Apple celebrates America’s Parks with Apple Pay Donations, Apple Watch Challenge and More

Apple announced on Monday that they are celebrating 106 years of the U.S. National Park Service with donations for purchases. On a newsroom post, the tech giant also introduced more ways to learn about and support America’s parks.

$10 Donation for every Apple Pay purchase

Apple is donating $10 to the National Park Foundation for every Apple Pay purchase made on, the Apple Store app, or at an Apple Store in the USA, up until August 28.

Apple Maps and Podcasts

Other than that, Apple is presenting special content and educational resources across its services, such as:

  • Apple Maps – The Parks that Honor Native American History Guide allows users to learn more about national parks celebrating indigenous history and heritage.
  • Apple Podcasts app – Listeners can check out a collection of episodes centering on Indigenous voices, including the “Yellowstone” episode of “Parks,” an Indigenous-led podcast about the people who lived on US public lands before colonists arrived.

Apple Watch Activity Challenge

Meanwhile, Apple Watch users are encouraged to celebrate the beauty of national parks everywhere with a limited edition National Parks Activity Challenge on the coming weekend. On August 27, users can earn the award just by completing a hike, walk, run or wheelchair workout of a mile or more.

Apple CEO Tim Cook said:

“Whenever I visit our national parks — as I did recently in Yosemite and Glacier — I feel the sense of awe, tranquility, and quiet reverence only nature can inspire. We’re proud to partner with the organizations and communities who maintain our parks, educate us about their history, and share them with the world. These treasures are well worth protecting, today and for every generation to come.”

Last year, Apple’s support for the National Park Foundation helped young people participate in a service corps program at national parks.

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