WASHINGTON – A new listicle, including an eye-catching infographic, is helping people from all backgrounds with varying interests find their park, thanks to the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks. In celebration of National Park Week and honoring the National Park Service Centennial this year, the list highlights diverse park experiences and the breadth and depth of the National Park System. The list can be found below and also on the National Park Foundation’s blog.
1. Plan your own #FindYourPark adventure with our new infographic.
Featuring a fun and easy-to-follow design, the new infographic helps individuals, couples, friends, and families figure out what type of parks and park experiences best fit their needs, interests, and mood at the moment.
2. Gather up friends and get social at a national park Instameet.
People all over the country will be sharing their park explorations through photos and short videos on Instagram (and other social media platforms) using these hashtags: #FindYourParkInstaMeet, #FindYourPark, #EncuentraTuParque, and #NPS100. Join in the fun and inspire each other with new places to discover and park experiences to try.
3. Peruse the new official Find Your Park Store.
The National Park Foundation and the National Park Service are excited to unveil our new #FindYourPark/#EncuentraTuParque collection. You can look stylish and support the places you love at the same time. Visit store.findyourpark.com to check out the new line.
4. Become a Centennial Junior Ranger.
While April 16 was celebrated as Junior Ranger Day, you can become one year-round. And this year, thanks to a very special birthday, the National Park Service released a one-of-a-kind Centennial Junior Ranger activity book. You can download it online and/or pick up a printed copy at some park visitor centers.
5. Put a volunteer event on the calendar.
With Earth Day on April 22 and volunteer activities planned throughout the year, now is a great time to check out opportunities to give back at one of your local national parks.
6. Enjoy a park experience that’s on your wish list.
Back in January, the National Park Foundation shared a wildly popular 2016 bucket list. Take a moment to review it and see where you stand. Which item will you check off during National Park Week?
7. Enter for a chance to win a 5-day adventure of a lifetime.
Imagine soaking in the glory of Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park, sea kayaking on the pristine waters of Jackson Lake in Grand Teton National Park, and sneaking a rare peek of a bald eagle or bison. Thanks to National Park Foundation partners O.A.R.S. and Southwest, this dream could become a reality for you and a guest. Learn more about the Getaway Giveaway sweepstakes running from April 13 to May 11, 2016, at www.nationalparks.org/sweepstakes.
Launched in March 2015, Find Your Park/Encuentra Tu Parque is a public awareness and education movement to inspire people from all backgrounds to connect with, celebrate, and support America’s national parks and community-based programs. Celebrating the National Park Service Centennial and setting the stage for the Service's next 100 years, #FindYourPark invites people to discover and share their own unique connections to our nation's natural landscapes, vibrant culture, and rich history.
As part of its commitment to the National Park Service Centennial and strengthening our national treasures for the next 100 years, the National Park Foundation offers many ways to support America’s national parks. From national park-inspired gear, to commemorative coins, to its $350 million Centennial Campaign for America’s National Parks, there are a variety of unique ways to honor and protect the legacy of these special places.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION
The National Park Foundation is the official charity of America’s national parks and nonprofit partner to the National Park Service. Chartered by Congress in 1967, the National Park Foundation raises private funds to help PROTECT more than 84 million acres of national parks through critical conservation and preservation efforts, CONNECT all Americans with their incomparable natural landscapes, vibrant culture and rich history, and INSPIRE the next generation of park stewards. In 2016, commemorating the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary, the Foundation launched The Centennial Campaign for America’s National Parks, a $350 million comprehensive fundraising campaign to strengthen and enhance the future of these national treasures for the next hundred years. Find out more and become a part of the national park community at www.nationalparks.org.