NPCA's Park Advocate » Yosemite News and views of the National Parks Conservation Association Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:39:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 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 Boy Wonders Thu, 06 Feb 2014 13:22:01 +0000 Remember when you were young and asked all of your friends not to bring gifts to your birthday party? Odds are you don’t, because to most grade-schoolers, forgoing presents is an almost unthinkable sacrifice. That’s not the case for two California brothers, Owen and Zach Brunner, age 10 and 7 respectively. Owen started a tradition […]]]> 1 Yosemite in Autumn: An Insider’s View Tue, 05 Nov 2013 14:13:56 +0000 Millions of people visit Yosemite each year to explore its dramatic landscapes. But with so many popular tourist spots, what makes a trip to this internationally renowned park a truly extraordinary journey? Last month, I was in a unique position to find out, serving as a staff representative on NPCA’s ParkScapes autumn expedition to Yosemite […]]]> 0 Gentle Giants: Can the National Parks’ Sequoias Survive Climate Change? Wed, 28 Aug 2013 17:42:48 +0000 Editor’s note: This story will be featured in the Fall 2013 issue of National Parks magazine, slated to hit mailboxes in the next several weeks. As one of the largest wildfires in California’s history threatens Yosemite National Park, we wanted to share it now, ahead of the print edition. Who doesn’t love a good mystery? […]]]> 0 Best of the ’Net: The Kid-Friendly and .007 Approved Edition Fri, 19 Jul 2013 13:35:11 +0000 This week’s Best of the ‘Net includes a virtual way to connect to Alaskan bears, fun things for kids to do in Yosemite, and cool gadgets to make your next camping trip more hi-tech. Our 401 national park sites span all 50 states, districts, and territories. The amazing cameras at can help connect us […]]]> 0 Take Action to Protect Yosemite Valley’s Wild and Scenic Merced River Wed, 03 Apr 2013 17:19:19 +0000 There are few places better known or more loved than Yosemite National Park. As a transplated Californian originally from Iowa, it wasn’t until I was in my 20s that I first emerged from the park’s famous Tunnel View to the jaw-dropping, iconic sight of El Capitan and Bridalveil Falls rising from the Valley floor and Half […]]]> 1 Best of the ‘Net: A Roundup of Fun Park Stuff Online This Week Fri, 29 Mar 2013 14:52:50 +0000 As a member of NPCA’s social media team, I see a lot of great material promoting national parks on the internet each week. I’m starting a new roundup to share some of the fun things park lovers should check out online. See something cool on national parks? Let me know below! 1. Photographer Chris Mabey […]]]> 0 If You Want Jobs and Justice, Keep Our National Parks Open Mon, 01 Oct 2012 13:19:58 +0000 In the summer of 1963, when I was growing up in what is now Pico Union near downtown Los Angeles, my father decided we should go on our first camping trip for our family vacation. We packed up the Ford and drove to Sequoia National Park, Yosemite National Park, and Lake Tahoe. My grandmother, who […]]]> 0 Friday Photo: Hi-Def Yosemite Webcam the Latest Online Glimpse into the National Parks Fri, 18 May 2012 14:39:18 +0000 Computers and mobile devices around the world were roaring with the beauty of waterfalls this week as officials at Yosemite National Park announced  a new webcam at the park, giving users a view of the spectacular Upper Yosemite Falls–the tallest waterfall in North America, rising 2,425 feet from the valley floor. The webcam updates every 30 seconds […]]]> 0 Friday Photo: It’s Waterfall Season at Yosemite Fri, 20 Apr 2012 17:40:18 +0000 Say, did we mention that National Park Week starts tomorrow and runs through April 29? That means no entrance fees anywhere in the park system for eight whole days! If you’re keeping track at home, that’s 84.6 million acres of land with 18,600 miles of hiking trails, 43,000 miles of shoreline, and 12,000 campsites throughout the country, according […]]]> 0