National Park Foundation: National Park Foundation Announces Pic Your Park Instagram Contest. “A new Instagram contest launched by the National Park Foundation, the official nonprofit partner of the National Park Service, is inviting park goers – amateur and experienced – to submit pictures of themselves in national parks for the chance to win a variety of prizes. The contest, called Pic Your Park, is open now through September 28.”
Powder: Leave No Trace Announces Social Media Guidelines for the Outdoors. “The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, a national organization that protects the outdoors by teaching and inspiring people to enjoy it responsibly, recently released new guidelines for social media as it relates to documenting our time spent in the outdoors. We like their suggestions a lot.”
StarTribune: Minnesota launches new tool to find outdoor adventures. “On the hunt for the nearest park offering canoe rentals? Searching for a spot with Wi-Fi and a waterfall? Wondering where you might find an accessible yurt? Minnesotans have a new tool to sort through outdoor destinations, as state officials debuted a website Tuesday that serves as a one-stop shop for amenities at hundreds of regional and state parks and trails.”
Bangor Daily News: This website helps you discover the perfect Maine bike route. “It’s a familiar conundrum for bicycling enthusiasts — the desire to explore new roads or trails on two wheels competing with the fear of encountering monster hills, heavy vehicular traffic or simply getting lost on unfamiliar routes. Now, thanks to a new website launched last week by The Bicycle Coalition of Maine, much of that guess work is eliminated.”
PR Newswire (again, sorry, but this looks really good): ParkServe Database and Interactive Mapping Website Unveiled by The Trust for Public Land (PRESS RELEASE). “Today, The Trust for Public Land launched http://www.ParkServe.TPL.org, providing free, easy-to-navigate access to the most comprehensive database on parks ever assembled. The site includes information for 14,000 cities with a combined population of more than 260 million. The national nonprofit organization is leading a movement to put a park or natural area within a 10-minute walk of every American, a goal which has been endorsed by more than 200 U.S. mayors.”
CTV News: ‘Nature at its finest’: Google Street View maps Canadian national parks. “In anticipation of Earth Day on Sunday, Google Street View added seven new parks to its catalogue of digitally mapped parks on Thursday to bring the total number to 167, or approximately 75 per cent of Parks Canada spaces. The latest additions include Nááts’ihch’oh National Park Reserve, Terra Nova National Park, the Lake Louise area in Banff National Park, Glacier National Park, Mount Revelstoke National Park, West Coast Trail in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, and Nahanni National Park Reserve.”
New Zealand Herald: Rotorua OGO downhill ball rolling track added to Google Street View. “Anyone can now get a taste of Rotorua’s famous OGO track before stepping foot into one of the attraction’s giant inflatable balls. This week, 360-degree panoramic images of the 250m double-lane straight track are being launched on Google Street View. The images were collected using the Google Street View Trekker – designed for use in locations only accessible by foot.” This is the deal where you get in something that looks like a hamster ball and get rolled down a hill.