Join our NPCA community for virtual "Park Talks" to learn about our work and ways you can get involved.

NPCA is proud to bring you a collection of free Park Talks. These live presentations provide an opportunity to hear from staff, park experts and partners about some of the park stories, victories and threats we most want to share.

If you can’t attend, check back here after the Park Talk for the recording.

Upcoming Park Talks

“Paving Tundra” – virtual film screening (on your own time) and live conversation

Please join us for our next NPCA Park Talk, which will feature a new documentary, “Paving Tundra,” as well as comments and conversation with Alaska Native tribal and community leaders. Content warning: the discussion will include reference to sexual violence against women.

December 9 RSVP

Past Park Talks

November 2021

  • The Climate Policies Parks are Burning For: A Panel Discussion. Join us to learn from a panel of experts on the significant progress current legislation could make in addressing climate change, the role parks play in public climate discourse, and the policies NPCA, and members and supporters like you, are fighting to get enacted into law. The November 3 event recording can be found here.

October 2021

  • NPCA Park Talk: Spooky Species Stories. This Halloween season, we share conservation stories of ghost orchids and our country’s rarest bats with you. This park talk features experts from National Parks Conservation Association and Bat Conservation International (BCI) that included family-friendly and individual activities that you can do during Bat Week. The October 27 event recording can be found here.

  • How the Next Generation is Making an Impact for our National Parks. Our partner, Nature Valley, knows that making a difference for the future of our national parks begins by empowering the next generation. That’s why this year, they have donated $50,000 to NPCA to fund impact initiatives developed and led by members of our Next Generation Advisory Council, in support of national park protection and the important work ahead. The October 25 event recording can be found here.

  • Breckenridge Brewery virtual public lands Park Talk Whether you’re based in Colorado, appreciate its national parks from afar – or you want to learn more about issues impacting all parks and how you can get involved – this discussion is for you! By the end of our discussion, you’ll know how NPCA’s current park protection priorities come to life across the nation, and how you can get involved whether you’re nearby Mesa Verde, Everglades, Acadia or anywhere in between. The October 13 event recording can be found here.

September 2021

  • Alternatives to the Maglev: Equitable Transit for All Marylanders. The proposed high speed Maglev train between Baltimore, MD and Washington D.C. would harm a national park, a national wildlife refuge, the Chesapeake Bay and numerous nearby communities. NPCA, the Coalition for Smarter Growth, the West Baltimore Project, Delegate Jared Solomon and Delegate Robbyn Lewis had a conversation on an equitable transit future for all of Maryland, and why the proposed Baltimore-Washington Maglev project is wrong for the region. The September 21 recording is available here.

  • Protecting Biodiversity Beyond Park Boundaries. This virtual event explores the critical work of protecting biodiversity beyond national park boundaries through urban conservation and endangered species monitoring. Also highlighted are efforts to protect the endangered Florida bonneted bat in urban Miami-Dade County with NPCA partner organization Bat Conservation International. The June 17 recording is available here.

  • Addressing the Unequal Burden of Air Pollution. A presentation and discussion on how the Regional Haze Rule can be used to not only clean the air at our national parks but also ensure overburdened and under-served

June 2021

  • An Inside Look at the Historic Julius Rosenwald Schools. An inside look at the historic Julius Rosenwald Schools with Andrew Feiler, author of the new photo book, A Better Life for Their Children: Julius Rosenwald, Booker T. Washington, and the 4,978 Schools that Changed America. Andrew spent years visiting extant Rosenwald Schools, meeting alumni and caretakers, and taking photographs. The June 24 recording is available here.

  • Protecting Biodiversity Beyond Park Boundaries. This virtual event explores the critical work of protecting biodiversity beyond national park boundaries through urban conservation and endangered species monitoring. Also highlighted are efforts to protect the endangered Florida bonneted bat in urban Miami-Dade County with NPCA partner organization Bat Conservation International. The June 17 recording is available here.

