• The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone by painter Thomas Moran, 1904.

    Thomas “Yellowstone” Moran: Influencing Change with Art

    How can one person’s artistic vision create change and protect something astounding? In the case of painter Thomas Moran, one man’s art was a major influence in preserving what is now one of the world’s most cherished places: Yellowstone National Park. Long before America had a National Park Service or a National Park System, mountain men and […]

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    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. Each month, NPCA puts together a slideshow exploring our National Park System. To get these features delivered to your inbox, sign up for Park […]

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    New Law Will Help Lock Invasive Carp out of National Park Waterways

    Imagine paddling along in your canoe or going for a swim in a tranquil national park river, enjoying a perfect afternoon. Then, out of nowhere, a fish as large as a golden retriever leaps out of the water toward you. Scary? Definitely. But that’s the least of it. The monstrous invasive fish known as Asian […]

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    Waterfalls, Sesquicentinis, and Buffalo Soldiers

    4+ Ways to Celebrate Yosemite’s Landmark 150th Birthday

    One June 30, 1864, Congress passed and President Abraham Lincoln signed the Yosemite Grant Act into law—a groundbreaking piece of legislation that provided the first-ever wild land protections in our country. The law protected two exquisite gems, Mariposa Grove and Yosemite Valley, which both eventually became part of Yosemite National Park. Initially, the state of […]

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