10 Spectacular Parks For Stargazing

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Photo © Tyler Nordgren

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. Plan an awe-inspiring trip for a glimpse of how the heavens looked before the dawn of electric light.

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Help Push for Better Climate Standards

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Photo © Theodore Grussing

In June, President Obama unveiled a plan to take on climate change. It's a good start, but we can do better. Please tell EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to finalize the Clean Power Plan and make it even better for parks and people!

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Overcoming Barriers in the Southwest

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Courtesy of the Hispanic Access Foundation

Latino Americans make up one of the fastest-growing demographic groups in the country, but a comparably small percentage of national park visitors. The Hispanic Access Foundation is exploring cultural barriers to park access and connecting diverse youth with the great outdoors.

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Getting a Jump on Invasive Carp

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Photo © Jim Weber/The Commercial Appeal/Zumapress

Imagine canoeing at a national park and watching a fish as big as a golden retriever jump ten feet out of the water and fly toward your boat. Absurd as it sounds, invasive Asian carp have been doing just that, threatening boaters and ecosystems in the Midwest. Fortunately, a new law will help corral these intruders.

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Trivia Challenge: Parks in the Arctic

Kobuk Valley National ParkQ: 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 sites lie north of the Arctic Circle. Can you name these four sites? A: Cape Krusenstern National Monument, Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve, […]

11 of the Best Bird-Watching Spots for Fall

The short-eared owl.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 […]

What Lies Beneath

Volunteer divers 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 […]




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