Aransas National Wildlife Refuge

Rising sea levels at the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge threaten to drown out beaches where sea turtles nest and wetlands that provide critical habitat for many bird species. Altering rainfall patterns, due to climate...

Sognefjord – Exploring the Deepest Fjord in the World

Norway’s wild, breathtaking beauty is rooted in its fjords, and the Sognefjord is not only the longest and deepest but also one of the most dramatic. It is wonderfully diverse, awash in fertile parkland,...

Texas Hill Country – Wild for Flowers: Lady Bird’s Legacy

Growing up in the verdant forests of the East Texas region called the Piney Woods, little Claudia Taylor could no more have foreseen that she’d become the nation’s First Lady than anticipate that she...

Hiding Place of the Jungle Manatee

The Amazonian Manatee, endemic to this region, faces a high rate of extinction in the wild. Anavilhanas is also home to other threatened species, including the giant arapaima fish, black caiman, and two species...

Khao Yai National Park

Like many wild places, Khao Yai National Park faces threats from human development and encroachment. Agriculture is expanding to the east, luxury resorts and golf courses are springing up to the west, and the...

Tortuguero National Park

Secluded Tortuguero in Costa Rica provides ideal nesting conditions for four endangered turtle species. These turtles are in constant danger from fishing nets and disruption to reproduction cycles due to the light and sound...

Apalachicola Bluffs & Ravines Preserve

This carefully restored landscape, home to many rare species of plants and animals—some found nowhere else on earth—and its environmental riches are threatened on all sides by a maelstrom of competing commercial and residential...

The Skyline Drive & Blue Ridge Parkway

Anchored at either end by national parks— Shenandoah  National  Park at one end, Great Smoky Mountains National Park at the other—this 574-mile stretch of Appalachian mountain-crest highway is stunning any time of year. In May,...

Petrified Forest & Painted Desert

A better name for the Petrified Forest might be the Petrified Pile of Logs, with its fossilized hunks of ancient trees scattered like kindling across the arid scrubby landscape. But these richly colored petrifactions...

Craters of the Moon National Monument

Here’s one aptly named national park: Bring the children here and they will feel as though they’ve gone to the moon. Three lava fields, with some 60 distinct lava flows and 25 volcanic cones,...

Big Cypress National Preserve

Big Cypress National Preserve is a vast wetland that is heavily used for hiking, hunting, and other forms of outdoor recreation. Managing this sensitive ecosystem is a challenge that has led officials at various...

Hwange National Park

Hwange is Zimbabwe's largest, best-known, and most accessible national park. It boasts more than 100 different species of animal and 400 species of birds, putting it in the front ranks of the world's wildlife...