Cradle Mountain

Photo: Tatters, Cradle Mountain (Some rights reserved) Tasmania – Cradle Mountain is the iconic gateway to the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area and is located in the Central Highlands region. At 1,545 metres (5,069 feet) above sea level, it is the fifth-highest mountain in Tasmania and is one of the principal tourist sites in the state. The …

Budj Bim National Park and Cultural Landscape World Heritage Site

Photo: Mertie (Some rights reserved) Budj Bim or Mount Eccles is an extinct volcano near Macarthur in southwestern Victoria, Australia. Budj Bim is also the Gunditjmara name, meaning High Head. The roughly conical shaped peak rises 178 meters (584 feet). The World Heritage Centre accepted the nomination for the Budj Bim Cultural Landscape as Australia’s …

National Park

Lingo Cards (Some rights reserved) National Park = a scenic or historically important area of countryside protected by the federal government for the enjoyment of the general public or the preservation of wildlife Parque Nacional = un área pintoresca o históricamente importante del campo protegida por el gobierno federal para el disfrute del público en …

Cotopaxi

Photo: Jo Simon, View from Iliniza (Some rights reserved) Spotlight on Cotopaxi, an active stratovolcano, national park, and country province, in the Andes Mountains about 50 km (31 mi) south of Quito, and 33 km (21 mi) northeast of the city of Latacunga, Ecuador. Google Mapsgoo.gl/maps/zzwruGZ9sWCBZPvV6 The Cotopaxi volcano (meaning “smooth neck of the moon” …

European Day of Parks

Logo May 24 is the European Day of Parks. The European Day of Parks is a commemorative day for Protected Areas across Europe that was launched in 1999 by the Europarc Federation to celebrate Protected Areas throughout Europe. HistoryIt celebrates the creation of the first national parks in Europe – a set of nine parks …

Wild Africa

Photo: lukas.b0, Giraffe (Some rights reserved) Planeta.com is updating our guide to Wild Africa – the country’s biodiversity, wildlife, parks and protected areas and the opportunities for ecotourism, conscious, local, Indigenous, and responsible travel. Relevant additions and suggestions are welcome. Questions What would locals like others know about responsible travel and wildlife tourism in Africa? …

White Sands National Park

Photo: NPS, Cartwheels (Public domain) Transitioning from a national monument to a national park, White Sands National Park protects the largest gypsum dune field in the world. Park managers and friends of the park work toward public access and maintenance of the solitude and silence of the dunes. Located in southern New Mexico, the park …

Arches National Park

Photo: Arches, North Window (Some rights reserved) Spotlight on Arches National Park Key Linksnps.gov/arch/index.htmDark Sky CertifiedTimed [email protected] Google Mapsgoo.gl/maps/9Jrhi8BmQup4QMea7 HeadlinesTimed entry pilot program begins at Arches National ParkAnother national park in Utah is set to require reservations for entry as visitation skyrocketsHusband says NPS still withholding information in grisly decapitation of Ugandan ambassador in ArchesUtah’s …

Pieniny 

Photo: Paweł Jusyn, Nighttime (Some rights reserved) Spotlight on the national parks in the Pieniny mountains of Poland and Slovakia Google Mapsgoo.gl/maps/KjhZ3Cmk9RYT1uj8A Wikipedia: Pieniny National Park (Polish: Pieniński Park Narodowy) is a protected area located in the heart of Pieniny Mountains in the southernmost part of Poland. Administratively, the Park lies in the Lesser Poland …

Recreate Responsibly

Stay Safe Poster Kudos to the US National Parks Service for compiling an illustrative and informative guide – nps.gov/media/photo/gallery.htm?pg=4913675&id=CF41B3F2-A93D-4F38-A482-CD02DD7488BD – to responsible travel – aka recreate responsibly – in the parks and protected areas. Graphics related to COVID-19 response and social distancing are available for use on webpages, social media, and physical locations to promote …