Our national parks remind us how diverse we are as a nation, where we come from, where we have been… but do they also show us what is unknown and yet to be discovered? This week on Best of the ’Net, we explore fun national park news around the web with an intergalactic theme.
- “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…” Actually, it wasn’t that long ago or that distant. Last month in Death Valley, a man named Jon Rice continued his now three-year tradition of running in that famously sweltering park on one of the hottest days of the year, for one mile in a Darth Vader costume—an event he has fondly dubbed The Darth Valley Challenge. Jon includes a major disclaimer about how he has trained for this and to NOT attempt this without further information and training. Check out the videos and see what special guests have joined Darth on this crazy challenge.
- Could our next national park unit be on the moon? Two U.S. representatives, Donna Edwards from Maryland and Eddie Johnson of Texas, believe that we need to protect this historic moment in America’s history for future generations. To clarify, the bill specifies that “only the artifacts left behind by NASA missions would be included in the park—not the lunar surface itself, which doesn’t belong to the United States or any nation.”
- Our national parks allow us to discover many things: artifacts, new trails, plants, and animals that we have never seen before. But can we also discover extraterrestrials? Well, a group of four visitors to Acadia National Park believe they saw an unidentified flying object (UFO) this past Friday! Our national park skies allow visitors to see stars and the amazing universe that extends to infinity in greater detail than almost anywhere else in our beautiful country. I think our national parks are so unique and beautiful that all creatures on Earth and beyond would want to visit. Talk about a diverse audience!
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Megan Cantrell Social Media Manager
Megan Cantrell has worked at National Parks Conservation Association since 2007, much of that time sheperding NPCA’s social media program. Launched by Cantrell in 2008, the organization’s Facebook account has grown to include more than 430,000 followers, with a 41% average annual growth rate. Cantrell also launched and manages NPCA’s suite of social media platforms, including Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Pinterest, with a combined following of more than 626,000 people.