NPCA's Park Advocate » beaches News and views of the National Parks Conservation Association Thu, 08 Oct 2015 20:32:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 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 Saving Shores Saves Money Wed, 13 Aug 2014 14:02:00 +0000 Close your eyes and imagine a national park. Did you think of mountains, towering redwoods, dense forests, or perhaps the sublime rock formations at places like the Grand Canyon? What many people don’t immediately associate with national parks are the sandy beaches, sapphire waters, and sparkling vistas of the coastal world. Surprisingly, one in four national park areas has a coast. The […]]]> 0 12 of America’s Best National Park Beaches Wed, 04 Jun 2014 19:06:34 +0000 Still recovering from the long, cold winter … or just need some sun and surf in your travel plans this year? NPCA staff pick a dozen of the best beach vacation spots at national parks around the country. Each month, NPCA puts together a slideshow exploring our National Park System. To get these features delivered […]]]> 7 An Overdue Dose of Wilderness Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:54:16 +0000 Earlier this month, Congress passed the first bill designating a new wilderness area in five years—the longest lapse ever between such designations. The bill specifically protects 32,500 acres at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, a national park site in Michigan famous for its immense sand dunes and bluffs, as well as its beaches, forests, and […]]]> 0 Restoring Resiliency at Dyke Marsh Wed, 11 Dec 2013 14:18:52 +0000 A year ago, Superstorm Sandy slammed the East Coast, demonstrating once again the power of nature. It left behind $65 billion in damage affecting 24 states and 70 national parks. Sandy’s fury was also a reminder of the power of nature’s ecological services, including the ability of wetlands, beaches, underwater grasses, and other natural assets […]]]> 1 New GeoStory Highlights National Parks in the Chesapeake Fri, 26 Jul 2013 13:22:26 +0000 The dog days of summer are here and many in the Mid-Atlantic are escaping to the Chesapeake’s waters for its miles of shorelines offering world-class fishing, boating, and beaches. The Chesapeake landscape encompasses more than 50 national parks, and the health of these parks is directly linked to the health of the waters that flow […]]]> 0 Take an Online Tour of a Classic Beach Vacation Spot: Cape Cod National Seashore in Massachusetts Fri, 07 Jun 2013 16:25:13 +0000 Cape Cod National Seashore in Massachusetts is a classic summer vacation destination that seemingly has it all, with six beautiful beaches for swimming, hiking paths through marshlands and forests, bicycle trails, charming lighthouses, and even some fascinating history involving transatlantic communication. Each month, NPCA puts together a slideshow exploring one of the 401 amazing sites […]]]> 0 Beautiful Nature, an Hour from Chicago Wed, 29 May 2013 08:55:23 +0000 We often talk about “connecting with nature” and how important it is for urban residents to have access to green space. It improves our physical health, reduces our stress, and even improves our mood to have a world-class park near home. Chicago is lucky to have a spectacular urban oasis in Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. […]]]> 1 A Boaters’ Paradise That Preserves Coral Reefs Thu, 09 May 2013 16:59:50 +0000 Imagine boating to paradise and then—without meaning to—causing it harm. Thanks to more than a decade of work in the Virgin Islands, a national park visit by boat is now gentler on the marine environment. The spectacular coastal scenery, crystal clear waters, reliable winds, and beautiful bays of Virgin Islands National Park and the Virgin […]]]> 2 “How Did They Let This Happen?” Fri, 19 Apr 2013 12:37:52 +0000 Many of us remember the images from the tragic Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion that left 11 people dead. The disaster opened a gushing wellhead that emptied 5,000 barrels of oil per day into the ocean off the coast of Louisiana. I worked as a teacher in Louisiana as these events unfolded, and for me, […]]]> 1