NPCA's Park Advocate News and views of the National Parks Conservation Association Thu, 02 Jul 2015 12:56:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 My “Microadventure” on Frederick Douglass’s Front Lawn—and How You Can Join Me Thu, 02 Jul 2015 12:56:46 +0000 June 16th was one of those days that I really, really needed yoga. Like many Washingtonians, I had scheduled way too many meetings and deadlines. The hot and humid weather added another layer of exhaustion. Mentally and physically drained, my tired brain did its best to talk me out of going to class. But, I had […]]]> 0 Water You Waiting For? 10 Perfect Parks for Paddling Wed, 01 Jul 2015 12:31:16 +0000 Go beyond the hiking trail and enjoy parks from a refreshing vantage point: water. Rivers and lakes offer adventurous routes through some of the country’s most remarkable landscapes, including views you just can’t see from land. From lazy float trips to exhilarating whitewater, national parks have fun options for visitors of every experience level—sometimes even […]]]> 0 Mojave Is a Magical Place. Let’s Protect My Former Home Mon, 29 Jun 2015 15:26:00 +0000 It’s a wondrous thing to have a million and a half acres of spectacular natural habitat right in your back yard. I know because for ten years, I woke to the vast beauty of the California desert each morning and had a unique role in both protecting and helping the public enjoy it: I was deputy […]]]> 1 400 Years of History at Risk Wed, 24 Jun 2015 15:19:38 +0000 Walking along the James River at Jamestown, reflections of a blue sky shine brightly on the pristine water, and it’s easy to imagine history unfolding along the sandy beach. The area’s unspoiled views are reminiscent of a different time, one where the hum of traffic is replaced by birdsong and babbling waters. Four hundred years […]]]> 0 4 Top Priorities for Utah’s Unique National Parks Thu, 18 Jun 2015 19:05:05 +0000 The majesty of Delicate Arch. The remarkable spires and vast wildness at Canyonlands. The glow of the Milky Way above Hovenweep. As a Utah resident and an outdoor enthusiast, it doesn’t surprise me that people from around the world flock to the one-of-a-kind rock formations, canyons, petroglyphs, archeological ruins, and astounding night skies at the national parks […]]]> 1 Trivia Challenge: A Rare and Isolated Community Tue, 16 Jun 2015 13:03:49 +0000 Q: National parks help interpret diverse aspects of American culture, including unusual and exceptional stories from our country’s past. One unique park site preserves the history of a particularly rare and isolated kind of community: a Hansen’s disease settlement (commonly known as a leper colony). Can you name this park where former patients still live today?   […]]]> 0 VICTORY: What You Helped Protect at Biscayne National Park Fri, 05 Jun 2015 09:40:37 +0000 Earlier today, park officials at Biscayne made an announcement that NPCA has been waiting more than 15 years to hear: The park will establish a new marine reserve to help protect its fragile, one-of-a-kind underwater resources. This important step represents the work of numerous environmental groups, scientists, fishermen, and concerned citizens—including more than 20,000 NPCA […]]]> 0 One-of-a-Kind Destinations: 11 National Park Curiosities Tue, 02 Jun 2015 07:03:00 +0000 National parks preserve wondrous landscapes, stories, and artifacts—as well as a whole host of weird and exceptional sights. From wacky-looking rocks to giant monuments of steel, here’s a short list of places to explore that are like nowhere else in the world. Click the photos for more information on each park. Each month, NPCA puts […]]]> 0 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