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Published on December 19th, 2013 | by Pat

NPS Releases Most Heartwarming Holiday Message Ever

ARCHES NATIONAL PARK, UTAH — On Saturday, the ArchesNPS YouTube channel posted what might be one of the most heartwarming holiday messages the outdoor community will ever see.

Watch it above.

This is a project that focuses on the people that visit the National Parks and the impact that it has on them. — Jacob Frank, NPS Volunteer

The video — which captures a series of visitors seeing the Delicate Arch for the first time — was produced by NPS volunteers Jacob Frank and Corrie Lane, and then published by the National Parks Service.

In addition to currently working 40 hours per week with AmeriCorps, Frank has also been donating his time to the NPS as a volunteer photographer, videographer, and graphic designer, having provided photos to Mesa Verde, Great Sand Dunes, Canyonlands, Bryce Canyon, and Capitol Reef National Parks, among others.

Frank is hopeful, after completing his time with AmeriCorps, to work with the NPS on a more permanent basis.

“I originally had the idea for a national campaign for the National Park Service and wanted to test it out on a small scale first,” Frank told Trekalong. “I tailored the video as a holiday video because of the time of year.”

Frank sees the “reaction-shot” project as new opportunity for connecting with National Parks visitors, by capturing the raw emotions felt when seeing these iconic destinations for the first time.

“This is a project that focuses on the people that visit the National Parks and the impact that it has on them,” he said.

You can see more photos and video by Jacob Frank here.

Here’s more info on Arches National Park in winter.


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