NPCA's Park Advocate http://parkadvocate.org News and views of the National Parks Conservation Association Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:52:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 What Lies Beneath http://parkadvocate.org/what-lies-beneath/ http://parkadvocate.org/what-lies-beneath/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:16:30 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=7104 Ever wonder what lies beneath Lake Michigan? Emily Tyner, a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has been working for the past five years to find out. Her innovative new program harnesses the power of citizen scientists to study the relationship between aquatic invasive species in Lake Michigan and a troubling epidemic that is […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/what-lies-beneath/feed/ 0 Connecting History and People along the Delaware & Lehigh http://parkadvocate.org/connecting-history-and-people-along-the-delaware-lehigh/ http://parkadvocate.org/connecting-history-and-people-along-the-delaware-lehigh/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:05:38 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=7092 The Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor (D&L) in eastern Pennsylvania unites five counties and commemorates the rivers, canals, and railroads—as well as the people and communities—that brought anthracite coal from the mines to market in the early 19th century, fueling an early center of the American Industrial Revolution. One of the most successful heritage […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/connecting-history-and-people-along-the-delaware-lehigh/feed/ 0 Park Fees Should Benefit Park Visitors http://parkadvocate.org/park-fees-should-benefit-park-visitors/ http://parkadvocate.org/park-fees-should-benefit-park-visitors/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 13:07:57 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=7085 Have you ever marveled at the pink and red sandstone cliffs at Zion National Park while learning about the area’s rich history from the seat of one of the park’s free shuttle buses? Or enjoyed a visit to a working quarry to watch paleontologists preserving fossils at Badlands National Park? What you might not know […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/park-fees-should-benefit-park-visitors/feed/ 0 Parks Sound Off http://parkadvocate.org/parks-sound-off/ http://parkadvocate.org/parks-sound-off/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:37:17 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=7065 What does your day-to-day life sound like? Soundscapes, like landscapes, are unique. They ground us in a place, providing clues as to where we are and what we can expect. Sounds, like sights and smells, add to our understanding, appreciation, and experience of a place. Our national parks have soundscapes, too. What we hear is […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/parks-sound-off/feed/ 1 Saving Shores Saves Money http://parkadvocate.org/saving-shores-saves-money/ http://parkadvocate.org/saving-shores-saves-money/#comments Wed, 13 Aug 2014 14:02:00 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=7050 Close your eyes and imagine a national park. Did you think of mountains, towering redwoods, dense forests, or perhaps the sublime rock formations at places like the Grand Canyon? What many people don’t immediately associate with national parks are the sandy beaches, sapphire waters, and sparkling vistas of the coastal world. Surprisingly, one in four national park areas has a coast. The […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/saving-shores-saves-money/feed/ 0 Overcoming Barriers in the Southwest http://parkadvocate.org/overcoming-barriers-in-the-southwest/ http://parkadvocate.org/overcoming-barriers-in-the-southwest/#comments Wed, 06 Aug 2014 19:03:45 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=7022 Will future generations love national parks as much as we do? It’s a question that is as old as the parks themselves, and one that will be asked as long as parks exist. How do we make sure future Americans care about our parks? How do we do it when the face of America is […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/overcoming-barriers-in-the-southwest/feed/ 0 10 Spectacular Parks for Stargazing http://parkadvocate.org/spectacular-parks-for-stargazing/ http://parkadvocate.org/spectacular-parks-for-stargazing/#comments Tue, 05 Aug 2014 14:07:39 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=6967 As the days get shorter, stargazers have more opportunities to celebrate the night—and national parks offer some of the darkest skies in the country. If you have trouble seeing the stars from where you live, you’re not alone. Urban areas have become so bright that more than 80 percent of the U.S. population can no longer see […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/spectacular-parks-for-stargazing/feed/ 1 We Can’t Afford to Wait http://parkadvocate.org/we-cant-afford-to-wait/ http://parkadvocate.org/we-cant-afford-to-wait/#comments Mon, 04 Aug 2014 14:28:06 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=6993 The giant trees that give Sequoia National Park its name are some of the largest and longest-lived organisms in the world, reaching their exceptional stature after persevering for thousands of years within a limited range in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains. It’s difficult to look up at this kind of grandeur and imagine the sequoia as a fragile, […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/we-cant-afford-to-wait/feed/ 0 Trivia Challenge: Can You Name This Historic Site? http://parkadvocate.org/trivia-challenge-can-you-name-this-historic-site/ http://parkadvocate.org/trivia-challenge-can-you-name-this-historic-site/#comments Fri, 01 Aug 2014 12:50:16 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=6986 Q: In 1869, engineers connected two railway lines in northwestern Utah, completing the world’s first transcontinental railroad. What national park site commemorates this historic event?   A: About 90 miles north of Salt Lake City, the Golden Spike National Historic Site captures the moment on May 10, 1869 when the Central Pacific and Union Pacific […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/trivia-challenge-can-you-name-this-historic-site/feed/ 0 Bringing Down the Dams http://parkadvocate.org/bringing-down-the-dams/ http://parkadvocate.org/bringing-down-the-dams/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:50:59 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=6913 People talk about overcoming obstacles, but when advocates literally move tons of concrete to help their local river and its wildlife, it gives a whole new meaning to the phrase. This summer, the landscapes of two mighty rivers in the Chesapeake watershed will experience an awakening. Several organizations are working together to remove two dams—the […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/bringing-down-the-dams/feed/ 0