January 2016: In Case You Missed It

January 2016
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We kicked off 2016 with a bang worthy of welcoming in the National Park Service Centennial year! Here’s what you might have missed while you were out finding your park and getting the year started on the right foot. (Psst, how are those resolutions coming along?)

Trail Talkin’ on the Blog

Hikers balancing on a log

We helped feed your wanderlust with our 2016 national parks bucket list. 

The Find Your Park: Press Play video contest is looking for the unique ways you enjoy your national parks. Could your video be one of the 5 grand prize winners?

Andrew Lin, a participant from the 2015 Find Your Park Expedition (#FYPx), shared part one of the trip’s adventures in “Denver and Great Sand Dunes In 3 Days.” Stay tuned for part two!

“Martin’s Boat,” a film by our friends at O.A.R.S. and National Geographic filmmaker Pete McBride, will screen during the online Mountain & Adventure Film Festival in February.

Colorado river at the bottom of grand canyon

Colorado River at Grand Canyon National Park

Casey Schreiner, who was also part of the #FYPx crew, gave some excellent advice about park-trip planning in “Don’t Overlook the Hidden Gems.”

Martin Luther King Jr. Day isn’t just a federal holiday or a fee-free day in national parks. It’s also an opportunity to give back and honor Dr. King’s legacy.

#FYPx’s Grace Cortez highlighted the power of parks and their ability to bring people from various backgrounds together in “National Parks Connect Us To Each Other.”

We shared a look back at some of the great work that you made possible through your support of the National Park Foundation.

Children at Obed National Park

A ranger and group of students at Obed National Park

Dawn Kish

Photographer Michael Quine shared highlights and advice from some of his best national park adventures in this Q&A.

For this month’s artifact highlight, we featured how a cane owned by President Lincoln became part of Frederick Douglass’ collection.

Ever worry about your personal fashion while out on park adventures? #FYPx’s Mellie Davis discovered that it is possible to look cute in outdoor gear

Mellie Davis smiling with Great Sand Dunes sign behind

Mellie Davis at Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Victor Wei

In celebration of Kansas Day, we shared a post about the many great national parks you can explore while in the Sunflower State.

#FYPx participant Whitney Mitchell shared a powerful and lyrical piece about her time on the expedition in, “Because I Haven’t, Does That Mean I Don’t?

Travel Ideas

One of the newest additions to the park system is Manhattan Project National Historical Park. Check out this travel idea on exploring the places where the atomic age began.

Love birding? Then you should consider flying south for the winter with migratory birds.

Have you ever enjoyed the wave-like dunes of White Sands?

Gettin’ Social With It

The national park community raved over the “2016 National Parks Bucket List” post we shared on Facebook earlier this month.

It’s going to be an epic year as we kick off the second century of the National Park Service. How will you celebrate?...

Posted by National Park Foundation on Monday, January 4, 2016

On Twitter, we shared news about our Find Your Park: Press Play video contest, which the park fans shared far and wide.



And the most liked Instagram post this month (which now also happens to be our most liked post to-date!) was of this Share the Experience weekly winner image from Redwood National Park.

What about you? Are you sharing snaps 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!

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