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MARCH 2014


Kalaupapa National Historical Park, Hawaii

Beyond Yellowstone: 10 Hidden Gems to Explore in the National Park System

Want to explore a few remarkable places off the beaten path? These 10 NPCA picks offer great ways to escape the crowds while enjoying unique, underappreciated natural and cultural treasures around the country.

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Buffalo National River

New Chance to Stop the Damage to Buffalo River

Last year, Arkansas officials allowed an industrial-scale hog farm to operate upstream from Buffalo National River. Now, these officials have the opportunity to reopen the farm's permit, which was issued without public comment and contains misinformation related to the disposal of the facility's enormous quantities of manure. Learn more, see a new video on the issue, and take action to help stop the harm this poorly sited facility could cause this pristine watershed.

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US Capitol

Do Your Reps Support National Park Funding?

Earlier this week, President Obama unveiled his proposed budget for the next fiscal year, which would restore $55 million in additional funding to the National Park Service after several years of cuts and declining funds. But for these much-needed funds to become a reality for national parks, the proposal needs congressional support. See how your members of Congress voted on national park funding issues in 2013, and send a message encouraging them to support the proposal, which would take effect in time for the upcoming Park Service centennial.

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Brixton Doyle

Q&A: Behind the Scenes with Artist Brixton Doyle

To date, NPCA and the Creative Action Network have showcased 450 original works of art (and counting) through the See America Project, a new crowdsourced campaign to reimagine classic New Deal-era posters of national parks for a new generation. Graphic designer and instructor Brixton Doyle contributed a particularly striking work of a hand-drawn rendering of Devil’s Tower in Wyoming, set against a dramatic red sky. We asked the artist about his connection to the parks, his artistic process, and his inspiration.

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Groundwork Anacostia

Transforming D.C.’s “Forgotten River”

D.C.’s Anacostia River has an image problem. It has suffered for years from pollution and neglect and has a reputation as a place to avoid—some even call it the “forgotten river.” Fortunately, community advocates are helping to reverse this stigma and inspire a new generation of stewards: Groundwork Anacostia is involving high school students in service-learning projects that are revitalizing the watershed.

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Wildlife vs. Climate Change: A Pika Tale

What lives near high-altitude rock fields, is closely related to rabbits, makes a distinctive barking noise, and is so sensitive to cold that it could literally die from climate change? Meet the adorable, mischievous pikas that scurry their way around a number of western national parks, and learn how a team of researchers is trying to help them survive.

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Ozark National Scenic Riverways painting

Trivia Challenge: Name This Artist

The Ozark National Scenic Riverways is the largest national park site in Missouri, with caves, historic mills, and two wandering rivers that offer some of the best canoeing in the Midwest. One prolific Missouri-born painter had a deep love for this park and immortalized its lush landscape in the above 1963 work of art. Who was this painter? Get the answer and fun park facts in our new monthly trivia challenge.

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ParkScapes Travel:
Yellowstone Wildlife Safari

Witness the enchantment of Yellowstone National Park as bear and wolf cubs and bison and elk calves venture out for all to see. Our expert guides know the best locations for spotting wildlife during this magical time; tour dates June 1-6. Space is limited.

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Pronghorn antelope Jim Kruger/iStockPhoto.

Salute the Parks

You’re Invited
April 9th
Washington, DC

Join NPCA and members of the national parks community at NPCA’s Salute to the Parks Gala. This year’s gathering will honor Dr. Milton Chen for his ongoing work to promote place-based learning and his strong vision of national parks as outdoor classrooms. Guests will also be treated to a musical performance by award-winning singer-songwriter and national recording artist Doreen Taylor.

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-David Attenborough
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