Apple celebrates national parks with Apple Pay, Apple Watch

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Get our there and earn your special award on September 1.
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Apple is helping fans support and enjoy America’s national parks with a new Apple Pay donation program and Apple Watch Activity Challenge.

Apple will donate $1 to the National Park Foundation every time Apple Pay is used in its stores, on Apple.com, or in the Apple Store app between August 24 and August 31. It will also reward Watch wearers with special badges for completing National Park events.

“America’s national parks are treasures everyone should experience, and we’re proud to support them again this month by donating a dollar for every purchase made with Apple Pay at one of our stores,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook.

“These awe-inspiring places are our national inheritance, and Apple is doing our part to pass them on to future generations — just as extraordinary, beautiful and wild as we found them.”

Apple Pay and Apple Watch are playing a big part.

Apple celebrates America’s national parks

The Apple Pay donation program will help support the National Park Foundation, and you can do your bit to help by using Apple Pay to pay for any goods your purchase from Apple between August 24 and August 31.

Proceeds will support the mission to protect national parks through projects like habitat restoration and historic preservation — and attract the next-generation of park stewards through programs like Open OutDoors for Kids, Apple says.

And to encourage fans to visit parks nearby and stay active, Apple is also offering special awards to those who take part in the special national park Apple Watch Activity Challenge.

Apple Watch national park badge
Earn your badge on September 1.

On September 1, Watch wearers around the world who complete a walk, run, or wheelchair workout of 50 minutes or more will receive an Activity app award and Messages stickers inspired by national parks.

Apple will also use the App Store to highlight titles that help users navigate and explore the national parks of America.