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National Park News | 2021 Visitation Shatters Records, New Park Reservations, a First for USS Constitution

National Park News | 2021 Visitation Shatters Records, New Park Reservations, a First for USS Constitution

February 13, 2022

Welcome to this month's "News from the Parks" our monthly roundup of top stories from the National Parks. The official overall NPS visitation number has yet to be released, but some parks have already turned in their reporting and the numbers at some of our most popular parks are staggering. Plus, project improvements continue, the sad fate of Lake Powell, Judge rules in favor of the Endangered Species Act. the USS Constitution sees a change in command and a first for the ship, Canadian doctors see the health benefits in National Parks, and more.

Roebling’s Delaware Aqueduct

Roebling’s Delaware Aqueduct

February 11, 2022

In the 1800s, the Lackawaxen region of the Upper Delaware River was a bustling area, punctuated by industrial transportation. The canal era provided access to water transport where there was no natural river or lake. John Augustus Roebling, a civil engineer with an innovative approach to suspension bridges, was hired to build four aqueduct bridges that became the basis for modern bridge construction still used today. 

Imprisoned at Fort McHenry

Imprisoned at Fort McHenry

January 12, 2022

Right at the end of the outcropping where the Patuxent River meets the Baltimore Harbor sits a star-shaped fort that had been instrumental in the War of 1812, and which led to the writing of our national anthem. But Fort McHenry carries other stories, too, few more striking than its use for imprisoning prominent Southern-leaning citizens of Maryland during the Civil War, including members of the Maryland legislature and journalists. 

 

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Changes to National Parks in 2022

Changes to National Parks in 2022

January 6, 2022

Will you need to make a reservation when you visit a national park this year? America’s 400+ National Park Service sites have seen a surge in visitation during the pandemic, and it’s expected that 2022 will be no different. Across the country, you may run into reservation systems, closures, increased fees, and other changes at National Parks.

In this episode, Abby breaks down what you can expect in 2022.

Weir Farm

Weir Farm

December 13, 2021

In Connecticut's only National Park Service site visitors have an experience unique in the system — a place to create art, steeped in over 100 years of tradition. 

 

 

National Park News | New NPS Director, 19% of Giant Sequoias Gone in 2 years, Hiker Remains Found After 38 Years

National Park News | New NPS Director, 19% of Giant Sequoias Gone in 2 years, Hiker Remains Found After 38 Years

November 28, 2021

It's time for this month's National Park News episode. The National Park Service has a new director, fires have killed up to 19% of giant sequoia trees in California in just two years, the body of a man who went missing in the 80s has been found in Rocky Mountain National Park, and more. 

Mary Colter and the Grand Canyon

Mary Colter and the Grand Canyon

November 20, 2021

One of the very few women architects of her time, Mary Colter blended her lifelong love and respect of Native American arts and rustic elements with a fierce perfectionism: all to create a beautiful and singular aesthetic that left her imprint on the look of the modern American Southwest.

Badlands Symbiotic Species — Prairie Dogs and Burrowing Owls

Badlands Symbiotic Species — Prairie Dogs and Burrowing Owls

November 3, 2021

Beneath the rolling grasslands of Badlands National Park lies an intricate housing system and social network. Black-tailed prairie dogs pop in and out of their burrows in the prairie dog towns, chattering and gesturing. But amid all the prairie dogs, if you’re a keen observer, you may also notice what appears to be a small owl emerging from the burrows. These species – the black-tailed prairie dog and the burrowing owl - have a unique type of symbiotic relationship, and ultimately may experience a shared demise. 

What Makes a National Trail?

What Makes a National Trail?

October 21, 2021

In this episode, a park superintendent Aaron Mahr tells us what makes a national trail special, and difficult to manage. 

National Park News | Monuments Restored, Sequoias Destroyed, Mammoth Grows, Wolves Killed, White Sands Discovery, & More

National Park News | Monuments Restored, Sequoias Destroyed, Mammoth Grows, Wolves Killed, White Sands Discovery, & More

October 10, 2021

Welcome to this month's "News from the Parks" our monthly roundup of top stories from the National Parks.

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