Latest United States National Park Service Stories

26,000 Acres Added To Petrified Forest National Park
2011-09-09 12:06:39

  The U.S. government announced on Thursday it has decided to add 26,000 acres to the National Park Service's Petrified Forest National Park. Congress expanded the boundaries of the park in 2004 from 93,500 acres to about 218,500 acres but did not immediately appropriate any money to buy the private inholdings. “The National Park Service and The Conservation Fund announced today the conservation of approximately 26,000 acres in northeast Arizona full of significant...

2011-07-18 11:35:00

Plus, Experience "Trail Talk," Where YOU Ask the Questions to America's National Park Rangers WASHINGTON, July 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Ever wonder about the best hikes, sites and activities in America's national parks? Or are you unsure about how you should plan your next visit to a national park or what you should pack? The National Park Foundation, the official charity of America's National Parks, is here to help! Today, NPF unveils Happy Trails, a new guide...

2011-07-14 14:30:00

MANASSAS, Va., July 14, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Park Service will commemorate the sesquicentennial of the Battle of First Manassas with events at the park from Thursday, July 21 through Sunday, July 24, 2011. The four-day observance of the 150th anniversary of the First Battle of Manassas begins with a commemorative ceremony at the Henry Hill Visitor Center on Thursday, July 21 at 9:15 a.m. This program, sponsored by the National Park Service and the Virginia...

2011-06-29 08:54:00

National Park Foundation Invites Americans Across the Country to Celebrate Independence Day in Our Nation's Nearly 400 National Parks WASHINGTON, June 29, 2011/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Park Foundation, the official charity of America's national parks, recommends celebrating our nation's birthday in one of its nearly 400 national parks. Whether you're interested in interactive educational activities, musical concerts, or in search of an impressive fireworks display close to...

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