national parks


It’s Big Boy Season: Vote for the Fattest Bear

For brown bears, the fatter the better, because body fat means strong chances of winter survival.
Kaleigh Rogers
national parks

The Plan to Save an Iconic Natural Monument By Covering It in Plastic

A wild desire to preserve one of Utah’s most famous natural monuments almost destroyed it.
Daniel Oberhaus
government transparency

The National Park Service Promises to Reinstate 92 Climate Change Documents Removed From Website

Dozens of documents outlining how national parks will address climate change were removed from the agency’s website this month.
Sarah Emerson
Outer Limits

How America’s National Parks Became Hotbeds of Paranormal Activity

Bigfoot and aliens have come to overshadow the government’s aging database of missing persons cold cases.
Sarah Emerson
National Parks WPA Prints

National Park Posters Remind Us Why Government Funding Is Beautiful

Let's go back to a time when the government loved arts and the environment.
Sarah Emerson
national parks

‘The Land Is an Equalizer’: Indigenous Peoples Take Greater Role in Shaping Canada's National Parks

“We believe true reconciliation happens on the land.”
Jeremy Klaszus

Why Environmental History Is Black History

A combination of history and branding left people of color out of national parks and nature.
Samantha Cole

Canada’s National Parks Are Being Turned Into Theme Parks

A watchdog group points the finger at Parks Canada.
Kate Lunau

Feds Confiscated a Hobbyist's Drone Footage to Keep It Off the Internet

Yosemite's new rule isn't legal, but that hasn't stopped the government from making up rules as it goes along.
Jason Koebler
Motherboard Blog

It's Dark in Those Woods: Tracing Environmentalism to Eugenics (Part Two)

When we left Madison Grant, Teddy Roosevelt, and the Boone and Crockett Club, they were throwing their considerable heft behind unprecedented regulations on hunting in the United States. Their motive, however, was selfish: the rules would benefit them...
Alicia Puglionesi
Motherboard Blog

In Which Big Game and Eugenics Go To Washington: or, Environmentalism Is Born (Part One)

In the aftermath of a rollicking dinner party in 1887, Teddy Roosevelt and his friends decided to start a club. It would be devoted to their shared passions: the thrill of the chase, pitting nature against human daring and ingenuity – a club for big...
Alicia Puglionesi
Motherboard Blog

Google Street View Goes To the Weirdest Places

When your grandparents were young and curious and eager to see the world, they had to join the Navy. Today, you can just go to Google. Now five years old, Google Street View is an endless source of fun and adventure. Sure, there are the serendipitous...
Adam Estes