National parks

History Comes Alive at the Great Sand Dunes National Park

by Sandy Bornstein / Dec 10, 2019 /
Sandy Bornstein's picture

Did you know that there are sand dunes in the southern part of Colorado near the New Mexico border? This unique national park may be a bit off the beaten track, but it is definitely worth the drive.

Expert shares Top 5 Tips to Avoid the Crowds in National Parks

by Ed Forteau / May 17, 2018 /
Ed Forteau's picture

Memorial Day Weekend starts the begining of summer - and all the attendant travel plans! Our own national parks are becoming more and more popular for travelers looking for lower costs and higher values - and all that natural beauty! How do you avoid the big crowds on holiday weekends?

Manuel Antonio National Park: Snakes, Monkeys, and Sunshine

Stephane Alexandre's picture

Life has been a whirlwind of traveling lately! I have just returned from a 16 day trip to Costa Rica with G Adventures and I am still pinching myself over this experience!

Manuel Antonio National Park: Snakes, Monkeys, and Sunshine

Del Morro Castle - 500 Years and Still Standing

A Mighty Fort Stands Proud for More than 500 Years
San Felipe Del Morro Castle, Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

Places to Camp in America

Lexa Pennington's picture

The United States is home to some of the most captivating camping sites in the world, thanks to its vast expanses of diverse terrain. A multitude of national parks, lakes, beaches, and canyons double up as camp sites welcoming a steady stream of visitors. Those planning a camping holiday in the USA must, of course, make sure they book a spot well in advance to avoid any disappointments, especially if the preferred camping ground has a limited capacity.

How Nature Can Answer the Problems of Human Experiences: Escapism: Words + Photos

Dr. Jessie Voigts's picture

When I first heard of the book Escapism: Words + Photos, by Candice Lee, I was excited. Nature plus poetry plus lived experience? YES! Then the book came in the mail, and I opened it and happily dug in. 

How Nature Can Answer the Problems of Human Experiences: Escapism: Words + Photos

Artist of the Month: Mark A. Hicks

by Dr. Jessie Voigts / Aug 26, 2016 /
Dr. Jessie Voigts's picture

You may have seen our Artist of the Month, Mark Hicks, before on Wandering Educators - we love his work, and have shared much of his art.

#NPS100: National Park Stamps from USPS

Dr. Jessie Voigts's picture

This summer, Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan helped the National Park Service celebrate its 100th anniversary with the dedication of the pane of 16 National Parks Forever stamps. The first-day-of-issue ceremony took place in New York City at the World Stamp Show-NY 2016– which is the world’s largest stamp show and is only held once a decade in the United States.

Top 10 Free-Range Adventures in America’s National Parks

Dr. Jessie Voigts's picture

In The Best Things in Life are Free: The Ultimate Money-Saving Travel Guide, the travel experts at Lonely Planet collected the most priceless experiences they've discovered from over 40 years of on-the-ground research into one essential resource. Packed with money-saving tips, tricks and recommendations, The Best Things in Life are Free features 884 free (or almost free) sights and experiences in 60 major cities around the world from Boston to Bangkok.

Lassoing the Sun: A Year in America's National Parks

Dr. Jessie Voigts's picture

Some books come into your life and stay with you. For whatever reason, they strike a chord and fit right in. And while this is rare, it does happen. One book that is forever lodged in my heart is Lassoing the Sun: A Year in America's National Parks, by Mark Woods. It's a personal look at natural spaces, at family and friends, at moving and doing, at being in nature. It's a thoughtful record of exploration and listening and thinking, of love, of essence of place.