NPCA's Park Advocate » tips http://parkadvocate.org News and views of the National Parks Conservation Association Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:55:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 8 Perfect Parks for a Holiday Adventure http://parkadvocate.org/8-perfect-parks-for-a-holiday-adventure/ http://parkadvocate.org/8-perfect-parks-for-a-holiday-adventure/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:28:36 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=7506 Try something new with your holiday routine—by checking out some old and cherished traditions from around the country. These fun celebrations offer great incentives to get out and enjoy the season in a national park. Note: Modest fees apply for many of these events. Each month, NPCA puts together a slideshow exploring our National Park […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/8-perfect-parks-for-a-holiday-adventure/feed/ 0 Plan a Desert Getaway to Glen Canyon http://parkadvocate.org/plan-a-desert-getaway-to-glen-canyon/ http://parkadvocate.org/plan-a-desert-getaway-to-glen-canyon/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 14:54:18 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=7512 This story is part of NPCA’s biweekly Desert Getaway series. Read more stories in the series for tips on visiting other desert parks. Water may be rare in the desert, but it is also one of the most powerful forces affecting the landscape—sculpting natural bridges, shaping arches, and carving canyons. Glen Canyon National Recreation Area […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/plan-a-desert-getaway-to-glen-canyon/feed/ 0 Plan a Desert Getaway to Natural Bridges http://parkadvocate.org/plan-a-desert-getaway-to-natural-bridges/ http://parkadvocate.org/plan-a-desert-getaway-to-natural-bridges/#comments Thu, 13 Nov 2014 13:56:27 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=7487 This story is part of NPCA’s biweekly Desert Getaway series. Read more stories in the series for tips on visiting other desert parks. As parks go, Natural Bridges has some serious bragging rights: It’s Utah’s first national park site, the first International Dark-Sky Park in the world, and one of the very darkest places for […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/plan-a-desert-getaway-to-natural-bridges/feed/ 0 Capturing the Essence of the Everglades http://parkadvocate.org/capturing-the-essence-of-the-everglades/ http://parkadvocate.org/capturing-the-essence-of-the-everglades/#comments Mon, 03 Nov 2014 13:58:55 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=7388 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 […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/capturing-the-essence-of-the-everglades/feed/ 2 Plan a Desert Getaway to Canyonlands National Park http://parkadvocate.org/plan-a-desert-getaway-to-canyonlands-national-park/ http://parkadvocate.org/plan-a-desert-getaway-to-canyonlands-national-park/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:28:05 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=7398 This story is part of NPCA’s biweekly Desert Getaway series. Read more stories in the series for tips on visiting other desert parks. Utah’s national parks offer very different experiences, but all of them feature distinctive and amazing geological formations, whether you are looking down into a deep canyon, peering  through an otherworldly arch, or […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/plan-a-desert-getaway-to-canyonlands-national-park/feed/ 5 Plan a Desert Getaway to Arches National Park http://parkadvocate.org/plan-a-desert-getaway-at-arches-national-park/ http://parkadvocate.org/plan-a-desert-getaway-at-arches-national-park/#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 13:15:43 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=7338 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 […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/plan-a-desert-getaway-at-arches-national-park/feed/ 0 14 Summer Learning Adventures in National Parks http://parkadvocate.org/14-summer-learning-adventures-in-national-parks/ http://parkadvocate.org/14-summer-learning-adventures-in-national-parks/#comments Mon, 30 Jun 2014 18:32:39 +0000 http://parkadvocate.org/?p=6270 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 […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/14-summer-learning-adventures-in-national-parks/feed/ 0 Best Bet for Families Traveling the American West: Petrified Forest http://parkadvocate.org/best-bet-for-families-traveling-the-american-west-petrified-forest/ http://parkadvocate.org/best-bet-for-families-traveling-the-american-west-petrified-forest/#comments Thu, 12 Jun 2014 13:19:51 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=5827 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 […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/best-bet-for-families-traveling-the-american-west-petrified-forest/feed/ 2 “What’s in the Water?” More Than You Might Expect http://parkadvocate.org/whats-in-the-water-more-than-you-might-expect/ http://parkadvocate.org/whats-in-the-water-more-than-you-might-expect/#comments Tue, 10 Jun 2014 12:39:19 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=5810 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 […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/whats-in-the-water-more-than-you-might-expect/feed/ 0 Waterfalls, Sesquicentinis, and Buffalo Soldiers http://parkadvocate.org/4-ways-to-celebrate-yosemites-landmark-150th-birthday/ http://parkadvocate.org/4-ways-to-celebrate-yosemites-landmark-150th-birthday/#comments Fri, 23 May 2014 18:08:18 +0000 http://www.parkadvocate.org/?p=5674 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 […]]]> http://parkadvocate.org/4-ways-to-celebrate-yosemites-landmark-150th-birthday/feed/ 0