December: In Case You Missed It

December 31, 2014Rocío LowerNPF Blog

What flew by faster: the month of December or 2014 as a year?

It’s been an exciting month and an even more incredible year here at the National Park Foundation. But before we go sprinting into 2015, let’s take a quick look back at what happened this month.  

Trail Talkin’ on the Blog

We kicked off the month by sharing a cool gift guide filled with ideas for the park lovers in your life (tip: these are great year-round too!).  

If there’s a holiday coming up, chances are there are parks gearing up to commemorate the occasion, and this month was no different. We shared 20 exciting seasonal events around the National Park System.

We also had the chance to celebrate our 47th birthday this month. Not to brag or anything, but we’d argue that we just keep getting better with age (thanks to an awesome national park community of supporters like you)!

And as the end of the month neared, we may or may not have spent a lot of time tracking Santa’s movement with NORAD, hoping to see if he’d swing by any national parks along his route on Christmas Eve.

Hot Off the Press
Not sure if you heard about this, but we threw a pretty awesome shindig with the National Park Service at President’s Park earlier this month to kick off the holiday season. We had an exciting line-up of performers and they were joined by the First Family to officially light the National Christmas Tree

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2015 also passed the House of Representatives and the Senate this month, which is exciting for several reasons including the fact that it contained the language of the National Park Service 100th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act!

Gettin’ Social with It

Drool-worthy photos of our national parks were all the buzz on Facebook this month! We shared a link to the Time article that featured the most popular Instagram photos shared by the Department of the Interior — check out the post here.

Twitter fans couldn’t get enough of the stunning clip showing the total cloud inversion experienced at Grand Canyon National Park. Did you get a chance to see the time-lapse video of the unique weather event?

Speaking of sharing national parks online, are you sharing your favorite moments and memories with us on InstagramTumblrPinterest, and Google+ yet? We’d love to hear from you!

Thank you for an incredible 2014 and we look forward to enjoying 2015 with all of you!

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