National Parks

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

Today is Kids to Parks Day!

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 …

Denali National Park by Stokes Clarke

The Grandeur of Our National Parks

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 …

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

7 Gorgeous Alternatives to National Parks

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 …

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

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 …

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

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 …

An Atlantic puffin in the Petit Manan National Wildlife Refuge in Maine.  All 561 National Wildlife Refuges will be closed during the shutdown.

What the Government Shutdown Means for Wildlife

As of midnight last night, after the failure of Congress to pass a continuing resolution to fund the government, the government has officially shutdown.  What does this mean for conservation? We don’t …

By shooting close to the ground, photographer Rolf Nussbaumer  Western Diamondback Rattlesnake image is larger than life!

5 Last-Minute Steps to Enter the National Wildlife Photo Contest This Weekend

If you hadn’t heard, the deadline was extended for the National Wildlife Photo Contest. Hopefully this will give many of you the time you need to complete your entries and …

Brown bear catching salmon

4 Reasons America’s National Parks are Amazing

As we celebrate the 4th of July, thoughts turn to the many things that make the United States of America great. For me, one of those things is the spectacular …

Don’t Let National Parks Become A Casualty of Budget Battles

Since the Budget Control Act was passed in August, 2011—and we all had to start pretending we know what “sequester” means—NWF and our friends in the conservation community have known …

77% of Americans: Don’t Cut Environmental Spending

If “sequestration,” the series of automatic budget cuts mandated by the Budget Control Act of 2011, goes into effect as scheduled on March 1, it will have a disastrous impact on …

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