NPCA's Park Advocate » Features News and views of the National Parks Conservation Association Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:39:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 New Video Showcases Youth Who Love Gateway Fri, 19 Sep 2014 12:51:15 +0000 Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be an intern at Gateway National Recreational Area? This urban oasis covers more than 26,000 acres of beachfront, salt marshes, grasslands, forest, and wildlife habitat—much of it just outside New York City. Having so much green space so close to one of the largest cities […]]]> 0 Thousands of Schoolchildren Create Living Flag at Fort McHenry Fri, 12 Sep 2014 15:24:44 +0000 Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine in Baltimore, Maryland, is probably best known for its famous flag, which billowed over the star-shaped ramparts after a fierce British attack during the War of 1812 and inspired Sir Francis Scott Key to write the Star-Spangled Banner. Earlier this week, nearly 7,000 schoolchildren and volunteers commemorated the 200-year […]]]> 0 Fishing to Revitalize River Communities Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:37:56 +0000 The Upper Delaware River in Pennsylvania and New York is one of the best wild trout fisheries in the country. Just a two-hour drive from Manhattan, this region of beautiful rolling farmland features charming small towns dotted with restaurants showcasing local foods. The bucolic landscape, however, belies tensions between residents who hold sharply divergent visions […]]]> 0 Fifty Years Later: Wilderness & Civil Rights in the Same Breath Wed, 03 Sep 2014 15:49:11 +0000 Fifty years ago this summer, the 88th Congress passed the Civil Rights Act and the Wilderness Act, two landmark pieces of legislation that most Americans rarely consider in the same breath. Yet we’d all do well to, if we are to understand our society. Ending Jim Crow segregation and protecting wild land have more to […]]]> 2 Trivia Challenge: Parks in the Arctic Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:17:49 +0000 Q: Alaska is home to nearly two-thirds of the land in the entire National Park System—some 54 million acres in all. But only four* of our 401 U.S. national park sites lie north of the Arctic Circle. Can you name these four sites? A: Cape Krusenstern National Monument, Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve, […]]]> 1 11 of the Best Bird-Watching Spots for Fall Tue, 02 Sep 2014 13:32:27 +0000 More than 700 distinct bird species can be found in America’s national parks. Exploring this incredible array of wildlife is a great reason to visit national parks, and the fall migration—when millions of birds are heading south from northern breeding grounds—is the perfect time to do it. Here are some of the best places to […]]]> 1 What Lies Beneath Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:16:30 +0000 Ever wonder what lies beneath Lake Michigan? Emily Tyner, a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has been working for the past five years to find out. Her innovative new program harnesses the power of citizen scientists to study the relationship between aquatic invasive species in Lake Michigan and a troubling epidemic that is […]]]> 3 Connecting History and People along the Delaware & Lehigh Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:05:38 +0000 The Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor (D&L) in eastern Pennsylvania unites five counties and commemorates the rivers, canals, and railroads—as well as the people and communities—that brought anthracite coal from the mines to market in the early 19th century, fueling an early center of the American Industrial Revolution. One of the most successful heritage […]]]> 0 Parks Sound Off Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:37:17 +0000 What does your day-to-day life sound like? Soundscapes, like landscapes, are unique. They ground us in a place, providing clues as to where we are and what we can expect. Sounds, like sights and smells, add to our understanding, appreciation, and experience of a place. Our national parks have soundscapes, too. What we hear is […]]]> 4 Saving Shores Saves Money Wed, 13 Aug 2014 14:02:00 +0000 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 […]]]> 0