Sweep over the stark Badlands of South Dakota, under the curve of St. Louis Arch, along the shores of Indiana Dunes, and through the rugged wild of Isle Royale to gain a sense of the vast and diverse territory covered by NPCA's Midwest Regional Office. Spanning eleven states, the parks in this region – such as Lincoln Home National Historic Site – reverberate with the stories of America, teaching us about our journey as a country, from our early residents to our presidents, and from tragic battles to triumphs of progress. In addition, they inspire us with their beauty, size, and natural resources. Building support for, and ensuring the protection of, these special places is the focus of NPCA’s Midwest Regional Office.
The small, but mighty team of the Midwest operate from Chicago, Illinois with a supporting field office in St. Paul, Minnesota. The diversity of this region’s parks means that the staff might spend one day fighting for the continued survival of the wolf at Isle Royale and the next day planning a community outreach event. Much of their work also builds off previous success. After advocating diligently for the designation of Chicago’s first national park, Pullman National Monument, the team now prioritizes improving the visitor experience while raising the park’s profile among area residents. Following the huge victory for Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, in which the St. Anthony Falls’ lock was closed and the river upstream protected from the invasive Asian carp, the Midwest team envisions opportunity for a new visitor center at the closed lock, and shifts its advocacy to the nearby St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. Acknowledging that parks do not exist in isolation, they also strive to increase the stewardship and conservation of the broader landscape between Pullman and Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, and between the great national parks of South Dakota.
The Midwest team will continue to build park allies and work across local, state, and federal lines to fight for the enhanced protections of the many landscapes, resources, and stories that make the parks of this region so exceptional.
Cuyahoga Valley: What's in a Name?
Cuyahoga is the Mohawk word meaning “crooked river.”
Field Offices in the Midwest Region
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Staff Colin Deverell Colin is the Program Manager for NPCA’s Midwest Regional Office in Chicago, Illinois.
Trip Great American West From Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Memorial to Custer State Park and Devils Tower, the West is a colorful storybook spilling over with strong personalities and profoundly historic landscapes. Discover some new chapters and add your own footnotes on this fun and engaging exploration.
Trip Northern Michigan's National Lakeshores Hidden away in the heart of our nation’s Heartland are Sleeping Bear Dunes and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshores with soaring sandstone cliffs, shining beaches, splashing waterfalls, splendid natural archways, serene hardwood forests, sky-high sand dunes and sparkling inland lakes and streams.
Video Telling America's Story at Pullman National Monument America’s stories are just as important as its natural wonders. Pullman National Monument, Chicago’s first national park, tells the story of American opportunity. Watch the video!
— Shirley and Frank
Report Wolves at Isle Royale: Scientist Letter In October 2015, a group of almost 50 scientists sent National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis a letter urging NPS to “take immediate action to bolster the population of wolves on Isle Royale. Wolves play an important role in ecosystems through their predatory activities.”
Blog Post A Yogi’s Guide to the National Parks Experiencing America’s natural wonders in 9 poses
Resource Wolves at Isle Royale: Background Materials Right now there are only two wolves left on Isle Royale, the lowest population at the park in over 50 years. The question now is what should be done about the dwindling wolf population.
Blog Post Leave Your Car Behind: 9 Parks to Explore by Foot, Bicycle, and Boat If you want to spend time off the beaten path, try getting away from the asphalt—literally. These 9 national park sites offer slower, quieter, human-paced alternatives to engine-powered excursions.
Blog Post Rock On: 11 Lesser-Known Geologic Wonders in National Parks From mysterious gliding rocks in Death Valley to fossils of some of the most ancient life forms in Glacier, here are 11 lesser-known geologic wonders—including a few personal favorites from Bruce Heise of the Park Service’s Geologic Resources Inventory program.
Blog Post National Poetry Month Trivia Challenge Q: April is National Poetry Month, and national parks and poetry go hand in hand. The former homes of four prolific American poets are preserved in the National Park System. Can you name these four beloved writers?
Blog Post Tuzi ... What? The Origins of 12 Unusual National Park Names Tuzigoot. Great Egg Harbor. Yosemite. Who came up with these names? What do they mean? Sometimes they come from one person, sometimes a whole culture—but the stories behind these memorable monikers reveal interesting details about these places and the people who have loved and lived in them.
Blog Post Parks and the City: 9 Spots for an Urban Nature Fix Need more time in nature? You might not have to travel as far as you think. Some of America’s most beautiful national parks are just a walk, a boat ride, or a short drive from major cities. Here are 9 landscapes and waterways you might not even realize are a stone’s throw from the skyscrapers and city lights.
Policy Update Position on S. 1024 and S. 1674 NPCA, along with partners, submitted the following positions on legislation to the Senate Environment and Public Works committee in advance of a markup on January 20, 2016.
