national parks

Normalcy returns to Gulf Islands for now

Normalcy returns to Gulf Islands for now

Gulf Islands National Seashore remained closed for more than a month. The 35-day partial shutdown of the federal government – the longest in history — created the closure. Last Monday, normalcy returned for national parks. Read the full article in the Feb. 7 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or […]

Youth Corps gets the ax for this summer

Youth Corps gets the ax for this summer

A popular summer job program is on the chopping block. Money set aside for the Youth Conservation Corps won’t be available in the Southeast region this year, the government choosing instead to use that money to make repairs at national parks damaged by hurricanes that rolled through last year. Read the full article in the […]

Volunteers are key in Gulf Islands cleanup

Volunteers are key in Gulf Islands cleanup

Gulf Islands National Seashore offers visitors opportunities to see wildlife and enjoy water activities such as swimming, snorkeling, kayaking and fishing. Keeping the seashore looking great isn’t easy, however, and the efforts to do so go on throughout the year. “It’s a never-ending job,” Gulf Islands National Seashore Superintendent Dan Brown said. “We’ll do a […]

Volunteers play critical role in operation of national parks

Volunteers play critical role in operation of national parks

Paula Lamont strikes up a conversation with a couple who are on vacation in Florida while inside the visitor’s center at Fort Pickens Friday morning. The couple discusses the trip they are on and how they plan to head north next to hit a few more historical sites. Lamont mentions her experiences at some of […]

UPDATED: Journey into freedom – Olympic National Park

UPDATED:  Journey into freedom – Olympic National Park

Five Navarre High School grads take coming of age journey At the top of the travel itinerary it says, “Take pride in how far you have come and have faith in how far you will go.”  Five 2016 Navarre High School graduates are going far, both literally and in their life plans.  The teens are […]

Butler living a big kid’s life as a park ranger

Butler living a big kid’s life as a park ranger

Will Butler visited several national parks while growing up but never made it to Fort Pickens. But the historical military installation, one of the highlights of the Gulf Islands National Seashore, is where Butler now works as a ranger. He figures if he had traveled to Florida as a child he would have felt the […]

Bioblitz offers exploration opportunities for citizen scientists

Bioblitz offers exploration opportunities for citizen scientists

Gulf Islands National Seashore will be bustling with activity May 21 as citizen scientists set out to explore nature at Naval Live Oaks in Gulf Breeze. Bioblitz 2016, created through a joint effort of the National Park Service and National Geographic, is providing an opportunity for people of all ages to explore, identify and document […]

National Seashore gives active military free annual passes

National Seashore gives active military free annual passes

Free Annual Passes Available next 4 days Gulf Islands National Seashore celebrates the holidays by distributing free annual passes for active duty U.S. military members at Fort Barrancas.  These grant free access to national parks and other federal recreational lands.  Active military personnel or their dependents can pick up their free passes over the next […]

Every Kid in a Park Initiative underway

Every Kid in a Park Initiative underway

A new youth initiative titled Every Kid in a Park is aimed at getting fourth-graders and their families to visit public lands and waters throughout the 2015-16 school year. The White House and Federal Land Management agencies launched the initiative Sept. 1. It will provide fourth-graders with a pass that gives them access to national […]