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Did You Know – National Parks Facts

The nation’s newest National Park, the New River Gorge National Park & Preserve in West Virginia, was upgraded from a National River in 2021. https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/new-river-gorge-west-virginia-newest-national-park/index.html That brings the current total of National Parks to 63 and 423 National Park Units and counting. You can see a list at: https://parksexpert.com/all-us-national-parks-list/ The only state without a National Park Unit is Delaware. The Great Smoky Mountains is the most … Continue reading Did You Know – National Parks Facts

This ‘wandering meatloaf’ chiton has a rare mineral in its teeth

(CNN) — A rare iron mineral has been discovered in the teeth of a living organism for the first time — one that bears the pet name “wandering meatloaf.” While it sounds like a tour update for the musician Meat Loaf, this research concerns a large mollusk called a chiton (not a “bat out of hell”). The mollusk, also known as Cryptochiton stelleri, got its nickname because … Continue reading This ‘wandering meatloaf’ chiton has a rare mineral in its teeth


We want to say thank you to everyone who helped out last Sunday. Park rangers and staff, SDFD firefighters, lifeguards along with Federal Fire, US Coast Guard, Customs and Border Protection and other local agencies worked together on this incident. But that wasn’t all. We also had amazing park volunteers and Good Samaritan visitors who also jumped in to assist. Your quick actions helped save … Continue reading THANK YOU HEROES!

Two women holding cameras with long lens pointed at the sky, watching birds.

What’s in the Tidepools? – April 2021

Photographers Pauline and Carmen in action. (NPS Photo/K. Gerace) Our dedicated volunteers at Cabrillo National Monument take photos of the exciting flora and fauna down in the tidepools! We want to try and capture the wonderful photos that volunteers are taking in the tidepool area. This blog post is published on a monthly basis, but we need your help. We encourage you to contribute by … Continue reading What’s in the Tidepools? – April 2021

People stand on sandstone cliffs overlooking the ocean. Volunteers are wearing long sleeve blue shirts.

Ranger Lauren Presents…

Our own Ranger Lauren will be speaker this Thursday as part of the Santa Monica National Recreational Area (SAMO) Virtual Speaker Series. Lauren, our Marine biologist, will be talking about “Rocky Intertidal monitoring and tidepool visitation at Cabrillo”. Cabrillo has been monitoring the rocky intertidal since the mid 1990’s and collecting visitation data along the Coastal trail for years. Several reports have been written and … Continue reading Ranger Lauren Presents…

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The NPS App has Launched

The new NPS App has officially launched! The NPS App connects visitors to all 420+ national parks from one single app. The new NPS App will help visitors learn about trails, visitor centers, campgrounds, directions, fees and passes, weather alerts, passport stamp locations and more. With over 420 national parks across the country and in every state, use the NPS App to plan your next … Continue reading The NPS App has Launched