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JULY 2014



14 Summer Learning Adventures in National Parks

School may be out for the summer, but there are plenty of ways to explore science, history, and the arts—with or without kids—in some of America’s best classrooms, our national parks.

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FAQ: National Park Construction Projects in Jeopardy

This summer, an important source of federal money known as the Highway Trust Fund will run out unless Congress provides an infusion of funding. This money goes toward road and bridge construction and repair, mass transit, and other transportation-related projects around the country. If lawmakers let the money run out, important national park projects could languish, creating hassles and safety concerns.

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Minnesota Victory Gets a Jump on Invasive Carp

Imagine canoeing at a national park and watching a fish as big as a golden retriever jump ten feet out of the water and fly toward your boat. Absurd as it sounds, invasive Asian carp have been doing just that, threatening boaters and ecosystems in the Midwest. Fortunately, thanks to a coalition of conservationists and outdoor lovers, a new law will help lock these disruptive fish out of some sensitive national park waters in Minnesota.

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Teresa Baker

“100% Community-Driven”

Teresa Baker doesn’t just love national parks. She encourages thousands of people around the country to love them, too. Teresa is the driving force behind a series of events encouraging people of color to spend time exploring nature and history. Read NPCA’s Q&A with this influential outdoorswoman on her African American National Parks Event, the legacy of the Buffalo Soldiers, and ways that the Park Service can better engage communities of color.

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Best Bet for Families: Petrified Forest

Heading to the Southwest? Don’t forget the often-overlooked gem that is Petrified Forest. This captivating desert park is famous for its ancient trees that have turned to rainbow colors set in stone. The park also offers fascinating dinosaur and Ancient Puebloan artifacts, making it almost like three parks in one. Read our tips for exploring this particularly kid-friendly park.

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All National Park Water Should Be Clean Water

The Clean Water Act once protected all national park waterways. However, Supreme Court decisions in 2001 and 2006 left more than half of these waters unprotected, creating confusing discrepancies. A proposed new rule would help fix the problem. Please let the Obama administration and your members of Congress know you support the Clean Water Protection Rule!

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Garden State Trivia Challenge: Can You Name America’s First National Historical Park?

Last month, New Jersey celebrated its 350th birthday. With the state's rich history, it's not surprising that it is home to the country’s first national historical park. Can you name this park, which played an important role in America's fight for independence?

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Park Advocate

A New Look for Park Advocate

NPCA recently unveiled an updated design for the Park Advocate blog. Get the same news, features, photos, and videos on national parks around the country and NPCA’s work on the ground to protect them, but now with a more streamlined and easier-to-navigate layout.

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Check out the summer issue of National Parks magazine, which features an illustrated travel story about Great Smoky Mountains National Park and articles about fracking on land adjacent to Teddy Roosevelt National Park; the Park Service’s efforts to document lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history; and searching for the elusive Colima warbler in Big Bend.

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ParkScapes Travel:
Join us in 2015

Our collection of 2015 ParkScapes tours has just launched! We will be visiting over 25 national parks on 14 small-group trips, including a special tour to New Zealand’s South Island.

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Anchor Brewing

Anchor Brewing’s Summer Adventure Photo Contest

Anchor Brewing and Mountain Hardwear are joining together to give away weekly prizes from now until August 20th, on top of three grand prize winners. Prizes include tents, backpacks, hats, shirts, pint glasses, and more—everything you need to enjoy a summer weekend out in one of our National Parks! Entering is easy.

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“Whether we and our politicians know it or not, Nature is party to all our deals and decisions, and she has more votes, a longer memory, and a sterner sense of justice than we do.”
-Wendell Berry
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