Celebrating 106 years of the US National Park Service, Apple today introduced more ways to learn about and support America’s parks. These offerings include a US$10 donation the company will make to the National Park Foundation for every Apple Pay purchase made with Apple through Aug. 28, along with special content and collections on Apple Maps, Apple Podcasts, and more.
“Whenever I visit our national parks — as I did recently in Yosemite and Glacier — I feel the sense of awe, tranquility, and quiet reverence only nature can inspire,” CEO Tim Cook says in a press release. “We’re proud to partner with the organizations and communities who maintain our parks, educate us about their history, and share them with the world. These treasures are well worth protecting, today and for every generation to come.”
Last year, Apple’s support for the National Park Foundation helped young people from across the country participate in a service corps program at a national park.
The Parks that Honor Native American History Guide in Apple Maps allows users to learn more about national parks celebrating Indigenous history and heritage. On Apple Podcasts, listeners can check out a collection of episodes centering Indigenous voices, including the “Yellowstone” episode of “Parks,” an Indigenous-led podcast about the people who lived on US public lands before colonists arrived.
Apple Watch users are encouraged to celebrate the beauty of national parks everywhere with a limited edition Activity Challenge award. On August 27, users can earn the award by completing a hike, walk, run, or wheelchair workout of a mile or more.