Best of the ’Net: From Denali to “the Street”

Best of the Net, from Denali to "the Street"

Washington Monument with its scaffolding complete; photo by USDA

Best of the ’Net is NPCA’s weekly roundup of fun park-related stuff online.

From the first summit of Mt. McKinley to the progress over the last few months restoring the Washington Monument to new outdoor discoveries by Sesame Street’s Elmo, this week was full of interesting finds online about our national parks.

1. Often it is challenging to put into words the natural wonders we experience in a national park. Now, with the video-sharing app Vine, it is easy for visitors to share short clips of what they are seeing first-hand. Check out this Vine by Chimani of waterfalls at Acadia National Park.
2. On August 23, 2011, a 5.8-magnitude earthquake occurred roughly 85 miles southwest of D.C., damaging the Washington Monument. Watch this time-lapse video of the scaffolding project that has been in the works for roughly two months. The Washington Monument has stood tall since December 1884.
3. Sesame Street has taken to our national parks! (Maybe they got a few tips from Kermit?) Sesame Street is now encouraging kids to get outside and explore our national parks. This great idea was developed by a student of the GOAL Academy – a National Park Service leadership development program that our Center for Park Management helped to support. We are so happy to see one of the students we worked with doing such great things to build new park constituents through this innovative partnership.
4. Today marks the 100th anniversary of the first summit of Mount McKinley (June 7, 1913) in Denali National Park and Preserve. Prior to the first assent, eight other groups attempted this climb. Check out this five-minute Park Service video, “Why Climb?” that describes the first successful summit.

Find something fun about national parks on the ’net? Let me know!

About the Author

Senior Coordinator for Online Communications Megan Cantrell

Megan Cantrell is NPCA’s senior coordinator of online communications and loves to bike, hike, and volunteer in our national parks as much as she can.