This entry in the National Park Foundation's "Your Parks Video Challenge" has Kelly leading us on a tour of Congaree National Park. And it has a pretty dang good soundtrack, if you like bluegrass!
Kelly, aka "QTPrincess2785," highlights the beauty and history of Congaree, while also bringing her own flair to the video, which features “pop up” video bubbles with fun facts about the park. For instance, did you know Congaree is home to 75 different species of trees? Or, this “pop up,” which was left on the cutting room floor: Many of the trees in Congaree are “the same ones that Francis Marion, aka the Swamp Fox, hid in during the Revolutionary War!”
There’s still time to tell your own story about why Your Parks matter to you, by making your own Your Parks video. Participants have the chance to win big with prizes including an all-expense-paid trip to a national park of your choice, outdoor wear from Merrell, and national park passes. To join in the fun and share your own park story, submit an original video of your summer’s national park adventure by visiting www.YourParks.com, and you could be one of 10 winning participants. Your video should explain what America’s National Parks mean to you -- how do they inspire you? Why are they important? Why should we protect them?
The video that showcases the most inspiring, meaningful and thoughtful story and/or experience will win an exclusive top-of-the line prize package from the National Park Foundation and Olympus. Your Parks complements the Share the Experience photo contest, sponsored by Olympus, seeking this year’s best photo of the National Parks.
Fans are invited to submit videos, up to two minutes in length, between now and September 14th. Participants must be 13 years of age or older to enter. The online audience will then vote for their favorite at www.YourParks.com until September 22nd. Together fans voting online, along with the National Park Foundation and Olympus, will crown one winning video and 10 runners-up to be announced at the end of September.
The grand prize winner will receive an exclusive, all-expense paid trip for two to the national park of his/her choice, the recently released Olympus PEN camera kit, and a Federal Recreation Lands Pass – good for free entry into any one of the 391 National Park Service units. Runners-up will also receive a Federal Recreation Lands Pass as well as an Olympus Stylus Tough-8000 digital camera. In addition, winners will receive gift cards for outdoor footwear and apparel from Merrell.