Utah’s five National Parks part of national visitation campaign

A new online search tool can help Americans find National Parks in their area, such as Zion National Park in southwestern Utah, or any of the state's other four major National Parks. Photo credit: U.S. Department of Energy.

<span>ZION NATIONAL PARK, Utah – A national campaign is getting underway this week to encourage people in Utah and around the U.S. to visit and enjoy the nation’s 400-plus National Parks and related National Park Service sites.</span>

<span>Aly Baltrus, chief of visitor services at Zion National Park, says National Park Week is encouraging Americans to discover and rediscover their National Parks. She says a recently launched website called </span><a href=”http://findyourpark.com/” target=”parent”>findyourpark.com</a><span> is meant to reach younger people, and those who may not know much about National Parks.</span>

<span>”We want young people engaged because they are our next generation of park rangers,” she says. “They’re the folks who will champion these places, and ensure protection of them in the years ahead.”</span>

<span>The </span><a href=”http://findyourpark.com/” target=”parent”>Find Your Park</a><span> website allows users to input a zip code or park name to search for National Parks. Baltrus says it’s part of a growing promotional campaign in advance of the National Park Service’s centennial celebration next year.</span>

<span>As part of the effort to connect with younger Americans, Baltrus says </span><a href=”http://findyourpark.com/” target=”parent”>findyourpark.com</a><span> also has a social media component that allows users to share their stories.</span>

<span>”They can get online, they can tell their story and send their little video, and they’re putting these all together and sharing them outward,” she says.</span>

<span>According to Baltrus, the website is also helpful for people who may be new to an area and want to learn more about the National Parks in that region.</span>

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