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Personal Watercraft Safety

October 7, 2010, 7:32 am
Stay safe while you're out on the water! Here are our Top 10 Tips for Personal Watercraft Safety: 1. Wear a personal flotation device (PFD) or life jacket when on board. 2. Learn to swim. The best way to stay safe in and around the water is to be comfortable and ...

Do Your Part for Climate Friendly Parks

October 7, 2010, 7:23 am
The nearly 300 million people who go to national parks each year are a force to be reckoned with, as far as global warming is concerned. If only five percent of national park visitors substituted greener power sources for their current electricity use, they would save eleven billion pounds of ...

Oh, Ranger!: True Stories from our National Parks

October 7, 2010, 7:04 am
Oh, Ranger! is a collection of exciting stories told directly by the experts – national park rangers. It provides an insider’s view into the most beautiful and culturally significant treasures in America. From animal encounters to fire fighting and search and rescue missions, rangers share their most memorable, life changing ...

Enter Your Park Photos, Win a Trip!

September 16, 2010, 7:59 am
Enter your best park photos in the Canon Photography in the Parks Photo Contest and you could win a grand prize trip for two to a national park and great Canon gear. The contest ends September 30th, so get moving! Here's a slideshow of last year's winners to inspire your ...

A Poignant Tribute to our Public Lands

September 15, 2010, 7:17 am
Earlier this month, Timothy Egan, a correspondent for the New York Times, wrote a moving tribute to our national parks and public lands. It truly captures the essence of what we feel is really great about the parks. We've included a sampling below. During the bittersweet days of September light, ...

Fall Foliage Poll

September 10, 2010, 11:25 am
Did we include your favorite park in our "Fall Foliage Drives" list ? If not, submit yours in the comments section below! We'll choose one lucky respondent at random to receive a free pair of Leki custom hiking ...

Top Parks for Fall Foliage Drives

September 10, 2010, 11:02 am
Ah, yet another fall foliage season is upon us. Here at, leaf-peeping is one of the most eagerly-anticipated rituals of autumn. Last year, we featured our favorite parks to visit to soak up the red and golden hues in all their glory. This year, we offer a slightly ...

Park Palates: Apple Crisp

September 9, 2010, 1:53 pm
Welcome the crisp autumn air with warm apple delight! It’s apple season! Why not take to the orchards for a day of wholesome, family fun. Apple picking is not only a great way to get outside with your friends and family but also a great way to stock up on ...

Park Palates: Apple Cheddar Pizza with toasted Pecans

September 9, 2010, 1:25 pm
Fall means apple season! The United States is the second largest apple producer in the world, and that means we have lots of varieties to choose from, and many great orchards to visit for apple picking. In the fall, many orchards and farms will cater to visitors by providing additional ...

Enter Canon Photography in the Parks Contest by September 30

September 9, 2010, 12:34 pm
There's still time to submit your best national park photographs in the fifth annual Canon Photography In The Parks Photo Contest -- and to secure you chance at scoring some awesome prizes! Winning photographers will receive some of Canon’s hottest photographic equipment and a chance to win a national ...

FREE Entry to National Parks on National Public Lands Day

September 9, 2010, 11:30 am
The National Park Service will waive entrance fees on September 25, 2010 in honor of National Public Lands Day. This means FREE entry to the 146 National Park Service sites across the country that normally charge admission fees, which range from $3 to $25. And, the best part is, anyone ...

National Parks Scrabble

September 9, 2010, 10:09 am
Ah, Scrabble. Sweet, sweet Scrabble. Playing it is quite possibly the perfect way to enjoy sitting by a fire, spending a rainy day indoors or bundled up in a sleeping bag while listening to the wind blow from the comforts of a tent.  If you’re reading this, it probably ...

Things we Like: Smokey Bear's Vault

August 26, 2010, 8:30 am
Now at your fingertips: nearly every Smokey Bear item ever created! Check out Smokey's Vault, which allows you to take a journey thorough the longest running PSA campaign in U.S. history, dating back to 1944. You can explore the Smokey Bear archive by decade or by type of product. We ...

Happy National Waffle Day!

August 24, 2010, 6:55 am
Today, August 24, is National Waffle Day, the anniversary of the first U.S. patent for a waffle iron. Cornelius Swarthout of Troy, New York received his patent for a "device to bake waffles" in 1869. His early waffle iron was used in conjunction with coal stoves, consisted of a ...

Things we Like: Teddy Roosevelt Riding a Moose

August 19, 2010, 7:41 am
It doesn't get any better than this: a photo of good ol' Teddy Roosevelt riding a moose through a lake. Thanks, NPS, for posting this photo! Caption: "There were few challenges that Theodore Roosevelt didn't surmount. In this photo he rides a moose through a lake." Source: ...