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Meet NPCA’s New President and CEO: A Q&A with Innovator and Conservationist Clark Bunting

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Earlier this week, NPCA named a new president and CEO to lead the organization during a time of political volatility, symbolic milestones, and strong public support for national parks. Innovator and conservationist Clark Bunting will take the helm next week after 26 years at the Discovery Channel, most recently as president and general manager, helping to pioneer such classic programs [...]

Posted on: November 8 2013
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One Year Later: Park Service Recommendations for Expanding César Chávez Monument into Comprehensive Historic Park

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By Kati Schmidt, Senior Media Relations Manager Ever plan a birthday party where no one shows up? Sadly, the César E. Chávez National Monument could not commemorate the one-year anniversary of the park’s dedication on October 8—because the site was closed and the monument’s one dedicated Park Service employee, Superintendent Ruben Andrade, was furloughed due to the federal government shutdown. [...]

Posted on: November 7 2013
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Batteries Not Included: Why Toys R Us Got It Wrong

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By Todd Christopher, Senior Director of Online Communications Play is the work of childhood. It’s so vital and fulfilling an activity that the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights has recognized the right of every child to play—it’s that essential to the healthy development of young people everywhere. One other thing about play: For all but the most recent [...]

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Yosemite in Autumn: An Insider’s View

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By Ben Sander, Travel Program Coordinator Millions of people visit Yosemite each year to explore its dramatic landscapes. But with so many popular tourist spots, what makes a trip to this internationally renowned park a truly extraordinary journey? Last month, I was in a unique position to find out, serving as a staff representative on NPCA’s ParkScapes autumn expedition to [...]

Posted on: November 5 2013
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Pushing the Limits: Why I Biked 300 Miles to Fight Climate Change

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By Megan Cantrell, Senior Coordinator of Member Engagement “There is nothing like pushing your physical limits to help you remember you’re alive and capable of pushing,” my coworker and teammate Elizabeth Jordan reflected. We made it! Hugs, cheers, smiles from ear to ear–that is what you saw as my teammates and fellow Climate Riders arrived at Washington, DC’s Georgetown waterfront. [...]

Posted on: October 31 2013
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