NPCA's Park Advocate » park volunteers News and views of the National Parks Conservation Association Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:08:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Got Milkweed? Crowdfunding Creates a Butterfly Effect for National Parks Thu, 15 May 2014 13:42:57 +0000 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 […]]]> 0 Trivia Challenge: Name This “Crooked River” Park Tue, 29 Apr 2014 17:40:47 +0000 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 […]]]> 2 Park Allies Target an Unwelcome Guest at Petrified Forest: Tumbleweed Wed, 20 Nov 2013 15:40:15 +0000 I love living in Arizona. The natural landscapes have always been among my favorite places to explore, with its many climates and ecosystems, including the desert, forests, mountains, and canyons. Yet, the native flora and fauna in my state face a serious threat: invasive species. Invasives, such as buffelgrass and quagga mussels, pose a direct […]]]> 1 20 Years of “Helping Hands for Public Lands” Tue, 03 Sep 2013 20:36:25 +0000 UPDATE, September 17: We’ve added three new events in Utah, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, with red asterisks below, for more opportunities to volunteer with NPCA this month! Saturday, September 28 marks the 20th annual National Public Lands Day, America’s largest volunteer day inspiring people to pitch in and help our parks and public spaces. NPCA has […]]]> 0 Commitment to Mission in Action: NPCA Volunteers at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Wed, 03 Jul 2013 17:24:10 +0000 Many people seem surprised when they find out that, as an NPCA employee, a typical day on the job does not include hiking around in the parks we work so hard to protect. Like many of my coworkers, I spend 99 percent of my time at work behind a desk. Fortunately, a group of NPCA […]]]> 1 A Boaters’ Paradise That Preserves Coral Reefs Thu, 09 May 2013 16:59:50 +0000 Imagine boating to paradise and then—without meaning to—causing it harm. Thanks to more than a decade of work in the Virgin Islands, a national park visit by boat is now gentler on the marine environment. The spectacular coastal scenery, crystal clear waters, reliable winds, and beautiful bays of Virgin Islands National Park and the Virgin […]]]> 2 Connecting Students with Nature and History in Baltimore: How Crowdfunding Can Help Wed, 24 Apr 2013 13:02:13 +0000 Fort McHenry is a source of fierce pride for the residents of Baltimore. It is here that our citizens stopped the British Navy from attacking the city during the Battle of Baltimore in September of 1814. The flag that flew over the fort the morning after the battle not only signaled a defensive victory, but […]]]> 1 Veterans to Volunteer in Cleanup Efforts at Gateway National Recreation Area Tue, 05 Mar 2013 17:13:51 +0000 When Superstorm Sandy made landfall in the Northeast late last October, many of New York’s beaches were inundated with damage and debris. As the area recovers and rebuilds, a group of veterans will help with cleanup and beach restoration efforts at Gateway National Recreation Area, which has remained closed since the storm. The nonprofit organizing the effort, Wounded Nature […]]]> 0 “A Gift of the Whole People” Mon, 25 Feb 2013 13:40:26 +0000 NPCA recently forged a new partnership with the organization I helped found, ioby, as a way to provide a platform for local groups to crowdfund projects in our country’s beloved national parks. It sounds like a cutting-edge idea, and it is—though another cause beat us to the punch by more than a hundred years. In […]]]> 1 A Valentine’s Day Q&A with Audrey Peterman Thu, 14 Feb 2013 15:31:21 +0000 In 1995, Audrey Peterman and her husband Frank packed up their car and traveled 12,000 miles to national parks around the country for the first time, despite the protests of family and friends who worried for their safety. For two months they had life-changing experiences in places where they were often the only African Americans […]]]> 2