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10 Great Kids Activities at National Parks

March 9, 2012, 2:34 pm
Whether it is this weekend or any weekend, America’s national parks offer endless activities the whole family can enjoy. Here are ten fun-packed national park adventures for kids and families: Acadia National Park, Maine Sea-life bingo keeps youngsters excited tallying green sea urchins, orange sea stars, and other curious marine creatures that reside ...

New space to hold Mammoth Cave artifacts

February 2, 2012, 2:22 pm
It’s been decades since Mammoth Cave National Park has had an exhibit area for the thousands of artifacts the park has curated. But visitors soon will be able to see some of those items. The second phase of work on the park’s visitors center, which will have a 4,400-square-foot exhibit ...

Mammoth Cave National Park taking steps to prevent spread of white-nose syndrome in bats

May 10, 2011, 1:49 pm
Tourist cave and mine operations are implementing more stringent measures to combat the spread of a deadly bat disease that continues to move west across the United States. Mammoth Cave National Park recently began using "bio mats" to disinfect the shoes of guests as the enter and leave the massive ...

National Parks Clean Up with Alternative Fuels

March 2, 2011, 9:09 am
Blue skies, pristine mountain vistas, endless open space and … choking fumes from motor vehicles? Even though the latter clearly doesn’t belong in our National Parks, maintaining their air quality has become a real challenge. With 275 million tourists visiting our National Parks each year, a tremendous number of ...

Mammoth Cave: “A Grand, Gloomy and Peculiar Place”

October 15, 2010, 9:27 am
Mammoth Cave is the longest cave in the world and one of the first tourist attractions in America. The cave boasts an incredible 390 miles of explored and mapped passageways, though geologists estimate there could be more than 600 miles in all. Early guide Stephen Bishop called the cave ...

Mammoth Cave offers a colossal underground maze of geological wonders and exploration

August 16, 2010, 1:05 pm
If the labyrinth of subterranean passages at Mammoth Cave National Park were unraveled to form a single tunnel stretching to the northeast, visitors from Columbus could walk the entire way to the park underground. More than 300 miles of passageway have been discovered, making this the longest cave system in ...

Exploring Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky

January 21, 2010, 6:54 am
I can hear the wailing guitar riffs as we drift lazily on the water: "Well, take me back down where cool water flows, yeah, Let me remember the things I love, Stopping at the log where catfish bite, Walking along the river road at night, Barefoot girls dancing in the moonlight . . ." It's ...

Kentucky Now Collects Styrofoam for Recycling; National Park Really Excited

October 13, 2009, 11:15 am
Turns out, those foam (aka styrofoam) take-away containers (#6) that really make your green heart cringe can actually be recycled into baseboards and moldings for your home. The only problem - who is going to take them back and recycle them? Solution: There are now has 8 bins across the United States that ...

Fifth generation park guide guest speaker at national conference

September 21, 2009, 6:55 am
In 1838, Materson Bransford stepped into the shadows of Mammoth Cave and stepped out of the darkness of slave-born boundaries, blazing a path that would span five generations and 171 years. As a fifth generation guide at Mammoth Cave National Park and great-great grandson of Materson, Jerry Bransford continues a ...

Park offers lots to do above and below ground

June 26, 2009, 7:28 am
Each year, Mammoth Cave National Park offers hands-on, accessible and free activities tailored to every age, but only about a half-million people come to enjoy them. (By comparison, nearly 5 million visit the Grand Canyon.) And though it’s famous for its 365 miles of caverns and passageways — the ...

Mammoth Cave Getting in the Spirit of Fee Free Weekends

June 18, 2009, 9:19 am
    With the Fee Free Weekends taking place Mammoth Cave did not want to be left out of the loop. Since entrance is already free, Mammoth Cave National Park looked for another way to attract visitors during the Fee Free Weekends, which are June 20-21, July 18-19 and August ...

Mammoth adventure

August 15, 2008, 8:38 am
Arriving in September 2003, New York-based photographer Raymond Klass became an artist-in-residence at Mammoth Cave National Park with the goal of capturing enough images for a book. He had just three months to accomplish his task. The result was "Mammoth Cave National Park Reflections," which is being reissued today in ...

A Park in Kentucky That Shines Brightest below Ground

June 26, 2008, 8:06 am
MY brief Floyd Collins moment came about 100 feet underground in Mammoth Cave, face-down on a rock slab. My group — 14 people on a three-hour “Introduction to Caving” tour, accompanied by two park rangers — had been crawling single-file for about 30 yards between two layers of rock, ...