NPCA's Park Advocate » Midwest http://parkadvocate.org News and views of the National Parks Conservation Association Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:54:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Fishy Business http://parkadvocate.org/fishy-business/ http://parkadvocate.org/fishy-business/#comments Wed, 25 Jun 2014 14:14:08 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=6223 Imagine paddling along in your canoe or going for a swim in a tranquil national park river, enjoying a perfect afternoon. Then, out of nowhere, a fish as large as a golden retriever leaps out of the water toward you. Scary? Definitely. But that’s the least of it. The monstrous invasive fish known as Asian […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/fishy-business/feed/ 0 Youth Push for Pullman on Capitol Hill http://parkadvocate.org/youth-push-for-pullman-on-capitol-hill/ http://parkadvocate.org/youth-push-for-pullman-on-capitol-hill/#comments Fri, 23 May 2014 15:00:38 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=5669 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 […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/youth-push-for-pullman-on-capitol-hill/feed/ 0 Trivia Challenge: Name This “Crooked River” Park http://parkadvocate.org/trivia-challenge-name-this-crooked-river-park/ http://parkadvocate.org/trivia-challenge-name-this-crooked-river-park/#comments Tue, 29 Apr 2014 17:40:47 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=5348 Q: Decades before this Midwestern site officially became a national park, the severe pollution in its river outraged and embarrassed the country, helping to spur the creation of the Clean Water Act, the Environmental Protection Agency, and Earth Day. The park’s name—which is also the river’s name—is the Mohawk word meaning “crooked river.” Can you […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/trivia-challenge-name-this-crooked-river-park/feed/ 2 An Overdue Dose of Wilderness http://parkadvocate.org/an-overdue-dose-of-wilderness-congress-passes-new-protections-for-sleeping-bear-dunes/ http://parkadvocate.org/an-overdue-dose-of-wilderness-congress-passes-new-protections-for-sleeping-bear-dunes/#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:54:16 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=5122 Earlier this month, Congress passed the first bill designating a new wilderness area in five years—the longest lapse ever between such designations. The bill specifically protects 32,500 acres at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, a national park site in Michigan famous for its immense sand dunes and bluffs, as well as its beaches, forests, and […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/an-overdue-dose-of-wilderness-congress-passes-new-protections-for-sleeping-bear-dunes/feed/ 0 This Month’s National Park Trivia Challenge: Name This Artist! http://parkadvocate.org/this-months-national-park-trivia-challenge-name-this-artist/ http://parkadvocate.org/this-months-national-park-trivia-challenge-name-this-artist/#comments Tue, 04 Mar 2014 17:18:17 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=4995 Q: The Ozark National Scenic Riverways is the largest national park site in Missouri, with caves, historic mills, and two wandering rivers that offer some of the best canoeing in the Midwest. One prolific Missouri-born painter had a deep love for this park and immortalized its lush landscape in this 1963 work of art. Who […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/this-months-national-park-trivia-challenge-name-this-artist/feed/ 1 110 Miles and Endless Possibilities at the Ohio & Erie Canalway http://parkadvocate.org/this-months-featured-national-heritage-area-101-miles-and-endless-possibilities-at-the-ohio-erie-canalway/ http://parkadvocate.org/this-months-featured-national-heritage-area-101-miles-and-endless-possibilities-at-the-ohio-erie-canalway/#comments Thu, 30 Jan 2014 14:44:37 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=4772 Whether you like to hike, bicycle, run, ride horses, or explore 19th century history, you’ll find plenty to do at the Ohio & Erie Canalway National Heritage Area in northeast Ohio. Designated a national heritage area by Congress in 1996, the Ohio & Erie Canalway celebrates the nature and history of the canal from Cleveland […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/this-months-featured-national-heritage-area-101-miles-and-endless-possibilities-at-the-ohio-erie-canalway/feed/ 0 Are You Ready for a Bike Challenge to Help Protect Our National Parks? http://parkadvocate.org/are-you-ready-for-a-bike-challenge-to-help-protect-our-national-parks/ http://parkadvocate.org/are-you-ready-for-a-bike-challenge-to-help-protect-our-national-parks/#comments Wed, 29 Jan 2014 13:59:36 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=4743 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 the Climate Ride turned out to be an amazing, […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/are-you-ready-for-a-bike-challenge-to-help-protect-our-national-parks/feed/ 0 One Step Closer to Chicago’s First National Park http://parkadvocate.org/one-step-closer-to-chicagos-first-national-park/ http://parkadvocate.org/one-step-closer-to-chicagos-first-national-park/#comments Fri, 24 Jan 2014 13:26:31 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=4634 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 […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/one-step-closer-to-chicagos-first-national-park/feed/ 0 Silos and Smokestacks Showcases Farming and Food Production in America’s Heartland http://parkadvocate.org/this-months-featured-national-heritage-area-silos-and-smokestacks-showcases-farming-and-food-production-in-americas-heartland/ http://parkadvocate.org/this-months-featured-national-heritage-area-silos-and-smokestacks-showcases-farming-and-food-production-in-americas-heartland/#comments Mon, 23 Sep 2013 13:21:04 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=4024 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. America’s “amber waves of grain” have long been rooted in our history and culture. The fields of our heartland continue to supply sustenance, energy, and wealth […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/this-months-featured-national-heritage-area-silos-and-smokestacks-showcases-farming-and-food-production-in-americas-heartland/feed/ 0 GirlTrek Takes On National Parks and Helps Black Women and Girls Take Back Their Health http://parkadvocate.org/girltrek-takes-on-national-parks-and-helps-black-women-and-girls-take-back-their-health/ http://parkadvocate.org/girltrek-takes-on-national-parks-and-helps-black-women-and-girls-take-back-their-health/#comments Thu, 19 Sep 2013 13:00:58 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=4005 During the month of August, black women and girls from across the country laced up their boots and stepped out to walk in national parks as part of GirlTrek’s Summer Trek Series, a partnership with the National Park Service to support “Healthy Parks, Healthy People.” GirlTrek, a national nonprofit and health organization that inspires and […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/girltrek-takes-on-national-parks-and-helps-black-women-and-girls-take-back-their-health/feed/ 0