Parks and Protected Areas around the World: A Directory of Social Web Channels

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ZEnd84juEgaisrfbxkutTvUxLpENj7OijlxWXeeMd_M/edit

Increasingly parks and protected areas are using the Internet to engage locals and visitors about conservation issues, management and visitation tips.

The goal of this collaborative project is the creation of a global index of parks and protected areas using the social web: Facebook, Flickr, Google, LinkedIn, Periscope, Twitter and YouTube.

We ask for submissions of parks with updated official social web channels. Which parks are doing the best job of informing and interacting? If there is interest, a secondary goal is the creation of a Top 10 list and an index of best practices.

Outcomes: Information collected will be reviewed and integrated onto the Planeta Wiki

Anyone can add to and update this Google Doc -- docs.google.com/document/d/1ZEnd84juEgaisrfbxkutTvUxLpENj7OijlxWXeeMdu_M/edit

Those responsible for the parks' social web channels are cordially invited to give us a virtual tour via a scheduled hangout streamed on Google and YouTube.

I am curating ‘best of’ examples online the following presentations archived on Slideshare:

http://www.slideshare.net/planeta/findyourpark

http://www.slideshare.net/planeta/evergladesnp

http://www.slideshare.net/planeta/grandcanyonp

http://www.slideshare.net/planeta/lakemead

http://www.slideshare.net/planeta/yellowstonenp

http://www.slideshare.net/planeta/yosemitenp

http://www.slideshare.net/planeta/zionp


Directory of Parks using the Social Web

Australia / Park Australia

Official Site: http://www.parksaustralia.gov.au

Blog: http://blog.parksaustralia.gov.au

Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/parksaustralia

Twitter: @Parks_Australia 

Australia / NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service

Official Site: http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NSWNationalParks

Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/26814718@N08

Twitter: @OEHmedia

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDzWYe5oVpEungUghIknLkA

Australia / NSW / Centennial Parklands (Sydney)

Official Site: http://www.centennialparklands.com.au

Blog: http://blog.centennialparklands.com.au

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/centennial.park.sydney

Twitter: @CentParklands

Australia / Queensland National Parks

Official sites: http://www.nprsr.qld.gov.au / http://www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/parks,

http://nationalparks.queensland.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/qldnationalparks

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/great-barrier-reef-marine-park-authority

Twitter: @QldParkAlerts 

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/qldnationalparks

Australia / Queensland / Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

Official website: http://www.gbrmpa.gov.au

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GreatBarrierReefMarinePark

Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/great-barrier-reef-marine-park

Twitter: @gbrmarinepark

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/TheGBRMPA

Australia / South Australia

Official website: http://www.parks.sa.gov.au

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ParksSA

Australia / Tasmania Parks and Wildlife

Official site: http://www.parks.tas.gov.au

Facebook: https://facebook.com/pages/Tasmania-Parks-and-Wildlife-Service/147512044296

Twitter: @TasmaniaParks

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/PWSTasmania

Australia / Western Australia

Official website: http://www.dpaw.wa.gov.au

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dpawwa

Twitter: @WAParksWildlife

YouTub: https://www.youtube.com/user/ParksAndWildlifeWA

Canada / Parks Canada

Official website: http://www.pc.gc.ca

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ParksCanada

Twitter: @ParksCanada

Canada / Jasper National Park

Official website: http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/pn-np/ab/jasper/index.aspx

Twitter: @JasperNP 

Canada / Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve

Official webite: http://clayoquotbiosphere.org

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/clayoquotbiosphere

Twitter: @claybiotrust

Canada / Long Point Biosphere Reserve

Official website: http://www.discoverlongpoint.ca

Twitter: @LPWBR

Chile / CONAF

Official website: http://www.conaf.cl/noticias/parques

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CONAF

Twitter: @conaf_minagri 

YouTub: https://www.youtube.com/user/conafchile

Colombia

Official website: http://www.parquesnacionales.gov.co 

Also: https://www.minambiente.gov.co

Twitter: @ParquesColombia

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MinisteriodeAmbienteyDesarrolloSostenible

YouTube: Parques Naturales

Costa Rica / Sistema Nacional de Áreas de Conservación

Official Site: http://www.sinac.go.cr

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cr.sinac

Twitter: @sinac_cr 

Costa Rica / Parque Corcovado

Facebook: Parque Nacional Corcovado

Democratic Republic of Congo

http://virunga.org

https://www.youtube.com/user/gorillacd

https://www.facebook.com/virunga

https://twitter.com/gorillacd

El Salvador / Ministerio de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales

