January: In Case You Missed It

January 30, 2015Rocío LowerNPF Blog

Well, that’s a wrap for January!

It’s been a fun-filled month of making plans, setting park resolutions in motion, and getting the year started off on a great path! Here’s what we were up to this month, just in case you missed any of the exciting developments. 

Trail Talkin’ on the Blog

We rang in the New Year by sharing dates for the nine fee-free days in 2015. Parks across the National Park System will waive admission on these days – have you marked them on your calendar yet? The next set of days is coming up on February 14 to 16 in honor of Presidents Day weekend!

The importance of public-private partnerships was highlighted in a blog post on corporate philanthropy in national parks.

The nation came together to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day this month, and we offered up ways that you can carry on his legacy, walk in his footsteps, and experience his story in national parks year-round.

Did you know that January 17 is known as “ditch your New Year’s resolution day?” We encouraged you to not only share your national park resolutions, but also to commit to keeping your adventurous dreams for the New Year alive!

With February quickly arriving, we also shared some romantic national park escapades to get your creative juices flowing as you start brainstorming ideas for this year’s Valentine’s Day.

Travel Ideas

Planning a long weekend to Joshua Tree National Park this year? This unique national park, made up of more than 80 percent of designated wilderness, offers everything from hiking, climbing, and bouldering, to backpacking, backcountry driving, and biking. Check out our latest travel idea here for a breakdown of possible places to go and things to see!

Gettin’ Social with It

We shared a post on Facebook – an article written by the Nature Conservancy on the “10 Great National Parks You’ve Never Heard Of” – and asked which parks you’d previously visited. The piece was a great conversation starter, as many in the community boasted about the number of off-the-beaten-path parks they’d previously experienced. Check out the list and let us know if you’ve explored any of them!

Meanwhile, on Twitter, we escaped the reality of long winter nights by sharing memories of warm national park adventures. But we still have to admit that the stillness and tranquility of parks in the winter offer their own unforgettable experiences. Clearly, you agreed by making this photo on Instagram the most-liked one of the month!

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!

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