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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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 […]

Connecting History and People along the Delaware & Lehigh

Jim Thorpe’s main street has become a mecca for trail enthusiasts and history buffs. The American Planning Association named it one of America’s Great Places.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 from the mines to market in the early 19th century, fueling an early center of the American Industrial Revolution. One of the most successful heritage […]

Park Fees Should Benefit Park Visitors

Passengers board the free shuttle at the Zion National Park visitor center.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 free shuttle buses? Or enjoyed a visit to a working quarry to watch paleontologists preserving fossils at Badlands National Park? What you might not know […]




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