NPCA's Park Advocate News and views of the National Parks Conservation Association Mon, 27 Jul 2015 14:53:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 On the Eve of the National Parks’ Centennial, We Must All Work to Make Parks More Diverse Fri, 24 Jul 2015 07:57:38 +0000 Next year marks the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. I cannot imagine a world without the beauty these spaces offer us. We have inherited these remarkable places from those who came before us, those who saw the need to honor the history that is represented at public lands like the Statue of Liberty, […]]]> 7 Trivia Challenge: Telling a Supreme Story Tue, 21 Jul 2015 14:03:01 +0000 Q: The U.S. Supreme Court plays a critical role in upholding the Constitution, shaping national policy, and defending the promise of equal justice under U.S. law. In its most recent term, the court issued key decisions on a range of important national issues, including health care, marriage, air pollution, and more. Despite the enduring importance […]]]> 0 My Members of Congress Are Friends of the National Parks. Are Yours? Wed, 15 Jul 2015 12:49:01 +0000 I was lucky enough to grow up in Northern California, just across the majestic Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco. Not only is this area uniquely beautiful, with its foggy bay mornings, its 800-year-old redwood trees, and its pristine seashores alive with tule elk and elephant seals—it is also a politically active and connected community […]]]> 0 Meet the Woman behind Waco Mammoth Fri, 10 Jul 2015 08:05:38 +0000 Today, President Obama designated America’s newest national park site at Waco Mammoth, preserving a trove of exceptional Ice Age fossils in Waco, Texas. Unlike many other brand-new parks, Waco Mammoth National Monument is already an established educational facility and a jewel of the community. For years, researchers and schoolkids alike have been getting a glimpse […]]]> 0 Corroded Trust Thu, 09 Jul 2015 13:48:02 +0000 Though the thousands of commuters that drive across it each day may not realize it, the Arlington Memorial Bridge in Washington, D.C., is a symbolic link between factions of a once-divided nation. The federal government first proposed building the bridge shortly after the Civil War, and it now spans the distance between the Lincoln Memorial and […]]]> 0 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 […]]]> 4 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 […]]]> 2 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 […]]]> 2