NPCA's Park Advocate » Features News and views of the National Parks Conservation Association Fri, 22 May 2015 14:43:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Positioning Pullman: What’s Next for Chicago’s New National Monument? Fri, 22 May 2015 13:29:09 +0000 Pullman National Monument is a must-see treasure of Chicago’s South Side. The formerly independent industrial town, now a landmark Chicago neighborhood, was entrusted last February to the National Park Service via a presidential proclamation. There is much to celebrate. Yet, there are also many questions about what’s next for this National Historic Landmark District, and […]]]> 0 Trivia Challenge: The Most Celebrated People in the Park System Tue, 19 May 2015 13:41:09 +0000 Q: National parks don’t just preserve spectacular landscapes and wildlife. They also honor the people who have changed history and influenced American culture, from the Wright brothers to Harriet Tubman to Eugene O’Neill. Two noteworthy people have more national park sites named after them than anyone else, with four sites each. Can you name these […]]]> 1 Beyond Yellowstone: 8 Unexpected Parks for Wildlife-Watching Wed, 06 May 2015 08:17:20 +0000 If you want to see wildlife, it’s hard to beat some of the largest, most popular parks in the country: Yellowstone, Glacier, Denali, Olympic, Great Smoky Mountains, and the Everglades are all winning choices. But what if you’ve already explored those parks and want to try something new—or just want to avoid the crowds? Here […]]]> 1 Lessons from the Wildlife Brigade Tue, 05 May 2015 15:43:15 +0000 Our job was simple: hike to Marion Lake in Granite Canyon. Tack on a few more details, like a novice backpacker, an unknown wilderness, a leaky can of tuna, and a problem bear, and things get a little more complicated. As interns on Grand Teton’s Wildlife Brigade Team, my fearless, 5-foot-tall roommate Annie and I […]]]> 1 River Warriors: Building New Paths to Happiness through Our National Parks Mon, 04 May 2015 15:52:04 +0000 “My definition of access is a little different from others’,” explains Mark Andrews, founder and executive director of Therapeutic Adventures, as we scramble down a bed of rocks along the Moormans River near Charlottesville, Virginia. “We could get wheelchairs down this bank, maybe even people with prosthetics—folks with advanced prosthetics move around better than you […]]]> 1 Does This Outfit Match My Canoe? Fri, 01 May 2015 13:43:39 +0000 I am a city girl and one of the most feminine women you will ever meet. I was born in heels. In high school, I was Madame Popular. Highly perfumed and accessorized, I’d walk the halls like a queen bee. I rarely left the city for the quiet of nature. Why bother? It’s too hot; I’d […]]]> 2 Trivia Challenge: The Darkest National Parks in the United States Thu, 23 Apr 2015 13:31:33 +0000 Q: Last week, the International Dark-Sky Association named a new dark-sky park—the seventh site in the U.S. National Park System that now holds that honor. This coveted designation recognizes not only excellent stargazing opportunities, but also superior night-sky stewardship through responsible lighting, public education, and community outreach. Can you name these seven U.S. national park sites […]]]> 5 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