NPCA's Park Advocate » park art News and views of the National Parks Conservation Association Fri, 21 Nov 2014 20:39:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Capturing the Essence of the Everglades Mon, 03 Nov 2014 13:58:55 +0000 Gainesville native Mac Stone discovered his gift for photography and his love of nature at an early age. In the years since, he’s carried his camera throughout Florida, scheming creative ways to capture wild landscapes and curious creatures in their natural habitats, sometimes putting weeks of planning into the execution of a single image. (For […]]]> 1 Trivia Challenge: A Galaxy Not So Far Away After All Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:37:29 +0000 Q: Many of us head to a park when we’re looking to get away from it all, but did you know that two national parks in California literally portrayed a galaxy far, far away in one of the most famous movie series of all time? Can you name these two sites where director George Lucas filmed […]]]> 0 Thomas “Yellowstone” Moran: Influencing Change with Art Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:49:15 +0000 Can one person’s artistic vision create change and protect something astounding? In the case of painter Thomas Moran, one man’s art was a major influence in preserving what is now one of the world’s most cherished places: Yellowstone National Park. Long before America had a National Park Service or a National Park System, mountain men and […]]]> 0 Her True Colors: A Q&A with Award-Winning Musician Doreen Taylor Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:14:25 +0000 Last week, award-winning songstress Doreen Taylor released her new single, “Colors of the USA,” which she wrote and produced to benefit NPCA’s work to protect national parks; 50% of all proceeds from the song will go directly to NPCA. Doreen began her remarkable career in music at an early age when she realized the power […]]]> 0 Trivia Challenge: Guess This Park-Inspired Poet Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:21:22 +0000 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. He […]]]> 0 5 Ways to Celebrate National Park Week Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:37:30 +0000 Have you marked your calendar yet? National Park Week begins this weekend! What’s National Park Week? It’s a celebration of all 401 national park sites around the country. Many parks host special events, including junior ranger programs and Earth Day activities, and all national park sites will waive their entrance fees Saturday, April 19, and […]]]> 0 This Month’s National Park Trivia Challenge: Name This Artist! Tue, 04 Mar 2014 17:18:17 +0000 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 […]]]> 1 Old School Meets New Design: A Q&A with “See America” Artist Brixton Doyle Wed, 12 Feb 2014 14:40:23 +0000 Nearly 80 years ago, President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration launched the “See America” campaign, which put artists to work designing posters that depict the country’s iconic destinations. Now, NPCA is teaming up with the Creative Action Network (CAN) to put a modern spin on the series, essentially pairing two of America’s best ideas. […]]]> 1 “See America” Campaign Is About Connecting and Reconnecting Americans to Our National Parks Wed, 29 Jan 2014 16:01:42 +0000 More than 75 years ago, President Franklin D. Roosevelt launched a New Deal program called the Federal Art Project to help put the nation’s artists to work. The program created thousands of poster designs, many of which showcased our great national parks, from Petrified Forest to Yellowstone, along with other treasured landscapes. The effort was […]]]> 1 Check Out The National Parks Band That Supports National Park Lands Tue, 28 Jan 2014 13:27:00 +0000 If you’re like me, you love the peaceful sounds of national parks. Here’s a chance to check out the inventive sounds of The National Parks—indie-folk artists Brady Parks, Sydney Carling, and Paige Wagner who make up the up-and-coming band one musician described as “the Lumineers meets Of Monsters and Men.” Starting today, The National Parks band is […]]]> 2