NPCA's Park Advocate » boating News and views of the National Parks Conservation Association Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:08:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Bringing Down the Dams Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:50:59 +0000 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 […]]]> 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 Better Than Fiction Tue, 06 May 2014 13:55:40 +0000 Imagine you’re 27 years old. You’re a talented military strategist and an accomplished soldier. In fact, you have dueled the strongest and bravest of your enemies—and won—repeatedly. You’ve been captured as a prisoner of war and sold as a slave. You’ve been a mercenary and a pirate. You’ve won yourself a coat of arms and […]]]> 0 This Month’s National Park Trivia Challenge: Name This Artist! Tue, 04 Mar 2014 17:18:17 +0000 Q: The Ozark National Scenic Riverways is the largest national park site in Missouri, with caves, historic mills, and two wandering rivers that offer some of the best canoeing in the Midwest. One prolific Missouri-born painter had a deep love for this park and immortalized its lush landscape in this 1963 work of art. Who […]]]> 1 Essential Paddling Guide: Paddling The Buffalo, America’s First National River Thu, 20 Feb 2014 15:07:09 +0000 The following post is reprinted from National Parks Traveler. These stories are part of the new Essential Guide for Paddling the Parks, the first paddling guide to the National Park System that helps you decide which river, lake, or ocean to paddle, how to select an outfitter if necessary, and where to find epic paddling adventures […]]]> 0 Take an Online Tour of Dinosaur National Monument in Utah and Colorado Thu, 12 Dec 2013 16:53:25 +0000 The aptly named Dinosaur National Monument is the place to indulge your curiosity about the “terrible lizards” that roamed the Southwest 149 million years ago. The site preserves thousands of fossils in its rock walls as well as the extraordinary scenery carved by the Green and Yampa Rivers. Each month, NPCA puts together a slideshow […]]]> 0 Take an Online Tour of the Buffalo, America’s First National River Fri, 15 Nov 2013 16:28:48 +0000 Congress designated the Buffalo as America’s first national river back in 1972; today, it remains one of the last undammed rivers in the country. In recent months, NPCA has helped protect its sensitive waters by taking legal action against an unprecedented factory farm that sits on a major tributary of the river. These photos showcase […]]]> 0 Follow in the Footsteps of an American Hero at Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument in Maryland Thu, 08 Aug 2013 13:01:51 +0000 A hundred years after her death, the Park Service created a new national monument earlier this year to honor Underground Railroad conductor Harriet Tubman, who helped bring dozens of enslaved Americans to freedom and fought for equal rights for all people. Not only is this park a testament to her remarkable legacy, its 25,000 acres […]]]> 0 Miami-Area Partnership Gets Urban Youth Involved in Protecting Parks Wed, 31 Jul 2013 12:49:54 +0000 Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of watching young students from urban Miami eager and excited to get involved in protecting the national parks in their area. Just a few months ago, many of these remarkable kids had never even been to the Everglades and Biscayne. Now they were dedicating seven hours on a […]]]> 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