July: In Case You Missed It

July 31, 2015Blair GuildNPF Blog

July has come and gone, can you believe it? Summer is just flying by! With planning Fourth of July festivities, beach trips, and barbeques, it can be difficult to keep up with everything that happens around here.

Everglades at dusk

But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a recap of everything you may have missed this past month.

Trail Talkin’ on the Blog

Couldn’t snag a ticket to Budweiser’s Made in America concert at Liberty Island? Relive the experience in our blog post: A Monumental Experience.

We’ve got just the thing to satisfy your sweet tooth – a national park-inspired blueberry pie! This pioneer-favorite calls for bear fat but not to worry, we’ve updated the recipe for the modern kitchen.

Some people show their love of our national parks by dedicating a tremendous number of hours to bettering these magnificent places. Read the incredible story of an 80-year-old park lover who has volunteered over 2,000 hours of her time.

Volunteer Thelma Johnson has donated over 2,000 hours of her own time to cook and serve meals to volunteers

We’re always excited to add new sites to the National Park System! This month we were happy to welcome Waco to the national park family.

A national park can easily inspire its visitors, but when this inspiration fuels collaboration, big things can happen. Learn how Friends of Big Bend National Park formed and raised over $2.7 million in funds to help Big Bend National Park.

In our latest Q&A with outdoor travel writer Amy Whitley, we learned all about how to utilize kid-friendly activities to get the whole family excited for a national park visit!

We just can’t wait to start our Find Your Park Expedition! Here are 3 reasons our 2015 expedition is really exciting.

The summer may be winding down but temperatures continue to soar, so escape to the mountains to chill out! Our blog, entitled The Higher The Altitude, The Lower The Temperature, has the perfect spots for you to beat the heat this summer.

Travel Ideas

Some of the most magical places in our national parks are hidden off the beaten path – which is why backcountry hiking is such a thrill. But you can’t jump right in to a backcountry hike, so we’ve got some tips for you in A Beginner's Guide to Backcountry Hiking Prep.

Hot Off the Press

Calling all millennial online influencers! Check out our Find Your Park Expedition. We want to connect diverse audiences to America’s national parks, and we can’t wait to see the fabulous selfies that come from it!

Gettin’ Social With It

On Facebook, national park fans loved tips for exploring national park trails. We shared 25 unforgettable national park hikes from our Happy Trails Owner’s Guide. Be sure to give it a look!

On Twitter, folks were excited about our blog: 12 Refreshing Ways To Beat The Heat In National Parks.

For your daily dose of national parks wonder, check out our popular Instagram from this month and enjoy a beautiful photo of the sunrise over Painted Hills at John Day Fossil Beds National Monument.

Are you sharing pics of your favorite moments and memories in national parks with us online? We’re out and about, playing around the interwebs in all of the fun places! Join us on Facebook, TwitterInstagramTumblrPinterest, and Google+. We’d love to hear from you!

Photo credits: Mike Quine and Philip Sidran via Share the Experience.

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