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FEATURED PARKS: Leaves Are Changing, Even as the Shutdown Holds Steady

Congress may have closed the national parks, but nature is still at work behind the roadblocks and barricades, and trees around the country are changing into their autumn colors. Looking for the perfect leaf-peeping spot when the parks re-open? Here are the ten best places to celebrate fall … after you write your representatives and tell them to open the gates. (More on that below.)

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CLOSED: Congress Shuts Down National Parks

Earlier this week, Congress shut down the federal government for the first time in nearly 17 years. As a result, all 401 national parks are closed and more than 21,000 Park Service employees have been furloughed as the fiscal standoff continues. For more on what the shutdown means for parks, park staff, visitors, and surrounding communities, read our frequently asked questions--then send a message to your members of Congress.

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Florida Pledges $90 Million to Restore Everglades

In a surprise announcement, Florida Governor Rick Scott pledged $90 million over three years to help fund one of the most critical Everglades restoration projects: bridging Tamiami Trail.

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No Child Left Inside

Show Your Support for “No Child Left Inside”

Last month, a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers re-introduced “No Child Left Inside” legislation in the Senate that would strengthen and expand environmental education. Outdoor learning improves academic performance, yet children today spend less time outdoors than they did 20 years ago. Take action to support connecting more children with nature.

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Saguaro National Park

The 8,000-Year Park: Can We Clear the Air at Saguaro?

Last month, NPCA released information on ten national parks with particularly bad haze conditions--but one park has such challenging problems, researchers thought it was too extreme to even include as an example. One nature lover shares her affection for Saguaro National Park in Arizona, why its haze is so daunting, and how you can help.

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“Our Health Matters”

Over the summer, a groundswell of African-American women took part in organized group hikes in national parks to improve their health. The nonprofit GirlTrek not only helped to connect these women with healthy habits and gorgeous nature trails, they also inspired fellowship and accomplishment on maxed-out expeditions around the country. The program now engages more than 18,000 women; one volunteer GirlTrek leader shares her story.

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ParkScapes Travel

ParkScapes Travel:
Legendary Canyon Country

Gaze upon the spires and fins of Arches National Park, celebrate the 50th anniversary of Canyonlands National Park, and explore the Ancestral Puebloan dwellings at Mesa Verde National Park.

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National Parks magazine


Check out the latest issue of National Parks magazine, which features a photo essay on the Channel Islands, a trip to Cuyahoga Valley, and a look at students conducting underwater research at New York City's Harbor School.

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Go Solar, Save $1,000

Go solar this month with NPCA, and our friends at Sungevity will give you $1,000 off and give us a $1,000 gift to help protect our national parks.

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