NPCA's Park Advocate News and views of the National Parks Conservation Association Fri, 21 Nov 2014 20:39:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Trivia Challenge: The Snowiest Place on Earth Fri, 14 Nov 2014 14:56:18 +0000 Q: One U.S. national park boasts that it contains “the snowiest place on Earth where snow is regularly recorded.” This picturesque spot even saw a whopping 93.5 feet of the white stuff one record-setting winter. Can you name this winter wonderland of a national park?   A: I know what you’re thinking: This wintry place […]]]> 0 Plan a Desert Getaway to Natural Bridges Thu, 13 Nov 2014 13:56:27 +0000 As parks go, Natural Bridges has some serious bragging rights: It’s Utah’s first national park site, the first International Dark-Sky Park in the world, and one of the very darkest places for stargazing in the country. Designated in 1908 by President Theodore Roosevelt, this is the only place where you can find three natural bridges […]]]> 0 Building (on) Bridges Tue, 04 Nov 2014 13:35:35 +0000 For nearly a century, Anacostia Park in Washington, D.C., has served as a playground for area residents while also preserving a critical shoreline area and protecting the natural scenery and water quality of the Anacostia River. The 1,200 acres of parkland along the river’s banks have seen recent improvements with more opportunities for recreational access, […]]]> 0 10 Scenic National Park Drives Mon, 03 Nov 2014 16:00:51 +0000 Traveling through national parks in a car is not the same thing as experiencing them on foot. But as the fall weather turns colder, going for a drive can be a fun, comfortable way to see the countryside—and these ten park roads offer plenty of opportunities to get out and explore along the way. Each […]]]> 2 Capturing the Essence of the Everglades Mon, 03 Nov 2014 13:58:55 +0000 Gainesville native Mac Stone discovered his gift for photography and his love of nature at an early age. In the years since, he’s carried his camera throughout Florida, scheming creative ways to capture wild landscapes and curious creatures in their natural habitats, sometimes putting weeks of planning into the execution of a single image. (For […]]]> 1 Plan a Desert Getaway to Canyonlands National Park Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:28:05 +0000 This story is part of a new bimonthly Desert Getaway series with tips for visiting sunny southwestern national parks. Utah’s national parks offer very different experiences, but all of them feature distinctive and amazing geological formations, whether you are looking down into a deep canyon, peering  through an otherworldly arch, or scratching your head at formations like […]]]> 5 Trivia Challenge: A Galaxy Not So Far Away After All Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:37:29 +0000 Q: Many of us head to a park when we’re looking to get away from it all, but did you know that two national parks in California literally portrayed a galaxy far, far away in one of the most famous movie series of all time? Can you name these two sites where director George Lucas filmed […]]]> 0 Exploring South Park, Colorado Fri, 17 Oct 2014 13:26:15 +0000 This story is the last installment in NPCA’s series on national heritage areas, the large lived-in landscapes managed through innovative partnerships to tell America’s cultural history. See the rest of the stories in this series. The South Park National Heritage Area lies squarely in the center of Colorado and remains largely unchanged from the time prehistoric men and […]]]> 0 Plan a Desert Getaway to Arches National Park Thu, 16 Oct 2014 13:15:43 +0000 The cooler months are an ideal time to explore the wonders of the desert, when visitors can see the beauty of the canyons and cacti without the intense sunshine and triple-digit temperatures. This story is the first in a new bimonthly Desert Getaway series with tips for visiting some of these warm, sunny southwestern national parks. With […]]]> 0 A Little-Known Piece of History Reclaimed Fri, 10 Oct 2014 20:02:44 +0000 Many Americans will recognize this coming Monday, October 13, as a holiday honoring Christopher Columbus. Thanks to NPCA supporters, the citizens of Florida will also take this day to recognize an unsung hero who made one of our national parks possible: Lancelot Jones. Few people know the amazing story of Lancelot Jones and his role […]]]> 0