NPCA's Park Advocate » Features News and views of the National Parks Conservation Association Wed, 26 Aug 2015 14:54:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The ‘Outrageous Evil’ That Led to the Birth of the National Park Service Tue, 25 Aug 2015 08:17:31 +0000 Today, the National Park Service celebrates its 99th birthday. Establishing an agency dedicated to the care of America’s national parks is one of our country’s most visionary accomplishments. The lands and landmarks our park rangers protect are among the world’s greatest wonders. Long before families loaded up station wagons to head to places like Grand […]]]> 2 Trivia Challenge: A Stockpile of Cold War History Tue, 18 Aug 2015 13:26:39 +0000 Q: Numerous national park sites commemorate military engagements. Only one specifically interprets the history of the standoff that estranged two superpowers for more than four decades and threatened the future of life on Earth: the Cold War. Can you name this national park site?   A: Just northeast of Badlands National Park in western South […]]]> 0 The Elk Can’t Speak: Denying Pollution Doesn’t Help National Parks Wed, 12 Aug 2015 13:22:19 +0000 Advocating for better air quality is something I do for a living. I recently worked with a team of experts to release a report that found a shocking number of our national parks—75% of the 48 we researched—have significant air pollution problems. Problems that could worsen asthma attacks in children. Problems that could irritate the lungs […]]]> 0 Parks after Dark: 9 Ideas for Nighttime Fun Mon, 03 Aug 2015 12:15:54 +0000 Summer nights may be short, but national parks often host extra activities to educate and entertain visitors during this popular tourist season, including more fun things to do after dark. Whether you’re exploring on your own or hanging out with a ranger, try a few of these excuses to stay out late in special places. […]]]> 0 Meet the Three People Least Impressed with the Grand Canyon Thu, 30 Jul 2015 12:28:36 +0000 The Grand Canyon is a jaw-dropping place. Unless you’re a six-year-old. At that age, you’re interested in bugs and boogers, stuffed animals and Starburst candy. Pretty much everything in life is bigger than you, except for maybe your little sister. So the canyon that your parents drove hours to visit becomes just another large thing […]]]> 0 On the Eve of the National Parks’ Centennial, We Must All Work to Make Parks More Diverse Fri, 24 Jul 2015 07:57:38 +0000 Next year marks the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. I cannot imagine a world without the beauty these spaces offer us. We have inherited these remarkable places from those who came before us, those who saw the need to honor the history that is represented at public lands like the Statue of Liberty, […]]]> 8 Trivia Challenge: Telling a Supreme Story Tue, 21 Jul 2015 14:03:01 +0000 Q: The U.S. Supreme Court plays a critical role in upholding the Constitution, shaping national policy, and defending the promise of equal justice under U.S. law. In its most recent term, the court issued key decisions on a range of important national issues, including health care, marriage, air pollution, and more. Despite the enduring importance […]]]> 0 My Members of Congress Are Friends of the National Parks. Are Yours? Wed, 15 Jul 2015 12:49:01 +0000 I was lucky enough to grow up in Northern California, just across the majestic Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco. Not only is this area uniquely beautiful, with its foggy bay mornings, its 800-year-old redwood trees, and its pristine seashores alive with tule elk and elephant seals—it is also a politically active and connected community […]]]> 0 Meet the Woman behind Waco Mammoth Fri, 10 Jul 2015 08:05:38 +0000 Today, President Obama designated America’s newest national park site at Waco Mammoth, preserving a trove of exceptional Ice Age fossils in Waco, Texas. Unlike many other brand-new parks, Waco Mammoth National Monument is already an established educational facility and a jewel of the community. For years, researchers and schoolkids alike have been getting a glimpse […]]]> 0 My “Microadventure” on Frederick Douglass’s Front Lawn—and How You Can Join Me Thu, 02 Jul 2015 12:56:46 +0000 June 16th was one of those days that I really, really needed yoga. Like many Washingtonians, I had scheduled way too many meetings and deadlines. The hot and humid weather added another layer of exhaustion. Mentally and physically drained, my tired brain did its best to talk me out of going to class. But, I had […]]]> 4