NPCA's Park Advocate » community activism News and views of the National Parks Conservation Association Thu, 08 Oct 2015 20:32:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Help Preserve the Birthplace of the Modern LGBT Movement Mon, 21 Sep 2015 12:50:56 +0000 “Let it forever be remembered that here—on this spot—men and women stood proud, they stood fast, so that we may be who we are, may work where we will, live where we choose, and love whom our hearts desire.” -John Berry, former assistant secretary of the Interior Department What kind of National Park System do […]]]> 11 “100% Community-Driven” Mon, 23 Jun 2014 15:19:53 +0000 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 […]]]> 0 Pride Month Trivia Challenge Wed, 04 Jun 2014 14:35:52 +0000 Q: The National Park Service has not always done a great job of interpreting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) history in the park system. Fortunately, the agency has made strides in recent years toward both celebrating equality in the workplace and educating the public on landmarks and historic figures central to LGBT communities. Test […]]]> 0 Got Milkweed? Crowdfunding Creates a Butterfly Effect for National Parks Thu, 15 May 2014 13:42:57 +0000 Late last month, 30 middle-school students in Queens, New York, planted 200 new milkweed plants at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge to provide habitat for one of America’s best-known insects, the monarch butterfly. Almost as remarkable as the improvements a few dozen students could make in just one day was how they got there in […]]]> 0 Why We Lobby: Park Advocates Take to the Hill Thu, 01 May 2014 12:21:11 +0000 By Barry Cox Lobbying has a bad reputation, but the truth is, the right of American citizens to petition their elected representatives with their ideas, needs, and demands is as old as the Republic itself. While some unscrupulous practitioners have given the term lobbying a bad name, lobbying is as wholesome and American as apple pie. […]]]> 0 Are You Ready for a Bike Challenge to Help Protect Our National Parks? Wed, 29 Jan 2014 13:59:36 +0000 Do you have what it takes to be a bike crusader for national parks? I wasn’t sure if I did. Two years ago, the thought of riding my bike for 325 miles over five days from New York to Washington, D.C., was daunting—but taking part in Climate Ride turned out to be an amazing, life-changing […]]]> 0 Pushing the Limits Thu, 31 Oct 2013 13:04:23 +0000 “There is nothing like pushing your physical limits to help you remember you’re alive and capable of pushing,” my coworker and teammate Elizabeth Jordan reflected. We made it! Hugs, cheers, smiles from ear to ear–that is what you saw as my teammates and fellow Climate Riders arrived at Washington, DC’s Georgetown waterfront. We just had […]]]> 0 A Legacy Marches On Wed, 28 Aug 2013 13:11:02 +0000 “We cannot walk alone.” With those words, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. urged a nation to recognize that the destiny—and the freedom—of all Americans is a shared one. Today, we reflect on an August afternoon 50 years ago, when a quarter of a million people walked together, uniting in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom—a historic demonstration […]]]> 2 Working Toward Change, One Ride at a Time Tue, 27 Aug 2013 14:19:15 +0000 I love to ride my bike. I always have, from my early days in upstate New York, taking two-week-long camping bike treks with the Girl Scouts, to  participating on NPCA’s team in a five-day Climate Ride from New York City to Washington, D.C., this September. I’m not sure what happens to me when I’m on […]]]> 0 Four Stops, One Destination Tue, 20 Aug 2013 12:44:57 +0000 It was hands-down the most impressive lightning storm I have ever seen. Last month, I was driving out of Arches National Park at night with my young boys, Vann, age 7, and Billy, age 6. Every few seconds, a magnificent strike of lightning lit up the darkened sky, exposing the towering sandstone formations of this […]]]> 0