NPCA's Park Advocate » Mid-Atlantic http://parkadvocate.org News and views of the National Parks Conservation Association Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:39:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Bringing Down the Dams http://parkadvocate.org/bringing-down-the-dams/ http://parkadvocate.org/bringing-down-the-dams/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:50:59 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=6913 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 […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/bringing-down-the-dams/feed/ 0 Exploring the Original Oil Country in Northwestern Pennsylvania http://parkadvocate.org/exploring-the-original-oil-country-in-northwestern-pennsylvania/ http://parkadvocate.org/exploring-the-original-oil-country-in-northwestern-pennsylvania/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:18:58 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=6850 This story is part of our series on national heritage areas, the large lived-in landscapes managed through innovative partnerships to tell America’s cultural history. See more stories in this series. In August 1859, Edwin L. Drake drilled the first successful commercial oil well in a natural oil seep on the east bank of Oil Creek downstream […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/exploring-the-original-oil-country-in-northwestern-pennsylvania/feed/ 0 Heritage at the Heart of Rust Belt Reinvention http://parkadvocate.org/heritage-at-the-heart-of-rust-belt-reinvention/ http://parkadvocate.org/heritage-at-the-heart-of-rust-belt-reinvention/#comments Wed, 11 Jun 2014 14:13:28 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=5822 This story is part of our series on national heritage areas, the large lived-in landscapes managed through innovative partnerships to tell America’s cultural history. See more stories in this series. At the northernmost navigable point of the Ohio River in the 19th century, the overland routes, river traffic, and railroads converged at Wheeling, West Virginia. This tiny […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/heritage-at-the-heart-of-rust-belt-reinvention/feed/ 0 Got Milkweed? Crowdfunding Creates a Butterfly Effect for National Parks http://parkadvocate.org/got-milkweed-crowdsourcing-creates-a-butterfly-effect-for-national-parks/ http://parkadvocate.org/got-milkweed-crowdsourcing-creates-a-butterfly-effect-for-national-parks/#comments Thu, 15 May 2014 13:42:57 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=5621 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 […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/got-milkweed-crowdsourcing-creates-a-butterfly-effect-for-national-parks/feed/ 0 If These Parks Could Talk http://parkadvocate.org/if-these-parks-could-talk-remembering-the-civil-war-overland-campaign-of-1864/ http://parkadvocate.org/if-these-parks-could-talk-remembering-the-civil-war-overland-campaign-of-1864/#comments Wed, 14 May 2014 12:20:28 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=5593 One hundred and fifty years ago last week, two large armies stirred from their winter camps in central Virginia and prepared again for war. Leading one of the armies was Ulysses S. Grant, the hero of Vicksburg and the savior of Chattanooga. Summoned east by President Lincoln, appointed to the rank of Lieutenant General, and […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/if-these-parks-could-talk-remembering-the-civil-war-overland-campaign-of-1864/feed/ 0 Better Than Fiction http://parkadvocate.org/better-than-fiction-the-true-life-story-of-a-high-seas-adventurer/ http://parkadvocate.org/better-than-fiction-the-true-life-story-of-a-high-seas-adventurer/#comments Tue, 06 May 2014 13:55:40 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=5392 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 […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/better-than-fiction-the-true-life-story-of-a-high-seas-adventurer/feed/ 0 FAQ: Celebrating the Monument of Monuments http://parkadvocate.org/faq-celebrating-the-monument-of-monuments/ http://parkadvocate.org/faq-celebrating-the-monument-of-monuments/#comments Fri, 25 Apr 2014 12:39:15 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=5290 As the tallest structure in the nation’s capital and one of the most iconic, the historic obelisk honoring America’s first president is the monument of monuments. After nearly three years of being closed to the public for repairs, the Washington Monument will reopen May 12.   Q: Why was the Washington Monument closed? A: On […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/faq-celebrating-the-monument-of-monuments/feed/ 0 Trivia Challenge: Guess This Park-Inspired Poet http://parkadvocate.org/trivia-challenge-guess-this-park-inspired-poet/ http://parkadvocate.org/trivia-challenge-guess-this-park-inspired-poet/#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:21:22 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=5050 Q: What famed 19th century poet was inspired to serve as a nurse during the Civil War after spending time at Chatham Manor at what is now the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park?   A: Leaves of Grass author Walt Whitman (1819-1892) arrived at Chatham Manor, a makeshift Civil War hospital, in December of 1862. […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/trivia-challenge-guess-this-park-inspired-poet/feed/ 0 Partners and Progress: Bringing 1863 Back to Life at Gettysburg http://parkadvocate.org/partners-and-progress-bringing-1863-back-to-life-at-gettysburg/ http://parkadvocate.org/partners-and-progress-bringing-1863-back-to-life-at-gettysburg/#comments Mon, 07 Apr 2014 13:09:39 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=5149 http://parkadvocate.org/partners-and-progress-bringing-1863-back-to-life-at-gettysburg/feed/ 0 Trivia Challenge: Guess This Park-Inspired Poet http://parkadvocate.org/trivia-challenge-guess-this-park-inspired-poet-2/ http://parkadvocate.org/trivia-challenge-guess-this-park-inspired-poet-2/#comments Wed, 02 Apr 2014 12:47:04 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=5050 Q: What famed 19th century poet was inspired to serve as a nurse during the Civil War after spending time at Chatham Manor at what is now the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park?   A: Leaves of Grass author Walt Whitman (1819-1892) arrived at Chatham Manor, a makeshift Civil War hospital, in December of 1862. 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