Blog Post 5 Ways You Helped Improve National Park Air in 2015—and Another Way to Take Action Americans can breathe more deeply thanks to five important victories NPCA and its advocates won in 2015 that will help improve the air quality in our national parks. Here's what these victories will mean—and a new way you can take action to help hold more polluters accountable.
Magazine Article The Beaver That Didn’t Give a Dam Solving the mystery of the ancient Palaeocastor.
Magazine Article Standing Tall At 50, the St. Louis Arch gets a makeover.
Trip Isle Royale Wilderness Sojourn Isle Royale National Park is a road-less wilderness island accessible only by boat or float plane. Get an insider’s look at the world’s longest running wolf/moose interaction study as we take in Lake Superior's beautiful coastline along the Wisconsin and Michigan borders.
Report Positioning Pullman AIA Chicago and the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) conducted a three day community design workshop, April 16-18, 2015 in Pullman. The purpose of the workshop was to engage the public in discussions with the Chicago design community regarding opportunities for enhancing the park visitor experience while leveraging the new national designation to advance important community development goals.
Staff Kesha Q. Richardson Kesha joined NPCA's Midwest Regional Office in early 2015 as the Program Coordinator to work with the region's partners and volunteers.
Staff Christine R. Goepfert Chris is the Senior Program Manager for NPCA's Upper Midwest Field Office in St. Paul, MN.
Staff Lynn McClure Lynn came to NPCA in 2007 to launch the Midwest office in Chicago. As the Regional Director, she leads protection of more than 50 national parks in NPCA’s largest region.
Fact Sheet Voyageurs National Park at Risk from Sulfide Mining Voyageurs National Park encompasses more than 84,000 acres of water—an area roughly the size of Minneapolis and Duluth combined. But the lakes and rivers of Voyageurs National Park are now at risk from nearby sulfide mining.
Fact Sheet Pullman Quick Facts & FAQs Few sites preserve the history of American industry, labor, African-American history and urban planning as well as Pullman. The site has deep ties to the nation’s first major industry-wide strike in 1894 and early Civil Rights history.
Report Midwest Regional Office Field Reports NPCA's Midwest Regional Office produces a newsletter twice a year. These field reports provide timely updates and perspectives on issues of interest in the more than 50 diverse national park sites throughout the region.
Report Economic Engine: An Analysis of the Potential Impact of a Pullman National Historical Park NPCA, the City of Chicago, and Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives have released a study analyzing the projected economic impact of naming Pullman a national park.
Fact Sheet Polluted Parks: Fact Sheets Haze pollution limits views of our most valued national parks and wilderness areas, affecting not just how far we can see, but also the color, sharpness, and quality of the view. It also makes the air unhealthy for people, wildlife and natural resources.
Report Indiana Dunes Climate Change Workshop National Parks Conservation Association and the National Park Service Climate Change Response Program are collaborating on a project focused on the development and application of sustainable strategies and tools for communicating science-based messages about climate change affecting local communities and the national parks.
Explore Our Parks
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- Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site ›
- Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument ›
- Cuyahoga Valley National Park ›
- Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park ›
- Effigy Mounds National Monument ›
- First Ladies National Historic Site ›
- Fort Larned National Historic Site ›
- Fort Scott National Historic Site ›
- George Rogers Clark National Historical Park ›
- George Washington Carver National Monument ›
- Grand Portage National Monument ›
- Harry S Truman National Historic Site ›
- Herbert Hoover National Historic Site ›
- Homestead National Monument of America ›
- Hopewell Culture National Historical Park ›
- Ice Age National Scenic Trail ›
- Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore ›
- Isle Royale National Park ›
- James A. Garfield National Historic Site ›
- Jefferson National Expansion Memorial ›
- Jewel Cave National Monument ›
- Keweenaw National Historical Park ›
- Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial ›
- Lincoln Home National Historic Site ›
- Minuteman Missile National Historic Site ›
- Mississippi National River & Recreation Area ›
- Missouri National Recreational River ›
- Mount Rushmore National Memorial ›
- Nicodemus National Historic Site ›
- Niobrara National Scenic River ›
- North Country National Scenic Trail ›
- Ozark National Scenic Riverways ›
- Perry's Victory And International Peace Memorial ›
- Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore ›
- Pipestone National Monument ›
- Pullman National Monument ›
- River Raisin National Battlefield Park ›
- Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway ›
- Scotts Bluff National Monument ›
- Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore ›
- Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve ›
- Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site ›
- Voyageurs National Park ›
- William Howard Taft National Historic Site ›
- Wilson's Creek National Battlefield ›
- Wind Cave National Park ›