NPCA was deeply saddened to learn of the tragic death of Ranger Margaret Anderson at Mount Rainier National Park on January 1. We offer our heartfelt condolences to her family and friends, and our admiration and appreciation for all the men and women who serve the public by wearing the park ranger uniform.
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Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska
Can you imagine six million acres of forests, glaciers, mountains, rivers, and valleys, with just one winding road leading into the rugged wilderness? Denali National Park is best known for Mount McKinley, North America's tallest mountain—but its vast landscapes encompass a wonderland of peaks and valleys and offer a sanctuary for bears, foxes, lynx, moose, wolves, and some 167 bird species. Most of the park's 400,000 annual visitors arrive in the summer, but the long, dark winters offer snowy solitude, stark vistas, and plenty of activities for those who are experienced and comfortable dealing with extreme weather. Those who would rather enjoy the park from the warmth of their homes can view our slideshow and read our 2009 National Parks magazine article on search-and-rescue operations on Mount McKinley.
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Denali's snows generally settle in around September or October and blanket the landscape until April. Road access and daylight are both extremely limited, and temperatures routinely reach -40 degrees F. Still intrigued? You'll find opportunities for snowshoeing, camping, stargazing, and, with any luck, a glimpse of the aurora borealis.
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Alaska: This Land Is Our Land, Too
Alaska's national parks and preserves attract visitors from around the world for the opportunity to see glaciers, mountains, and wildlife such as bears and wolves. Have you been lucky enough to spend time in America's northernmost national parks? If so, what was your most memorable experience? Was it the opportunity to see grizzly bears, caribou, and other wildlife in their natural habitats? And were you able to capture any of it on your camera? Whether your Alaska exploration was 30 years or 30 days ago, we want to hear your stories and see your photographs.
NPCA is working to roll back objectionable hunting regulations enforced by the Alaska Board of Game. Your personal photos and stories can help inspire decisionmakers to protect Alaska's wildlife.
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OUR LATEST CAMPAIGN
A Banner Year for the Parks
Each new year at NPCA, we like to pause and take a look back at the past year's national park success stories. And despite some significant challenges, 2011 was a great year for our national parks. Restoring the Elwha River, maintaining the historic character of Gettysburg, and protecting clean air in the Great Smoky Mountains—these were just a few of the key victories you helped forge in 2011.
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NPCA AT WORK IN THE PARKS
NPCA Offers Sustainable Fishing Lesson Along Biscayne Bay with Support from Nature Valley
It was a perfect December morning to catch a fish on Biscayne Bay—there was a warm breeze over the calm, turquoise waters, and plenty of bait. NPCA gathered youth aged 9 to 20 from the Overtown Youth Center and Mahogany Youth Foundation, and staff from City of Miami Commissioner Suarez's office, to share ways to fish sustainably. Perched on an old bridge adjacent to Biscayne National Park, children shrieked with delight as they reeled up one fish after another. This fun and successful event, made possible by generous funding provided by Nature Valley, engaged urban youth in the joys of sustainable recreational angling. In addition to learning how to use and hold a fishing pole, bait a hook, and reel in a catch, the participants also learned catch-and-release techniques, the important use of circle hooks (which cause less damage to marine animals caught accidentally), the threats of discarded fishing line to marine and bird life, and the specifics of fishing regulations. The group then lunched at the Historic Virginia Key Beach Park where local preservationist Gene Tinnie shared stories of this once-segregated site. The group considered the need to preserve these stories as much as the need to preserve our natural habitat so that current and future generations can enjoy and experience these special places together.
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Birders Flock to Battlefields as Part of Audubon's Annual Count
NPCA helped to organize 25 bird-counting events at Civil War parks around the country this winter as part of the National Audubon Society's 112th annual Christmas Bird Count. The focus on battlefields helped to draw attention to the wildlife habitat offered at these sites, which are treasured for their historic value but often forgotten for their natural beauty. View our interactive map with information on these inspirational sites and highlights from the bird counts, including species of note and comments from participants--and stay tuned for future NPCA birding events.
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NPCA's Annual Salute to the Parks Awards Gala
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
NPCA's annual Salute to the Parks Gala offers one of the largest and most influential gatherings involving the conservation and environmental communities. This year, Yosemite National Park Ranger Shelton Johnson will receive the Robin W. Winks Award for Enhancing Public Understanding of National Parks for his nearly quarter-century of service as a National Park Service ranger and interpreter.
We hope you will consider joining this wonderful celebration of our national parks and opportunity to support NPCA's efforts to preserve our parks for future generations. For more information about the event, visit us online or contact Elizabeth Jordan at email@example.com or 800.628.7275.
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Oh, Shenandoah! Photo Exhibit
Through February 25
Shenandoah National Park just celebrated its 75th anniversary, and a new photography exhibit helps share the park's spectacular beauty. The Oh, Shenandoah! exhibit displays winners from photography contests held throughout Virginia in 2011, hosted by the Shenandoah National Park Trust.
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Fee-Free Days: January 14-16
This Martin Luther King Day weekend, entrance fees will be waived throughout the entire National Park System! So if you've been putting off a trip to your favorite park, mark your calendar to get in for free.
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Experience Saguaro's BioBlitz with National Parks Magazine
In October, National Parks Editor-in-Chief Scott Kirkwood visited Saguaro National Park in Arizona to document the fifth annual BioBlitz—a 24-hour event where students, scientists, and everyday citizens catalogue every living thing in sight. Read the article and watch the short video to learn all about it.
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