National Park Foundation: National Park Foundation Announces Pic Your Park Instagram Contest

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.”

PR Newswire: ParkServe Database and Interactive Mapping Website Unveiled by The Trust for Public Land (PRESS RELEASE)

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.”

‘Nature at its finest’: Google Street View maps Canadian national parks (CTV News)

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.”

Metro Parks Tacoma: Vintage postcards of Tacoma’s historic parks added to online archive

Metro Parks Tacoma: Vintage postcards of Tacoma’s historic parks added to online archive. “Metro Parks Tacoma has added more than 500 new images to its online catalog: vintage park postcards acquired from collector Eric Swanson in 2010. These are unique views of seven of Tacoma’s historic parks, dating back to the 1890s. Some include notes written by past park visitors. The online postcard catalog provides images and detailed descriptions of each card.”

Phys.org: Visitor patterns and emerging activities in national parks revealed by social media posts

Phys.org: Visitor patterns and emerging activities in national parks revealed by social media posts. “Social media data provide a reliable information to support decision making in national parks. Researchers from the Digital Geography at the University of Helsinki have been studying whether social media data could be used to understand visitor’s activities in national parks and most recent results are presented in Scientific reports: ‘Instagram, Flickr, or Twitter: Assessing the usability of social media data for visitor monitoring in protected areas.'”

The National: Take a walk in Scotland’s national park – without going outside

The National: Take a walk in Scotland’s national park – without going outside. “Panoramic footage of off-road walks through Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park has been posted on Google Maps. It took staff a fortnight to traverse walkways around Balloch and beyond wearing a 20kg backpack bearing recording equipment.”

Google LatLong: Street View goes to the “top of the world”

Google LatLong: Street View goes to the “top of the world”. “Here at Parks Canada, we have a lot to say about Quttinirpaaq National Park. We could tell you it’s the northernmost park in Canada, or that it lies roughly 500 miles (800 kilometers) from the North Pole. We could tell you it’s home to 4000-year-old archeologist sites or that it’s the second-largest national park in the country. But, we don’t need to tell you anymore. Now we can show you, with our new Street View collection.”