NPCA's Park Advocate » Grab Bag http://parkadvocate.org News and views of the National Parks Conservation Association Fri, 01 Aug 2014 16:36:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Trivia Challenge: Can You Name This Historic Site? http://parkadvocate.org/trivia-challenge-can-you-name-this-historic-site/ http://parkadvocate.org/trivia-challenge-can-you-name-this-historic-site/#comments Fri, 01 Aug 2014 12:50:16 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=6986 Q: In 1869, engineers connected two railway lines in northwestern Utah, completing the world’s first transcontinental railroad. What national park site commemorates this historic event?   A: About 90 miles north of Salt Lake City, the Golden Spike National Historic Site captures the moment on May 10, 1869 when the Central Pacific and Union Pacific […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/trivia-challenge-can-you-name-this-historic-site/feed/ 0 Exploring the Original Oil Country in Northwestern Pennsylvania http://parkadvocate.org/exploring-the-original-oil-country-in-northwestern-pennsylvania/ http://parkadvocate.org/exploring-the-original-oil-country-in-northwestern-pennsylvania/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:18:58 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=6850 This story is part of our series on national heritage areas, the large lived-in landscapes managed through innovative partnerships to tell America’s cultural history. See more stories in this series. In August 1859, Edwin L. Drake drilled the first successful commercial oil well in a natural oil seep on the east bank of Oil Creek downstream […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/exploring-the-original-oil-country-in-northwestern-pennsylvania/feed/ 0 14 Summer Learning Adventures in National Parks http://parkadvocate.org/14-summer-learning-adventures-in-national-parks/ http://parkadvocate.org/14-summer-learning-adventures-in-national-parks/#comments Mon, 30 Jun 2014 18:32:39 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=6270 School may be out for the summer, but there are plenty of ways to explore science, history, and the arts—with or without kids—in some of America’s best classrooms, our national parks. Each month, NPCA puts together a slideshow exploring our National Park System. To get these features delivered to your inbox, sign up for Park […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/14-summer-learning-adventures-in-national-parks/feed/ 0 A Unique City with an Explosive Past http://parkadvocate.org/a-unique-city-with-an-explosive-past-explore-augusta-canal/ http://parkadvocate.org/a-unique-city-with-an-explosive-past-explore-augusta-canal/#comments Fri, 20 Jun 2014 14:37:25 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=5861 This story is part of our series on national heritage areas, the large lived-in landscapes managed through innovative partnerships to tell America’s cultural history. See more stories in this series. What’s the first image that comes to mind when you think of Augusta, Georgia? Perhaps you picture Bubba Watson blasting out of a bunker at the […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/a-unique-city-with-an-explosive-past-explore-augusta-canal/feed/ 0 Garden State Trivia Challenge http://parkadvocate.org/garden-state-trivia-challenge-can-you-name-americas-first-national-historical-park/ http://parkadvocate.org/garden-state-trivia-challenge-can-you-name-americas-first-national-historical-park/#comments Thu, 19 Jun 2014 14:29:33 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=5858 Next Tuesday, New Jersey will celebrate a landmark birthday: The Garden State is turning 350 years old. Sort of. The land now known as New Jersey has actually been home to diverse cultures for roughly 10,000 years, including Lenape tribes, Dutch and Swedish colonists, and other explorers. English settlers seized the land from the Dutch […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/garden-state-trivia-challenge-can-you-name-americas-first-national-historical-park/feed/ 1 Heritage at the Heart of Rust Belt Reinvention http://parkadvocate.org/heritage-at-the-heart-of-rust-belt-reinvention/ http://parkadvocate.org/heritage-at-the-heart-of-rust-belt-reinvention/#comments Wed, 11 Jun 2014 14:13:28 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=5822 This story is part of our series on national heritage areas, the large lived-in landscapes managed through innovative partnerships to tell America’s cultural history. See more stories in this series. At the northernmost navigable point of the Ohio River in the 19th century, the overland routes, river traffic, and railroads converged at Wheeling, West Virginia. This tiny […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/heritage-at-the-heart-of-rust-belt-reinvention/feed/ 0 “What’s in the Water?” More Than You Might Expect http://parkadvocate.org/whats-in-the-water-more-than-you-might-expect/ http://parkadvocate.org/whats-in-the-water-more-than-you-might-expect/#comments Tue, 10 Jun 2014 12:39:19 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=5810 For many of us, national parks provide the clean water necessary for that unforgettable fishing trip or that swimming hole to cool off during a family camping trip. However, more than half of our 401 national parks have waterways that are considered “impaired” under Clean Water Act standards. These waters that sustain life and provide […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/whats-in-the-water-more-than-you-might-expect/feed/ 0 12 of America’s Best National Park Beaches http://parkadvocate.org/12-of-americas-best-national-park-beaches/ http://parkadvocate.org/12-of-americas-best-national-park-beaches/#comments Wed, 04 Jun 2014 19:06:34 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=5740 Still recovering from the long, cold winter … or just need some sun and surf in your travel plans this year? NPCA staff pick a dozen of the best beach vacation spots at national parks around the country. Each month, NPCA puts together a slideshow exploring our National Park System. To get these features delivered […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/12-of-americas-best-national-park-beaches/feed/ 7 Meet 9 Endangered National Park Animals http://parkadvocate.org/its-endangered-species-day-meet-9-endangered-national-park-animals/ http://parkadvocate.org/its-endangered-species-day-meet-9-endangered-national-park-animals/#comments Fri, 16 May 2014 12:27:25 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=5645 The news is grim for many threatened plants and animals struggling to adapt to habitat loss, changing climate patterns, development, and other dangers. Fortunately, national parks provide habitat for many species with fewer and fewer places to go. National parks have also been the settings for success stories putting previously endangered animals on the road […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/its-endangered-species-day-meet-9-endangered-national-park-animals/feed/ 0 Got Milkweed? Crowdfunding Creates a Butterfly Effect for National Parks http://parkadvocate.org/got-milkweed-crowdsourcing-creates-a-butterfly-effect-for-national-parks/ http://parkadvocate.org/got-milkweed-crowdsourcing-creates-a-butterfly-effect-for-national-parks/#comments Thu, 15 May 2014 13:42:57 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=5621 Late last month, 30 middle-school students in Queens, New York, planted 200 new milkweed plants at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge to provide habitat for one of America’s best-known insects, the monarch butterfly. Almost as remarkable as the improvements a few dozen students could make in just one day was how they got there in […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/got-milkweed-crowdsourcing-creates-a-butterfly-effect-for-national-parks/feed/ 0