The Deets on Our Find Your Park Expedition [Contest]

Alanna SobelFYPx
Colorful sunset on Half Dome at Yosemite National Park

Exciting news: we announced the National Park Foundation’s 2016 Find Your Park Expedition! That means that an adventure to Yosemite and a variety of national parks in the San Francisco Bay Area awaits eight lucky millennial online influencers.

While you may be familiar with the expedition from last year, thought you might appreciate this little refresher.

If I were to be selected for the 2016 Find Your Park Expedition…

What will be expected of me?

Have an open mind, be ready for fun, make new memories, and share your experiences online with your countless followers so that they can feel as though they’re right there with you.

Andia Winslow holding up two full REI shopping bags

Andia Winslow at REI

How will I know what to pack?

This is where our friends from REI and Columbia come in. They’ve got you covered from head to toe and then some. Check it out:

"The parks are some of the most inspirational outdoor places in the world, so we’re thrilled to support the 2016 FYPx participants on their adventures to Yosemite and Bay Area national parks. We hope the participants will have unforgettable, life-changing experiences that inspire new audiences to get outside and explore the parks. To help participants be comfortable and have a memorable experience, REI will outfit each participant from head to toe in REI product and gear. REI’s in-house design team and award-winning gear for outdoor recreation is sold exclusively through the co-op’s retail stores and online." - Myrian Solis Coronel, manager of multicultural marketing at REI

Mellie Davis trying on Columbia gear at REI

Mellie Davis trying on Columbia gear at REI

"Columbia Sportswear is honored to outfit everyone again for this year’s expedition and are especially pleased that several urban parks within the National Park System will be included on this adventure. We hope this inspires young people everywhere to enjoy the outdoors by exploring their local national parks." - Scott Welch, senior global manager corporate relations, Columbia Sportswear Company

You said we’ll be exploring multiple parks. How will I get from park to park?

You’re in luck as we know people with some niiice wheels and comfortable seats. We’ll let them speak for themselves:

"Subaru is happy to provide the perfect vehicles for helping #FYPx winners experience the majestic beauty of America’s national parks. As a premier partner of the National Park Service Centennial celebration, we hope to shine a light on the continued importance of preserving these precious national treasures for years to come." - Alan Bethke, senior vice president of marketing, Subaru of America, Inc.

Mark smiling in front of Subaru

Where would I rest my head at night?

We know that getting your zzzz’s during an incredibly fun and action-packed week is crucial, so we left it up to the experts to ensure you’ll get many a good night’s sleep.

Tents at Half Dome Village Lodge in Yosemite National Park

"We’re honored to welcome the Find Your Park Expedition to Yosemite National Park, where the participants will wake up surrounded by some of the world’s most iconic natural wonders. We also look forward to providing memorable dining experiences and recreational opportunities that will allow the Find Your Park Expedition participants to experience the majesty of the park to its fullest extent." - Bruce W. Fears, president of Aramark’s Leisure division

That’s right. Not only will Aramark provide lodging, but they’ll also make sure you’re well-fed.

Sounds pretty incredible, right?

So what are you waiting for?

Head on over to our 2016 Find Your Park Expedition page and apply for this awesome opportunity today.

Photo credits: Andia Winslow, Mellie Davis, and Aramark

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