NPCA's Park Advocate http://parkadvocate.org News and views of the National Parks Conservation Association Wed, 30 Jul 2014 18:18:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 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 Thomas “Yellowstone” Moran: Influencing Change with Art http://parkadvocate.org/thomas-yellowstone-moran-influencing-change-with-art/ http://parkadvocate.org/thomas-yellowstone-moran-influencing-change-with-art/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:49:15 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=6887 Can one person’s artistic vision create change and protect something astounding? In the case of painter Thomas Moran, one man’s art was a major influence in preserving what is now one of the world’s most cherished places: Yellowstone National Park. Long before America had a National Park Service or a National Park System, mountain men and […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/thomas-yellowstone-moran-influencing-change-with-art/feed/ 0 Exploring the Original Oil Country in Northwestern Pennsylvania http://parkadvocate.org/exploring-the-original-oil-country-in-northwestern-pennsylvania/ http://parkadvocate.org/exploring-the-original-oil-country-in-northwestern-pennsylvania/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:18:58 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=6850 This story is part of our series on national heritage areas, the large lived-in landscapes managed through innovative partnerships to tell America’s cultural history. See more stories in this series. In August 1859, Edwin L. Drake drilled the first successful commercial oil well in a natural oil seep on the east bank of Oil Creek downstream […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/exploring-the-original-oil-country-in-northwestern-pennsylvania/feed/ 0 14 Summer Learning Adventures in National Parks http://parkadvocate.org/14-summer-learning-adventures-in-national-parks/ http://parkadvocate.org/14-summer-learning-adventures-in-national-parks/#comments Mon, 30 Jun 2014 18:32:39 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=6270 School may be out for the summer, but there are plenty of ways to explore science, history, and the arts—with or without kids—in some of America’s best classrooms, our national parks. Each month, NPCA puts together a slideshow exploring our National Park System. To get these features delivered to your inbox, sign up for Park […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/14-summer-learning-adventures-in-national-parks/feed/ 0 National Park Construction Projects in Jeopardy http://parkadvocate.org/national-park-construction-projects-in-jeopardy/ http://parkadvocate.org/national-park-construction-projects-in-jeopardy/#comments Mon, 30 Jun 2014 13:51:34 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=6245 In Massachusetts, park officials barricaded a bridge leading into Lowell National Historical Park because bricks in the structure could fall on people’s heads. In Washington, D.C., a bridge on the George Washington Parkway that leads to Arlington Cemetery and is used daily by thousands of people is so structurally deficient, the National Park Service could […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/national-park-construction-projects-in-jeopardy/feed/ 0 Fishy Business http://parkadvocate.org/fishy-business/ http://parkadvocate.org/fishy-business/#comments Wed, 25 Jun 2014 14:14:08 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=6223 Imagine paddling along in your canoe or going for a swim in a tranquil national park river, enjoying a perfect afternoon. Then, out of nowhere, a fish as large as a golden retriever leaps out of the water toward you. Scary? Definitely. But that’s the least of it. The monstrous invasive fish known as Asian […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/fishy-business/feed/ 0 “100% Community-Driven” http://parkadvocate.org/100-community-driven-a-qa-with-teresa-baker-founder-of-the-african-american-national-parks-event/ http://parkadvocate.org/100-community-driven-a-qa-with-teresa-baker-founder-of-the-african-american-national-parks-event/#comments Mon, 23 Jun 2014 15:19:53 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=5867 California outdoorswoman Teresa Baker doesn’t just love national parks. She encourages thousands of people around the country to love them, too. For two years, she has been the driving force behind a series of successful events encouraging people of color to spend a weekend exploring nature and history. Teresa’s project, the African American National Parks […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/100-community-driven-a-qa-with-teresa-baker-founder-of-the-african-american-national-parks-event/feed/ 0 A Unique City with an Explosive Past http://parkadvocate.org/a-unique-city-with-an-explosive-past-explore-augusta-canal/ http://parkadvocate.org/a-unique-city-with-an-explosive-past-explore-augusta-canal/#comments Fri, 20 Jun 2014 14:37:25 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=5861 This story is part of our series on national heritage areas, the large lived-in landscapes managed through innovative partnerships to tell America’s cultural history. See more stories in this series. What’s the first image that comes to mind when you think of Augusta, Georgia? Perhaps you picture Bubba Watson blasting out of a bunker at the […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/a-unique-city-with-an-explosive-past-explore-augusta-canal/feed/ 0 Garden State Trivia Challenge http://parkadvocate.org/garden-state-trivia-challenge-can-you-name-americas-first-national-historical-park/ http://parkadvocate.org/garden-state-trivia-challenge-can-you-name-americas-first-national-historical-park/#comments Thu, 19 Jun 2014 14:29:33 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=5858 Next Tuesday, New Jersey will celebrate a landmark birthday: The Garden State is turning 350 years old. Sort of. The land now known as New Jersey has actually been home to diverse cultures for roughly 10,000 years, including Lenape tribes, Dutch and Swedish colonists, and other explorers. English settlers seized the land from the Dutch […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/garden-state-trivia-challenge-can-you-name-americas-first-national-historical-park/feed/ 1 Best Bet for Families Traveling the American West: Petrified Forest http://parkadvocate.org/best-bet-for-families-traveling-the-american-west-petrified-forest/ http://parkadvocate.org/best-bet-for-families-traveling-the-american-west-petrified-forest/#comments Thu, 12 Jun 2014 13:19:51 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=5827 Traveling with kids to the Grand Canyon and other classic stops in the American West can be an exercise in expensive hotels, bus shuttles, huge crowds, and less-than-child-friendly trails. Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona offers a surprising alternative. The trees that have turned to rainbow colors set in stone offer just one of the […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/best-bet-for-families-traveling-the-american-west-petrified-forest/feed/ 2