcycle) not to exceed $25 per family; Vehicle Pass (valid for 7 days): $25; Commercial Tour Fees: $35-$190 (varies depending on seating capacity)
Nearest Major City: 
Springdale, UT
Gateway Communities: 
Springdale, UT; Rockville, UT; Kanarraville, UT; New Harmony, UT; Virgin, UT; Mount Carmel, UT; Orderville, UT; Toquerville, UT; Leeds, UT; La Verkin, UT; Cedar City, UT; Glendale, UT; Hurricane, UT; Kanab, UT; Saint George, UT
Nearby Airports: 
McCarran International Airport (LAS); St. George Municipal Airport (SGU)

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Wind Cave National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Vidal Davila
One of the world's longest and most complex caves - a sprawling 28,295 acres of mixed-grass prairie, ponderosa pine forest and associated wildlife. The cave is well-known for its outstanding display of boxwork, an unusual cave formation composed of thin calcite fins resembling honeycombs. The park's mixed-grass prairie is one of the few remaining and is home to native wildlife such as elk, pronghorn, bison, coyotes, mule deer and prairie dogs.
Park Acreage: 
28295
Highest Point: 
Rankin Ridge
Highest Point Elevation: 
5013 feet
Visitor Count: 
591049
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Wind Cave; Elk Mountain Campground
Endangered Species: 
Prerigrine Falcon; Black-footed Ferret; Pronghorn Antelope (threatened)
Entrance Fees: 
Free (cave tour fees apply)
Nearest Major City: 
Rapid City, SD
Gateway Communities: 
Pringle, SD; Hot Springs, SD; Buffalo Gap, SD; Custer, SD; Oral, SD; Smithwick, SD; Oelrichs, SD; Fairburn, SD; Edgemont, SD; Hermosa, SD; Keystone, SD
Nearby Airports: 
Rapid City Regional Airport (RAP)

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Yellowstone National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Suzanne Lewis
Yellowstone is the world's first national park and one of the largest in the contiguous United States. Sprawling across volcanic plateaus in the northwest corner of Wyoming, Yellowstone contains more than 2 million acres of steaming geysers, crystalline lakes, thundering waterfalls and panoramic vistas.
Park Open Info: 
Year-round (some roads close during the winter season)
Park Closed Info: 
Year-round (some roads close during the winter season)
Park Acreage: 
2.22177e+06
Highest Point: 
Eagle Peak
Highest Point Elevation: 
11367 feet
Visitor Count: 
2870295
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Mammoth Hot Springs; Old Faithful; Norris and Firehole River Geyser Basins; Grand Prismatic Sping; Morning Glory Pool; Yellowstone Lake; West Thumb Geyser Basin; Tower Fall; Petrified Forest; Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone; Hayden Valley
Endangered Species: 
Grizzly Bear; Bald Eagle (threatened); Canada Lynx; Gray Wolf
Entrance Fees: 
Individual Pass (valid for 7 days): $12; Motorcycle or Snowmobile Pass (valid for 7 days): $20; Vehicle Pass (valid for 7 days): $25; Annual Park Pass: $50
Nearest Major City: 
West Yellowstone, MT; Jackson, WY
Gateway Communities: 
West Yellowstone, MT; Gardiner, MT; Silver Gate, MT; Cooke City, MT; Macks Inn, ID; Island Park, ID; Moran, WY; Emigrant, MT; Wapiti, WY; Pray, MT; Moose, WY; Squirrel, ID; Roscoe, MT; Big Sky, MT; Felt, ID; Tetonia, ID; Nye, MT
Nearby Airports: 
Billings Logan International Airport (BIL); Gallatin Field Airport (BZN); Yellowstone Regional Airport (COD); Jackson Hole Airport (JAC); Idaho Falls Regional Airport (IDA); Yellowstone Airport (WYS)

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Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Valerie Naylor
"I never would have been President if it had not been for my experiences in North Dakota," state Theodore Roosevelt years after visiting the Badlands. He first stumbled upon the area in September 1883 on a hunting trip. While here he became interested in the cattle business and invested in the Maltese Cross Ranch. His legacy lives on within the borders of Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
Park Acreage: 
70447
Highest Point: 
Peck Hill
Highest Point Elevation: 
2870 feet
Visitor Count: 
435359
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Maltese Cross Cabin; Roosevelt's Elkhorn Ranch
Endangered Species: 
Bighorn Sheep; Black-footed Ferret
Entrance Fees: 
Individual Pass (valid for 7 days): $5 (visitors on foot, bicycle, horse); Vehicle Pass (valid for 7 days): $10; Theodore Roosevelt National Park Annual Park Pass: $20 per vehicle; Commercial Tour Fees: $25-$150 (varies depending on seating capacity)
Nearest Major City: 
Dickinson, ND
Gateway Communities: 
Medora, ND; Watford City, ND; Grassy Butte, ND; Sentinel Butte, ND; Belfield, ND; Beach, ND; South Heart, ND; Arnegard, ND; Wibaux, MT; Dickinson, ND
Nearby Airports: 
Bismarck Municiipal Airport (BIS); Dickinson Regional Airport (DIK); Williston Airport (ISN)

