Andia, Yale alumna and founder of The Fit Cycle, is a professional golfer, master certified fitness professional/sports performance coach, and on-air TV personality. Her innovative fitness and wellness efforts have been recognized globally. In 2000, Andia became the first African American woman to play varsity golf in the Ivy League and in 2006 she made her LPGA debut as only the fourth to play in that league's history. Andia loves heavy beats and good riffs and works to inspire folks to harmonize their bodies with their environments. You can follow Andia's adventures and connect with her on her website, Twitter, Periscope using @AndiaWinslow, Instagram, Snapchat using AndiaWinslow, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, Google+, LinkedIn, and Tumblr.
“As a New York City resident, I can’t help but draw inspiration from the built environment and the energies that make it famous. But before the big city, my first love was the natural world. Fired up to embark on @GoParks #FYPx on my birthday and humbled that I'll get to share the journey with you all!”
Andrew, like many others in the millennial generation, is a student trying to figure out what to do in life. He enjoys watching Game of Thrones and playing video games, but more than anything else, he has cultivated a deep passion for the wilderness. His time spent in the wilderness has brought him so much wonder, joy, and peace, that he now films and hosts the YouTube series Adventure Archives. No matter what he ends up doing after school, he hopes to inspire others to experience the wilderness in the hopes that they experience the same euphoria he has. You can follow Andrew's adventures and connect with him on Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Podcast.
"I am incredibly thankful to be part of the #FYPx, and I want to use this experience as a way to show those of all backgrounds in the United States that the national parks are for them to experience and enjoy. I am looking forward to exploring Mesa Verde for the first time, and to meeting like-minded people."
Casey is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Modern Hiker, California’s most-read hiking blog.
After moving to Southern California from New England, Casey was inspired by the Santa Monica and San Gabriel Mountains and created the site to share information and inspiration with hikers of all ability levels and backgrounds. A television writer and producer for more than a decade, today Casey focuses his energies on the outdoors. He is currently writing a book on day hikes in the Los Angeles region for Mountaineers Books. You can connect with Casey and follow his adventures on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
“I’m incredibly excited to be chosen for the 2015 Find Your Park Expedition. As the Park Service prepares to celebrate its Centennial, this is an invaluable opportunity to shine a spotlight on some of our nation’s most treasured places and hopefully inspire a new generation of park lovers, caretakers, and stewards. I hope to help people realize not only how amazing and varied these places are – but in many cases, how close they are.”
Javier is a Mexican-American artist who was brought to the U.S. by his parents, in search of the American Dream, at the age of two. He saw college as unattainable, but his parents encouraged him to pursue higher education. Their support allowed him to attend Texas State and follow his dream of becoming an artist. Through the use of mobile photography, Javier captures the vibrant urban landscapes of Central Texas and shares his perspective and passion with others. He created IGAustinTexas, a community account that aims to bring visual creatives together. You can follow Javier’s adventures and connect with him on Instagram.
"I'm beyond thrilled to be part of the #FYPx. I want to inspire others to take part in exploring the beauty, creative opportunity, and community that our national parks bring. I hope to capture the park experience and create a dialogue about these national treasures in the creative community and encourage others to visit.”
Mara Grace Cortez
"As an avid adventurer and lover of the outdoors, I am beyond honored and humbled for the life-changing opportunity of being chosen as one of the Find Your Park Expedition winners this year! I have a passion for exploring our beautiful national parks, telling stories through photography and connecting with people through social media to introduce them to the beauty and wonder that nature offers us. Through this expedition, I hope to inspire and encourage my social media followers and friends of all ages to not just find their park but to also learn about it and protect it so that future generations can enjoy and visit as well!"
“I can hardly contain my excitement in being selected for #FYPx. The opportunity to see a new part of the country I call home and experience it hands-on is a privilege. The up-close and personal interaction with true nature is what I can’t wait to have. I’ll also be thinking about how I can bring my experience in Colorado back to my students in New York City.”
Victor is a recent college graduate who enjoys storytelling, photography, and adventures. He can always be seen driving around with his friends looking for new places to photograph, as well as people. He is a big history buff and loves to read all about the places he visits and loves hearing the stories of others who he connects with. This past summer he did just that when he embarked on a cross-country road trip, crossing 22 states and two Canadian provinces while meeting up with his favorite Instagrammers. You can follow Victor's adventures and connect with him on Instagram, Wordpress, Flickr, Tumblr, and Facebook.
“Photography and the art of storytelling connects us with other people through old memories and new ones waiting to be discovered. I am eager to share my experiences with everyone with #FYPx and hope to inspire others to undertake great adventures in the search of themselves, beauty and beyond.”
Whitney is a visual artist and collective impact strategist, creatively working to address health disparities in New Orleans, Louisiana. Currently, Whitney is the lead of Fit NOLA, a city project focused on combating chronic disease by increasing access and usage of nutritional and physical activity resources. With over eight years' experience in cause marketing, Whitney draws on the realities of life and its obstacles to create visuals that inspire community movement. You can follow Whitney's adventures and connect with her on Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, Snapchat using TwoMacks, and on her website.
“I am thrilled to join the National Park Foundation for the Find Your Park Expedition, as I am always seeking new domestic treasures. Learning more about the awesomeness around me further harvests my love for the States.”