• 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 […]

  • The largest dam removal project in U.S. history is finally complete. Last month, park officials blasted out the last 30 feet of concrete from the Glines Canyon Dam, restoring the Elwha River to a free-flowing waterway.

    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 “Wooohoooo!” says it all. That was my natural reaction to more than a decade of work by NPCA and its partners to remove two antiquated dams from this spectacular northwestern river, restoring it to a […]

  • Approximately 6,600 schoolchildren form the largest living flag of its kind on September 9, 2014 at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine in Baltimore, Maryland.

    Thousands of Schoolchildren Create Living Flag at Fort McHenry

    Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine in Baltimore, Maryland, is probably best known for its famous flag, which billowed over the star-shaped ramparts after a fierce British attack during the War of 1812 and inspired Sir Francis Scott Key to write the Star-Spangled Banner. Earlier this week, nearly 7,000 schoolchildren and volunteers commemorated the 200-year […]

  • The short-eared owl.

    11 of the Best Bird-Watching Spots for Fall

    More than 700 distinct bird species can be found in America’s national parks. Exploring this incredible array of wildlife is a great reason to visit national parks, and the fall migration—when millions of birds are heading south from northern breeding grounds—is the perfect time to do it. Here are some of the best places to […]

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  • 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 […]

    National Park Construction Projects in Jeopardy

    An FAQ on the Highway Trust Fund

    In Massachusetts, park officials barricaded a bridge leading into Lowell National Historical Park because bricks in the structure could fall […]

    Fishy Business

    New Law Will Help Lock Invasive Carp out of National Park Waterways

    Imagine paddling along in your canoe or going for a swim in a tranquil national park river, enjoying a perfect […]