FIND YOUR PARK launch
by David E Shaw
With the 100th anniversary of the US National Park Service approaching in 2016, a centennial celebration campaign entitled “Find Your Park” will launch today at New York City’s Madison Square Park.
Created in 1916, our national park system now includes more than 400 parks attracting nearly 300 million visits annually across all 50 states. At this historic moment, the centennial campaign will seek to strengthen public engagement in these national treasures – both for those who already know and love the parks, and for the next generation of park enthusiasts. As a director of the National Park Foundation, I feel fortunate to be working with the National Park Service and others in the design of a campaign to communicate the many ways that parks benefit those who experience these special places. In parks that range from historic and cultural monuments, to majestic landscapes and marine ecosystems, experiences can be deeply moving and inspirational. An important goal of the Find Your Park campaign is to share these experiences, via social media, with wide ranging audiences and diverse communities. My own experiences in national parks in America and across the world have been both very meaningful and long lasting. To share experiences that might benefit others, I have created a number of short videos that can been viewed here:clicking here