The parks of the Pacific region, from Yosemite’s austere Half Dome to Sequoia’s eponymous trees, speak to our adventurous spirit. We dream of visiting the lowest point in North America (Badwater Basin) and climbing the highest peak in the contiguous U.S. (Mt. Whitney). Hawaii’s tropical parks top our bucket lists, and we aspire to learn more about our country’s varied history at sites such as Manzanar National Historic Site. Based in Oakland, California, NPCA’s Pacific Regional Office—and its four field offices—focuses on raising the protections and profiles of the exceptional parks of American Samoa, California, Guam, Hawaii, and Nevada.
The dedicated staff of the Pacific region champion a diversity of park campaigns. Pushing to establish new national monuments in California and Nevada (like the mammoth-filled Tule Springs Fossil Beds), they also strive to enlarge existing parks like Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. They fight ill-advised energy developments near the fragile desert ecosystems of Mojave and Death Valley, and collaborate to protect the precious water resources at Kaloko-Honokohoa National Historical Park.
Through their diligent efforts, a new water trail was designated along a portion of the Colorado River within Lake Mead National Recreation Area, the first marine wilderness in the continental United States was defended at Drakes Estero in Point Reyes National Seashore, and wildlife migratory routes were protected from a proposed industrial-scale solar project in the scenic Silurian Valley.
Moving forward, they’ll continue to prioritize their wildlife and natural resource work while also branching out to further their engagement of urban populations near Las Vegas and Los Angeles. There are uphill battles on the horizon, but we hope you’ll take a stand with the Pacific office to protect these amazing parks for today and for all of the tomorrows.
Badwater Basin is a truly superlative location. At 282 feet below sea level, it is both the lowest and driest point in North America, and its record-setting temperature of 134 degrees Fahrenheit makes it the hottest place on Earth. The massive salt flat covers nearly 200 square miles of Death Valley National Park, and lies more than two miles below the 11,331-foot Telescope Peak that looms above it.
Field Offices in the Pacific Region
More about the Pacific region
climate ride 2017 Climate Ride Events Join the movement and pedal or hike for our national parks at one of this year's Climate Ride events.
Report Pacific Regional Office Field Reports These field reports provide timely updates and perspectives on issues of interest to our members and supporters in California, Nevada, Hawai'i, Guam and American Samoa.
Blog Post Remembering the Manongs and Story of the Filipino Farm Worker Movement In the 1920s and 30s, Filipino immigrants arrived in the United States seeking fortune but facing discrimination as they worked in the vast agricultural fields of the West. These “manongs” played a significant role in building the farm workers movement, organizing and striking alongside Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta.
Blog Post Why I Am Joining This Weekend’s Climate March The effects of climate change are wide-ranging and severe, but NPCA continues to fight the “greatest threat to the integrity of our national parks” — and it’s not too late to stand with us
Fact Sheet How to Host a Park Volunteer Event Hosting a park volunteer event is an empowering act that flexes your leadership skills, helps our parks and engages new people. Learn how with this step-by-step guide.
Press Release Interior Ignores Joshua Tree National Park, Wildlife with Eagle Crest Project Approval In a move that threatens Joshua Tree National Park, wildlife and precious water resources, the Bureau of Land Management took the next step towards approving the contentious Eagle Crest pumped storage facility.
Press Release Feds Reverse Course on Desert Water Mining Scheme Department of Interior reversed course on previous rulings and took steps to approve a dangerous groundwater mining proposal, which threatens Mojave National Preserve - the third largest national park site in the lower 48 states.
Blog Post Get Your Binoculars: The 25 Best National Parks for Birding Find out which national park sites have the most bird species, with a highlight of what you might see at each place.
Blog Post A Fierce Dedication and a Lasting Legacy: Remembering One of America’s Great Social Justice Leaders On César Chávez Day, NPCA’s traveling park lover reflects on a recent trip to the labor leader’s former home and headquarters — and the legacy a new generation is keeping alive
Magazine Article Silversword Fight In Haleakalā National Park, a charismatic plant battles for survival.
Blog Post These National Parks Wouldn’t Exist Without Women From Joshua Tree to Great Sand Dunes, these 6 special places are protected today thanks to their female champions.
Blog Post Love Letters to Mojave National Preserve Reflections and recommendations from an ever-growing base of fans, including #ThoseParkGuys from the hit show, “Rock the Park”!
Blog Post The 10 Most-Visited Parks — and Less-Visited Side Trips It's no surprise millions of people flock to America's most celebrated national parks. But did you know about these 10 lesser-known sites nearby? Here are side trips where you can escape the crowds and enjoy a few underrated wonders of the park system, too.
Video Find Your Voice: Mojave National Preserve In 2016, to celebrate the National Park Service centennial, 150 people experienced the wondrously dark night skies of Mojave National Preserve.
