Apple Celebrates National Parks With Apple Pay Donations, Apple Watch Challenge, and Park-Related Content

Apple today announced that it is celebrating 105 years of America's national parks with a series of initiatives that will help customers learn more about them.

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"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."

As was announced earlier this week, Apple is donating $10 to the National Park Foundation for each purchase made with Apple Pay on Apple.com. The promotion will last through August 29, but it is limited to the first 100,000 transactions with a $10 minimum purchase.

Apple is providing unique park-related content in Apple Maps, the App Store, the Apple TV app, Apple Podcasts, Apple Books, and Apple Music.

In ‌Apple Maps‌, Apple is offering 24 curated Guides from the National Park Foundation that will help people experience and discover national parks. In the ‌App Store‌, Apple is spotlighting the National Park Service app as its App of the Day in addition to highlighting Essential Apps for Hikers.

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The ‌Apple TV‌ app features a collection of Watch Now content that celebrates the history of national parks, and it spotlights shows like "The National Parks: America's Best Idea" and documentaries like "Free Solo."

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Apple Books features a collection of park-related books, Podcasts has a collection of shows focused on exploring and celebrating the outdoors, and ‌Apple Music‌ features a new "Nature Awaits" playlist.


Apple will also host a National Parks Activity Challenge on August 28, which will see Apple Watch owners rewarded with a special achievement badge for doing a hike, walk, run, or wheelchair workout of a mile.

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According to Apple, its contributions to the National Park Foundation have funded youth programs over the years, including the Mosaics in Science Diversity Internship Program.

Top Rated Comments

I7guy Avatar
13 months ago
I love going to the national parks. In fact, before the offer went away I managed to snag a lifetime pass to the national parks for $10.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
icanhazmac Avatar
13 months ago
Thanks Apple, our National Parks are a treasure worth supporting!
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Breaking Good Avatar
13 months ago
My god that picture is absolutely stunning!

Does anyone know the location of that picture?
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Weaselboy Avatar
13 months ago

My god that picture is absolutely stunning!

Does anyone know the location of that picture?
http://austinmann.com/trek/iphone-12-pro-camera-review-glacier

It is Glacier National Park, MT.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
_Spinn_ Avatar
13 months ago

Apple will also host a National Parks Activity Challenge ('https://www.macrumors.com/2021/08/17/apple-watch-national-parks-activity-challenge-2/') on August 28, which will see Apple Watch owners rewarded with a special achievement badge for doing a hike, walk, run, or wheelchair workout of a mile.
This is a great way to keep people engaged with the Watch. That's something Fitbit doesn't do as well.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
I7guy Avatar
13 months ago

How much are they now?
I'm actually not sure how much they are or if they are available. Here's the website: https://usparkpass.com/ A friend sent me a link a few years ago when the Park Service was running this promotion.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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