Official website: http://www.marn.gob.sv

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marn.gob.sv

England / North Umberland National Park

http://www.northumberlandnationalpark.org.uk

Twitter: @NorthumberlndNP 

Finland / Miljöministeriet | Ministry of the Environment

Official site: http://www.ym.fi/fi-FI

Twitter: @yministerio 

Official site: http://www.nationalparks.fi/nationalparks

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/suomenkansallispuistot

Twitter: @Luontopalvelut

México / La Comisión Nacional de Áreas Naturales

Official Site: http://www.conanp.gob.mx

Twitter: @CONANP_mx 

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/conanp2

Mexico / Monarch Butterfly Reserves

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RBMMonarca

New Zealand / Department of Conservation

Official Site: http://www.doc.govt.nz

Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/docnz

Twitter: @wildsidenz 

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/DeptOfConservation

Panama / Ministerio de Ambiente

Official site: http://miambiente.gob.pa 

Twitter: @MiAmbientePma

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ministeriodeambientepanama

Peru / Servicio Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas por el Estado (SERNANP)

Official website: http://www.sernanp.gob.pe

Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/133982919@N08 + https://www.flickr.com/photos/133982919@N08/albums/72157665386188840

Twitter: @SERNANP

South Africa / South African National Parks

Official Site: http://www.sanparks.org

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/South.African.National.Parks

Twitter: @SANParks 

UK National Parks

Official Sites: http://www.nationalparks.gov.uk

Twitter: @uknationalparks 

USA / National Park Service

Official Site: http://www.nps.gov

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nationalparkservice

Twitter: @NatlParkService

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/NationalParkService

USA / Badlands National Park

Official site: https://www.nps.gov/badl/index.htm

Flickr: badlandsnationalpark

Periscope: https://www.periscope.tv/BadlandsNPS

Twitter: https://twitter.com/BadlandsNPS

USA / Biscayne National Park

https://www.nps.gov/bisc/index.htm

https://twitter.com/BiscayneNPS

https://www.periscope.tv/BiscayneNPS

USA / Bryce Canyon National Park

Official site: http://www.nps.gov/brca/index.htm

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BryceCanyonnps

USA / Death Valley National Park

Official site: http://www.nps.gov/deva

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DeathValleyNP

Twitter: @DeathValleyNPS

Wiki: http://planeta.wikispaces.com/deathvalley

USA / Yosemite National Park

Official site: http://www.nps.gov/yose/index.htm

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/YosemiteNPS

Twitter: @YosemiteNPS

Wiki: http://planeta.wikispaces.com/yosemite

USA / Yellowstone National Park

Official site: http://www.nps.gov/yell

Periscope: https://www.periscope.tv/YellowstoneNPS

Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/YellowstoneNPS

Wiki: http://planeta.wikispaces.com/yellowstone

Slideshare: http://www.slideshare.net/planeta/yellowstonenp

USA / Zion National Park

Official Website: http://www.nps.gov/zion/index.htm

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/zionnps

Flickr: zion nps

Twitter: @zionnps

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/npszion

USA/ Arizona State Parks

Official website: http://azstateparks.com

Twitter: @AZStateParks 

USA / Colorado State Parks

Official website: http://cpw.state.co.us

Twitter: @COParksWildlife 

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/ColoParksWildlife

USA / Hawai’i Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR)

Official site: http://www.hawaii.gov/dlnr

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HawaiiDLNR

Twitter: @dlnr

Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/user10051674

USA / Louisiana State Parks

Official website: http://www.crt.state.la.us/louisiana-state-parks

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LA.State.Parks

Twitter: @LAStateParks

USA / Texas Parks and Wildlife

Official website: http://tpwd.texas.gov

http://tpwd.texas.gov/socialmedia

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/texasparksandwildlife

Twitter: @TPWDparks 

Venezuela

Official website: http://www.infoinparques.com.ve

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/instituto.nacionaldeparques/

Twitter: @inparquesgob 

Wales / Brecon Beacons National Park

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/breconbeaconsnationalpark

Twitter: @BreconBeaconsNP 

Zimbabwe / Zimbabwe Parks & Wildlife Management Authority

Official website: http://www.zimparks.org

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/zimparks

Also see

MaB

https://www.facebook.com/groups/UNESCOMaB

https://twitter.com/UNESCO_MAB

Observations

In creating this index, we found many abandoned accounts online, created but unused accounts on Twitter and Facebook.

How do we encourage the directors of parks and protected areas to make communication a priority? One idea is exactly the purpose of this document highlight good practice and examples of parks sharing information and engaging with visitors and locals on the social web

This is a work in progress's so suggestions and additions are most welcome

Mentions

Ecohack Blog

Planeta Wiki Pages

Parks - http://planeta.wikispaces.com/parks

Australia Parks - http://planeta.wikispaces.com/wildoz

Sydney - http://planeta.wikispaces.com/sydney#parks

Queensland - http://planeta.wikispaces.com/queensland#parks

WA - http://planeta.wikispaces.com/wildwa

Canada Parks - http://planeta.wikispaces.com/wildcanada

Colombia - http://planeta.wikispaces.com/colombia#parks

Haiti - http://planeta.wikispaces.com/haiti#parks

New Zealand Parks - http://planeta.wikispaces.com/wildnz

South Africa - http://planeta.wikispaces.com/wildsouthafrica

USA Parks - http://planeta.wikispaces.com/wildusa

        Nevada - http://planeta.wikispaces.com/wildnevada

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