• A national park worthy of Jedi and droids.

    Trivia Challenge: A Galaxy Not So Far Away After All

    Q: Many of us head to a park when we’re looking to get away from it all, but did you know that two national parks in California literally portrayed a galaxy far, far away in one of the most famous movie series of all time? Can you name these two sites where director George Lucas filmed […]

  • Arches in the Fiery Furnace area of the park.

    Plan a Desert Getaway to Arches National Park

    The cooler months are an ideal time to explore the wonders of the desert, when visitors can see the beauty of the canyons and cacti without the intense sunshine and triple-digit temperatures. This story is the first in a new bimonthly Desert Getaway series with tips for visiting some of these warm, sunny southwestern national parks. With […]

  • Drakes Estero at Point Reyes National Seashore. Photo (c) Robert Campbell, Chamois Moon.

    Wilderness Wins on the West Coast

    The Long Journey to Victory at Point Reyes National Seashore in California

    On October 6, just weeks after the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, park lovers got a new reason to celebrate. After more than 40 years of waiting, the National Park Service can now rid Drakes Estero, a picturesque inlet within Point Reyes National Seashore in California, of an industrial oyster company that has been damaging […]

  • The Little Colorado River in the Marble Canyon area of Grand Canyon National Park, near a proposed development site.

    A Double Threat to an American Icon

    Why It’s Too Soon to Take Large-Scale Action on Development Proposals at the Grand Canyon

    Over the summer, many New York Times readers were shocked to learn about two development proposals that would permanently scar the enduring beauty of the Grand Canyon. The first proposal would create more than 2,000 housing units and 3 million square feet of shops and tourist attractions in Tusayan, a sleepy town just two miles from […]

  • Gates of the Arctic National Park

    Wild American Beauty: 10 Wilderness Areas to Explore

    Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act by exploring some of America’s wildest places, from remote windswept tundras to cactus-dotted mountains to serene rock-strewn beaches. Several spots are surprisingly close to major cities. Each month, NPCA puts together a slideshow exploring our National Park System. To get these features delivered to your inbox, sign up […]

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  • A Little-Known Piece of History Reclaimed

    Celebrating Florida’s First Lancelot Jones Day

    Many Americans will recognize this coming Monday, October 13, as a holiday honoring Christopher Columbus. Thanks to NPCA supporters, the […]

    The Elwha River, Undammed at Last

    There’s plenty I could say about my recent rafting trip down the newly restored Elwha River, but sometimes a simple […]

    What Lies Beneath

    Citizen Scientists Dive into Lake Michigan to Combat Invasives and Help Save Birds at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Ever wonder what lies beneath Lake Michigan? Emily Tyner, a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has been working […]

  • Park Fees Should Benefit Park Visitors

    Congress Needs to Act Soon So National Parks Can Keep the Fees They Collect

    Have you ever marveled at the pink and red sandstone cliffs at Zion National Park while learning about the area’s […]

    We Can’t Afford to Wait

    National Parks Play a Unique Role in Fighting Climate Change—and We Need Stricter Standards to Protect Them

    The giant trees that give Sequoia National Park its name are some of the largest and longest-lived organisms in the […]

    Bringing Down the Dams

    Restoring Chesapeake National Park Waters One River at a Time

    People talk about overcoming obstacles, but when advocates literally move tons of concrete to help their local river and its […]