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New Frontier to National Parks Opens at Miami Airport

Audrey Peterman | Posted 11.25.2015 | Green
Audrey Peterman

For 40 million international visitors passing through Miami International Airport each year and 11 million local commuters, "national parks" will soon become a household world. The brand new sign spanning the airport's Central Boulevard portraying a beautiful view of the Everglades bathed in sunset is sure to pique the curiosity of many.

Inside the National Parks, Size Matters!

Kevin Richberg | Posted 11.18.2015 | Travel
Kevin Richberg

Whether they be super small, or ridiculously tall, there's a force that drives our travel compass towards the superlative. Being peppered with some of the most incredible mountains in the world, this continent boasts an almost unparalleled collection of sceneries framed by peaks.

U.S. National Parks You Need To Add To Your Bucket List

The Outbound Collective | Posted 10.30.2015 | Travel
The Outbound Collective

We thought we'd help you out and put together this list of 12 of America's national parks that you need to add to your bucket list. It's at least a start, but it's still a lot to explore in one lifetime, so start making your plans now!

The Gateway Arch Celebrates 50 Years

Jennifer R. Clark | Posted 10.28.2015 | Travel
Jennifer R. Clark

Today, the Gateway Arch is 50 years old. Its iconic silhouette is both space age and historic. The Arch amazes visitors with its beauty, but it is so ubiquitous in St. Louis that those who see it daily don't often reflect on what it symbolizes: the Gateway to the West.

Rising Seas Put $40B of National Park Assets at Risk

XPRIZE | Posted 10.27.2015 | Green

Money talks. That's why when the U.S. Department of the Interior wanted to highlight the dangers of rising sea levels to its National Park assets--some of which are true national treasures--it decided to put an eye-popping price tag on the projected losses.

How We're Loving our National Parks to Death

Trent Sizemore | Posted 10.22.2015 | Travel
Trent Sizemore

Yellowstone is not the only National Park experiencing overcrowding. The Grand Canyon, Yosemite, and the Great Smoky Mountains all have crowds during peak season.

Sir Lancelot Day in Florida: Anatomy of a National Parks Legacy

Audrey Peterman | Posted 10.20.2015 | Green
Audrey Peterman

The time has come for these important legacies to be recognized for the uplift, unification and inspiration" for the benefit of this and future generations."

Photos of Teddy Roosevelt's Sagamore Hill

J. Michael Welton | Posted 10.15.2015 | Arts
J. Michael Welton

First there was the career as a rock guitarist in a Spinal Tap-like band. Then came a gig as staff attorney at a corporate litigation firm in New York. Now, the artist known as Xiomáro is stepping up to serious photography.

Pop Culture's Secret Weapon? The Department of the Interior

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 10.19.2015 | Entertainment
National Trust for Historic Preservation

What do Grammy Award-winning band U2, famed cartoon character Yogi Bear, and biographical drama Wild all have in common? The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI).

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Through Our National Parks

Nidhi Thakar | Posted 09.29.2015 | Latino Voices
Nidhi Thakar

Today, 54 million Hispanics and Latinos live in the United States, and Latinos are one of the fastest growing ethnic minorities in the country. But less than one-percent of all national historic landmarks and only roughly 4 percent of all national park units are dedicated to the Latino community.

Urban American Outdoors TV Show to Host Fishing Derby at National Mall

Michael Sainato | Posted 09.11.2015 | DC
Michael Sainato

On Saturday, September 19th, 2015, a fishing derby is being held at the Constitution Gardens in Washington D.C.'s National Mall, for 250 urban youth.

The Oyster War: Part 3 -- Scientific Misconduct

Corey S. Goodman | Posted 08.31.2015 | Science
Corey S. Goodman

It is indeed a long and complicated story, but Brennan continues to get it wrong. Scientific misconduct is the intentional misrepresentation of facts. Did the Park Service intentionally misrepresent its own facts? Brennan says no. You be the judge.

