Apple Celebrates National Parks in July With Apple Watch Challenge and Apple Pay Donations

Apple is gearing up to help celebrate National Parks all over the United States with a new challenge for Apple Watch owners, and specific donations when Apple Pay is used.

The image at the top of this article was taken by Kevin Lu with an iPhone 7 Plus at Diablo Lake in the North Cascades National Park, which is located in the northern part of Washington state. It was shared by Apple in its official announcement of the upcoming celebration, along with details regarding how Apple device owners and services users can help.

First, donations. When a purchase is made between July 1 and July 15 at an Apple Store,, or through the Apple Store iOS app in the United States, using Apple Pay, the company will be donating $1 to the National Park Foundation (NPF). Apple also notes that Apple Pay is currently supported at a variety of different national parks across the U.S., including at the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Yosemite, and others. However, it doesn’t specifically state that making a purchase with the mobile payment option at one of these national parks will mean a donation is made.

“America’s national parks are an inspiration to us at Apple, and we know they are as important to many of our customers as they are to us,” said Apple’s CEO Tim Cook. “Our goal is to leave the world better than we found it, so this July we’re making it easier for anyone to help preserve the beauty of our natural, cultural and historical treasures.”

Proceeds will support the National Park Foundation’s mission to help protect and preserve national parks through conservation projects and other initiatives, as well as inspire the next generation of park enthusiasts with enriching youth programming.”

In addition to donations, Apple is also planning on issuing a specific Apple Watch challenge. It will be open on July 15, and Apple Watch owners can take place in a wheelchair workout, walk, or run of 3.5 miles (5.6 km) anywhere in the globe to earn an award and iMessage stickers based on national parks.

Finally, the App Store will be hosting several different apps that can make it easier for iOS users to find and navigate the national parks in the U.S.

How are you liking Apple’s Watch challenges so far? How many have you completed?

[via Apple]

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