NPCA's Park Advocate http://parkadvocate.org News and views of the National Parks Conservation Association Fri, 22 May 2015 14:43:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Positioning Pullman: What’s Next for Chicago’s New National Monument? http://parkadvocate.org/positioning-pullman-whats-next-for-chicagos-new-national-monument/ http://parkadvocate.org/positioning-pullman-whats-next-for-chicagos-new-national-monument/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 13:29:09 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=8291 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 […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/positioning-pullman-whats-next-for-chicagos-new-national-monument/feed/ 0 Trivia Challenge: The Most Celebrated People in the Park System http://parkadvocate.org/trivia-challenge-the-most-celebrated-people-in-the-park-system/ http://parkadvocate.org/trivia-challenge-the-most-celebrated-people-in-the-park-system/#comments Tue, 19 May 2015 13:41:09 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=8262 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 […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/trivia-challenge-the-most-celebrated-people-in-the-park-system/feed/ 1 News Flash: Arizona Loves the Grand Canyon http://parkadvocate.org/news-flash-arizona-loves-the-grand-canyon/ http://parkadvocate.org/news-flash-arizona-loves-the-grand-canyon/#comments Fri, 15 May 2015 17:14:53 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=8256 It’s official. We finally have proof that Arizonans love the Grand Canyon more than just about anything else. In early May, Public Policy Polling of Raleigh, North Carolina, questioned 600 Arizona voters on a number of mostly political topics, with a 4% margin of error. They included the question: “Do you have a favorable or […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/news-flash-arizona-loves-the-grand-canyon/feed/ 1 4 Ways President Obama Can Create a Lasting National Park Legacy http://parkadvocate.org/4-ways-president-obama-can-create-a-lasting-national-park-legacy/ http://parkadvocate.org/4-ways-president-obama-can-create-a-lasting-national-park-legacy/#comments Thu, 14 May 2015 14:54:49 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=8183 Last month, President Obama took the podium at Everglades National Park to publicly address the seriousness of climate change. That he chose the world-famous River of Grass as the setting for his Earth Day speech was no accident: Rising ocean levels and other effects of climate change threaten the very existence of this landmark park. […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/4-ways-president-obama-can-create-a-lasting-national-park-legacy/feed/ 1 Beyond Yellowstone: 8 Unexpected Parks for Wildlife-Watching http://parkadvocate.org/beyond-yellowstone-8-unexpected-parks-for-wildlife-viewing/ http://parkadvocate.org/beyond-yellowstone-8-unexpected-parks-for-wildlife-viewing/#comments Wed, 06 May 2015 08:17:20 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=8179 If you want to see wildlife, it’s hard to beat some of the largest, most popular parks in the country: Yellowstone, Glacier, Denali, Olympic, Great Smoky Mountains, and the Everglades are all winning choices. But what if you’ve already explored those parks and want to try something new—or just want to avoid the crowds? Here […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/beyond-yellowstone-8-unexpected-parks-for-wildlife-viewing/feed/ 1 Lessons from the Wildlife Brigade http://parkadvocate.org/lessons-from-the-wildlife-brigade/ http://parkadvocate.org/lessons-from-the-wildlife-brigade/#comments Tue, 05 May 2015 15:43:15 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=8116 Our job was simple: hike to Marion Lake in Granite Canyon. Tack on a few more details, like a novice backpacker, an unknown wilderness, a leaky can of tuna, and a problem bear, and things get a little more complicated. As interns on Grand Teton’s Wildlife Brigade Team, my fearless, 5-foot-tall roommate Annie and I […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/lessons-from-the-wildlife-brigade/feed/ 1 River Warriors: Building New Paths to Happiness through Our National Parks http://parkadvocate.org/river-warriors-building-new-paths-to-happiness-through-our-national-parks/ http://parkadvocate.org/river-warriors-building-new-paths-to-happiness-through-our-national-parks/#comments Mon, 04 May 2015 15:52:04 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=8181 “My definition of access is a little different from others’,” explains Mark Andrews, founder and executive director of Therapeutic Adventures, as we scramble down a bed of rocks along the Moormans River near Charlottesville, Virginia. “We could get wheelchairs down this bank, maybe even people with prosthetics—folks with advanced prosthetics move around better than you […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/river-warriors-building-new-paths-to-happiness-through-our-national-parks/feed/ 1 Does This Outfit Match My Canoe? http://parkadvocate.org/does-this-outfit-match-my-canoe/ http://parkadvocate.org/does-this-outfit-match-my-canoe/#comments Fri, 01 May 2015 13:43:39 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=8172 I am a city girl and one of the most feminine women you will ever meet. I was born in heels. In high school, I was Madame Popular. Highly perfumed and accessorized, I’d walk the halls like a queen bee. I rarely left the city for the quiet of nature. Why bother? It’s too hot; I’d […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/does-this-outfit-match-my-canoe/feed/ 2 Trivia Challenge: The Darkest National Parks in the United States http://parkadvocate.org/trivia-challenge-the-darkest-national-parks-in-the-united-states/ http://parkadvocate.org/trivia-challenge-the-darkest-national-parks-in-the-united-states/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 13:31:33 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=8108 Q: Last week, the International Dark-Sky Association named a new dark-sky park—the seventh site in the U.S. National Park System that now holds that honor. This coveted designation recognizes not only excellent stargazing opportunities, but also superior night-sky stewardship through responsible lighting, public education, and community outreach. Can you name these seven U.S. national park sites […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/trivia-challenge-the-darkest-national-parks-in-the-united-states/feed/ 5 Say No to Soda Mountain Solar http://parkadvocate.org/say-no-to-soda-mountain-solar/ http://parkadvocate.org/say-no-to-soda-mountain-solar/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 19:18:39 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=8093 Soda Mountain Solar is a proposed solar energy plant that developers want to build in the shadow of Mojave National Preserve, right in the heart of the California desert. This proposal is the most harmful solar development that the Interior Department is currently considering, and the agency’s final decision will determine whether builders can put […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/say-no-to-soda-mountain-solar/feed/ 1