NPCA's Park Advocate » Features News and views of the National Parks Conservation Association Mon, 20 Apr 2015 21:19:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Say No to Soda Mountain Solar Mon, 20 Apr 2015 19:18:39 +0000 Soda Mountain Solar is a proposed solar energy plant that developers want to build in the shadow of Mojave National Preserve, right in the heart of the California desert. This proposal is the most harmful solar development that the Interior Department is currently considering, and the agency’s final decision will determine whether builders can put […]]]> 1 Pitch in to Help the Places You Love Mon, 13 Apr 2015 08:40:11 +0000 “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” –Theodore Roosevelt Soon the National Park System will celebrate its 100th birthday. Our national parks are among the most beloved places in America. Can you imagine what our country would be like if visionaries had not set aside places like Yosemite, the Grand Canyon, […]]]> 0 Slideshow: 9 Civil War Battlefields You Helped Save Thu, 02 Apr 2015 05:07:08 +0000 150 years ago this month, General Robert E. Lee surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House in Virginia, leading to the end of the Civil War. The conflict cost more than 600,000 American lives and nearly split our nation in two. Today, Civil War battlefields offer visitors the opportunity not only to […]]]> 1 The 10 Least-Visited Places in the Park System Wed, 01 Apr 2015 04:16:05 +0000 The Park Service recently released its visitation statistics for 2014. Some of the most popular parks, such as Great Smoky Mountains and Golden Gate, drew record numbers of visitors. But what about the underappreciated places where only a handful of adventurers go each year? Take a peek at these 10 under-the-radar national gems. Parks are […]]]> 8 The Best of America, Free Mon, 30 Mar 2015 13:51:25 +0000 On April 18 and 19, you can participate in one of the country’s greatest bargains of the year. Acadia, Yosemite, Zion, Harpers Ferry, Rocky Mountain, and hundreds of other iconic parks will waive their entrance fees as part of the kick-off to National Park Week, which runs through April 26. Though only 127 of the […]]]> 2 Trivia Challenge: The First National Park East of the Mississippi Tue, 24 Mar 2015 08:05:19 +0000 Q: Congress designated Yellowstone as the world’s first national park in 1872, then established a handful of other national parks around the turn of the 19th century, including Yosemite, Mount Rainier, Crater Lake, and Mesa Verde. Almost all of these earliest parks are on the western side of the country. Can you name the first […]]]> 11 Protecting Our Underwater Wonders Fri, 20 Mar 2015 19:49:27 +0000 Earlier this month, my husband and I escaped the endless East Coast winter and traveled to California with NPCA partners and colleagues to celebrate the wilderness at Point Reyes National Seashore. While the park’s marine wilderness designation became official in November 2012, it wasn’t until January 1, 2015, that a series of legal battles finally […]]]> 1 Love National Parks? Support This Lego Project So You Can Build One Yourself Wed, 18 Mar 2015 20:20:32 +0000 How cool would it be, after coming home from a great national park vacation, to sit down and build your own national park? Thanks to Gavin Gardner, a new proposal on the Lego Ideas website urges the famous toy company to create a series of play sets to build aspects of three iconic national parks: […]]]> 4 Plan a Desert Getaway to Bryce Canyon National Park Fri, 06 Mar 2015 19:00:35 +0000 This story is part of NPCA’s biweekly Desert Getaway series. Read more stories in the series for tips on visiting other desert parks. What do these things have in common: Fairyland, Peek-A-Boo, Queens Garden, and Hat Shop? They are all names of fun trails to hike at Bryce Canyon National Park. If there is one […]]]> 1 Reflecting on Selma, 50 Years Later Wed, 04 Mar 2015 13:39:31 +0000 On March 7, 1965, courage and villainy collided on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, when John Lewis and more than 500 other peaceful protesters marched for their constitutional right to vote. Almost 50 years ago, these demonstrators began forging a trail toward Montgomery that is now memorialized as a national park site—the Selma […]]]> 2