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Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota

FEATURED PARK: Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota

Remote and rugged, Voyageurs National Park is a wild landscape of ancient rock, dense forest, and interconnected waterways that preserves the cross-country trade route canoed centuries ago by French fur traders. Nestled along the Canadian border, most of this 218,000-acre park is a peninsula accessible only by water—but still vulnerable to modern-day pollution problems.

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Go, Fish, Go!

Millions of wild Alaskan salmon swim to Bristol Bay each summer, including the protected waters of Katmai and Lake Clark National Parks. These fish must navigate through nets, hooks, claws, jaws, and waterfalls to get to their spawning grounds. Now these wild salmon may soon face another grim hurdle: mining. Learn how you can help protect one of the country's healthiest ecosystems by visiting NPCA's new mini-site.

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Three Rivers, Countless Memories

Rivers around the country are in big trouble. One NPCA staff member shares why three of our nation's endangered rivers are meaningful to her and her family, and why we should work to protect them all.

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A Risky Gamble for Public Land

The Bureau of Land Management is currently considering whether to lease up to 2.5 million acres of public lands in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming for oil shale and tar sands development. NPCA's new report outlines the disturbing economic and environmental risks of letting that happen.

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Manhattan Project

Preserving the Controversial Legacy of the Manhattan Project

The atomic bomb shocked the world. Could a new Manhattan Project National Historical Park help more people understand its influence on politics, science, and culture? Learn about the legislation in Congress that would create new park sites in three states, and the woman who has worked for years to preserve this controversial history.

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NPCA's Favorite National Park Adventures

The summer travel season is here, and many of us are itching to enjoy the outdoors. Fortunately, all 397 national parks will offer FREE admission this Saturday, June 9 for National Go Outside Day! Six NPCA staff members around the country share their favorite places in the park system for some fun travel-planning ideas.

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Free National Park Photos for Your Facebook Timeline

NPCA now offers a selection of stunning images that national park supporters can download for free. These pictures are specially sized to use as Facebook timeline cover photos, so you can show your love for Canyonlands, Denali, Everglades, and other iconic parks, while also showing your support for NPCA!

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Nature Valley

JOIN NATURE VALLEY

Join Nature Valley in supporting America's national parks! Just look for specially marked packages and enter your UPC at PreserveTheParks.com. For each UPC entered before 12/31/12, $1 will be donated to NPCA, up to $200,000. To get the ball rolling, Nature Valley is making a $300,000 flat donation to fund restoration projects in support of six national parks. You can help preserve the parks for generations to come–get started today!

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NPCA PARKSCAPES
Alternate Departures and Custom Journeys

Through our preferred travel partner, Off the Beaten Path, NPCA offers endless options in travel to the national parks. You can choose a ParkScapes trip, opt for alternate dates with similar itineraries, or book a private custom journey for your family and friends.

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Greater and Greener: Get Involved with Urban Parks

Next month, the leading conference on urban parks will take place in New York City with more than 100 events, workshops, and park tours led by city park planners, designers, and visionaries. Join an exciting lineup of participants committed to building healthier urban environments, including NPCA's own Northeast Regional Director Alexander Brash.

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QUOTE OF THE MONTH

"Beauty ... is nature's tool for survival, because we protect what we fall in love with."
-Louie Schwartzberg, from his presentation on gratitude on TEDxSF
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