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Voyageurs National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Kate Miller
Voyageurs is a water-based park where you must take to the water to fully experience the lakes, islands and shorelines of the park. Nearly 200 years ago voyageurs paddled birch bark canoes full of animal pelts and trade goods through this area on their way to Lake Athabaska, Canada. Today, people explore the park by houseboat, motorboat, canoe and kayak.
Park Acreage: 
218200
Highest Point: 
Tower Hill
Highest Point Elevation: 
1405 feet
Visitor Count: 
231875
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Kettle Falls; Kettle Falls Hotel; Ellsworth Rock Gardens; Little American Island
Endangered Species: 
Gray Wolf; Bald Eagle (threatened)
Entrance Fees: 
Free
Nearest Major City: 
International Falls, MN
Gateway Communities: 
Ranier, MN; International Falls, MN; Littlefork, MN; Orr, MN; Loman, MN; Nett Lake, MN; Crane Lake, MN
Nearby Airports: 
International Falls (INL); Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport (MSP)

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Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

Superintendent Name: 
Craig Axtell
Located in eastern California, about 5 hours drive from both Los Angeles and San Francisco, Sequoia National Park brings out the best in all those who seek both adventure and tranquility. Though full of mountains of all geological make-ups to climb and scamper in, the park's true greatness is in the forest. Home to some of the largest trees in the world, the Sequoia, this park you have to see to believe. "If trees could be kings," say many, "their royal realm would be in Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks."
Park Acreage: 
406426
Highest Point: 
Mount Whitney
Highest Point Elevation: 
14495 feet
Visitor Count: 
954507
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
Yes
Park Sights: 
Giant Forest; General Sherman Tree; Moro Rock; Tharp's Log; Crescent Meadow; Crystal Cave; Mount Whitney; Congress Trail; Big Trees Trail; Giant Forest Museum; Tunnel Log
Endangered Species: 
Bighorn Sheep; Bats
Entrance Fees: 
Individual Pass (valid for 7 days): $10 (on foot, bicycle, mororcycle, or bus); Vehicle Pass (valid for 7 days): $20; Annual Pass: $30
Nearest Major City: 
Visalia, CA
Gateway Communities: 
Three Rivers, CA; Kaweah, CA; Exeter, CA; Ivanhoe, CA; Lindsay, CA
Nearby Airports: 
Fresno-Yosemite International Airport (FYI); Visalia Municipal Airport (VIS)

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Kings Canyon National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Richard Martin

Located in eastern California, about 5 hours drive from both Los Angeles and San Francisco, Kings Canyon National Park brings out the best in all those who seek both adventure and tranquility. Though the wild King's River graces its banks, the park's true greatness is in the forest. Home to some of the largest trees in the world, the Sequoia, you have to see to believe. "If trees could be kings," say many, "their royal realm would be in Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks."

Park Acreage: 
458831
Highest Point: 
North Palisade
Highest Point Elevation: 
14242 feet
Visitor Count: 
552766
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
Yes
Park Sights: 
Grant Grove; General Grant Tree; Gamlin Cabin; Fallen Monarch Tree; Cedar Grove; Junction View; North Dome; Roaring River Falls; Zumwalk Meadow; Mineral King; Hospital Rock; Big Stump Trail; Panoramic Point; Kings Canyon; Kings River; Boyden Cave
Endangered Species: 
Bighorn Sheep; Bats
Entrance Fees: 
Individual Pass (valid for 7 days): $10 (on foot, bicycle, mororcycle, or bus); Vehicle Pass (valid for 7 days): $20; Annual Pass: $30
Nearest Major City: 
Fresno, CA
Gateway Communities: 
Three Rivers, CA; Kaweah, CA; Exeter, CA; Ivanhoe, CA; Lindsay, CA
Nearby Airports: 
Fresno-Yosemite International Airport (FYI); Visalia Municipal Airport (VIS)

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