• Paddling at Gateway National Recreation Area in New York. Photo © Michael Falco.

    On the Eve of the National Parks’ Centennial, We Must All Work to Make Parks More Diverse

    Next year marks the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. I cannot imagine a world without the beauty these spaces offer us. We have inherited these remarkable places from those who came before us, those who saw the need to honor the history that is represented at public lands like the Statue of Liberty, […]

  • The U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.

    My Members of Congress Are Friends of the National Parks. Are Yours?

    I was lucky enough to grow up in Northern California, just across the majestic Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco. Not only is this area uniquely beautiful, with its foggy bay mornings, its 800-year-old redwood trees, and its pristine seashores alive with tule elk and elephant seals—it is also a politically active and connected community […]

  • Raegan King at the new Waco Mammoth National Monument. Photograph courtesy of the Wacoan, © 2015. Chelsea Santos, photographer.

    Meet the Woman behind Waco Mammoth

    Today, President Obama designated America’s newest national park site at Waco Mammoth, preserving a trove of exceptional Ice Age fossils in Waco, Texas. Unlike many other brand-new parks, Waco Mammoth National Monument is already an established educational facility and a jewel of the community. For years, researchers and schoolkids alike have been getting a glimpse […]

  • Biscayne National Park

    Water You Waiting For? 10 Perfect Parks for Paddling

    Go beyond the hiking trail and enjoy parks from a refreshing vantage point: water. Rivers and lakes offer adventurous routes through some of the country’s most remarkable landscapes, including views you just can’t see from land. From lazy float trips to exhilarating whitewater, national parks have fun options for visitors of every experience level—sometimes even […]

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