September: In Case You Missed It

September 30, 2015Rocío LowerNPF Blog

September is always a whirlwind of a month! Between squeezing in the last summer escapades, getting the new school year underway, and enjoying the first hints of the fall season, it’s easy to see how the month has zipped right past us. So just in case you missed some of the happenings around the National Park Foundation, we’ve got a quick recap for you!

Trail Talkin’ on the Blog
Though we welcomed September with open arms, we clung to the last glimmers of summer by sharing ways you could do the same in, “Last Chance for National Park Summer Fun"

Cape Hatteras beach at sunset

In commemoration of Labor Day weekend, we honored the legacy of the Pullman Strike.

We listed a few of the wild places park lovers can explore in celebration of the 51st anniversary of the Wilderness Act.

Rock formations on land of Theodore Roosevelt National Park

National park photographer Mason Cummings chatted with us about his art and his passion for the parks. He noted, “National parks boast some of the most spectacular wilderness areas in this diverse and beautiful country. As a landscape photographer, I can't help but be drawn to them like a bug to a light.”

We marked the 14th anniversary of September 11 and shared ways you could observe the day, from volunteering, to visiting Flight 93 National Memorial. 

Illuminated wall at night at Flight 93 National Memorial

Melanie Mendez-Gonzales, one of bloggers who joined us on last year’s American Latino Expedition (ALEx14), reflected on the trip and how the expedition has since changed her life. She stated, “When I returned from ALEx14, experiencing the outdoors became a calling, a necessity, and a passion that I wanted to share with my family.”

The 22nd annual National Public Lands Day was on September 26 and we joined parks across the country in the largest single-day volunteer effort for public lands.

National Public Lands Day

We were thrilled to introduce the 8 social media superstars who will be joining us on the Find Your Park Expedition in October.

The beginning of the school year had us reminiscing on the thrill of field trips, so we collected a few exciting ideas for engaging students, from kindergarten to 12th grade.  

Glacier National Park

Travel Ideas
This year, Sequoia commemorates its 125th anniversary and Kings Canyon turns 75. With such grand milestones being celebrated, we posted 7 can’t-miss activities to enjoy in the parks.

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Hot Off the Press
This month, we announced our support of the White House Youth Initiative, “Every Kid In A Park,” and celebrated the incredible work made possible in national parks through corporate support.

Gettin’ Social With It
The most popular Facebook post this month invited the community to help wish beautiful Assateague Island National Seashore a happy 50th birthday, and our top tweet on Twitter (which was retweeted by Bill Nye himself!) shared the final call for The Centennial Project submissions.

Meanwhile, on Instagram, the national park community adored this post from Katmai National Park and Preserve by photographer Drew Hamilton.

Bear and mountain range silhouetted by the pink sunset.

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