(Washington, D.C.) August 23, 2012 – In honor of the 96th birthday of the National Park Service on August 25th, the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, today unveiled the ultimate resource of national park visitors and supporters on the go. Optimized for mobile devices, the National Park Foundation’s new www.nationalparks.org provides individuals a central source for real-time news, information, commentary, photos, videos and more on America’s nearly 400 national parks. Plus wherever you are, NPF’s new mobile site provides the national parks nearest to you, along with directions and the latest weather.
Now park visitors can also share their park experiences with the world! By visiting www.nationalparks.org on your mobile device, you can now share your park photos, videos and stories – whether in the park, at home or on-the-go! To support this, the National Park Foundation has released a companion FREE mobile app for the iTunes market, empowering Apple product owners to take and share their park photos with other park fans worldwide. Between now and August 25th, the National Park Foundation is also encouraging park visitors and supporters to submit their birthday wishes for the National Park Service through their mobile devices by visiting www.nationalparks.org.
As the official charitable partner of the National Park Service, the National Park Foundation’s www.nationalparks.org mobile site gives visitors the opportunity to give back – while on the go. With integrated “support” functionality, now park visitors can give back to the places they enjoy so much – while they are there. Visitors can also discover the many ways the National Park Foundation has helped any one of the national parks they are visiting.
Built on the principle of delivering relevant, practical and compelling content generated by and for park visitors – the new mobile resource gives park visitors instant access to learn the latest from the National Park Service and other park visitors, along with the ability to immediately share their own park experience including stories, photos and videos.
- Parks Near You – Wherever you are, instantaneously discover the national parks nearest you – with nearly 400 parks in the system, you may be surprised to discover one right around the corner.
- Share Your Story – Have an amazing national park photo, story or video? Let your experience inspire others by sharing it with the world and other national park fans like you! Apple users can also download the FREE mobile app to take and share their park photos with other park fans worldwide.
- Parks By The People – With one click learn the latest about your national park destination from other park visitors and supporters. Photos, videos, tips, news and even up-to-the-minute Facebook and Twitter tidbits direct from the National Park Service – find it all in one place on nationalparks.org park pages.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION
You are the owner of 84 million acres of the world’s most treasured memorials, landscapes, ecosystems, and historic sites -- all protected in America’s nearly 400 national parks. Chartered by Congress, the National Park Foundation is the official charity of America’s national parks. We work hand in hand with the National Park Service to connect you and all Americans to the parks, and to make sure that they are preserved for the generations who will follow.
Join us in supporting your national parks -- this is your land. www.nationalparks.org.
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