NPCA's Park Advocate » Features http://parkadvocate.org News and views of the National Parks Conservation Association Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:38:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Saving Shores Saves Money http://parkadvocate.org/saving-shores-saves-money/ http://parkadvocate.org/saving-shores-saves-money/#comments Wed, 13 Aug 2014 14:02:00 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=7050 Close your eyes and imagine a national park. Did you think of mountains, towering redwoods, dense forests, or perhaps the sublime rock formations at places like the Grand Canyon? What many people don’t immediately associate with national parks are the sandy beaches, sapphire waters, and sparkling vistas of the coastal world. Surprisingly, one in four national park areas has a coast. The […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/saving-shores-saves-money/feed/ 0 Overcoming Barriers in the Southwest http://parkadvocate.org/overcoming-barriers-in-the-southwest/ http://parkadvocate.org/overcoming-barriers-in-the-southwest/#comments Wed, 06 Aug 2014 19:03:45 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=7022 Will future generations love national parks as much as we do? It’s a question that is as old as the parks themselves, and one that will be asked as long as parks exist. How do we make sure future Americans care about our parks? How do we do it when the face of America is […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/overcoming-barriers-in-the-southwest/feed/ 0 10 Spectacular Parks for Stargazing http://parkadvocate.org/spectacular-parks-for-stargazing/ http://parkadvocate.org/spectacular-parks-for-stargazing/#comments Tue, 05 Aug 2014 14:07:39 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=6967 As the days get shorter, stargazers have more opportunities to celebrate the night—and national parks offer some of the darkest skies in the country. If you have trouble seeing the stars from where you live, you’re not alone. Urban areas have become so bright that more than 80 percent of the U.S. population can no longer see […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/spectacular-parks-for-stargazing/feed/ 1 Trivia Challenge: Can You Name This Historic Site? http://parkadvocate.org/trivia-challenge-can-you-name-this-historic-site/ http://parkadvocate.org/trivia-challenge-can-you-name-this-historic-site/#comments Fri, 01 Aug 2014 12:50:16 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=6986 Q: In 1869, engineers connected two railway lines in northwestern Utah, completing the world’s first transcontinental railroad. What national park site commemorates this historic event?   A: About 90 miles north of Salt Lake City, the Golden Spike National Historic Site captures the moment on May 10, 1869 when the Central Pacific and Union Pacific […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/trivia-challenge-can-you-name-this-historic-site/feed/ 0 Bringing Down the Dams http://parkadvocate.org/bringing-down-the-dams/ http://parkadvocate.org/bringing-down-the-dams/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:50:59 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=6913 People talk about overcoming obstacles, but when advocates literally move tons of concrete to help their local river and its wildlife, it gives a whole new meaning to the phrase. This summer, the landscapes of two mighty rivers in the Chesapeake watershed will experience an awakening. Several organizations are working together to remove two dams—the […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/bringing-down-the-dams/feed/ 0 Thomas “Yellowstone” Moran: Influencing Change with Art http://parkadvocate.org/thomas-yellowstone-moran-influencing-change-with-art/ http://parkadvocate.org/thomas-yellowstone-moran-influencing-change-with-art/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:49:15 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=6887 Can one person’s artistic vision create change and protect something astounding? In the case of painter Thomas Moran, one man’s art was a major influence in preserving what is now one of the world’s most cherished places: Yellowstone National Park. Long before America had a National Park Service or a National Park System, mountain men and […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/thomas-yellowstone-moran-influencing-change-with-art/feed/ 0 Exploring the Original Oil Country in Northwestern Pennsylvania http://parkadvocate.org/exploring-the-original-oil-country-in-northwestern-pennsylvania/ http://parkadvocate.org/exploring-the-original-oil-country-in-northwestern-pennsylvania/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:18:58 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=6850 This story is part of our series on national heritage areas, the large lived-in landscapes managed through innovative partnerships to tell America’s cultural history. See more stories in this series. In August 1859, Edwin L. Drake drilled the first successful commercial oil well in a natural oil seep on the east bank of Oil Creek downstream […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/exploring-the-original-oil-country-in-northwestern-pennsylvania/feed/ 0 14 Summer Learning Adventures in National Parks http://parkadvocate.org/14-summer-learning-adventures-in-national-parks/ http://parkadvocate.org/14-summer-learning-adventures-in-national-parks/#comments Mon, 30 Jun 2014 18:32:39 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=6270 School may be out for the summer, but there are plenty of ways to explore science, history, and the arts—with or without kids—in some of America’s best classrooms, our national parks. Each month, NPCA puts together a slideshow exploring our National Park System. To get these features delivered to your inbox, sign up for Park […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/14-summer-learning-adventures-in-national-parks/feed/ 0 Fishy Business http://parkadvocate.org/fishy-business/ http://parkadvocate.org/fishy-business/#comments Wed, 25 Jun 2014 14:14:08 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=6223 Imagine paddling along in your canoe or going for a swim in a tranquil national park river, enjoying a perfect afternoon. Then, out of nowhere, a fish as large as a golden retriever leaps out of the water toward you. Scary? Definitely. But that’s the least of it. The monstrous invasive fish known as Asian […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/fishy-business/feed/ 0 “100% Community-Driven” http://parkadvocate.org/100-community-driven-a-qa-with-teresa-baker-founder-of-the-african-american-national-parks-event/ http://parkadvocate.org/100-community-driven-a-qa-with-teresa-baker-founder-of-the-african-american-national-parks-event/#comments Mon, 23 Jun 2014 15:19:53 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=5867 California outdoorswoman Teresa Baker doesn’t just love national parks. She encourages thousands of people around the country to love them, too. For two years, she has been the driving force behind a series of successful events encouraging people of color to spend a weekend exploring nature and history. Teresa’s project, the African American National Parks […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/100-community-driven-a-qa-with-teresa-baker-founder-of-the-african-american-national-parks-event/feed/ 0