Hyundai donates $100,000 to the National Parks Conservation Association

November 15, 2010, 9:18 am

After more than three months on the road, the Oh, Ranger! Story Tour™ team wrapped up their tour of national parks and public lands all across America.

Our team of ambassadors began their adventures in the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina, then crisscrossed the country, stopping in diverse spots ranging from the red rock-studded landscape of Moab, Utah to the Black Hills of South Dakota, finally finishing the summer in the seaside community of Bar Harbor, Maine, the entry point for Acadia National Park. In all, our team logged over 15,000 miles and set up tour stops in 14 park gateway communities where they recorded nearly 1,000 stories from park-lovers nationwide.

The participant stories, along with video blogs of the ambassadors' adventures on the road, have all been archived online and are as diverse as our nation’s parks. For example, we heard from a couple who got married in Death Valley, a family who went river tubing in Zion, newlyweds on their first roadtrip through the Great Smokies, a man who remembers watching the construction of the St. Louis Gateway Arch and many, many more.

In addition to creating a searchable archive to preserve these stories, this program included a significant philanthropic component. Hyundai, the sponsor of the Oh, Ranger! Story Tour, donated $100,000 to the National Parks Conservation Association to help support NPCA’s clean air and climate change programs that benefit our national parks. Our hope is that, as part or an ongoing effort, the Oh, Ranger! Story Tour will help to engage future generations to protect and preserve our parks and public lands, which are national treasures integrally linked to our nations' proud history.

To view a video of some of our favorite video clips or to share your own story, visit OhRanger.com/StoryTour.