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  • Countdown to 2016 | National Park Foundation
    of the movement rippled out across social and traditional media channels visitors ventured into the over 400 national parks across the country using the hashtags FindYourPark and EncuentraTuParque to share their adventures online The revitalized and in many cases new passion for what s known as America s best idea has been enthralling to see multiply With countless national park lovers not only proclaiming I found my park at but also sharing their favorite parks with friends and family we released a new PSA inspired by this notion Once you find your park and you share it far and wide you re then moved to support these magnificent places because you are the parks and that parks are you too The new year brings a historic milestone as the nation prepares to mark the National Park Service Centennial It s more than just a celebration the centennial is a springboard into the next century for our national parks We have to continue finding sharing and supporting our parks to ensure they remain vibrant for this and future generations It s lofty goal but with national park supporters like you we can continue to help protect and preserve America s national inheritance But before we usher in the new year let s look at some other big things that happened in 2015 As we countdown to 2016 here s the content you most enjoyed throughout the year View the story 5 4 3 2 1 on Storify Support Your Parks Help protect and preserve your more than 400 national parks Give 100 Give 50 Get the Free Owner s Guide Sign up for the latest park news and travel tips and get a free copy of the National Park Owner s Guide Sign Up Now National Park News 25 New Projects

    Original URL path: http://wwww.nationalparks.org/connect/blog/countdown-2016 (2016-02-12)
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  • Make Your Resolutions Count | National Park Foundation
    for your national parks at the same time Run a Race with a View Our partners at Vacation Races have a robust National Park Race Series schedule in 2016 with events near America s most iconic sites including Yellowstone Yosemite Grand Teton and the Grand Canyon With race distances ranging from 5K to half marathons there are opportunities for both nascent runners and race veterans to participate Vacation Races will donate 10 for each race registration in the National Park Race Series to the National Park Foundation in support of our mission to enrich America s national parks and programs You can register for the races listed below here Zion Half Marathon March 12 2016 Sold Out Grand Canyon Half Marathon May 7 2016 Grand Teton Half Marathon June 4 2016 Yellowstone Half Marathon 5K June 11 2016 Rocky Mountain Half 5K July 30 2016 Great Smoky Mountains Half Marathon September 10 2016 Yosemite Half Marathon October 8 2106 Lake Powell Half Marathon October 15 2016 Donate Your Mileage to the Parks Charity Miles is a free app that helps you raise money for a charity just by walking running or biking All you have to do is download the app select the National Park Foundation and hit the trails it s really that easy to use your mileage to do some good for you and the parks Bikers earn 10 per mile and walkers and runners earn 25 per mile for their charity of choice all courtesy of corporate sponsors The app even includes a built in prompt to easily share your mileage and donation on social media Remember every mile matters Download the app here How are you using national parks to lead a healthy and active lifestyle We want to see your favorite ways to exercise in

    Original URL path: http://wwww.nationalparks.org/connect/blog/how-make-your-resolutions-count (2016-02-12)
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  • Every Kid in a Park | National Park Foundation
    grants provided by the National Park Foundation will connect schoolchildren with public lands and waters taking the lessons out of their schoolbooks and bringing them to life National Park Service Director Jonathan B Jarvis The Every Kid in a Park initiative will help plant seeds of knowledge respect and understanding of the natural world into the minds and hearts of children Cultivating a generation of children who understand the importance of natural resources like those so plentiful in our Nation s forests and grasslands will continue the Forest Service s legacy to manage the land for the greatest good for the greatest number in the long run U S Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell We are proud to be a partner in the Every Kid in a Park initiative and we look forward to continuing our efforts to connect 4th grade students and their families with the many outdoor recreational opportunities that our lakes and river projects offer Maj Gen Ed Jackson Deputy Commanding General for Civil and Emergency Operations U S Army Corps of Engineers These grants will allow about 8 000 fourth graders to make the connection that these are their public lands where they can learn serve and play throughout their lives Bureau of Land Management Deputy Director Steve Ellis We are thrilled more 4th graders have a chance to learn and explore at some of Reclamation s lands and waters The Every Kid in a Park pass has given kids a chance to learn about America s great outdoors and the importance of water in their everyday lives Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Estevan López NOAA s National Marine Sanctuaries and National Estuarine Research Reserves provide ideal settings for fourth graders and their families to experience hands on activities that can inspire a sense of wonder and

