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FEATURED PARK: Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, Kentucky and Tennessee

Spanning two states and two time zones, Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area preserves 125,000 acres in Kentucky and Tennessee with the Cumberland River and numerous tributaries at its heart. Enjoying this park, though, is as much about the spectacular gorges, natural arches, and plateaus that form its land as it is about the miles and miles of free-flowing water.

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Tell the Candidates: Stand with the 95%

An overwhelming 95 percent of Americans believe our federal government should protect our national parks. NPCA thinks our presidential candidates should be part of this patriotic majority. This is especially important now because whomever we elect on November 6 will preside over the National Park Service's centennial in 2016. Sign our petition asking the candidates to pledge their support for our nation's best places, then send a beautiful e-card to share the message with friends.

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La Paz Educational Center

Historic New National Monument to Honor Labor Leader César Chávez

On October 8, President Obama will officially designate the country's 398th national park site, a new César E. Chávez National Monument on the historic property known as "La Paz." The monument, located near Keene, California, will be the first site in the National Park System devoted to a contemporary Latino American. NPCA has long supported creating a park site honoring Chávez, and celebrates this first step toward preserving his legacy.

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Colonial National Park

Victory: Plans for Coal Plant Suspended

NPCA successfully fought an unnecessary power plant near Hampton Roads, Virginia. Thanks to more than 9,000 supporters who spoke out against it, Old Dominion Energy Company suspended its plans to build the plant. As a result, the air around several national parks will be subjected to less haze from airborne emissions, and people in nearby communities will be able to breathe easier, too.

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New Video: Feeling the Heat

"We have to differentiate between pristine lands that ... tell the history of America, and disturbed lands that are better for creating renewable energy. We can have both if we're thoughtful about how we proceed," explains California Desert Senior Program Manager David Lamfrom in NPCA's new video, "Feeling the Heat." This four-minute exploration of solar development near national parks brings to life the beauty of the desert and the threats that industrial-scale solar projects can pose to it.

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Now ... What Do We Do with the Kids?

National parks are traditional, affordable vacation spots for families. But which parks and what activities work best if you have children? Check out our new weekly blog series about one family that traveled to national parks throughout the country, and get tips on ways they got their kids engaged and excited along the way. Read a new story every Friday this month!

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Citizen Scientists Inventory Nature, One Butterfly at a Time

Can a couple thousand volunteers make a difference protecting plants and animals while having fun exploring a national park? One scientist thinks so. She shares some of her experiences counting butterflies at a "BioBlitz" in Rocky Mountain National Park, where she got to enjoy the beauty of nature combined with the excitement of discovery.

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Isle Royale Wilderness Sojourn

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Isle Royale Wilderness Sojourn

Isle Royale National Park is a roadless wilderness island accessible only by boat or float plane, and home to the world's oldest wolf-moose interaction study. See it all with NPCA in July 2013.

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Chippewa Harbor in Isle Royale National Park at Sunrise, Michigan © Michael Thompson/Dreamstime

Earth Share

Protect National Parks at Work!

Making a donation through payroll deduction is a convenient and environmentally friendly way to support our efforts to preserve and protect the national parks. NPCA participates in many public- and private-sector campaigns through Earth Share, as well as the Combined Federal Campaign for federal employees and the U.S. military (CFC # 12069).

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The fall issue of National Parks is out with feature stories on Buffalo Soldiers, farmers in the Chesapeake Bay area, and the beaches of the Gulf Islands and Canaveral National Seashores. Subscribe to get your copy!

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Looking Ahead to the Holidays?

We have the perfect gift for the special people on your list—the gift of the national parks. By giving gift memberships, you'll introduce your family and friends to the stunning beauty and rich history of our national parks. Your gift recipients will enjoy a year's subscription to the award-winning National Parks magazine, plus our super soft fleece blanket as a special gift.

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QUOTE OF THE MONTH

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
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