February: In Case You Missed It

February 27, 2015Alanna SobelNPF Blog

Can you believe it’s already time for March? We’ve been busy welcoming new parks into the family, sharing park partner stories, learning about African American history, spreading the word about Every Kid in a Park, and more! 

Just in case you missed anything, here’s a look back at what we’ve been up to in February:

Trail Talkin’ on the Blog

We kicked off the month discussing the importance of sustainable transportation systems in national parks at our Second Century Club event, and we shared some of the key takeaways with you.

Timed just right with Presidents Day, we chatted with Friends of James A. Garfield National Historic Site executive director Andrew Mizsak, who also serves as a National Park Service volunteer at the park paying tribute to the 20th President of the United States. He told us about sharing President Garfield’s story, his favorite national park memories, and more.

Homes of past president James A. Garfield

The nation came together to honor African American history this month, and we offered up ideas for visiting National Park Service sites year-round marking significant moments, people, and chapters in our shared story.

Travel Ideas

Ever seen bison, prairie dogs, or ferrets roaming free? At Badlands National Park in South Dakota, you can see all of these animals and more! Check out our latest travel idea to learn more about the rolling hills and open plains in this national park.

Buffalo in field

Hot Off the Press

President Obama’s 2016 budget proposal supports national parks! You can learn more here.

National Park Foundation Winter Wonderland e-book download

We released “Winter Wonderlands,” the sixth special edition in our popular and FREE Owner’s Guide series! From ice fishing and sledding, to stargazing and contra dancing, readers will be inspired to check out the 15 suggested destinations and discover even more special places in national parks across the country.

Everybody is talking about President Obama announcing the Every Kid in a Park program! We’re honored to lead the on-the-ground efforts in collaboration with the National Park Service, Forest Service, Department of Education, Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Land Management, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Reclamation, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

And on the same day that the President announced this new program, he also designated two new national parks: Pullman National Monument and Honouliuli National Monument. Pullman National Monument already has nearly $8 million in support thanks to gifts received by the National Park Foundation!

Gettin’ Social with It

We celebrated Ansel Adams’ 113th birthday on Facebook and invited people to post Ansel-inspired photographs. Hundreds of people shared photos, memories, and kind words about Ansel. Take a moment and check out the conversation, and maybe even join in on the fun!

Photographer Ansel Adams

Meanwhile, on Twitter, we’re already talking about the 2015 White House Easter Egg Roll at President’s Park. Turns out that our friends Fifth Harmony, who performed at the 2014 National Christmas Tree Lighting at the park, will be coming back for the Easter Egg Roll!

As for Instagram, well, people just can’t get enough of this photo of a full moon at Lake Clark National Park & Preserve!  

What about you? Are you sharing shots of your favorite moments and memories in national parks with us online? We’re out and about, playing on 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: J. Malcom Greany, RL-16, 641; National Park Service

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