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National Parks Plus Kids: Inspiration, Perspiration, and Contemplation at Grand Teton

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If you go to Grand Teton with kids, I have plenty of recommendations for you. For starters: Encourage your kids to do the Junior Ranger program. Go swimming at String Lake after an early morning boat ride across Jenny Lake. Take the early morning boat ride across Jenny Lake and hike to Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point Go swimming in [...]

Posted on: October 5 2012
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César E. Chávez National Monument an Excellent First Step Toward Honoring the Influential Labor Leader

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By Ron Sundergill, Senior Director of NPCA’s Pacific Regional Office NPCA commends President Barack Obama for announcing on Monday that he will designate a César E. Chávez National Monument in Keene, California, as the 398th site in the National Park System—the first national park unit to recognize the work of a contemporary Latino American. This designation is an excellent first [...]

Posted on: October 3 2012
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Why This Election Matters for National Parks

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By Jennifer Errick, Editor, Online Communications Note: This is the first of several stories on the upcoming presidential election. You can sign NPCA’s petition urging the candidates to pledge their support for national parks. I will be watching tonight’s presidential debate closely, and I hope park lovers around the country will be watching with me. The decision American voters make [...]

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Focus on Water: National Parks Play Vital Role in Restoring Great Lakes

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Our national parks on the Great Lakes offer 620 miles of shoreline, beaches, dunes, and wetlands. These parks–like Sleeping Bear Dunes along Lake Michigan, Isle Royale in Lake Superior, and Perry’s Victory in Lake Erie–have tremendous biological, historical, and recreational value for the more than six million people that visit each year. And these national parks are economic generators, with [...]

Posted on: October 2 2012
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If You Want Jobs and Justice, Keep Our National Parks Open

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By Robert Garcia of The City Project In the summer of 1963, when I was growing up in what is now Pico Union near downtown Los Angeles, my father decided we should go on our first camping trip for our family vacation. We packed up the Ford and drove to Sequoia National Park, Yosemite National Park, and Lake Tahoe. My grandmother, [...]

Posted on: October 1 2012
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