NPCA's Park Advocate » future stewards News and views of the National Parks Conservation Association Wed, 02 Sep 2015 21:13:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Youth Push for Pullman on Capitol Hill Fri, 23 May 2014 15:00:38 +0000 Earlier this month, NPCA and its supporters met with members of Congress to discuss creating Chicago’s first national park in the Pullman Historic District, the first model industrial town where the famous Pullman sleeper train cars were manufactured. This group included an important constituent group that NPCA is excited to see advocating for national parks—Millennials. Carina […]]]> 0 “Save All of the Natural Things” Fri, 11 Apr 2014 14:56:11 +0000 “Who do the national parks belong to?” My colleague Kari Kiser, Pacific Regional Council Chairman Michael Malaga, and I posed this question to hundreds of Bay Area schoolchildren last month at Golden Gate National Recreation Area in California. The answers varied from “the police” to “the government” to “my parents.” Whenever children replied, “all of […]]]> 0 Feeling Small Again Wed, 26 Mar 2014 14:19:34 +0000 We go to the parks to feel small again. These are places of enormous grandeur which fill us with wonder and remind us that we are all part of something much bigger than ourselves. And so we are drawn, year after year, to the rim of the Grand Canyon, the floor of Yosemite Valley, the […]]]> 0 Laying the Groundwork: Reclaiming D.C.’s “Forgotten River” Tue, 11 Feb 2014 13:24:56 +0000 Imagine having a beautiful river in your backyard, but being afraid to enjoy it. The Anacostia has a bad reputation in Maryland and Washington, D.C., as one of the nation’s most endangered rivers. Suffering from heavy pollution and a lack of interest, some locals have dubbed the Anacostia the “forgotten river.” Thankfully, community advocates are […]]]> 0 Boy Wonders Thu, 06 Feb 2014 13:22:01 +0000 Remember when you were young and asked all of your friends not to bring gifts to your birthday party? Odds are you don’t, because to most grade-schoolers, forgoing presents is an almost unthinkable sacrifice. That’s not the case for two California brothers, Owen and Zach Brunner, age 10 and 7 respectively. Owen started a tradition […]]]> 1 Batteries Not Included Thu, 07 Nov 2013 15:14:36 +0000 Play is the work of childhood. It’s so vital and fulfilling an activity that the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights has recognized the right of every child to play—it’s that essential to the healthy development of young people everywhere. One other thing about play: For all but the most recent sliver of human […]]]> 1 How One NPS Employee Turned Her Big Idea about Muppets into a Big Online Adventure for Kids Thu, 12 Sep 2013 13:35:50 +0000 This past spring, Muppets Elmo and Murray learned how birds build nests at Gateway National Park and how the seasons change at the Grand Canyon. They talked with park rangers about concepts like why animals need “habitat” and what it means for them to be “endangered.” These are just a few ways that preschoolers from […]]]> 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 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 Florida Students Discover the Beauty of the Everglades by Reviving a Long-Lost Community Park Wed, 28 Nov 2012 15:27:56 +0000 Too often when we think of national parks, we think of distant places enjoyed by tourists—yet millions of people in cities across the country are just a bus ride or a quick car trip away from these inspirational places. Part of what I do is help connect people—especially kids and young adults—to the nature and […]]]> 3