Chimani and the National Park Service Launch A Mobile App 100-Mile Challenge for Acadia National Park
Users can download the free mobile app and unlock a special Acadia Centennial virtual badge after completing 100 miles of activity within the park.
Chimani has partnered with the National Park Service at Acadia National Park, to announced the launch of a new “100-Mile Challenge” feature within its popular Acadia National Park by Chimani mobile app.
Using the Chimani mobile app, visitors can register a “Visit” at specific locations listed within the new 100-Mile Challenge section of the app. The mobile app will confirm their location and then record the approximate number of miles completed to get to that point within the park. After accumulating 100-miles of activity, a special Acadia Centennial virtual badge will be unlocked within the mobile app. Visitors are encouraged to walk, hike, jog or bike to one of the many locations listed within the challenge.
“To celebrate Acadia’s Centennial we wanted to do something truly unique. The 100-Mile Challenge demonstrates the potential of mobile apps as means to drive increased outdoor activity and greater national park engagement for all ages, but especially the youth” said Gallivan. “We’re also excited about how this demonstrates so well the potential of public-private partnerships with the Park Service.”
The National Park Service is excited to be partnering with Chimani, Inc. to encourage visitors to get outdoors and enjoy Acadia National Park through this new app feature,” said Acadia National Park Superintendent Kevin Schneider. “We invite visitors to celebrate Acadia’s 100th anniversary by taking the 100-Mile Challenge and joining us for many special events throughout 2016.”
For a complete list of Acadia Centennial events and activities, please visit www.acadiacentennial2016.org.
The 100-Mile Challenge consists of more than 50 summits, carriage road intersections, and points of interest throughout Acadia National Park. To great started, visitors must first download the free Acadia National Park by Chimani mobile app from the Apple App Store, Google Play Store, or Amazon Appstore.
Founded in 2010 after CEO and Founder Kerry Gallivan attempted to access park trail info on his smartphone from the summit of Gorham Mountain in Acadia, the Portland, Maine-based app developer has been working to make national park information more accessible on mobile devices.
Chimani now has mobile apps for all 59 national parks and a flagship app, National Parks by Chimani, which covers all 412 national units – all are available for free download in the App Store, Google Play, and Amazon Appstore.
About Chimani, Inc.
Chimani, Inc. (www.chimani.com) creates apps for national parks and the outdoors. Chimani’s growing suite of apps includes guides to Acadia, Yosemite, Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, and all 59 National Parks. Chimani was recently chosen by Google to be one of nine app developers to partner in its new app-indexing program. In May 2016 Chimani was recognized by Outside Magazine as one of the “future pioneers” of national parks.
About the National Park Service
More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 412 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Visit us at http://www.nps.gov, on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/nationalparkservice, Twitter http://www.twitter.com/natlparkservice, and YouTube http://www.youtube.com/nationalparkservice.
The National Park Service will celebrate its centennial in 2016 and is using this opportunity to invite a new generation of Americans, and those who already know and love the parks, to discover what national parks and other public lands mean to them through the Find Your Park campaign. To learn more or get involved, visit http://www.FindYourPark.com.