Flora & Fauna

Join the Outdoor Rise Movement

Looking for a change of pace? A direct and meaningful experience with nature? A reason to get out of the office and into the outdoors? A day of free fun? Look no further – get involved with Outdoor Rise.

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Synchronized Firefly Phenomenon at Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Come experience the exquisite beauty of fireflies this summer at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Each year, Americans are able to revel in this gorgeous display of synchronized fireflies at Elkmont Campground as they kick off the summer.

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What is the best place to use for horseback riding in Yellowstone?
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Horseback riding is best in spring or summer. Opportunities for this fun outoor activity are available at Mamoth, Tower-Roosevelt, and Canyon. You can visit the National Park Service's Yellowstone National Park website for more information.
 

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Where is the best place to see wolves near Jackson Hole WY ?
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The most common place to spot wolves near Jackson Hole is in the Lamar Valley of Yellowstone National Park or at the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center in West Yellowstone.

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Species Spotlight: American Black Bear

black bearThe American black bear (Ursus americanus) lives throughout much of the continent, including northern Canada and Alaska, the Lower 48, and south into Mexico.

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Staying Safe in Bear Country

grizzly bearWhile seeing a bear is often the highlight of a visit to the park it's important to follow bear safety tips provided by the parks. Bears are usually predictable, but each has an individual temperament. Knowledge of bear behavior can reduce your chance of an unpleasant encounter.

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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 Book -- Narwhals: Arctic Whales in a Melting World Explores Mysterious Whales

Yes, narwhals are real. Glad we’ve gotten that out of the way.

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Outdoor Opportunities in Spring

The clocks have sprung forward and spring is just around the corner. As migrating birds return from winter nesting grounds and animals stretch their tired winter legs, there is no better time to get out and enjoy America’s parks. March presents two great opportunities to get outside and learn about everything happening around you.

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