NPCA's Park Advocate News and views of the National Parks Conservation Association Wed, 26 Nov 2014 16:48:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 8 Perfect Parks for a Holiday Adventure Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:28:36 +0000 Try something new with your holiday routine—by checking out some old and cherished traditions from around the country. These fun celebrations offer great incentives to get out and enjoy the season in a national park. Note: Modest fees apply for many of these events. Each month, NPCA puts together a slideshow exploring our National Park […]]]> 0 Plan a Desert Getaway to Glen Canyon Tue, 25 Nov 2014 14:54:18 +0000 This story is part of NPCA’s biweekly Desert Getaway series. Read more stories in the series for tips on visiting other desert parks. Water may be rare in the desert, but it is also one of the most powerful forces affecting the landscape—sculpting natural bridges, shaping arches, and carving canyons. Glen Canyon National Recreation Area […]]]> 0 Trivia Challenge: The Snowiest Place on Earth Fri, 14 Nov 2014 14:56:18 +0000 Q: One U.S. national park boasts that it contains “the snowiest place on Earth where snow is regularly recorded.” This picturesque spot even saw a whopping 93.5 feet of the white stuff one record-setting winter. Can you name this winter wonderland of a national park?   A: I know what you’re thinking: This wintry place […]]]> 0 Plan a Desert Getaway to Natural Bridges Thu, 13 Nov 2014 13:56:27 +0000 This story is part of NPCA’s biweekly Desert Getaway series. Read more stories in the series for tips on visiting other desert parks. As parks go, Natural Bridges has some serious bragging rights: It’s Utah’s first national park site, the first International Dark-Sky Park in the world, and one of the very darkest places for […]]]> 0 Building (on) Bridges Tue, 04 Nov 2014 13:35:35 +0000 For nearly a century, Anacostia Park in Washington, D.C., has served as a playground for area residents while also preserving a critical shoreline area and protecting the natural scenery and water quality of the Anacostia River. The 1,200 acres of parkland along the river’s banks have seen recent improvements with more opportunities for recreational access, […]]]> 0 10 Scenic National Park Drives Mon, 03 Nov 2014 16:00:51 +0000 Traveling through national parks in a car is not the same thing as experiencing them on foot. But as the fall weather turns colder, going for a drive can be a fun, comfortable way to see the countryside—and these ten park roads offer plenty of opportunities to get out and explore along the way. Each […]]]> 2 Capturing the Essence of the Everglades Mon, 03 Nov 2014 13:58:55 +0000 Gainesville native Mac Stone discovered his gift for photography and his love of nature at an early age. In the years since, he’s carried his camera throughout Florida, scheming creative ways to capture wild landscapes and curious creatures in their natural habitats, sometimes putting weeks of planning into the execution of a single image. (For […]]]> 1 Plan a Desert Getaway to Canyonlands National Park Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:28:05 +0000 This story is part of NPCA’s biweekly Desert Getaway series. Read more stories in the series for tips on visiting other desert parks. Utah’s national parks offer very different experiences, but all of them feature distinctive and amazing geological formations, whether you are looking down into a deep canyon, peering  through an otherworldly arch, or […]]]> 5 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