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Exploring the Original Oil Country in Northwestern Pennsylvania

This story is part of our series on national heritage areas, the large lived-in landscapes managed through innovative partnerships to […]

Waterfalls, Sesquicentinis, and Buffalo Soldiers

4+ Ways to Celebrate Yosemite’s Landmark 150th Birthday

One June 30, 1864, Congress passed and President Abraham Lincoln signed the Yosemite Grant Act into law—a groundbreaking piece of […]

Lucas, Isabelle, and Craig Obey hug the largest spruce tree in the country.

5 Lessons, Countless Memories

My Family's 6-Week National Park Adventure

Two years ago, my family embarked on a marvelous six-week national park adventure to discover activities and locations that were […]

James King, Jr., with his mom. Photo courtesy of the author.

Tackling a Mountain with Mom

For ages, I’d been trying to convince my mom to get outside. As someone who loves being in nature, I […]

Kids paddle on the Anacostia River in Maryland. Photo © Annie Riker/NPCA.

Feeling Small Again

5 Tips for Visiting National Parks with Kids

We go to the parks to feel small again. These are places of enormous grandeur which fill us with wonder […]