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Parks

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GORP.com

http://gorp.away.com/

This travel site specializes in national parks. Check out the Park Top 10 lists to find the best parks to see wildlife, go fishing or biking, or get off the beaten path. You can find a park by region; learn about national forests, wilderness areas, and monuments; find a campground and the gear you’ll need; book an adventure vacation; and more.

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www.nps.gov

The U.S. National Park Service (NPS) has done an outstanding job putting together this guide, which covers the NPS, its parks, and educational resources. Follow links to pages for individual parks, including the most popular ones, such as Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, Denali, Acadia, the Everglades, Bryce Canyon, Big Bend, Yosemite, and hundreds more. Find a park by name, location, activity (camping, boating, hunting, and so on), or topic (Civil War, fossils/dinosaurs, caves, for example).

National Parks Conservation Association

www.npca.org

The stated mission of the NPCA is “to protect and enhance America’s National Parks for present and future generations.” You can learn about the work of this organization, receive Action Alerts about important issues, find out how to support the NPCA, explore national parks, and subscribe to National Parks magazine.

U.S. Forest Service

www.fs.fed.us

Learn about National Forests and Grasslands (including where to find them and get maps/brochures), get information about passes and fees, read about the history of the Forest Service and its current work. Has a Just for Kids section featuring Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl.

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Backcountry Ranger’s Blog

http://trailpatrol.blogspot.com/

This blog of a self-described “middle-aged park ranger, backcountry trails volunteer, and dyed-in-the-wool winter person” who writes about his job and thoughts about life.

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