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Speaking of Bears

7/8/2015 // By Beth Pratt-Bergstrom

Bears delight us all—as M.E. Beatty wrote in Bears of Yosemite, “Of all the animals in our national parks, the bear undoubtedly ranks first in public interest.” There is a story behind the scenery of the picturesque view of a …

Grand Teton. Photo donated by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Andrew Parsons

7 National Parks to Camp in this Summer

6/26/2015 // By Abby Barber

Did you know the National Park System includes 407 areas covering more than 84 million acres in every state, DC, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands? These areas vary in shape and size, and nearly 60 national …

Hiking, backpacking, camping, and fishing are just a few of the many values enjoyed by visitors to Western public lands like Colorado's Collegiate Peaks Wilderness. (Photo by Russell Bassett)

Time to Go On Offense to Protect Our Cherished Public Lands

6/30/2014 // By Russell Bassett

Unlike most every other country, America has a huge backyard. The federal public lands of the western United States are the equivalent of a giant commons that everyone can enjoy. Whether you’re a New Englander sightseeing in the Grand Canyon …

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Celebrating 150 Years of Yosemite and Its Remarkable Wildlife

6/29/2014 // By Beth Pratt-Bergstrom

Editor’s Note: Yosemite National Park celebrates its 150th anniversary on Monday, June 30, and although many visit for the awe-inspiring scenery, NWF’s California Director (who lives on the southwest border of the park and worked in Yosemite for a decade) …

A storm approaches near Hot Springs, South Dakota. Photo by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Jason Heritage.

Celebrate Nature Photography Day

6/13/2014 // By Avelino Maestas

While you make plans to celebrate Father’s Day this weekend, consider taking your camera along, because Sunday is also Nature Photography Day. We’re huge photography fans here at National Wildlife Federation, and every year we host the National Wildlife Photo Contest. The …

Bear Mountain State Park, one of my favorite local parks.  Photo by Dave Overcash.

Today is Kids to Parks Day!

5/17/2014 // By Adeline Rolnick

Where I grew up, in the suburbs of New York City, we didn’t have easy access to what everyone thinks of as America’s iconic parks—getting to Yellowstone or Yosemite required a long plane ride, and we were much more likely …

Denali National Park by Stokes Clarke

The Grandeur of Our National Parks

4/18/2014 // By Dani Tinker

I’m excited by our national parks. I even have a Passport and get a stamp for each one I visit. The awe-inspiring landscapes are nearly impossible to communicate, but these photographs from the National Wildlife Photo Contest come close.  It’s a bonus that an abundance of …

Willow Lake Park in Arizona operated by the City of Prescott.

7 Gorgeous Alternatives to National Parks

10/10/2013 // By Dani Tinker

Update: Nature Find is still a great tool to find national, state, city parks and other sites to connect with nature. This past Sunday I decided to go hiking with a friend. It was a gorgeous day and we decided …

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The Government Shutdown Puts D.C.’s Environmental Education on Hold

10/9/2013 // By Mollie Simon

When I moved to D.C. two weeks ago, I brought with me a pretty large to-do list. Unfortunately, almost as soon as I got here, that was all put on hold. With the government shutdown in full force, the Smithsonian …

Bull elk stopping traffic is a typical sight in the fall in Rocky Mountain National Park. This isn't a typical fall. NWF Photo

First Flooding, Now an Unnatural Disaster — the Shutdown — Plagues Rocky Mountain National Park

10/3/2013 // By Judith Kohler

Colorado communities are still assessing all the damage from September’s deadly flooding that destroyed or damaged tens of thousands of homes and wiped out roads and highways.  People in the town of Estes Park, gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park, …

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