Trip Guam & Northern Mariana Islands (Pacific Islands Institute) Exploring World War II history across the islands of Guam and Saipan along with the deep cultural and natural history of these two islands.
Staff Shareeka Spooner Shareeka officially joined NPCA in June 2016 as the Senior Coordinator for the Pacific office. She manages and implements the administrative needs of the region’s staff and assists with specific program functions.
Talking Points FAQ: Golden Gate National Recreation Area Dog Accommodations and Rule The National Park Service has recognized that dog-related recreation in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) is threatening the park’s natural resources and degrading the park experience for many user groups. GGNRA’s new zoning plan will replace an outdated, 1979 “pet policy” that was developed without considering scientific research and the diverse park uses.
Staff Laura Torres A lover of life and nature, Laura works to engage families and youth in urban communities to build a diverse base of leaders and advocates who support NPCA's local and national campaigns. This includes coordinating Find Your Voice efforts, Civic Voice Lessons and other outreach and engagement strategies.
Trip Seasons of Yosemite You’ll feel the long reach of history and see the grandeur of Muir’s beloved Sierras on informative hikes and interesting explorations that open new perspectives into this breathtaking park.
Trip Fa'a Samoa: The National Park of American Samoa A true off the beaten path paradise, with rugged volcanic mountains, dramatic shorelines, empty beaches, colorful coral reefs, dense tropical rainforests, and some of the most welcoming people who share their rich culture with you as you visit all three islands of this national park.
Trip Joshua Tree and Death Valley Explore the startling, sublime, surreal, and exquisite landscapes of Joshua Tree and Death Valley as you head deep into the heart of these two parks.
Trip National Parks of Hawaii Expert biologists, naturalists, and cultural interpreters will introduce you to six Hawaiian National Parks. Witness the diversity of the island landscape, hear from a volcanologist, and participate in an authentic Hawaiian family lu’au.
Staff Dennis Arguelles Dennis, Los Angeles Program Manager, works on park protection and expansion efforts as well as engaging diverse and underserved communities not traditionally connected to the national parks.
Staff Neal Desai Neal joined NPCA's Pacific office in 2004, and is now the Director of Field Operations for this region.
Staff David Lamfrom David, the Director of the California Desert and National Wildlife programs, uses his passion and knowledge of our natural, cultural and historical resources to inspire others to learn about and protect our national parks.
Staff Ron Sundergill Ron joined NPCA in 2005. He is the Senior Regional Director for the Pacific office, overseeing the work of the regional office and its four field offices.
Staff and Media Personnel Kati Schmidt Kati Schmidt is based in Oakland, CA, and leads media outreach and communications for the Pacific, Northwest, Northern Rockies, Alaska, and Southwest regions, along with NPCA's national wildlife initiatives.
Talking Points Community Support for Rim of the Valley Community Comments on National Park Service, Rim of the Valley Study, April 2015
Letter Opposition to Soda Mountain Solar Proposal Collection of letters demonstrating opposition to Soda Mountain Solar
Letter Comments on the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan National Parks Conservation Association’s comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan
Report Comments on California Desert Conservation and Recreation Act Comments on the California Desert Conservation and Recreation Act
Fact Sheet Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument Establishing the Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument will help scientists, students, and the public learn more about the fascinating history hidden under these desert lands, and preserves this landscape for generations to come.
Letter Comments on Draft Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan Comments on Draft Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan
Explore Our Parks
- Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail ›
- Cabrillo National Monument ›
- California National Historic Trail ›
- Castle Mountains National Monument ›
- César E. Chávez National Monument ›
- Channel Islands National Park ›
- Death Valley National Park ›
- Devils Postpile National Monument ›
- Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site ›
- Fort Point National Historic Site ›
- Golden Gate National Recreation Area ›
- Great Basin National Park ›
- Haleakalā National Park ›
- Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park ›
- Honouliuli National Monument ›
- John Muir National Historic Site ›
- Joshua Tree National Park ›
- Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail ›
- Kalaupapa National Historical Park ›
- Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park ›
- Kings Canyon National Park ›
- Lake Mead National Recreation Area ›
- Lassen Volcanic National Park ›
- Lava Beds National Monument ›
- Manzanar National Historic Site ›
- Mojave National Preserve ›
- Muir Woods National Monument ›
- National Park of American Samoa ›
- Pinnacles National Park ›
- Point Reyes National Seashore ›
- Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial ›
- Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park ›
- Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site ›
- Redwood National & State Parks ›
- Rosie The Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park ›
- San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park ›
- Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area ›
- Sequoia National Park ›
- Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument ›
- War In The Pacific National Historical Park ›
- Whiskeytown National Recreation Area ›
- World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument (USS Arizona) ›
- Yosemite National Park ›