NPCA's Park Advocate » Photos/Videos http://parkadvocate.org News and views of the National Parks Conservation Association Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:57:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Thomas “Yellowstone” Moran: Influencing Change with Art http://parkadvocate.org/thomas-yellowstone-moran-influencing-change-with-art/ http://parkadvocate.org/thomas-yellowstone-moran-influencing-change-with-art/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:49:15 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=6887 Can one person’s artistic vision create change and protect something astounding? In the case of painter Thomas Moran, one man’s art was a major influence in preserving what is now one of the world’s most cherished places: Yellowstone National Park. Long before America had a National Park Service or a National Park System, mountain men and […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/thomas-yellowstone-moran-influencing-change-with-art/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 “100% Community-Driven” http://parkadvocate.org/100-community-driven-a-qa-with-teresa-baker-founder-of-the-african-american-national-parks-event/ http://parkadvocate.org/100-community-driven-a-qa-with-teresa-baker-founder-of-the-african-american-national-parks-event/#comments Mon, 23 Jun 2014 15:19:53 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=5867 California outdoorswoman Teresa Baker doesn’t just love national parks. She encourages thousands of people around the country to love them, too. For two years, she has been the driving force behind a series of successful events encouraging people of color to spend a weekend exploring nature and history. Teresa’s project, the African American National Parks […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/100-community-driven-a-qa-with-teresa-baker-founder-of-the-african-american-national-parks-event/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 Waterfalls, Sesquicentinis, and Buffalo Soldiers http://parkadvocate.org/4-ways-to-celebrate-yosemites-landmark-150th-birthday/ http://parkadvocate.org/4-ways-to-celebrate-yosemites-landmark-150th-birthday/#comments Fri, 23 May 2014 18:08:18 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=5674 One June 30, 1864, Congress passed and President Abraham Lincoln signed the Yosemite Grant Act into law—a groundbreaking piece of legislation that provided the first-ever wild land protections in our country. The law protected two exquisite gems, Mariposa Grove and Yosemite Valley, which both eventually became part of Yosemite National Park. Initially, the state of […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/4-ways-to-celebrate-yosemites-landmark-150th-birthday/feed/ 0 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 5 Lessons, Countless Memories http://parkadvocate.org/5-lessons-countless-memories-my-familys-6-week-national-park-adventure/ http://parkadvocate.org/5-lessons-countless-memories-my-familys-6-week-national-park-adventure/#comments Tue, 13 May 2014 12:31:11 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=5535 Two years ago, my family embarked on a marvelous six-week national park adventure to discover activities and locations that were particularly engaging for families. What began as an exploratory exercise produced memorable, inspirational experiences that bonded us as a family, and the adventures we shared have continued spark strong new interests for our kids. The […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/5-lessons-countless-memories-my-familys-6-week-national-park-adventure/feed/ 0 FAQ: Celebrating the Monument of Monuments http://parkadvocate.org/faq-celebrating-the-monument-of-monuments/ http://parkadvocate.org/faq-celebrating-the-monument-of-monuments/#comments Fri, 25 Apr 2014 12:39:15 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=5290 As the tallest structure in the nation’s capital and one of the most iconic, the historic obelisk honoring America’s first president is the monument of monuments. After nearly three years of being closed to the public for repairs, the Washington Monument will reopen May 12.   Q: Why was the Washington Monument closed? A: On […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/faq-celebrating-the-monument-of-monuments/feed/ 0 Destination Darkness http://parkadvocate.org/destination-darkness-the-increasingly-rare-starscapes-of-the-colorado-plateau-national-parks/ http://parkadvocate.org/destination-darkness-the-increasingly-rare-starscapes-of-the-colorado-plateau-national-parks/#comments Mon, 21 Apr 2014 12:39:02 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=5257 The Colorado Plateau stretches for 130,000 square miles across the Four Corners region of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona. The area is well-known for its red rock canyons, arches, and hoodoos, formed by wind erosion or carved by the Colorado River and its tributaries. The Colorado Plateau is also home to 27 national park […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/destination-darkness-the-increasingly-rare-starscapes-of-the-colorado-plateau-national-parks/feed/ 0