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When did vandalism become art?

2 hours agoHealth : Booster Shots

To the editor: When did vandalism become art? Calling this woman an artist and referring to an “internationally known graffiti artist” as the “best-known artist” who has tagged in a national park seems to elevate their acts above defacing public property. (Re “Graffiti artist is banned from public...

Chasing Trains Through Banff, Part 1 - CP 8646 West

I spent a morning chasing trains through Banff National Park (and a bit of Yoho National Park) earlier this month, and it was fun!The consensus among experienced Alberta railfans was that the best way to railfan the area was to pick up an eastbound train in Field, BC, or a westbound near Exshaw, AB, and chase it through the Banff-Lake Louise area. Show More Summary

President Obama Designates Stonewall Inn As First Ever LGBTQ National Monument

The historic bar where the modern gay rights movement was launched is now part of the National Parks System

'Brain-Eating Amoeba' Kills Woman After She Swims in US National Park

A teenager died after contracting a brain-eating amoeba in a national park in North Carolina, causing officials to close the area to attempt to clean the water of parasites.

African Park Rangers Face Deadly Struggle To Save Mountain Gorillas

Around 480 mountain gorillas live within the confines of Virunga, Africa's oldest national park. The critically endangered primates are among the most threatened animals in the world, and the population inside the region is the onlyShow More Summary

Why Did the Elusive Black Rhinoceros Cross the Road at Lake Nakuru National Park in Kenya?

The black rhinoceros is a critically endangered species native to Kenya and other countries in eastern and southern Africa — so much so that the Western Black Rhinoceros was officially declared extinct in 2011 by the International Union...Show More Summary

It’s About Time: Stonewall Inn Officially Recognized As a National Monument

yesterdayHumor / odd : Geekosystem

Finally, after so many years, The Stonewall Inn has officially been recognized by the White House and the National Park Service as a national monument.

Chaining up to move a hefty meal

Researchers have documented the first known instance of insects moving prey by forming chains. In 2010, ant researchers spotted chains of bluish ants dragging a huge millipede in Phnom Kulen National Park, Cambodia. Each ant bit on a constriction on the abdomen of the ant ahead of it, while the first ant bit tight on the millipede's antenna. Show More Summary

The Literary Subversives Who Boosted America’s National Parks

“Sadly, the parks rarely get much attention on the national stage unless some knucklehead displaces a cute little baby bison or tries to feed a grizzly bear. But in this year when the Park Service is celebrating its centennial with all sorts of hand-wringing about the future, it’s instructive to remember how language can save […]

Obama Makes Stonewall America’s First LGBTQ National Monument

In early May, news broke that President Barack Obama’s administration, through the National Park Service, was making moves to designate New York’s Stonewall Inn and a surrounding slice of Greenwich Village a national monument. It would be the first to mark a site of importance in LGBTQ history. Show More Summary

Obama Designates 'Stonewall National Monument' As First National Park Dedicated To LGBT History

Since the city's Landmarks Preservation Commission made history by landmarking the Stonewall Inn for its involvement in the gay rights movement, activists and politicians have been pushing to similarly designate the small park just outside the bar as a national monument. Show More Summary

Stonewall Just Became a National Monument

yesterdayHumor / odd : mental_floss

It’s the National Parks System’s first monument related to LGBTQ history.

Watch: President Obama Designates Stonewall National Monument

Stonewall is the first official National Park Service unit dedicated to telling the story of LGBT Americans.

Watch: President Obama Designates Stonewall National Monument

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Stonewall is the first official National Park Service unit dedicated to telling the story of LGBT Americans.

Obama Designates Stonewall a National LGBT Monument

"I believe our national parks should reflect the full story of our country, the richness and diversity and uniquely American spirit that has always defined us," said President Obama.

Obama designates Stonewall Inn a national monument to gay rights

'Our national parks should reflect the full story of our country: the richness and diversity and uniquely American spirit that has always defined us' The post Obama designates Stonewall Inn a national monument to gay rights appeared first on

Casey Nocket: Judge Bans Instagram Artist From 20 Percent Of The Country, All U.S. National Parks

A so-called Instagram artist who had desecrated seven national parks — including Death Valley and Yosemite — by painting graffiti, has been banned from all U.S. National Parks, which is about 20 percent of the country. Casey Nocket, a 23-year-old who lives in San Diego, pleaded guilty to seven misdemeanor charges of injury and depredation... Show More Summary

A National Park Service for the Next 100 Years

On August 25, 2016, our nation will celebrate an incredible milestone - the 100th year anniversary of the founding of the national parks. Called by some the "best idea we ever had," the centennial, which is officially being commemorated...Show More Summary

Women's rights in protected areas: Championing gender equality in environmental conservation policy

In a small village near Xuan Thuy National Park in Vietnam, Pham Thi Kim Phuong bikes seven kilometers every morning to the mudflats by the park's mangroves. There, she joins hundreds of other women who take advantage of the early morning low tide to manually gather clams and snails. Show More Summary

“Revolutionary Saturdays” This Summer

Five National Park Service sites around Boston are inviting families to participate in “Revolutionary Saturdays” this summer. In particular, the parks invite fourth-graders to download a voucher from the “Every Kid in a Park” website to prepare for their visits, which are aimed to prepare them to study the American Revolution in school next year. Show More Summary

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