The Oyster War: Part 2 -- Fiction As Fact

Corey S. Goodman | Posted 08.26.2015 | Science
Corey S. Goodman

Several weeks ago, I posted a short review of the new book "The Oyster War" by Summer Brennan focusing on several important factual errors in her account. Since the book was published, book reviews and interviews with the author show the repetition of false narratives that are not driven by facts.

Shameful: NPS Kills Bear Protecting Cubs

Bernie Shine | Posted 08.14.2015 | Green
Bernie Shine

I recently wrote an article entitled "Urgent: Spare the Bear Who Killed the Hiker." The hiker was reportedly off trail, alone and didn't carry bear spray, all in violation of Park recommendations. The authorities at Yellowstone National Park thought it urgent to kill the captive bear named Blaze.

The Oyster War: A Parallel Universe

Corey S. Goodman | Posted 08.12.2015 | Books
Corey S. Goodman

The book "The Oyster War" by Summer Brennan is subtitled "The True Story..." If only it were.

Helping National Parks Is Personal for This Congressman

Donald S. Beyer Jr. | Posted 07.27.2015 | DC
Donald S. Beyer Jr.

As a recent college graduate, I had the rare opportunity to share my love for one of our nation's most cherished sites. I worked with and helped visitors from the community and around the world. I found my first park, but the National Mall was hardly my last.

That All Men and Women Are Created Equal

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 07.20.2015 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

One hundred and sixty-seven years ago, on July 19-20, 1848, over three hundred men and women gathered at the Wesleyan Chapel in Seneca Falls, New York for the first Women's Rights Convention. There in a small industrial town on a branch of the Erie Canal in upstate New York, began a fight that would last for 72 years.

Kate Sheppard

At Least Someone's Enjoying This House Confederate Flag Debacle | Kate Sheppard | Posted 07.09.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Here's one group that's not very disappointed that a major House appropriations bill has gotten bogged down in a fight over the Confeder...

Beautiful Utah: Arches National Park

Kevin Richberg | Posted 07.08.2015 | Travel
Kevin Richberg

So if you're in the market for an outdoor adventure, picture perfect, experience you can find nowhere else on the globe, consider Arches National Park. The town of Moab, an adventure sport capital, sits just 4 miles to the south of the park entrance.

Thank You, Donald Trump From People Who Are Deaf Or Hard Of Hearing!

Janice S. Lintz | Posted 07.06.2015 | Politics
Janice S. Lintz

You needn't worry about my daughter--she learned from this experience not to accept crumbs from those who think that people with disabilities don't deserve the best the world has to offer. So thank you for galvanizing me into helping to change the world for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Making More Room to Roam for Yellowstone Bison

Clark Bunting | Posted 07.01.2015 | Green
Clark Bunting

What is it about bison that could have a dozen different people from wildly different backgrounds grinning like Cheshire cats? And why do we have an obligation to protect them?

America's Oldest Park Ranger, 93, Is A Fierce Advocate For Young Women Of Color Everywhere

The Huffington Post | Cameron Keady | Posted 05.20.2015 | Good News

For America’s most seasoned ranger, sharing nine decades of history is, truly, a walk in the park. Betty Reid Soskin, 93, is thought to be the n...

LISTEN: Thomas Edison's Talking Dolls Will Haunt Your Dreams

The Huffington Post | David Lohr | Posted 05.12.2015 | Weird News

Long before the masters of horror were using dolls in movies to scare the bejesus out of us, Thomas Edison unwittingly created one of the first -- and...

Encouraging Diversity in the National Parks

Michael Sainato | Posted 06.27.2015 | Black Voices
Michael Sainato

Attendance to the National Parks reached a record-breaking 292.8 million visits in 2014. Despite the increase in popularity, African Americans continue to be one of the most underrepresented visitor demographics in the parks.

New Evidence of Prehistoric Trade With Asia Found at Bering Land Bridge Site

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 06.21.2015 | Science
Alaska Dispatch News

Now another newly analyzed object from the University of Colorado-led Cape Espenberg dig is providing more evidence of prehistoric trade or contacts between the residents of Northwest Alaska and their neighbors across the Bering Strait.