NPCA's Park Advocate » economic benefits News and views of the National Parks Conservation Association Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:08:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Park Fees Should Benefit Park Visitors Tue, 26 Aug 2014 13:07:57 +0000 Have you ever marveled at the pink and red sandstone cliffs at Zion National Park while learning about the area’s rich history from the seat of one of the park’s free shuttle buses? Or enjoyed a visit to a working quarry to watch paleontologists preserving fossils at Badlands National Park? What you might not know […]]]> 0 One Step Closer to Chicago’s First National Park Fri, 24 Jan 2014 13:26:31 +0000 Today, just days after the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday, Congress is one step closer to preserving a Chicago site rich with Civil Rights and labor rights history by introducing legislation that would name the historic Pullman neighborhood as the city’s first national park. The Pullman Company was home to the Brotherhood of Sleeping […]]]> 0 Why Don’t States Run National Parks? Thu, 24 Oct 2013 18:04:48 +0000 Earlier this month, several states helped lessen the economic hardship from the federal government shutdown by opening a handful of national parks on a case-by-case basis while the rest of the National Park System was closed. It is a testament to the importance of these places that governors were willing to contribute from their own […]]]> 3 Q&A: Do Visitors Really Need to Be Shut Out of National Parks During the Government Shutdown? Tue, 08 Oct 2013 17:35:02 +0000 As we enter week two of the government shutdown, closed signs and barricades at national parks have become powerful symbols of the fiscal standoff’s impact on people around the country. Visitors are understandably angry and upset to lose access to these places of national pride. Those lost visitors mean that tourist-driven businesses in nearby communities […]]]> 28 The 10 Best Places You Can’t See Fall Foliage Thu, 03 Oct 2013 17:26:06 +0000 Looking for the perfect leaf-peeping spot? National parks offer some of the best places to celebrate fall. NPCA put together a feature on the ten best national parks to see the changing colors, based on the excellent recommendations by our friends at National Geographic. Then Congress closed the national parks. So instead we offer you … […]]]> 0 NPCA Acting President Makes Statement on Government Shutdown Tue, 01 Oct 2013 14:57:23 +0000 NPCA Acting President Theresa Pierno made a statement earlier today regarding the government shutdown and its effects on our national parks. A video of this statement is now available below. [youtube url="" width="660"] The government shutdown has forced the National Park Service to close park entrances, visitor centers, campgrounds, bathrooms, concession stands, and other park […]]]> 0 How Is the Government Shutdown Affecting National Parks? Wed, 25 Sep 2013 13:22:48 +0000 You can urge your members of Congress to re-open parks and support full funding for the Park Service by taking action on NPCA’s website and calling the Capitol Switchboard at 202.224.3121 and asking to speak with your representatives. Not sure who your representatives are? Look them up on NPCA’s website. Update, October 1, 2013: As of […]]]> 6 National Parks Are a Grand Bargain Thu, 22 Aug 2013 12:55:52 +0000 “It was a complete shock,” admits Mattea Sanders. A graduate student at American University, Mattea spent her last four summers working as an interpretive ranger in Virginia, first at Appomattox Courthouse National Historical Park, then at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, giving battlefield tours and helping visitors—a job she loves. She had heard about […]]]> 0 Best of the ’Net: The Midsummer Night’s Dream Edition Fri, 09 Aug 2013 12:20:00 +0000 This week on Best of the ’Net, I found a little bit of everything—from bears to hacks to stars—for a midsummer glimpse at our national parks online. 1. August is my favorite time to watch the night sky, thanks to the annual Perseid Meteor Shower. Enjoy this photo taken by Jack Fusco at Acadia National […]]]> 0 Congress: Stay On-Mission for Texas’ World-Class Park Tue, 09 Jul 2013 13:22:23 +0000 Throughout the world, countries vie every year to win the coveted World Heritage status for the most naturally and culturally significant sites they have to offer. Each site must meet certain standards, but chief among them is that they be of “outstanding universal value.” The prestige of being included on the list of World Heritage […]]]> 0