That's a wrap! The 2017 Share the Experience photo contest has officially ended and 11 jaw-dropping photographs from across America's public lands were selected.

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And the Winners Are...

Starry night sky over Acadia National Park shoreline, photo by Share the Experience grand prize winner Manish Mamtani

That’s a wrap! The 2017 Share the Experience photo contest has officially ended and 11 jaw-dropping photographs from across America’s public lands were selected. Head to the blog to see the winning photos for yourself — each of them a piece of undeniable proof that this land is worth experiencing. Then grab your camera and #FindYourPark to enter your own photograph in this year’s contest for a chance at cash and other great prizes from our partners Celestron, Historic Hotels of America, and Osprey. Who knows? You could be the next Share the Experience photo contest winner!

Exploring the Mysteries of Arches National Park

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Canyon Country is a place like no other. You can feel it's magnificence everywhere you look. The magic lies in the orange and red of the sun-blasted sandstone, the vast array of plant life that persists despite the unforgiving nature of the desert, and the deep silence and stillness that it offers. This past spring, a group of 4th grade students had the opportunity to visit the park in Utah and participate in a range of activities that explored the natural beauty of the canyons, as well as the cultural and historical heritage of the area. Read more about their trip on our blog.

Pic Your Park

A young couple poses with each other to take a selfie amongst a forest of trees

Let the games begin! Pic Your Park is a fun, new contest that challenges you to #FindYourPark/#EncuentraTuParque at national park sites across the country. To play and have the opportunity to win cool prizes, take a selfie at a national park site and share the image on Instagram with the hashtag #PicYourParkContest. Check out the contest website for details, rules, and resources. Ideas from our blog can help you pick your park, then it’s up to you to take a pic of yourself in the park!

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Perfecting Summer Picnics

Oregon Caves National Monument Cheateau on a sunny day, photo by John Hyun/Flickr

After a long winter, it’s hard to resist doing absolutely everything outside… including your meals! Plan for a picnic with friends or family this summer to enjoy your favorite seasonal treats amidst the great outdoors. To ensure a well-planned outing, check out these picnic tips and reminders before you head out. You’ll be chewing slowly and taking extra time to digest in the sunshine to lengthen your park visit when you picnic at one of these beloved picnic spots.

A Summer Sport

Fisherman and National Park Service ranger fishing on Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway

Tomorrow is the first day of summer! Do you have your fishing pole ready? Grab a line and pick the proper bait to enjoy any of the hundreds of fishing spots sprinkled throughout America’s national parks. There’s no better way to enjoy the summer than a leisurely morning by the lake or standing within the cool, flowing waters of a gentle stream. Be sure to check your park’s rules and requirements for fishing, then head out to parks like these for a summertime sport like no other.

Great Outdoors Month

Two Veterans Conservation Corps members work outside trimming trees in the forest

June marks Great Outdoors Month and people across the country are finding ways to celebrate by hitting the trails, pitching tents in the backcountry, and enjoying the first of many long, summer nights under the stars. This year, The Corps Network partnered with the National Park Service at Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove for their annual Great Outdoors Day of Service, where outdoor enthusiasts, friends of the Corps movement, and young people currently serving in Corps participated in invasive species removal at the site where President Johnson came to escape from the stresses of building a Great Society. Read more on our blog.

Donor Spotlight: Susan and Will Harbaugh

Donors Susan and Will Harbaugh pose on the shore in front of a lake

“When you grow up with a family who own
livestock, you don’t get to go on typical family vacations.”

 

Susan and her husband, Will, may have missed out on the stereotypical family road trips growing up, but as adults, they have traveled to over 50 national parks. Susan and Will started out giving annual gifts to the National Park Foundation, but when it came time to create a will, it felt only natural to include a percentage to the parks.

 

Read more of their story on our website and learn how anyone can create a legacy gift to the parks through the National Park Foundation.

Show Off Your Park Pride

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Heading out for a summer hike and need something stylish to wear? We’ve got you covered with limited-release NPS logo apparel! The Official Find Your Park Store carries lots of fun national park-inspired gear and accessories that celebrate the National Park Service and encourage everyone to get out there and #FindYourPark. To top it off – one hundred percent of the proceeds from your purchase go to the National Park Foundation to help preserve and protect these remarkable places.

This Month's Quiz

Black and white photo of photographer George Masa setting up his camera in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

What national park unit memorializes a battle between the U.S. Army's 7th Cavalry and the Lakota Sioux, Northern Cheyenne, and Arapaho as the northern plains tribes fought to preserve their culture and way of life?

And congratulations to last month's winner, Tess Dagenais, from Middletown, CT, who knew that in the 1920s, George Masa’s stunning pictures of the North Carolina mountains helped drive public support for the creation of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Way to go, Tess!

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