Considering a trip to a national battlefield? Interested in relaxing by a national seashore? No matter how you decide to #FindYourPark this summer, be sure to snap a selfie and enter

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Considering a trip to a national battlefield? Interested in relaxing by a national seashore? No matter how you decide to #FindYourPark this summer, be sure to snap a selfie and enter the National Park Foundation’s Pic Your Park photo contest. Each time you post a selfie on Instagram from a different national park with the hashtag #PicYourParkContest and geotag your location within the park, you increase your point total and get closer to winning the grand prize national park trip! Earn bonus points for tagging a national battlefield or military park in July or a national seashore or lakeshore in August. Lesser-known national parks can earn you even more points! For more information on details, rules, and resources, check out the contest’s website.

Windows Down as You Find Your Park

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Indulge in a Kerouac-style fantasy this summer, windows rolled down and hair blowing in the wind as you road trip for a couple of days or months through the United States. Road trips are carefree vacations that allow you to explore more of the country and to #FindYourPark in places you’ve never thought to venture before. For 12 itineraries to fit in on a long weekend or as a jumping off point for a much longer road trip, download our free “Road Trippin’” Owner’s Guide.

Celebrating Our National Trails and Rivers

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The 50th anniversary of the National Trails and Wild & Scenic Rivers acts is October 2, 2018. The system is made up of nationally significant scenic, historic, natural, and cultural areas through which such rivers and trails pass. People have enjoyed these specials places long before they were federally designated. Nathaniel Hawthorne said of the Assabet River, “A more lovely stream than this has never flowed on earth, except to leave the interior regions of the poet’s imagination.” NPF is celebrating this major anniversary by supporting projects that preserve, protect, and improve these special places. Head to our blog to learn more about a project that is enhancing recreation available on the Sudbury, Assabet, Concord National Wild and Scenic Rivers in Concord, MA.

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Creating Vibrant Communities

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Fish aren’t the only things thriving at the rivers that wind through our national parks! The many national rivers and trails that twist through our country’s landscape allow communities to come together in countless ways. From a national historic trail committed to preserving Hawaiian culture to a national river and recreation area that engages locals in outdoor activities like kayaking, rivers and trails across the country are bringing people together. To learn more about some of these parks and the unique ways they connect with their communities, head to our blog.

Decision Paralysis, Be Gone!

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So, you’ve visited, you’ve perused our Owner’s Guides, and you’ve checked out our blog, but you still can’t decide which national park to explore next? Then it’s time to leave the decision-making to your more innate senses. Start by asking yourself your favorite color. Then check out our new blog post to see which national park to visit based on your answer. We’ve paired colors with corresponding parks to get you excited to visit somewhere new. Best of all, there’s no wrong answer, as any trip to our national parks is bound to leave you with incredible memories!

What Will Your Legacy Be?

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Have you ever considered including a gift to the National Park Foundation through your will, trust, or other estate plan? Now is the time to act! In honor of NPF's 50th anniversary, our board of directors is encouraging future support of America's national parks. To do so, they will match 10% of each new substantiated estate gift intention to NPF, up to $500,000, throughout this anniversary year. Take this opportunity to ensure our national parks remain vital and relevant to future generations by participating in the 50th Anniversary Legacy Challenge.

A Revolutionary Revelation

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Minute Man National Historical Park is home to the famous sites of the Lexington and Concord battles, where the American Revolutionary War began. However, the park also commemorates a lesser-known battle — the Parker's Revenge, which took place after the battle on the Lexington Green. Through the collaborative efforts of Friends of Minute Man National Park and the National Park Service, 200-year-old artifacts from the battle were excavated for the first time. These archeological finds help tell a more complete story of Captain John Parker and the Lexington militia's heroic actions. Read more on NPF's blog.

Gear Up for Summer

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Want to show off your love of national parks while supporting them at the same time? If so, check out our limited-release NPS and Find Your Park 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 – 100 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

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Which national park unit was the site of the winter encampment of the Continental Army under General Washington from 1779-1780?

And congratulations to last month's winner, Michelle Crowton, from Manteca, CA! Michelle knew that Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument memorializes a battle between the US Army's 7th Cavalry and the Lakota Sioux, Northern Cheyenne, and Arapaho tribes, who fought to preserve their culture and way of life. Way to go, Michelle!

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