    Original URL path: http://wwww.nationalparks.org/connect/blog/why-every-kid-park-awesome (2016-02-12)
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  • FYPx | National Park Foundation
    expedition I m able to understand the importance of visiting such places I have realized that national parks are not only for the privileged but for everyone who lives in this country Moving forward I plan to make it a point to take time to visit state and national parks I believe that by inviting my family and friends on these trips we ll be able to strengthen our ties to this beautiful country finding ourselves closer to this new home of ours and making it ours as well As immigrants in this country I think that it is important to take part in activities that will bring us closer to it and push us out of our comfort zone My family always stayed close to home and didn t venture much out of what we deemed necessary From my experience there aren t many people of color at the national parks and from personal experience I know that visiting national parks isn t a thing most Mexican American families do However I believe if we plant a seed in the community whether it is through sharing images on social media platforms or by actively speaking to family and friends we can encourage others to take interest in finding their park and ultimately enjoy these national treasures I m beyond grateful to have participated in the Find Your Park Expedition and feel confident that I can inspire others to visit parks both state and national by sharing my memories I truly believe that through such experiences immigrants like myself will feel closer to this country and strengthen their sense of what it is to be American Javier Gonzalez participated in the National Park Foundation s 2015 Find Your Park Expedition Through the use of mobile photography he captures the vibrant

    Original URL path: http://wwww.nationalparks.org/connect/blog/finding-my-place-america (2016-02-12)
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  • FYPx | National Park Foundation
    and I were in awe as we drove through the twisty mountain roads that were surrounded by lush greens and yellows The scenery spoke to us and it was calling for us to stop and take in the natural scenery that Colorado had to offer When Grace and I weren t singing A Thousand Miles we were shouting OMG OMG LOOK AT THAT almost every second as we passed by countless photo ops until we had the courage to radio to the convoy asking if we could stop I think each pit stop was a great opportunity for all of us since we got to see Colorado in its most picturesque season fall Coming from New Jersey where smooth colorful non crowded roads were rare this was such a drastic change As one can probably tell Colorado has been added to my list of states I would love to move to With any car the San Luis Valley would be a picturesque drive and I was so glad to be able to have the opportunity to drive through it And I was especially glad to have the Subaru since there were some situations where its symmetrical AWD came in handy Our Subarus were amazing whether on the highway or on back roads I think my favorite part of the trip involving the Subaru was when we were driving up to the Farview Lodge in Mesa Verde National Park because it involved putting the Boxer engine to the test through some hairpin turns Needless to say I was having loads of fun accelerating through the turns and feeling the confident handling of the car while being coddled by the heated leather seats When it came to the finale of the FYPx trip I was having trouble accepting that I would be home the next day The last road trip involved us driving from the beautiful Farview Lodge to the Albuquerque airport There was more scenery but the atmosphere was different as it was the last time we would be all together at least for this occasion As I write this I honestly hope we can plan for a reunion sometime soon with everyone in another national park A week with a group of strangers was intimidating for me at first but within the first hour of meeting everyone we were like family And this family just happens to drive only Subaru Outbacks And I m excited to share with you that from November 19 2015 through January 2 2016 Subaru will donate up to 15 million to participating charitable partners during its eighth annual Share the Love event For every new Subaru vehicle purchased or leased Subaru will donate 250 to the National Park Foundation when the customer selects the National Park Foundation as the charity of choice How cool is that Victor Wei participated in the National Park Foundation s 2015 Find Your Park Expedition He is a recent college graduate who enjoys storytelling photography and adventures You can follow

    Original URL path: http://wwww.nationalparks.org/connect/blog/my-obsession-road-trips (2016-02-12)
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  • Celebrating Our 48th Year | National Park Foundation
    national park supporters like you we couldn t make such impressive strides in providing a truly exceptional margin of excellence for our national parks As we celebrate this day and the work we ve been able to accomplish thanks to your support we begin to look to the new year and the historic milestone on the horizon The National Park Service Centennial in 2016 will be not only an epic celebration of what s been accomplished to date but also a springboard for the next century for our national parks It s a critical moment for the national park community to come together and ensure all people recognize the importance of supporting these magnificent places This is the moment that reinvigorates us in our mission to protect America s national parks connect all people to the natural cultural and historical wonder of our national inheritance and inspire the next generation of passionate park stewards This is the moment when we commemorate what we ve been able to accomplish in our last 48 years and prepare to support our partners in their next 100 years and beyond of service We can only do this with your help Help us ensure our national parks remain dynamic places of learning and recreation They are yours after all If the history of stewardship in our national parks has taught us anything it is that you are the parks and the parks are you And we can t do it without you Support Today Support Your Parks Help protect and preserve your more than 400 national parks Give 100 Give 50 Get the Free Owner s Guide Sign up for the latest park news and travel tips and get a free copy of the National Park Owner s Guide Sign Up Now National Park News

