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Gorgeous New Book Explores National Parks in Art

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If you’ve ever gone to a national park and been moved to pick up a paintbrush, sketch pad, or set of pastels, you’re far from alone. These inspirational places have motivated countless artists throughout the years, resulting in everything from paintings and photographs to dance performances and classical music. An elegant new book by Fresco Fine Art Publications reproduces more than [...]

Posted on: June 26 2013
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Can Technology Improve the National Park Experience? A Student Team at Acadia Tests Fun Ways to Capture the Park in Pixels

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By Stephanie Clement, Conservation Director at Friends of Acadia National Park National parks are places of wonder where families can introduce their children to meteors in the starry night skies, salamanders on the forest floor, or geology in action. However, young people are going outdoors less and less for a variety of reasons—fear, lack of access, no familiarity or time, [...]

Posted on: June 21 2013
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What’s the Buzz? Cicadas at Manassas National Battlefield Park

By Todd Christopher, Senior Director of Online Communications In 1860, one year before Confederate and Union armies collided for the First Battle of Bull Run, the rolling country meadows that one day would become Manassas National Battlefield Park saw an invasion of a very different kind. Swarms of cicadas (genus Magicicada) made their appearance, as they do just once every [...]

Posted on: June 20 2013
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The Power of Parks: Why America’s Best Places Create the Best Memories

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By Jeff Billington, Senior Media Relations Manager National parks are forever. Everything else sure changes, though. People enter and leave our lives, buildings are torn down, fields and forests are developed beyond recognition. But not national parks. They are created to preserve a place or time for perpetuity. One of the reasons I work at NPCA is to consciously help [...]

Posted on: June 18 2013
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Birds—and Birders—Find a Welcome Refuge at Monocacy National Battlefield

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By Nick Lund, Manager, Landscape Conservation Program It’s been nearly 150 years since the clash that transformed some gentle fields in northern Maryland to the hallowed status of Civil War battlefields. More than 2,000 men were wounded or lost their lives during the Battle of Monocacy, where Union troops were able to delay a Confederate march to Washington just long [...]

Posted on: June 12 2013
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