NPCA's Park Advocate News and views of the National Parks Conservation Association Fri, 27 Mar 2015 19:10:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Finally, Here’s One Thing We Can All Agree On: Helping the Everglades Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:10:47 +0000 What is it about the Everglades that brings people together who can’t otherwise seem to agree on anything? For example, you might not expect Democratic National Committee Chair and Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz to have much in common with Tea Party-backed Republican Congressman Curt Clawson. They have different views on immigration, health care, and what […]]]> 0 Trivia Challenge: The First National Park East of the Mississippi Tue, 24 Mar 2015 08:05:19 +0000 Q: Congress designated Yellowstone as the world’s first national park in 1872, then established a handful of other national parks around the turn of the 19th century, including Yosemite, Mount Rainier, Crater Lake, and Mesa Verde. Almost all of these earliest parks are on the western side of the country. Can you name the first […]]]> 2 Protecting Our Underwater Wonders Fri, 20 Mar 2015 19:49:27 +0000 Earlier this month, my husband and I escaped the endless East Coast winter and traveled to California with NPCA partners and colleagues to celebrate the wilderness at Point Reyes National Seashore. While the park’s marine wilderness designation became official in November 2012, it wasn’t until January 1, 2015, that a series of legal battles finally […]]]> 1 Love National Parks? Support This Lego Project So You Can Build One Yourself Wed, 18 Mar 2015 20:20:32 +0000 How cool would it be, after coming home from a great national park vacation, to sit down and build your own national park? Thanks to Gavin Gardner, a new proposal on the Lego Ideas website urges the famous toy company to create a series of play sets to build aspects of three iconic national parks: […]]]> 3 Plan a Desert Getaway to Bryce Canyon National Park Fri, 06 Mar 2015 19:00:35 +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. What do these things have in common: Fairyland, Peek-A-Boo, Queens Garden, and Hat Shop? They are all names of fun trails to hike at Bryce Canyon National Park. If there is one […]]]> 1 Reflecting on Selma, 50 Years Later Wed, 04 Mar 2015 13:39:31 +0000 On March 7, 1965, courage and villainy collided on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, when John Lewis and more than 500 other peaceful protesters marched for their constitutional right to vote. Almost 50 years ago, these demonstrators began forging a trail toward Montgomery that is now memorialized as a national park site—the Selma […]]]> 2 It’s Waterfall Season! 10 Places to Celebrate Wed, 04 Mar 2015 04:08:37 +0000 As temperatures warm, a season’s worth of snow will melt into rushing cascades of water. Early spring is generally the best time to see waterfalls, before summer’s heat dries up the flow (though there are a couple of exceptions below). These ten picture-perfect parks are great bets to experience a natural rush. Click the photos […]]]> 6 On the Trail with Magellan Wed, 25 Feb 2015 15:11:50 +0000 Soon, the first signs of spring will arrive in Georgia. For some hardy souls, its arrival will be like a race’s starting gun, propelling them on a journey over mountains and across state borders. These individuals are the Appalachian Trail thru-hikers. Though thousands of people walk this world-renowned trail each year, outdoor lovers exploring the […]]]> 1 The 10 Least-Visited Places in the Park System Tue, 24 Feb 2015 14:16:05 +0000 The Park Service recently released its visitation statistics for 2014. Some of the most popular parks, such as Great Smoky Mountains and Golden Gate, drew record numbers of visitors. But what about the underappreciated places where only a handful of adventurers go each year? Take a peek at these 10 under-the-radar national gems. Parks are […]]]> 0 FAQ: New National Monument at Pullman Shines a Spotlight on Community Spirit and Our Shared Heritage Thu, 19 Feb 2015 20:29:00 +0000 Earlier today, President Obama stood in front of hundreds of community advocates in Chicago and declared Pullman a national monument. This long-awaited event is the result of years of work by NPCA and so many people that care about this place’s significant contributions to our shared history, from the U.S. labor movement to Civil Rights. […]]]> 1