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Her True Colors: A Q&A with Award-Winning Musician Doreen Taylor

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Last week, award-winning songstress Doreen Taylor released her new single, “Colors of the USA,” which she wrote and produced to benefit NPCA’s work to protect national parks; 50% of all proceeds from the song will go directly to NPCA. Doreen began her remarkable career in music at an early age when she realized the power and strength of her voice. [...]

Posted on: April 17 2014
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5 Ways to Celebrate National Park Week

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Photo © Aaron Bates. Have you marked your calendar yet? National Park Week begins this weekend! What’s National Park Week? It’s a celebration of all 401 national park sites around the country. Many parks host special events, including junior ranger programs and Earth Day activities, and all national park sites will waive their entrance fees Saturday, April 19, and Sunday, April [...]

Posted on: April 16 2014
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“Save All of the Natural Things”: Schoolkids in California Share What They Love Most about National Parks

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“Who do the national parks belong to?” My colleague Kari Kiser, Pacific Regional Council Chairman Michael Malaga, and I posed this question to hundreds of Bay Area schoolchildren last month at Golden Gate National Recreation Area in California. The answers varied from “the police” to “the government” to “my parents.” Whenever children replied, “all of us,” we showered them with [...]

Posted on: April 11 2014
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Partners and Progress: Bringing 1863 Back to Life at Gettysburg

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By Joy M. Oakes, Senior Director, Mid-Atlantic Region Twenty years ago, a 307-foot-high observation tower loomed over the historic battlefield in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Utility lines laced the sky, Civil War-era artillery carriages rusted in the fields, and the “Home, Sweet Home” motel welcomed overnight guests on the fields of Pickett’s Charge. Visitors crammed the park visitor center and parking lots [...]

Posted on: April 7 2014
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Trivia Challenge: Guess This Park-Inspired Poet

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Q: What famed 19th century poet was inspired to serve as a nurse during the Civil War after spending time at Chatham Manor at what is now the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park?   A: Leaves of Grass author Walt Whitman (1819-1892) arrived at Chatham Manor, a makeshift Civil War hospital, in December of 1862. He was in search of [...]

Posted on: April 2 2014
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