    Original URL path: http://wwww.nationalparks.org/connect/blog/48-years-and-counting (2016-02-12)
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  • FYPx | National Park Foundation
    the park has in the region As the sun vanished we got ready for a Night Skies Program and two rangers escorted our group away from the picnic area and toward a darker spot near the empty parking lot At Great Sand Dunes they are fond of the phrase Half the Park is After Dark Due to its relative isolation and lack of large settlements nearby the park has some exceptionally vibrant night skies to share with its visitors As our eyes adjusted to the darkness we learned that the vast majority of Americans live somewhere with light pollution and that it s now impossible to see our own galaxy in nearly two thirds of the country As a resident of Los Angeles I m used to seeing maybe a dozen or two stars in the sky at night but I m also lucky enough to live within easy striking distance of some significantly darker areas Getting to see the stars come out is an experience I always treasure but many of my fellow expedition goers had never seen the Milky Way before Hearing their reactions as the black sky slowly revealed a ribbon of translucent alabaster was nothing short of astounding Once the rangers began the night sky program the real fun began When the rangers took out their astronomy laser pointer and turned it on for the first time the entire crowd cheered and it was kind of impossible not to cheer along Because yes on the one hand it s just an educational tool but on the other hand it also looks like a giant freaking lightsaber reaching into the heavens and how could you not love that Our group s different experiences and diverse backgrounds informed every aspect of our time in the parks and made for an immeasurably more holistic event overall Some of us were really interested in the botany others lit up touring the archives or hearing about the history of the places we visited and that wasn t just limited to the expedition participants The rangers we met each brought their own level of expertise and enthusiasm to conversations whether they were talking about preserving ancient artifacts or fighting fires Other park visitors were eager to share their own stories and must visit parks and we even ran into a group of social science graduate students from all over the world who were learning how different visitors use the park system Traveling to these special places with other people or even just striking up conversations with others can exponentially increase your enjoyment of whatever place you re visiting whether it s a new discovery or an old favorite So say hello to a fellow hiker on the trail and see if they ll stop for a chat Ask where people are from when you re eating at the same picnic area And if there s a ranger leading a night sky program definitely make sure you ask them to show off some

    Original URL path: http://wwww.nationalparks.org/connect/blog/half-park-after-dark (2016-02-12)
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  • FYPx | National Park Foundation
    way to describe all of us whether it was during one of our drives or hiking through one of the national parks One of my favorite types of photography happens to be portraitures particularly candids and I had the best time capturing everyone in their zesty exploring moments Casey the modernhiker the modern beard the modern botanist will we ever be able to list everything that he is with modern Andia Winslow who shows off her zesty side through funny faces and the amazing ability to plank in any environment Whitney like Houston shows us her desert fashion in an impromptu photo shoot Javier Gonzalez a guy who can take on any challenge and adapt to his surroundings Mara Grace Cortez a girl who can take breathtaking photos and sing like Mariah Carey This man is the future James Cameron with his filmmaking skills for adventurearchives He is always spotted with his tripod so much so that we decided it was the ninth member of our group Mellie our dedicated educator Victor Wei participated in the National Park Foundation s 2015 Find Your Park Expedition He is a recent college graduate who enjoys storytelling photography and adventures You can follow Victor s adventures and connect with him on Instagram Wordpress Flickr Tumblr and Facebook Photo credits Victor Wei and Mark DeSantis Support Your Parks Help protect and preserve your more than 400 national parks Give 100 Give 50 Get the Free Owner s Guide Sign up for the latest park news and travel tips and get a free copy of the National Park Owner s Guide Sign Up Now National Park News 25 New Projects Getting More Kids Adults 140 000 4th Graders To Visit Public Lands Than President Obama And First Family To Light Natio Read More Gear for

    Original URL path: http://wwww.nationalparks.org/connect/blog/our-adventurous-fypx-family (2016-02-12)
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