June 2016: In Case You Missed It

June 30, 2016Brian Q. ClayNPF Blog

Summertime is officially here! It’s that time of the year for endless cookouts, beach vacations, and a visit or two to your favorite national parks. We have had some exciting developments this month keeping us busy and just in case you missed any of it here is a recap of it all.

Trail Talkin’ on the Blog

See how running the Great Smoky Mountains Half Marathon changed former airman and current NPS ranger Bill Sorrell’s life.

We brought the sounds of New Orleans to the Windy City in the second installment of our Park Exchange series.

New Orleans jazz band on the street
National Park Service

Do your N.E.L.’s need some improvement? Here’s a list of five ways to raise your nature engagement levels from our partners at Humana.

Picnic on the beach with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background
Mike Klimas (Instagram @gtr_mike)

In recognition of Father’s Day we shared a list of national parks to take dads to on their special day.

Our partners at American Express teamed up with the National Trust of Historic Preservation to host the 2016 Partners in Preservation program.

Baby sea turtles as Padre Island
National Park Service

We are in sea turtle egg-hatching season! Here are some national parks where you welcome the next generation of sea turtles. 

Enhance your park experiences by checking out some healthy activities offered through our Active Trails program.

Learn about the history of Point Reyes National Seashore and the Friends Group working to support the park.

Visit Philadelphia's historic sites to celebrate the birth of our nation.

The White House and National Park Service announced the official designation of Stonewallas the first LGBTQ national monument.

Stonewall Inn storefront
Johannes Jordan, Wikimedia Commons

Travel Ideas

Discover the beauty of our Alaskan national parks.

Here is a guide to conquering iconic hikes at Zion National Park.

OARS shared ways to experience national parks Beyond the guard rails.

River in a canyon at Grand Canyon National Park

Visit Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area and enjoy these activities.

Gettin’ Social With It

Our Facebook community was heavily inspired by these John Muir quotes.

"Going to the mountains is going home" - John Muir

This tweet showed some of our NPF family celebrating the designation of Stonewall at #NYCPride.

This Instagram post about National Park of American Samoa garnered the most engagement for the month.

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