Apple celebrates 105 years of America’s National Parks With Apple Pay Donations, Watch Challenges, Park-Related Content

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Apple celebrates 105 years of America’s National Parks With Apple Pay Donations, Watch Challenges, Park-Related Content

Apple is honoring the 105th annual celebration of America’s National Parks by making a $10 donation to the National Park Foundation for every payment made through Apple Pay at Apple.com, in the Apple Store app, or at an Apple Store in the United States by August 29.

Customers will be able to experience the parks or enjoy them from home thanks to an Apple Watch Activity Challenge and additional content collections. These collections will be available on Apple Maps, the App Store, the Apple TV app, Apple Podcasts, Apple Books, and Apple Music.

“With every passing year, our national parks only become more precious,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We’re honored to play a small role in helping even more people explore the parks, learn about their history, and renew their love and appreciation for the planet we share.”

The National Park Foundation has created 24 curated Guides for Apple Maps to help visitors find and explore these treasured landscapes. The National Park Service protects over 400 locations, ranging from hidden gems and exciting urban escapes within a stone’s throw away from America’s largest cities to parks where kids of all ages may explore, learn, and grow.

While planning a journey, Apple users can save national parks to My Guides, create personal Guides, and share them with friends and family.

The official National Park Service app is the App of the Day on the App Store, which is recognizing the National Park Service. Exploring the Essential Apps for Hikers collection, which highlights apps such as Outdoorsy – RV Rentals, which helps users plan their trip; AllTrails: Hike, Bike & Run, which surfaces new outdoor routes; and WaterMinder, which reminds adventurers to stay hydrated, users can further appreciate the beauty of the national parks.

Users of the Apple TV app can find a selection on Watch Now that highlights series like Ken Burns’ “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea” and films like “Free Solo” that showcase the history, stories, and wonders of the national parks. Throughout August, Apple Podcasts will present a collection of podcasts centered on exploring and celebrating the outdoors for US listeners.

Customers will find a choice of publications for adults and children on Apple Books that will encourage families to visit our national parks. Listeners may push play, relax back, and let their imagination roam with Apple Music’s “Nature Awaits” playlist, even if they can’t get outside.

Apple Watch users all across the world are encouraged to participate in an Activity Challenge on August 28 to appreciate the natural beauty of national parks. On this day, Apple Watch users can win the limited edition award and animated stickers for Messages by completing a mile-long hike, walk, run, or wheelchair workout.