NPCA's Park Advocate News and views of the National Parks Conservation Association Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:57:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Trivia Challenge: A Galaxy Not So Far Away After All Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:37:29 +0000 Q: Many of us head to a park when we’re looking to get away from it all, but did you know that two national parks in California literally portrayed a galaxy far, far away in one of the most famous movie series of all time? Can you name these two sites where director George Lucas filmed […]]]> 0 Exploring South Park, Colorado Fri, 17 Oct 2014 13:26:15 +0000 This story is the last installment in NPCA’s series on national heritage areas, the large lived-in landscapes managed through innovative partnerships to tell America’s cultural history. See the rest of the stories in this series. The South Park National Heritage Area lies squarely in the center of Colorado and remains largely unchanged from the time prehistoric men and […]]]> 0 Plan a Desert Getaway to Arches National Park Thu, 16 Oct 2014 13:15:43 +0000 The cooler months are an ideal time to explore the wonders of the desert, when visitors can see the beauty of the canyons and cacti without the intense sunshine and triple-digit temperatures. This story is the first in a new bimonthly Desert Getaway series with tips for visiting some of these warm, sunny southwestern national parks. With […]]]> 0 A Little-Known Piece of History Reclaimed Fri, 10 Oct 2014 20:02:44 +0000 Many Americans will recognize this coming Monday, October 13, as a holiday honoring Christopher Columbus. Thanks to NPCA supporters, the citizens of Florida will also take this day to recognize an unsung hero who made one of our national parks possible: Lancelot Jones. Few people know the amazing story of Lancelot Jones and his role […]]]> 0 Wilderness Wins on the West Coast Tue, 07 Oct 2014 15:02:04 +0000 On October 6, just weeks after the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, park lovers got a new reason to celebrate. After more than 40 years of waiting, the National Park Service can now rid Drakes Estero, a picturesque inlet within Point Reyes National Seashore in California, of an industrial oyster company that has been damaging […]]]> 0 A Double Threat to an American Icon Wed, 01 Oct 2014 13:45:29 +0000 Over the summer, many New York Times readers were shocked to learn about two development proposals that would permanently scar the enduring beauty of the Grand Canyon. The first proposal would create more than 2,000 housing units and 3 million square feet of shops and tourist attractions in Tusayan, a sleepy town just two miles from […]]]> 2 Wild American Beauty: 10 Wilderness Areas to Explore Fri, 26 Sep 2014 15:46:49 +0000 Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act by exploring some of America’s wildest places, from remote windswept tundras to cactus-dotted mountains to serene rock-strewn beaches. Several spots are surprisingly close to major cities. Each month, NPCA puts together a slideshow exploring our National Park System. To get these features delivered to your inbox, sign up […]]]> 7 Trivia Challenge: Can You Name the Country’s Smallest National Park Site? Fri, 26 Sep 2014 13:32:42 +0000 Q: Alaska’s Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve is the country’s largest national park site, covering more than 8 million acres. Can you guess the smallest? This historic home in downtown Philadelphia honors a Polish freedom fighter who helped American colonists during the Revolutionary War. A: The National Park Service preserves epic tales of war […]]]> 3 The Elwha River, Undammed at Last Thu, 25 Sep 2014 16:16:17 +0000 There’s plenty I could say about my recent rafting trip down the newly restored Elwha River, but sometimes a simple “Wooohoooo!” says it all. That was my natural reaction to more than a decade of work by NPCA and its partners to remove two antiquated dams from this spectacular northwestern river, restoring it to a […]]]> 3 National Public Lands Day—Saturday and Every Day Wed, 24 Sep 2014 13:26:37 +0000 National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is around the corner: Saturday, September 27, 2014. Have you found an NPLD event near you to participate in? Last year, 139 national park sites held NPLD events, joining more than 2,200 sites across the country to celebrate the nation’s largest single-day volunteer effort for public lands. More than 175,000 […]]]> 12