NPCA's Park Advocate » Denali News and views of the National Parks Conservation Association Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:08:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 10 Spectacular Parks for Stargazing Tue, 05 Aug 2014 14:07:39 +0000 As the days get shorter, stargazers have more opportunities to celebrate the night—and national parks offer some of the darkest skies in the country. If you have trouble seeing the stars from where you live, you’re not alone. Urban areas have become so bright that more than 80 percent of the U.S. population can no longer see […]]]> 1 If Americans Overwhelmingly Love Our National Parks, Why Isn’t Congress Fully Funding Them? Wed, 23 Oct 2013 19:02:55 +0000 It’s not difficult to understand why Americans show such strong bipartisan support and genuine love for our national parks—one visit is all it takes. I had one of those special visits ten years ago when I traveled to Alaska with my husband, son, and parents to experience Denali National Park for the first time. It […]]]> 0 From the Mountaintop Thu, 25 Jul 2013 12:17:48 +0000 On June 24, Adina Scott made a satellite phone dispatch from 17,200 feet on Mount McKinley in Denali National Park. As part of the climbing team Expedition Denali, she and the 18 others had already spent a total of 16 days on the mountain and nearly a week camped at 14,200 feet. Now, they were […]]]> 2 Best of the ’Net: From Denali to “the Street” Fri, 07 Jun 2013 13:35:09 +0000 Best of the ’Net is NPCA’s weekly roundup of fun park-related stuff online. From the first summit of Mt. McKinley to the progress over the last few months restoring the Washington Monument to new outdoor discoveries by Sesame Street’s Elmo, this week was full of interesting finds online about our national parks. 1. Often it […]]]> 0 Best of the ‘Net: It’s National Park Week Fri, 26 Apr 2013 18:46:41 +0000 Best of the ‘Net is NPCA’s weekly roundup of fun park-related stuff online. It’s here! As National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis said earlier this week, “National Park Week provides an opportunity to appreciate the landmarks, monuments and historical landscapes that define our national identity.” There are a few days remaining in National Park Week […]]]> 0 Friday Photos: Happy Anniversary ANILCA Fri, 14 Dec 2012 15:54:51 +0000   Earlier this month, more than 100 million acres of public land in Alaska shared one common anniversary: On December 2, Lake Clark, Kenai Fjords, and other parks and preserves established through the Alaskan National Interest Land Conservation Act, or ANILCA, turned 32 years old. This federal legislation created ten different national parks and expanded three others in America’s largest, wildest state, including: Aniakchak National […]]]> 0 Alaska: Reflections from a Guest in the Wilderness Thu, 23 Aug 2012 14:12:52 +0000 By Linda Rancourt, Vice President, Communications You can read about it and dream about going, but nothing compares with actually seeing it in person. Alaska, our 49th state, is an extraordinary place. This 582,000-square-mile parcel of land is sometimes referred to as “Seward’s folly,” after Secretary of State William Seward, who orchestrated its purchase in […]]]> 0 NPCA’s Favorite Trips: Tips for National Park Adventures Around the Country Tue, 05 Jun 2012 13:13:25 +0000 The summer travel season is here, and all 397 national parks will offer free admission this Saturday, June 9 for National Get Outdoors Day. Many of us are itching to get out into the parks for hiking, bird-watching, boating, and other adventures. Ready to try something different? Here are a few favorite destinations recommended by NPCA staff members around the country that […]]]> 0 Friday Photo: Hi-Def Yosemite Webcam the Latest Online Glimpse into the National Parks Fri, 18 May 2012 14:39:18 +0000 Computers and mobile devices around the world were roaring with the beauty of waterfalls this week as officials at Yosemite National Park announced  a new webcam at the park, giving users a view of the spectacular Upper Yosemite Falls–the tallest waterfall in North America, rising 2,425 feet from the valley floor. The webcam updates every 30 seconds […]]]> 0