Solar-Powered Star-Spangled Banner Is Part of Flag Day Festivities

American Flag

June 10, 2011

On Flag Day, June 14, the National Park Service will hold several special events to commemorate the 234th anniversary of the adoption of the American flag. Visit Independence Hall in Philadelphia and see where it all began. Stand in the room where the founding fathers passed the Flag Act of 1777 and... Read more »

Beyond the Borders of Yellowstone

RVing near Yellowstone

June 9, 2011

Yellowstone. If you haven’t been there, it must be on your ultimate bucket list. If you have been, we’ll bet you already know what you missed last time, and filling in the gaps is no doubt in your plans. Where else can you find such abundant wildlife, spectacular colors and graphic displays of geothermal... Read more »

National Get Outdoors Day Events Set for June 11

National Get Outdoors Day

June 7, 2011

U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell is encouraging kids and their families to reconnect with nature and have fun by participating in the 4th annual National Get Outdoors Day, Saturday, June 11. The event, known as “GO Day,” is an effort to attract new, diverse communities to outdoor activities... Read more »

National Park Service Issues Statement on Jefferson Memorial ‘Dance Party’

National Parks Service Logo

June 3, 2011

By the National Park Service The following is a statement issued by the National Park Service regarding its policy on dancing and other forms of expression in its federal park system: The National Park Service supports dancing and other forms of expression in its parks. In light of recent headlines we... Read more »

Memorial Day in U.S. Marks Start of Summer in National Parks

National Park Service

May 27, 2011

From its post-Civil War origins as a day when soldiers’ graves would be decorated, Memorial Day occurs during a season of rebirth – in national parks and in hometowns across the country. “Though it is a solemn occasion, Memorial Day also reminds us of our good fortune,” said National Park Service... Read more »

NPS National Historic Landmarks Photo Contest Underway

National Parks Service Logo

April 26, 2011

Lucy the Margate Elephant in New Jersey. The Watts Tower in

 Los Angeles. Burks’ Distillery near Loretto, Ky. Hearst Castle in San Simeon, Calif. Sunwatch Indian Village in Dayton, Ohio. Each have earned the designation “national 

historic landmark” (NHL) and each – along with 2,470... Read more »

National Park Service Director Announces Healthy Foods Strategy

National Park Service

April 14, 2011

On April 7, National Park Service (NPS) Director Jon Jarvis announced a major new service-wide Healthy Foods Strategy, to provide healthy food options to all national park visitors. Jarvis made the announcement as part of the Healthy Parks Healthy People US conference, a two-day forum in the Golden Gate... Read more »

Saturday in the Park? Not If Government Shutdown Closes National Parks

Yosemite National Park

April 8, 2011

The numbers are staggering. If the federal government shuts down, 17,000 National Park Service employees would be furloughed in addition to 15,000 private contract workers who operate restaurants, hotels and gift shops. About 800,000 daily visitors to 394 national parks, monuments and historic sites... Read more »

National Park Fee Free Days for 2011 Announced

National Park Service

January 5, 2011

 Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today (Jan. 5) announced that the National Park Service will waive admission fees on 17 selected dates throughout 2011 and encouraged all Americans to make a New Year’s resolution to visit a national park this year. “Many people have made resolutions... Read more »

Wintry Inspiration in Yosemite

Winter camping in yosemite

December 15, 2010

Perhaps John Muir said it best: “It is by far the grandest of all the special temples of Nature I was ever permitted to enter.” Every year, close to 4 million people stream into Yosemite National Park in California to share his wonder. They come in cars, campers, motorcycles and motorhomes. Whether... Read more »

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