Apple Celebrating National Parks in August With Donations, Apple Watch Challenge, Apple Music Collections and More

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Apple today announced that it is celebrating America's national parks in August ahead of the 103rd anniversary of the US National Park Service, introducing new parks-related content to encourage park attendance.

"The beauty in our parks is obvious to all observers but their most profound contribution is to our spirit," said Tim Cook, Apple's CEO. "We are proud to support them."
As announced over the weekend, from August 17 to August 25, Apple is making a $10 donation to the National Park Foundation for each purchase made with Apple Pay at an Apple Store, Apple.com, or the Apple Store app in the United States.


Apple says that its donations will help support programs across the United States designed to help connect young people who wouldn't otherwise have the means with "transformative park experiences" ranging from classroom field trips to immersive multi-day experiences and multi-week service corps for young adults.

During August, Apple is also encouraging people to explore their national parks through several special collections coming to Apple's services.

In the Apple TV app, there's a collection of park-related content such as "Free Solo," and the Smithsonian's "National Parks Exploration Series," while Apple Music has a new "Nature Awaits" playlist inspired by the "extraordinary beauty of the country's parks."


Apple Podcasts will feature a collection of shows focused on national parks, and Apple Books will feature an "Our National Parks" themed collection guiding readers through notable parks in the United States. The App Store will also highlight essential apps to help users plan for their next national park visit.


Apple on August 25 will challenge Apple Watch owners to participate in a walk, run, hike, or wheelchair workout of at least three miles to earn an activity award and animated stickers inspired by Grand Canyon National Park's 100th anniversary.

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I visited Arches National Park this summer to do some hiking and photography. I went there once as a kid and hadn't been back in 20 years. I'm glad to see that it has been preserved well so that my own children were able to witness the beauty. This is why we fund our National Parks system.

This is one of my favorite places in the world, climbed up inside Double Arch late in the evening. It was so peaceful.

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For that Apple Watch badge, this is probably common sense, but remember to start a walk/run in the Workout app (not just recorded in the Activity app). Don't be like me last year hiking in 90 degree heat for 4 miles only to not have the badge because I didn't start my hike in the Workout app..
 

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I think this is one of many facets of Apple that people tend to overlook when comparing to the competition. Does Google, Amazon and Samsung directly participate in connecting people with our world in the same way that Apple does? Genuine question. Apple is the only company that I regularly see demonstrating their efforts to better the environment. They have the largest solar installation in the US, and include an environmental report in every product release. I never see this from the other guys.
 

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I visited Arches National Park this summer to do some hiking and photography. I went there once as a kid and hadn't been back in 20 years. I'm glad to see that it has been preserved well so that my own children were able to witness the beauty. This is why we fund our National Parks system.

This is one of my favorite places in the world, climbed up inside Double Arch late in the evening. It was so peaceful.

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Great image - Thanks for the share.
 

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If you have the choice of going to a national park or to Disneyland, go to a park. Nothing Disney fabricates can equal the majesty and awe of these spaces. My first park was the Grand Canyon. I assumed I would take a few pics and be back on the road in half an hour. Instead, I stared at that canyon until sundown with everyone else.
 

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I don’t see the badge icon on the Activity App. I only see my Recents, Monthly Challenge (Go For It), and competition. In fact, I don’t see any of the special challenges badges, from Yoga to the Women’s Day and so on.

Does anyone else have this issue? Or have the badge icon in the Activity App? I’m on the latest iOS 13 p.b.
 

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The only reason Apple to do this, would be so they can use these with future versions of MacOS really.
Suck up to the big players, then bait 'em at he last minute.
 

linkmaster02

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Where was that screenshot taken with the blue mountains image? I can't find that on apple.com anywhere.
 

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If you have the choice of going to a national park or to Disneyland, go to a park. Nothing Disney fabricates can equal the majesty and awe of these spaces. My first park was the Grand Canyon. I assumed I would take a few pics and be back on the road in half an hour. Instead, I stared at that canyon until sundown with everyone else.

The Grand Canyon is beautiful but I don’t think anything can beat the majesty of Yosemite.

My breath is always taken away coming out of the tunnel.
 
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Brandhouse

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I must be missing something. Is getting a badge of an achievement have any value? What does it mean? Scenario, I get a badge so I ran across the street, stopping everyone to say, "Look at me I got a badge!" Seriously?
 

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The Grand Canyon is beautiful but I don’t think anything can beat the majesty of Yosemite.

My breath is always taken away coming out of the tunnel.
You need to get out more, Glacier Park is one example.
 

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Meanwhile Apple continues to rely on its Chinese suppliers for toxic and raw earth materials and turning a blind eye while Apple contracted Chinese manufacturers pollute the crap out of their country.....but yes Apple really cares about the environment.
 

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I must be missing something. Is getting a badge of an achievement have any value? What does it mean? Scenario, I get a badge so I ran across the street, stopping everyone to say, "Look at me I got a badge!" Seriously?
Well for me, it had the value of encouraging me to go take a three-mile walk today when I would not have. I exercise far more with my Apple Watch because it encourages me with these badges and I'm healthier for it.
 
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will the stair stepper and treadmill count? I logged both in activites an have 3.6 miles
 

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will the stair stepper and treadmill count? I logged both in activites an have 3.6 miles
Good question. I got the badge yesterday immediately after completing a 3.5 mile run, but sometimes badges take two days for me to get them.