NPCA's Park Advocate » Features News and views of the National Parks Conservation Association Wed, 04 Mar 2015 21:27:33 +0000 en-US hourly 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 […]]]> 1 It’s Waterfall Season! 10 Places to Celebrate Wed, 04 Mar 2015 04:08:37 +0000 As temperatures warm, a season’s worth of snow will melt into rushing cascades of water. Early spring is generally the best time to see waterfalls, before summer’s heat dries up the flow (though there are a couple of exceptions below). These ten picture-perfect parks are great bets to experience a natural rush. Click the photos […]]]> 1 On the Trail with Magellan Wed, 25 Feb 2015 15:11:50 +0000 Soon, the first signs of spring will arrive in Georgia. For some hardy souls, its arrival will be like a race’s starting gun, propelling them on a journey over mountains and across state borders. These individuals are the Appalachian Trail thru-hikers. Though thousands of people walk this world-renowned trail each year, outdoor lovers exploring the […]]]> 1 The Art of Resistance Fri, 13 Feb 2015 13:06:06 +0000 It was a typical San Francisco winter day—in other words, we couldn’t see farther than a car’s length ahead of us—as my family and I drove across the Golden Gate Bridge. The fog horns were blowing, reminding my mom of how, as a child, she’d look out across the San Francisco Bay shrouded in mist […]]]> 1 Trivia Challenge: The Quietest Place in the Continental United States Wed, 11 Feb 2015 09:12:04 +0000 Q: It’s no surprise that national parks offer a sense of serenity and an escape from noise. According to a specialized researcher who has been analyzing sound recordings for more than three decades, one park contains the “quietest square inch” in the Lower 48. Can you name this park?   A: According to One Square […]]]> 4 Dreaming of Spring? 9 Great Spots to See Wildflowers Mon, 02 Feb 2015 21:27:31 +0000 Soon, national parks in some of the warmest regions of the country will begin blooming with a new season’s worth of wildflowers. What better way to shake off the winter doldrums—or charm your Valentine—than with the promise of a front-row seat at a national park to watch the landscape come alive with color? Click the […]]]> 6 Trivia Challenge: The U.S. National Park on the Other Side of the Earth Fri, 30 Jan 2015 14:25:55 +0000 Q: The southernmost site in the U.S. National Park System isn’t in Texas or Florida or Hawaii—it’s in a whole other hemisphere. Can you name the one U.S. national park site below the equator? A: Coral reefs, cloud forests, tropical flowers, crystal-clear ocean waters, and exotic wildlife: Throughout all of America’s public lands, there is nowhere […]]]> 2 Plan a Desert Getaway to Zion National Park Fri, 16 Jan 2015 14:08:13 +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. One of the most widely visited national parks in the Southwest, Zion is famous for its colorful sandstone rock formations with high cliffs and narrow canyons carved into shape by the power […]]]> 0 “Keys to Freeze”: 6 Friends to Cycle Cross-Continent for a Cause Thu, 15 Jan 2015 15:44:51 +0000 Next month, six cyclists will begin the adventure of a lifetime when they launch “Keys to Freeze,” a six-month, 9,000-mile journey from Key West, Florida, to Prudhoe Bay on Alaska’s northern coast. Looking at the route, it’s nearly impossible to comprehend the hours of pedaling this enormous dotted line represents as it curves its way […]]]> 3 7 Tips for Winter Hiking—Plus 6 of NPCA’s Favorite Cold-Weather Trails Tue, 13 Jan 2015 13:27:58 +0000 Though the cold weather and dark days of winter may discourage time outdoors, hiking during these months can be a fantastic and memorable experience. Crowds disappear, silence reigns, and landscapes take on a glittery and frost-covered splendor. Here are a few practical tips to help ensure a positive hiking experience for you and your loved […]]]> 0