NPCA's Park Advocate News and views of the National Parks Conservation Association Wed, 04 Mar 2015 13:42:49 +0000 en-US hourly 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 […]]]> 1 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 […]]]> 1 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 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 Park Service Releases Most-Visited National Park Sites of 2014 Wed, 18 Feb 2015 21:03:24 +0000 Yesterday, the National Park Service released data on the number of people who visited sites throughout the park system in 2014. The whopping 292.8 million total visits broke the previous record of 287.2 million visits set in 1987 and was 7 percent higher than the 273.6 million visits throughout the park system in 2013. (You can find last year’s […]]]> 1 The Art of Resistance Fri, 13 Feb 2015 13:06:06 +0000 It was a typical San Francisco winter day—in other words, we couldn’t see farther than a car’s length ahead of us—as my family and I drove across the Golden Gate Bridge. The fog horns were blowing, reminding my mom of how, as a child, she’d look out across the San Francisco Bay shrouded in mist […]]]> 1 Trivia Challenge: The Quietest Place in the Continental United States Wed, 11 Feb 2015 09:12:04 +0000 Q: It’s no surprise that national parks offer a sense of serenity and an escape from noise. According to a specialized researcher who has been analyzing sound recordings for more than three decades, one park contains the “quietest square inch” in the Lower 48. Can you name this park?   A: According to One Square […]]]> 4 How Much Pollution Is Too Much? Wed, 04 Feb 2015 08:34:38 +0000 As our understanding of air pollution evolves, so does the U.S. government’s responsibility to regulate these dangers. According to new findings by an independent panel of scientists, some of the microscopic toxins in our air have the potential to harm both people and parks at lower levels than we once believed. The U.S. Environmental Protection […]]]> 1 Dreaming of Spring? 9 Great Spots to See Wildflowers Mon, 02 Feb 2015 21:27:31 +0000 Soon, national parks in some of the warmest regions of the country will begin blooming with a new season’s worth of wildflowers. What better way to shake off the winter doldrums—or charm your Valentine—than with the promise of a front-row seat at a national park to watch the landscape come alive with color? Click the […]]]> 6 Trivia Challenge: The U.S. National Park on the Other Side of the Earth Fri, 30 Jan 2015 14:25:55 +0000 Q: The southernmost site in the U.S. National Park System isn’t in Texas or Florida or Hawaii—it’s in a whole other hemisphere. Can you name the one U.S. national park site below the equator? A: Coral reefs, cloud forests, tropical flowers, crystal-clear ocean waters, and exotic wildlife: Throughout all of America’s public lands, there is nowhere […]]]> 2