Our Digital Paths

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In every generation, the National Park Service (NPS) has sought to engage, inspire, and educate the American public through lands, historical artifacts, and events across our country. Today, we are building digital paths to preserve and enable more access to our nation's natural protected lands and historical sites. This weekly feature will provide a behind-the-scenes look at how the NPS is exploring a new digital future.

100 Digital Ways to Celebrate with the National Park Service

November 03, 2016 Posted by: Allison Druin

There are so many digital ways to explore our national parks: from social media to mobile apps; virtual field trips to webcams; 360-degree movies to the nps.gov website. Parks and programs across the country are using all these tools to enhance your visitor experiences! What follows are 100 digital ways you can celebrate our national parks today and for the next century. These are not the only digital paths to our parks and programs, but examples of the treasures that await.


September 14, 2016 Posted by: TEST



Glass Slides and a Lantern Projector

July 06, 2016 Posted by: Katrina Gonzalez, Digital Analyst

A look at how the changes in technology has affected the way we tell stories and share our experiences.


A Park in Every School

June 14, 2016 Posted by: Dr. Allison Druin, Special Advisor, National Digital Strategy, NPS

What would it take to make a school run as a National Park? Find out as the Barrie School participated in this National Learning Summit experience along with National Park Service leadership.


An Interactive Map

May 26, 2016 Posted by: Dr. Allison Druin

An innovative idea and the first of its kind in the National Park Service, and interactive map created from an existing static park map and turned into another product for visitors to use.


Digital Opportunities

April 19, 2016 Posted by: Dr. Allison Druin

Are you looking for a way to get involved in the digital experience of our parks? We now have virtual volunteer and web development opportunities.


What does digital mean in a National Park?

April 06, 2016 Posted by: By Katrina Gonzalez, Harpers Ferry Design Center

A look at some of the ways digital tools are utilized across the National Park Service and the impacts on our visitors.


Many Paths for Understanding

March 29, 2016 Posted by: Dr. Allison Druin

There is always more than one way of learning, understanding and experiencing. From the invaluable life lessons taught by Marvin Minsky we explore how every aspect of a park experience is connected and can all be combined with digital paths.


Engagement Innovation

March 22, 2016 Posted by: Dr. Allison Druin

Since the birth of the National Park Service (NPS), technological innovations have been used to generate engagement in our national parks, tell our nation’s environmental/scientific and cultural/historic stories, and support preservation and stewardship activities.


From Thomas Edison to Grand Teton National Park

March 15, 2016 Posted by: Dr. Allison Druin

Allison Druin, Special Advisor for National Digital Strategy describes her first experiences with the National Park Service as a child, as a Professor, and now working for the National Park Service. (Click on the title above to see the full blog posting.)


Last updated: January 20, 2016

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