  • Addressing the Unequal Burden of Air Pollution. A presentation and discussion on how the Regional Haze Rule can be used to not only clean the air at our national parks but also ensure overburdened and under-served communities across the nation have equal access to a clean environment in which to live, work and learn. The June 15 recording is available here.

April 2021

  • How a Shirt, Hotel Stay and Beer can Protect Parks. Learn about how three incredible national brands are doing their part to protect parks alongside NPCA – and all of you! Hosted by NPCA’s Mark Wenzler, and featuring Parks Project’s Abbey Robertson, Travelodge® by Wyndham’s Haley Maglio and Breckenridge Brewery’s Todd Thibault. The April 19 recording is available here. and additional resources are available here.

  • Loco for Local Plants: Connecting with Native Plants. Antonio Sanchez, Native Plant Nursery Manager with the Santa Monica Mountains (SAMO) Fund will share his experiences and knowledge of native plants in southern California, in addition to highlighting upcoming volunteer opportunities.

March 2021

  • Amache: A living history, an American story, and a new opportunity for the National Park Service. Learn why NPCA supports the creation of a new national park in Colorado at Amache, a former WWII Japanese American incarceration site, and hear from Amache descendants and experts about the importance of honoring and preserving this place for future generations. The March 24 recording is available here.

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June 2020

  • Julius Rosenwald: The Most Important Donor You’ve Never Heard Of, featuring Alan Spears, senior director for Cultural Resources at NPCA; Dorothy Canter, president of the Campaign to Establish the Julius Rosenwald and Rosenwald Schools National Historical Park; Robert Stanton, former senior advisor to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior; and Stephanie Deutsch, author of “You Need a Schoolhouse, Booker T. Washington, Julius Rosenwald and the Building of Schools for the Segregated South.” The June 30th recording is available here. Additional reading and resources available here.

  • Connecting the LGBTQ Community to the Outdoors, featuring the Venture Out Project. The June 24th recording is available here.

  • Speaking up for the Swamp: What’s at Stake in Big Cypress, featuring Dr. Melissa Abdo of NPCA. The June 18th recording is available here.

  • Pebble Redux: Film & Discussion, learn how the best brown bear habitat in the world is threatened by the proposed Pebble Mine in Alaska. The June 16th recording is available here.

  • World Oceans Day Park Talk, A Conversation with Award-winning Photographer and Filmmaker Ian Shive, featuring behind-the-scenes photos and stories. The June 8th recording is available here. Additional reading and resources available here.

  • Moosewatch Expedition: Stories from Isle Royale, featuring past Moosewatch volunteers who have traversed the park searching for moose and wolf signs to inform the longest running predator-prey study in the world. The June 3rd recording is available here.

May 2020

  • Searching for the Ghost Bear in the North Cascades, featuring Dr. Bill Gaines, lead biologist organizing the search for the great bear. The May 28th recording is available here.

  • To Love and To Advocate: What It Takes to Preserve and Protect the National Parks and How You Can Turn Your Love of the Parks into Advocacy, featuring NPCA’s Senior Director of Cultural Resources, Alan Spears. The May 26th recording is available here.

  • Wildlife Recovery and the Elwha River, featuring Kim Sager-Fradkin, wildlife program manager for the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe. The May 21st recording is available here.

  • Bears Ears to Hovenweep: Conserving a Connected Cultural Landscape, featuring Kurt Riley, former governor of the Pueblo of Acoma, and Amanda Podmore, consultant for NPCA’s Southwest and Energy teams. The May 19th recording is available here.

  • Sound the Bugle, See the Stars: How History and Nature are Enjoyed at Fort Davis National Historical Park, featuring NPS rangers. The May 19th recording is available here.

  • The Atomic Frontier and Black Life at Hanford, featuring Jackie Peterson, guest curator for the similarly named 2015-2016 exhibition at the Northwest African American Museum. The May 14th recording is available here.

  • NPCA’s Work to Protect Parks from Oil & Gas Development, featuring Theresa Pierno and Matt Kirby of NPCA. The May 7th recording is available here. Additional reading and resources available here.

April 2020

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