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Is it possible to hike to glaciers in north cascades
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Yes, it is possible to hike to glaciers in the North Cascades. Please refer to the park's website for more information about hiking/climbing in regards to glaciers and climate change.

http://www.nps.gov/lach/index.htm

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National Parks Offer Ideal Viewing of Solar Eclipse

Solar EclipseMark your calendars for May 20. That Sunday will be the first solar eclipse viewable on U.S. soil in 18 years. The best way to see the amazing spectacle is in a national park. The solar eclipse can be seen in more than 30 national parks.

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ACTIVITIES IN YOSEMITE
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Fly Fishing, Guided Tours, Ranger-led Programs, Health & Fitness, Historic Sites
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For tips on activities in Yosemite, check out our great list of Things to Do in Yosemite. You'll be able to find current schedules and detailed listings from the National Park Service at nps.gov/yose.

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Buffalo Soliders May Get a New Historic Trail

Buffalo SoldiersThe Buffalo Soldiers may finally get the recognition they deserve. The House of Representatives passed a bill this week to examine the possible creation of a new national historic trail.

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Hi, am looking for State Park lodge in MT or ID 2/3 weeks Apr/May flying in from Europe, lot to see from foot/car, senior pass eligible?
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There are tons of fantastic parks and public lands in Idaho and Montana. For Montana parks not too far from Idaho, look into Big Arm State Park or Bannack State Park. Both offer campgrounds or nearby lodging, and senior citizen discounts. For Idaho, try Bear Lake State Park or Castle Rocks State Park. Senior discounts are available but please note that discounts must be processed by phone. Idaho is also full of national forests--a great destination while you're in the area--such as Clearwater National Forest. Click on the parks' Official URLs for more details about discounts and lodging. Enjoy!

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Wanted: Park Rangers for Cuyahoga Valley National Park

January 23, 2012, 1:29 pm
Cuyahoga Valley National Park is seeking qualified teachers who would like to work as a park ranger this summer in the Teacher-Ranger-Teacher (TRT) program. The TRT program offers teachers eight weeks working in national parks across the country and developing lessons to connect their students to the park during ...

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I am quite interested in becoming a Park Ranger and was wondering what the marketability and annual pay of a Park Ranger is like.
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We often get questions about what it takes to become a National Park Ranger. Here are some tips from our partners at the Association of National Park Rangers. We hope you find them helpful:

The National Park Service (NPS) employs people in all kinds of job titles (20,000 year-round and another 7,000 - 10,000 during the summer) even though the general public often thinks that everyone that works for the NPS is a "park ranger."  Of these 30,000 employees, perhaps 7,000 are in positions that are titled park ranger.  I'll concentrate on those for now, but folks interested in maintenance jobs, or administrative jobs, or research and science related jobs should know that those jobs are there too.
 
Park ranger jobs are divided into 2 groups.  First, there are park rangers that primarily perform park interpretation.  These employees work in the park visitors' center, lead guided walks and talks, give off-site programs at local schools, establish and/or modify the park's website, write site-specific brochures and other materials, and design visitor center displays or movies, etc.  In short, this group of park rangers is the parks' primary link between the park resources and park visitors and neighbors.  By explaining the national significance of the individual park and the resources it preserves, interpretive park rangers hope to establish or strengthen visitors' understanding and support for parks, the environment, history, etc.
 
The second group of park rangers are those that primarily perform park protection.  These employees perform law enforcement, search and rescue, emergency medical services, fire management, etc.  They are more likely to be working outside, in all kinds of weather conditions, and they might be doing this in all kinds of modes of transportation, i.e. on foot, on horseback, in vehicles, in boats, on skis, in small planes, etc.  Like interpretive rangers, protection rangers have a great responsibility to be knowledgeable about the parks' resources and threats (from human behavior) to them.  While they have many friendly, informational contacts with visitors, they also have visitor contacts that are sometimes confrontational and can be stressful.
 
For either type of ranger job, a bachelor's degree from a 4-year college or university with a heavy emphasis in the natural sciences or U.S. history is generally required to be competitive.  Any public speaking experience one can gain is also very helpful.  First aid training is available in most communities and having some level of certification in first aid and CPR is helpful.  There is also free online training to anyone at the Eppley Institute for Parks & Public Lands at Indiana University. Such training helps one understand the NPS mission and culture and shows prospective hiring officials that you are truly interested in becoming an NPS employee.
 
Many folks that hope to be interpretive park rangers often start out working as park volunteers while they are in school or are in some other full-time career.  These opportunities are available at all NPS sites including Lake Mead National Recreation Area just outside Las Vegas.
 
For protection rangers there are a few additional requirements.  You must be at least 21 years old.  You also must be a graduate of one of the NPS-approved Seasonal Law Enforcement Training Academies.  A list of these schools and more information is available online. One can also pursue similar opportunities in your home community to gain experience that might make you more competitive.  Become an ambulance attendant in your community, become a volunteer firefighter with your local fire department or your state forestry department, or become a member of your local community search and rescue squad.
 
Finally, the Association of National Park Rangers (ANPR) is a membership organization open to anyone.  One does not have to be a park ranger or an NPS employee to become an ANPR member.  There are networking and informational opportunities within ANPR that can help one be competitive for NPS jobs, and it is important to understand that it is not just what you know, but also who you know that will help one get their foot in the door with the NPS.  ANPR also offers a publication for sale titled, "Live the Adventure: Join the National Park Service" that can be helpful in understanding the requirements for park ranger jobs.  

For more information about ANPR visit their website.

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The Magic of Mesa Verde

November 21, 2011, 12:16 pm
Even today in this modern age of super highways, wi-fi and fast food joints, it remains hidden. Travel past miles and miles of open, untouched desert that is seemingly endless. Turn right, left, then left again and the haunting landscape is eerily the same in every direction. A light, ...

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Guided Tours

Jamestown offers a varity of tours and programs for our visiting public. There are ranger-led and guided tours, living history programs, and for those that like to explore on their own, self-guided tours. The ranger-led and living history tours and programs do not take visitors through the entire site ...

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Come Explore the Wonder of Wind Cave National Park

October 12, 2011, 9:27 am
By: Heather Crowley South Dakota’s Black Hills region draws in millions of tourists every single year. Desiring to experience the best the state has to offer, a common loop involves a few distinct parks. While planning their vacations, many map out a trek to the famed Mount Rushmore, stunning Badlands ...

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