Apple Celebrates America's National Parks This July With Donations and Apple Watch Challenge

Apple today announced it will donate $1 to the National Park Foundation for every purchase made with Apple Pay at any Apple Store, on Apple.com, or through the Apple Store app in the United States from July 1 through July 15.

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Apple Watch challenge inspired by U.S. National Parks

Apple said proceeds will support the National Park Foundation's mission to help protect and preserve national parks.

“America’s national parks are an inspiration to us at Apple, and we know they are as important to many of our customers as they are to us,” said Apple’s CEO Tim Cook. “Our goal is to leave the world better than we found it, so this July we’re making it easier for anyone to help preserve the beauty of our natural, cultural and historical treasures.”

Additionally, on July 15, Apple Watch users around the world can complete a walk, run, or wheelchair workout of 3.5 miles to earn an award and stickers for Messages inspired by national parks. Apple said the distance matches the length of a hike from Old Faithful to Mallard Lake in Yellowstone National Park.

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iMessage stickers inspired by U.S. National Parks

Apple said the App Store will highlight a collection of some of the best apps to help users easily navigate and explore the country's national parks.

Top Rated Comments

Sunny1990 Avatar
50 months ago
Great.I really enjoy these watch activity challenges.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ctg7w6 Avatar
50 months ago
I also enjoy these activity challenges. They are not too often, either, so they rarely get in the way of my own workout plan, but they aren't so rare that I stop caring. Very nice balance Apple.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
xDKP Avatar
50 months ago
So we get to join an achievement about American national parks and not Mother's Day? Makes sense :confused:
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Chupa Chupa Avatar
50 months ago
So in all these National Parks there are no animals other than a lonely eagle? Or is that a vulture? Either way it must be hungry with no prey around. Heh. Seriously, if you are going to pay tribute to National Parks then why not give a shout out on the sticker or badge to the endangered species that those parks seek to protect? Seems it would better highlight the work and purpose of the parks.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Kenndac Avatar
50 months ago
I wonder if the achievement can be unlocked if we are based in Australia and complete the challenge. I know there has been countless times Apple has set challenges but they haven’t opened it up for Australia and other countries except for the US.
From the article:

On July 15, Apple Watch users around the world can complete a walk, run, or wheelchair workout…
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podlasek Avatar
50 months ago
I guess paying people good money + befits to work is a bad thing?
I think the Sentiment is that when more money is spent internally than makes it to the end group in need, it appears to be corruption, i.e. United Way, etc. where the scandals showed high salaries and only pennies making it to the people and projects in need.
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