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JUNE 2014


12 of the Best National Park Beaches

12 of America’s Best National Park Beaches

Still recovering from the long, cold winter … or just need some sun and surf in your travel plans this year? NPCA staff pick a dozen of the best beach vacation spots at national parks around the country.

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Hold the Line: Hard-Fought Victory at Everglades

It took six years of work and nearly 13,000 comments from NPCA supporters, but last month the utility Florida Power and Light agreed to keep an intrusive power line out of Everglades National Park. The original plans would have placed 330-foot transmission towers on pristine wetlands, affecting water flow, wildlife, vegetation, and the visitor experience. Thanks to persistent advocacy, the utility will instead move the line to land completely outside park boundaries.

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Pullman Youth

Engaging the Next Generation in Conservation

Conservationists worry about how to keep national parks and preservation work relevant to the next generation. One solution: Create more urban parks that allow a growing number of youth and young adults to connect with history and nature near their own neighborhoods. NPCA recently involved several Millennials in the ongoing campaign to create Chicago's first national park site in the historic Pullman District—and these youth had plenty to say about the experience.

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Better Than Fiction: Follow the Adventures of a High-Seas Explorer

Imagine you are an adventurer traveling through parts of the world that no one you know has ever seen or heard of before. Picture long ocean voyages, mutiny, devastating illness, tense encounters with other cultures, and back-breaking work to build a new home in a distant land. A new national park trail celebrates the real-life adventures of Captain John Smith, and you can follow in his footsteps with NPCA this month!

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4+ Ways to Celebrate Yosemite’s 150th

This month, one of the country’s most iconic parks will celebrate a major milestone—the 150th anniversary of the Yosemite Grant Act, which Abraham Lincoln signed into law in 1864, leading to the creation of Yosemite National Park in California. The park is hosting events throughout the year to honor its big birthday, and NPCA has suggestions on how to celebrate, including fun ways to enjoy the park or advocate on its behalf from anywhere in the country.

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Monarch Butterfly

Crowdfunding Creates a Butterfly Effect for Parks

Got milkweed? Gateway National Recreation Area has more thanks to a crowdfunding campaign in New York to improve habitat for monarch butterflies. Crowdfunding is an innovative way to harness the power of small contributions to fund larger goals like neighborhood improvement projects, with average donations of just $35—a small price tag to become a hero to a local park. Read about Operation Milkweed’s success and learn how you can help connect children and wildlife with vital green space near downtown Baltimore.

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Stonewall Inn

Take the Pride Month Trivia Challenge

The National Park Service has not always done a great job of interpreting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) history in the park system. Fortunately, the agency has made strides in recent years toward both celebrating equality in the workplace and educating the public on landmarks and historic figures central to LGBT communities. Test your knowledge: How many national park sites have been created to commemorate LGBT history?

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Winter at Yosemite National Park

ParkScapes Travel:
New Year’s in Yosemite

Snowshoe through groves of giant sequoias, see and hear the cracking of frozen waterfalls, and take in the grand landscape of Yosemite National Park during the New Year's in Yosemite tour from December 28 to January 2.

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Photo Caption: Winter at Yosemite National Park Rick Whitacre/iStockphoto

Anchor Brewing

Anchor Brewing Company & NPCA Join Together

Anchor Brewing has been supporting the California State Parks Foundation for over a year and they are excited to announce their plan to support parks nationally by partnering with NPCA. Proceeds from Anchor California Lager sold outside of California will go to NPCA to help support our park protection work.

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My Park Story

What's Your Story?

NPCA recently updated its story-sharing site,, just in time for the summer vacation season. Now it’s even easier to browse through real travel stories written by national park visitors to discover what others have seen and learned, from wildlife encounters to true tales of romance.

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National Parks


Check out the latest issue of National Parks magazine, which features articles about overly friendly goats in Olympic National Park, a doctor who prescribes park visits to her patients, enjoying the company of cacti at Organ Pipe Cactus National Park, and how national heritage areas are making America’s best idea even better.

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“I don't know about that. We've been wearing these hats for almost 100 years.”
-National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis, responding to a question from entertainment site TMZ on whether singer-songwriter Pharrell has helped to popularize his ranger hat
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