Not all parks experience winter like the wonderland we see in movies, but the ones that do, are well worth the few added layers, just to gaze upon the sensational sparkling snow.
Parks come in all shapes and sizes. Regardless of where our parks are, how big they are, and what kind of wildlife call them home, they are all important because of their positive contributions to humans and to the natural world.
More than 300 terrestrial animal species have been driven to extinction since 1500. The creation and maintenance of well-managed protected areas provide the greatest promise of ending the extinction crisis confronting our Earth's best of the wild.
A landmark paper published this week in Nature by James Watson and colleagues shows that there is now significant evidence that many governments are backsliding on their commitments to establish and support parks and other protected areas.
President Franklin Roosevelt once said, "There is nothing so American as our national parks.... The fundamental idea behind the parks...is that the country belongs to the people." If you have yet to explore "your" parks -- there are 401 of them -- then Veterans Day is just the excuse you need.
I am often asked what my thoughts are on philanthropy's role in helping to protect and preserve our national parks. It is a fair question and I feel strongly about the answer. Philanthropy, in all forms, is essential to the existence and future of America's national parks.
Southeast Asia is home to a great many national parks covering a diverse range of landscape and wildlife, but we've chosen ten that stand out for their unique and incredible environment.
On the icefield, measurements taken this fall at four of the six monitoring sites showed a net loss of mass, with all of the past winter's snowfall melted out by the end of September.
Why spend a fortune for just a few hours at a fabricated haunted house when you can explore truly spooky sites for a whole day in the wild?
We'd return to Shenandoah, Grand Tetons, and Hawaii's Big Island during the fall in a heartbeat. But I feel a little reluctant to be writing about this undiscovered time of year. If enough people listen to me, it probably won't be such an isolated experience next time.
Our long-time marriage has become a kind of dinosaur in this day and age where starter marriages have become the norm.
We set out to uncover some of the lesser-known facts about the parks, interviewing park rangers, researching weather patterns, and talking to birding fanatics.
When I saw the news coverage last year of the flood, I felt a sinking feeling, and a longing. Even though it had been years since I'd been to Estes Park, it was always on my "Let's go back" list, always an option.
Ask anyone where Constitution Gardens is, and they're as likely to say it's in Philadelphia as in Washington, D.C.
Written by Denise Ryan, Director of Public Lands Policy ...
Having clocked numerous trips at home and abroad, most are experienced travelers, comfortable in groups and eager to make new friends. On these recent tours, I've not been a hopeless traveling companion. It hardly seems worthy of praise to say that I've become an OK member of a group, but hey, we take what we can get.