August: In Case You Missed It

August 31, 2015Rocío LowerNPF Blog

Have you been busy squeezing the last drops of fun out of the remaining days of summer? Can’t blame you – so have we! August was bustling on this end, so just in case you missed some of the fun, we’ve got a quick recap of the happenings around here!

Trail Talkin’ on the Blog
This month, we celebrated the 99th birthday of the National Park Service! With the one-year-countdown officially ticking toward the centennial, the National Park Service and National Park Foundation shared 99 ways you can enjoy the magnificence of our national heritage and #FindYourPark!

Man hugging tree trunk \"99 ways to #FindYourPark\"

Vincent Van Gogh once said, “For my part, I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.” This sentiment is what draws so many of us to national parks after the sun goes down – little compares to the brilliance of the stars in unadulterated darkness! If you want to escape to “a galaxy, far, far away,” check out our post on enjoying the night sky in national parks.

Mount Rainier under starry night sky

If you’re reading this, you’re likely an avid park supporter. But did you know that we can love our national parks to the point of damaging them? Find out how your support allowed us to help address the effects of years of heavy-use on Tenaya Lake’s South Trail at Yosemite National Park.

When you think of Assateague Island National Seashore, do you think of stunning sandy beaches and majestic wild horses galloping along the shore? Well, you’re not wrong – but the park is also so much more than that! Find out how the Assateague Island Alliance partners with the park to provide exciting ways for visitors to enjoy this national park.

At Gateway National Recreation Area, the Your Park! Your Health! program is doing some really neat stuff to introduce nearby city-dwellers to the natural and cultural treasures in their own backyard. Through free and engaging programs, the park hopes to introduce new audiences to all that the park has to offer!

Cyclists at Gateway National Recreation Area

If you spent the summer hitting the trails, you’re not alone. Our friends at O.A.R.S. invited the national park community to share pics – using the hashtag #MyTrailIsCalling – from their adventures for a chance to win a guided hiking trip.

Finally, you do remember that The Centennial Project is wrapping up, right? This is your last chance to submit your #FindYourPark stories to potentially be one of the top 100 submissions! Don’t miss out – enter by 8 p.m. EST on September 7, 2015!  

Travel Ideas
There’s a reason – actually, there are lots of ‘em – why Texans who are in-the-know are flocking to Guadalupe Mountains National Park. This month, we featured nine reasons to head for the Lone Star State to experience the wild extremes of this hidden gem.

Guadalupe mountains and desert sands at dusk

If you’re planning a getaway to the Pacific Northwest, but are in need of guidance on exploring national parks in the region, we’ve got some ideas to share with you! Our latest Long Weekend features the Seattle branch of Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park and the beloved Olympic National Park. Take a peek and be inspired to head for the great state of Washington soon!

If quiet afternoons spent wading in the pristine waterways of our national parks is more your speed, our latest pursuits post might be for you. In “Tie One On,” you’ll find a great list of parks to explore the next time you get a hankering for enjoying some fly-fishing.

Hot Off the Press
The newsroom was buzzing this month as we prepared to celebrate the National Park Service’s birthday by sharing the 99 Ways to #FindYourPark.

Gettin’ Social With It
On Facebook, the national park community went nuts over a list of “20 Wilderness Areas to See Before You Die.”

Twitter fans elatedly shared news of the Find Your Park Expedition.

Our Instagram community liked this stunning shot of the Virgin River after a storm, taken at Zion National Park.

Stream in canyon at Zion National Park

How about you? Are you posting your favorite moments and memories in national parks online? We’re out and about, playing across the interwebs in all of the fun places! Join us on Facebook, Twitter, InstagramTumblrPinterest, and Google+. We’d love to hear from you!

Photo credits: Mount Rainier by Stephen Byrne; Gateway National Recreation Area by NPS; Guadalupe Mountains National Park by NPS/Buehler; Zion National Park by William Green. 

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