In the spring of 2016, the National Park Service Climate Change Response Program partnered with No Barriers Youth to provide the inaugural Every Kid in a Park: Climate Change Bootcamp.…
My life is noisy. Until now, I never thought much about it. Sure, I live with a little traffic rumble, the occasional helicopter humming overhead, and ambulance sirens wailing in the distance — but the volume never really registered. Until I visited Yellowstone National Park in winter.   I’d always resisted…
It’s easy to play favorites when it comes to Glacier National Park.  Massive peaks form the backbone of this vast pristine ecosystem, in Northern Montana.  Along with her sister park across the border in Waterton Lakes, Canada, the two gems form the first international Peace Park, declared a UNESCO World Heritage…
At the turn of the century, America's wild bison - which at one time numbered 60 million - had dwindled to about two dozen animals. Strong, sturdy and resilient, they’ve made a comeback, thanks to public and private conservation efforts,  On the range, in refuges and national parks, this symbol…
Does your family travel in an RV? Visitors to Death Valley National Park now have options thanks to the Furnace Creek Ranch. The Fiddler’s Campground offers 35 RV sites (but no hook-ups). Located at The Ranch, the Furnace Creek RV Park offers 26 full-hookup RV sites and can accommodate RVs…
What's this about a super volcano turning the roads inside our treasured national park into a "soupy mess"? Park officials once closed a 3.3 mile long stretch of Firehole Lake Drive because the pavement has become too soft for vehicle traffic. A spokesperson for the park explained that Yellowstone, our…
 There is nothing so American as our national parks. The fundamental idea behind the parks is that the country belongs to the people. – Franklin D. Roosevelt As a resident of both Montana and Arizona, in recent years I was pleased to note that President Obama and his family chose…
A Yellowstone Grizz ambles near Lake Yellowstone. ( Photo (C) Lynn O'Rourke Hayes ) Unspoiled natural places, authentic cultural experiences and distinctive communities draw travelers from around the world to America’s “last best place”; Montana.  Jump start your plan to visit Big Sky country here:   Visit your National Parks. With…
Every day should be an Earth Day celebration. Here are some special ways we can honor our beautiful planet. Take part! Enjoy a Farm Stay. Get close to the land by planning a farm stay. You’ll wake to a rooster call or the sounds of other barnyard animals welcoming in…