Saturday Survival Skills: Salt Spray

Despite their name, you won't find many coast redwoods directly on the coast. Redwoods need to be about .5 miles (.8 km) from the ocean. This buffer zone protects the redwoods from the effects of salt spray and strong offshore winds. Instead, you'll see many other plants lining the coast, like grasses, shrubs, and Sitka spruce trees, that are better...
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Saturday Survival Skills Salt Spray Despite their name you wont find many
Clifford Hunter
Wildflower Watch: Rhododendrons are beginning to bloom!

Springtime brings bright colors and fragrant flowers to our forests and prairies. Don't miss this display of rhododendrons along many of our trails throughout the next few weeks!

CDP Photo
Wildflower Watch: Rhododendrons are beginning to bloom
Elk are calving this time of year, so we should start to see spotted babies soon! Please use extra caution around any elk, as they will be protective and at times aggressive around their young. Any foot-stomping, tongue-flicking, or head-lowering would be an indication to back away.
Elk are calving this time of year so we should start to
Planning on backcountry camping this weekend? Backcountry permits are required and can be obtained in person up to 24 hours in advance at the Kuchel and Hiouchi Visitor Centers. Pro tip: Decide on a site before you fill out a permit! [ Go.nps.gov Link ]
Planning on backcountry camping this weekend Backcountry permits are required and can
Steven Morrisroe
Steven Fredericks
Chao Vang
Discover what's blooming at REDWOOD! Let us know what bouquets are painting your landscape.
Discover what's blooming at REDWOOD Let us know what bouquets are painting your landscape
Kris Hay-Disney
Karen Nelson
Jessica Haag Callahan
What do national parks inspire you to do?

Explore, learn, paint? Some people enjoy discovering new places, some seek artistic inspiration, and some look to gain a broader perspective on this nation's history. With over 400 national park sites to choose from, there is a chance for inspiration everywhere.

Painting: K. Jarvela
Photo: J. Morris
What do national parks inspire you to do
Cindy Vogel
John Laine
Veronica Lobmeyer
Saturday Survival Skills: Redwood Sorrel

This clover-like plant finds its home on the forest floor. The 3 heart-shaped leaves lay flat in the shade and fold up in direct sunlight to conserve moisture. With the abundant shade provided by the forest canopy, the sorrel is perfectly adapted to this old-growth forest.

NPS Photo/Redwood Sorrel, Oxalis oregana
Saturday Survival Skills: Redwood Sorrel
Clau Lundgren Nmp
Grace Hoss
Adam Braziel
Black bears are busy this time of year filling up on grasses and other plants after a long winter. They are often shy and skittish, but should be given lots of space. If a bear does approach you, make lots of noise and try to look bigger by opening your jacket. And even if a bear looks hungry and desperate, feeding a bear human food will have dangerous consequences for both the bear and...
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Black bears are busy this time of year filling up on grasses
David Reinke
Eric Simpson
Melvin Wheatley
Can you blame them, with such lovely shoreline habitat available?! Snowy plovers have decided they want to make their home on our park beaches to raise their young this summer. To respect these threatened birds' privacy (not to mention--the law!), please keep dogs on a six-foot leash and observe any posted signs while at beach. With your help these birds will be able to raise happy, healthy...
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Can you blame them with such lovely shoreline habitat available Snowy plovers
5/18/17 Checker Lily blooming on the north slope of Schoolhouse Peak, but below the top.

Photo Credit: Tom Weseloh
51817 Checker Lily blooming on the north slope of Schoolhouse Peak but below the top
Sue Howard
Cherie Cool
Sueann Horvat
360 photo of lupines blooming in the Bald Hills of the park. What words are there for the beauty of nature?
360 photo of lupines blooming in the Bald Hills of the park
Julin Anderson
Angie Petersen
Kelly Walden
Western Snowy Plovers are little birds making their sandy nests on the big beaches along our coast. Their survival trick–while nesting out in the open–is to pretend to be invisible. This threatened species will sit still on their eggs and hope not to be seen.
NPS Photo
Western Snowy Plovers are little birds making their sandy nests on the
Karen Nelson
Jessica Ramm
Ejel Stonesifer
What does the night sky mean to you?

Pictured: the Milky Way over Elk Prairie in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park
What does the night sky mean to you Pictured the Milky Way
Brent Hall
Kristen Warnock Hughes
Ryan Jacoway
Micro Monday - exploring the small but important pieces of your park.

Have you ever looked on the underside of a fern? Since ferns were around before bees and other pollinators, they needed to reproduce through spores. The sori often found on the underside of ferns are clusters of many spores.

When you visit Redwood National and State Parks (RNSP), you often think BIG. Big trees and big elk...
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Micro Monday exploring the small but important pieces of your park
L Ramona Young Randolph
Discover what's blooming at REDWOOD! Let us know what bouquets are painting your landscape.
Discover what's blooming at REDWOOD Let us know what bouquets are painting your landscape
Kris Hay-Disney
Karen Nelson
Jessica Haag Callahan
Instead of picking flowers for Mom on Mother's Day, why not celebrate with a visit to the Bald Hills! Experience a full bloom of lupines in their natural habitat! From all of us at Redwood... Happy Mothers' Day!

NPS Photo by: S. Krause
Instead of picking flowers for Mom on Mothers Day why not celebrate
Patty Sanchez
Tuesday Simmons
Marcos Andres García Llancaleo
Saturday Survival Skills: Watersheds

A watershed consists of all the land that drains into a river, lake, or other body of water. Healthy watersheds, like Prairie Creek, support a rich diversity of species whose lives depend on the complex interactions between water, geology, vegetation, and wildlife. A healthy watershed is paramount to the survival of old-growth forests.

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Saturday Survival Skills Watersheds A watershed consists of all the land that
Kay Johnson
Redwood Rangers introduce third graders in Del Norte County to the botanical wonders of their backyard. The Ruby Van Deventer Wildflower Show continues today until 4 pm at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds. Come to this free event to see meat eating plants and rare flowers...bring a black light and find the ones that glow! Why does this happen? Ask a third grader!

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Redwood Rangers introduce third graders in Del Norte County to the botanical
John Laine
What we are seeing is the Serengeti of the seashore. This week at the mouth of the Klamath River, apex predators are having a buffet of spawning lamprey. California sea lions feast in the strong river currents, while harbor seals feed in the quieter estuary. Just offshore we presume orca, sharks, and gray whales will also be dining on the bounty that is found along the redwood coast.
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Chloe Welch
Beth Stigall
Frank William
If you weigh 600 pounds, kick like an... elk, and just gave birth, how would you protect your baby? Right now all over the park, Roosevelt elk cows are being VERY protective of their new-born calves. Please, for your own safety, keep your distance from these four-legged families.
NPS Photo: S Krause
If you weigh 600 pounds kick like an elk and just gave
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Miki Kuhn
Gary Galvin