• Approximately 6,600 schoolchildren form the largest living flag of its kind on September 9, 2014 at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine in Baltimore, Maryland.

    Thousands of Schoolchildren Create Living Flag at Fort McHenry

    Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine in Baltimore, Maryland, is probably best known for its famous flag, which billowed over the star-shaped ramparts after a fierce British attack during the War of 1812 and inspired Sir Francis Scott Key to write the Star-Spangled Banner. Earlier this week, nearly 7,000 schoolchildren and volunteers commemorated the 200-year […]

  • The short-eared owl.

    11 of the Best Bird-Watching Spots for Fall

    More than 700 distinct bird species can be found in America’s national parks. Exploring this incredible array of wildlife is a great reason to visit national parks, and the fall migration—when millions of birds are heading south from northern breeding grounds—is the perfect time to do it. Here are some of the best places to […]

  • Volunteer divers at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

    What Lies Beneath

    Citizen Scientists Dive into Lake Michigan to Combat Invasives and Help Save Birds at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Ever wonder what lies beneath Lake Michigan? Emily Tyner, a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has been working for the past five years to find out. Her innovative new program harnesses the power of citizen scientists to study the relationship between aquatic invasive species in Lake Michigan and a troubling epidemic that is […]

  • Two wolves howl at Yellowstone National Park.

    Parks Sound Off

    5 Favorite National Park Noises—and Where to Find Them

    What does your day-to-day life sound like? Soundscapes, like landscapes, are unique. They ground us in a place, providing clues as to where we are and what we can expect. Sounds, like sights and smells, add to our understanding, appreciation, and experience of a place. Our national parks have soundscapes, too. What we hear is […]

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  • Fishing to Revitalize River Communities

    Advocates for the Upper Delaware River Find Creative Ways to Protect Their Rural Watershed

    The Upper Delaware River in Pennsylvania and New York is one of the best wild trout fisheries in the country. Just a two-hour drive from Manhattan, this region of beautiful […]

    Fifty Years Later: Wilderness & Civil Rights in the Same Breath

    Fifty years ago this summer, the 88th Congress passed the Civil Rights Act and the Wilderness Act, two landmark pieces of legislation that most Americans rarely consider in the same […]

    Trivia Challenge: Parks in the Arctic

    Q: Alaska is home to nearly two-thirds of the land in the entire National Park System—some 54 million acres in all. But only four* of our 401 U.S. national park […]

    Connecting History and People along the Delaware & Lehigh

    The Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor (D&L) in eastern Pennsylvania unites five counties and commemorates the rivers, canals, and railroads—as well as the people and communities—that brought anthracite coal […]

  • Park Fees Should Benefit Park Visitors

    Congress Needs to Act Soon So National Parks Can Keep the Fees They Collect

    Have you ever marveled at the pink and red sandstone cliffs at Zion National Park while learning about the area’s rich history from the seat of one of the park’s […]

    Saving Shores Saves Money

    Close your eyes and imagine a national park. Did you think of mountains, towering redwoods, dense forests, or perhaps the sublime rock formations at places like the Grand Canyon? What many people don’t […]

    Overcoming Barriers in the Southwest

    Hispanic Access Foundation Connects Latino Youth with National Parks

    Will future generations love national parks as much as we do? It’s a question that is as old as the parks themselves, and one that will be asked as long […]

    10 Spectacular Parks for Stargazing

    Celebrate the Special Wonders of a Dark Sky

    As the days get shorter, stargazers have more opportunities to celebrate the night—and national parks offer some of the darkest skies in the country. If you have trouble seeing the […]

  • We Can’t Afford to Wait

    National Parks Play a Unique Role in Fighting Climate Change—and We Need Stricter Standards to Protect Them

    The giant trees that give Sequoia National Park its name are some of the largest and longest-lived organisms in the world, reaching their exceptional stature after persevering for thousands of […]