Countdown to 2016
This has been an exhilarating year for the National Park Foundation. Together with the National Park Service, we launched a national, bilingual movement to celebrate the diversity of America’s national parks in advance of the 2016 centennial. Find Your Park (Encuentra Tu Parque, as it’s known in Spanish) has been a wide-spread sensation as people across the nation have fervently set out into their national parks to explore the natural, cultural, and historical stories protected and interpreted within them.
As word of the movement rippled out across social and traditional media channels, visitors ventured into the over 400 national parks across the country, using the hashtags #FindYourPark and #EncuentraTuParque to share their adventures online. The revitalized, and in many cases new passion for what’s known as “America’s best idea” has been enthralling to see multiply.
With countless national park lovers not only proclaiming, “I found my park at…,” but also sharing their favorite parks with friends and family, we released a new PSA inspired by this notion. Once you find your park, and you share it far and wide, you’re then moved to support these magnificent places because you are the parks; and that parks are you too.
The new year brings a historic milestone as the nation prepares to mark the National Park Service Centennial. It’s more than just a celebration; the centennial is a springboard into the next century for our national parks. We have to continue finding, sharing, and supporting our parks to ensure they remain vibrant for this and future generations. It’s lofty goal, but with national park supporters like you, we can continue to help protect and preserve America’s national inheritance.
But before we usher in the new year, let’s look at some other big things that happened in 2015. As we countdown to 2016, here’s the content you most enjoyed throughout the year!