NPCA's Park Advocate » tips News and views of the National Parks Conservation Association Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:14:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Plan a Desert Getaway to Arches National Park Thu, 16 Oct 2014 13:15:43 +0000 The cooler months are an ideal time to explore the wonders of the desert, when visitors can see the beauty of the canyons and cacti without the intense sunshine and triple-digit temperatures. This story is the first in a new bimonthly Desert Getaway series with tips for visiting some of these warm, sunny southwestern national parks. With […]]]> 0 14 Summer Learning Adventures in National Parks Mon, 30 Jun 2014 18:32:39 +0000 School may be out for the summer, but there are plenty of ways to explore science, history, and the arts—with or without kids—in some of America’s best classrooms, our national parks. Each month, NPCA puts together a slideshow exploring our National Park System. To get these features delivered to your inbox, sign up for Park […]]]> 0 Best Bet for Families Traveling the American West: Petrified Forest Thu, 12 Jun 2014 13:19:51 +0000 Traveling with kids to the Grand Canyon and other classic stops in the American West can be an exercise in expensive hotels, bus shuttles, huge crowds, and less-than-child-friendly trails. Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona offers a surprising alternative. The trees that have turned to rainbow colors set in stone offer just one of the […]]]> 2 “What’s in the Water?” More Than You Might Expect Tue, 10 Jun 2014 12:39:19 +0000 For many of us, national parks provide the clean water necessary for that unforgettable fishing trip or that swimming hole to cool off during a family camping trip. However, more than half of our 401 national parks have waterways that are considered “impaired” under Clean Water Act standards. These waters that sustain life and provide […]]]> 0 Waterfalls, Sesquicentinis, and Buffalo Soldiers Fri, 23 May 2014 18:08:18 +0000 One June 30, 1864, Congress passed and President Abraham Lincoln signed the Yosemite Grant Act into law—a groundbreaking piece of legislation that provided the first-ever wild land protections in our country. The law protected two exquisite gems, Mariposa Grove and Yosemite Valley, which both eventually became part of Yosemite National Park. Initially, the state of […]]]> 0 5 Lessons, Countless Memories Tue, 13 May 2014 12:31:11 +0000 Two years ago, my family embarked on a marvelous six-week national park adventure to discover activities and locations that were particularly engaging for families. What began as an exploratory exercise produced memorable, inspirational experiences that bonded us as a family, and the adventures we shared have continued spark strong new interests for our kids. The […]]]> 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 Essential Paddling Guide: Paddling The Buffalo, America’s First National River Thu, 20 Feb 2014 15:07:09 +0000 The following post is reprinted from National Parks Traveler. These stories are part of the new Essential Guide for Paddling the Parks, the first paddling guide to the National Park System that helps you decide which river, lake, or ocean to paddle, how to select an outfitter if necessary, and where to find epic paddling adventures […]]]> 0 9 Romantic Park Trips for You and Your Valentine Fri, 07 Feb 2014 13:45:15 +0000 Whether you want to live it up near the city lights or get away from it all under the starlight, national parks provide a wealth of amorous adventures for you and your Valentine. Each month, NPCA puts together a slideshow exploring the amazing sites in our National Park System. To get the featured parks delivered […]]]> 1 8 Perfect Parks for a Winter Workout Wed, 08 Jan 2014 14:07:10 +0000 Did you make a New Year’s resolution to get more exercise? Are you determined to enjoy the outdoors, even when the weather is brisk? These eight parks are great spots to stay active and work up a healthy sweat, even—or especially—with a January chill in the air. Each month, NPCA puts together a slideshow exploring […]]]> 1