National Parks | Smithsonian Magazinehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/national-parks/RSS feed for National ParksenTue, 05 Jan 2021 12:00:00 +0000If You Want to See Thousands of Fireflies Light Up at Once, Head to the Great Smoky Mountainshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/if-you-want-see-thousands-fireflies-light-once-head-great-smoky-mountains-180958845/A firefly mating ritual turns into a synchronized light showFri, 22 Apr 2016 17:04:10 +0000The Lost History of Yellowstonehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/lost-history-yellowstone-180976518/Debunking the myth that the great national park was a wilderness untouched by humansTue, 05 Jan 2021 12:00:00 +0000Why the Valley of the Gods Inspires Such Reverencehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/valley-gods-inspires-reverence-180974880/The haunting beauty of an ancient desertscapeThu, 28 May 2020 15:00:00 +0000Cherokee Indians Can Now Harvest Sochan Within a National Parkhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/cherokee-indians-harvest-sochan-national-park-180973089/For the first time, the indigenous community is allowed to gather the cherished plant on protected landWed, 18 Sep 2019 11:00:00 +0000A Brief History of Smokey Bear, the Forest Service's Legendary Mascothttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/brief-history-smokey-bear-180972549/How the beloved figure has become a lightning rod in a heated environmental debateWed, 10 Jul 2019 13:00:00 +0000How Thousand-Year-Old Trees Became the New Ivoryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-thousand-year-old-trees-became-new-ivory-180963365/Ancient trees are disappearing from protected national forests around the world. A look inside $100 billion market for stolen woodMon, 22 May 2017 13:56:09 +0000Beautiful Photos from America’s Six Least-Visited National Parkshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/experience-america-least-visited-national-parks-180960430/These parks are less popular, but no less spectacularWed, 05 Oct 2016 16:26:27 +0000You Can Thank Scientists for the National Park Systemhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/you-can-thank-science-and-scientists-national-park-system-180960275/Early conservation research and scientific expeditions laid the groundwork and helped to convince the public national parks were a good ideaThu, 01 Sep 2016 12:44:35 +0000Americans Think National Parks Are Worth Way More Than We Spend On Themhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/articles/americans-think-national-parks-are-worth-way-more-we-spend-them-180959802/An independent survey finds that although NPS's annual budget is around $3 billion, Americans are willing to pay much moreFri, 15 Jul 2016 13:00:00 +0000Marathoner Sets Out to Run All of America's National Parkshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/marathoner-sets-out-to-run-all-of-americas-national-parks-180958474/Autumn Ray's goal: 59 national parks before she turns 40 in four yearsThu, 31 Mar 2016 12:15:00 +0000