• A view that failed to impress three recent visitors to Grand Canyon National Park. Photo © Katherine McKinney.

    Meet the Three People Least Impressed with the Grand Canyon

    ... and How They Made Me Love the Park Even More

    The Grand Canyon is a jaw-dropping place. Unless you’re a six-year-old. At that age, you’re interested in bugs and boogers, stuffed animals and Starburst candy. Pretty much everything in life is bigger than you, except for maybe your little sister. So the canyon that your parents drove hours to visit becomes just another large thing […]

  • 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, […]

  • 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 […]

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