Jan. 15, 2015
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is proud to announce that Florida’s state parks have reached more than 12,000 views on the website dedicated to the National Geographic U.S. Gulf Coast States Geotourism Program.
As a result of the devastating Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010, the Geotourism Program seeks to capture and promote the culture and heritage of the region through the voices and stories of the people who live there. The program covers a total of four states, including Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida. In April 2014, the Florida Park Service began contributing Florida’s state parks onto the website and has been tracking the number of views.
The Florida Park Service has been working hard to include all of its 171 state parks and trails into the Geotourism site. Currently 116 of Florida’s state parks have been added to the site, with more parks being added daily. Each Florida state park includes a summary of the park, recreational opportunities, operating hours and location, along with photos and contact information.
“The Geotourism Program is a great way for non-Florida residents to discover the beauty of Florida’s state parks,” said Donald Forgione, director of the Florida Park Service. “Thanks to National Geographic, visitors to the Geotourism site will have a chance to learn more about Florida’s state parks and the surrounding areas before they visit.”
Visit http://www.usgulfcoaststatesgeotourism.com/index.php to discover the beauty of the Gulf Coast States. With their interactive MapGuide, National Geographic encourages local organizations, businesses, and residents to map out the best of the United States Gulf Coast States. The site serves as a travel planner for tourism and visitors can use the MapGuide to view where sites and activities are located or use the “plan your trip search bar” to view a specific park.