Not April Fools – Corporate Sponsorship Coming to National Parks

by Alice Magdziak • May 29, 2016 • Newsy JerseyComments (0)1216

The National Park Service has a new plan to allow corporate sponsors to attach their names to national treasures for a price.  That made us start thinking about New Jersey’s National Parks and what sponsors we could get for them. Here are our ideas.

The National Appalachian Scenic Trail, brought to you by Planter’s Trail Mix. You’ll get hungry hiking all that way so grab some trail mix!

The Appalachian Trail is a 2,180+ mile long public footpath that traverses the scenic, wooded, pastoral, wild, and culturally resonant lands of the Appalachian Mountains. Conceived in 1921, built by private citizens, and completed in 1937, today the trail is managed by the National Park Service, US Forest Service, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, numerous state agencies and thousands of volunteers.

Gap Clothing Company brings you the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Think Delaware Water Gap, think Gap Jeans.

Paddlers slip down the river between low forested mountains; anglers wade the trout streams; hikers scan the valley from the ridge or peer into the 1000-foot-deep Water Gap. The valley has known human hand and voice for 10,000 years. Floodplains nourished the Native farmer; waterfalls drew the Victorian vacationer. Today, a 70,000-acre park welcomes those who seek the outdoors close to home.

Samsonite luggage presents Ellis Island. Discover new worlds with new luggage.

How far would you travel to find a better life? What if the journey took weeks under difficult conditions? If you answered “Whatever it takes,” you echo the feelings of the 12 million immigrants who passed through these now quiet halls from 1892 to 1954. Ellis Island afforded them the opportunity to attain the American dream for themselves and their descendants. Come hear their stories.

The Gateway© National Recreation Area will now host a Gateway computer store.

There are three geographic units: Sandy Hook, New Jersey; Jamaica Bay and Staten Island, New York City. The NYC units include Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Fort Tilden, Riis Park in Queens, Floyd Bennett Field and Canarsie Pier in Brooklyn. Staten Island has Great Kills Park, Miller Field and Fort Wadsworth. These sites and others make up the 27,000 acres of Gateway, one national park.

PAAS egg dyes bring you the Great Egg Harbor River. Great Eggs deserve beautiful egg dye.

The River gradually widens as it picks up the waters of 17 tributaries on its way to Great Egg Harbor and the Atlantic Ocean. Established by Congress in 1992, nearly all of this 129-mile river system rests within the Pinelands National Reserve. This National Park Service unit is unusual in that local jurisdictions continue to administer the lands.

Case’s Pork Roll presents the National Wild and Scenic Lower Delaware River. New Jersey’s favorite food is happy to bring you New Jersey’s favorite recreational river!

The largest free-flowing river in the eastern United States, the Delaware River runs past forests, farmlands, and villages, and it also links some of the most densely populated regions in America. In 2000, the National Wild and Scenic River System incorporated key segments of the lower Delaware River to form this unit of the National Park System.

Morristown National Historical Park, presented by Nine Lives cat food.  Morris loves Morristown.

Morristown National Historical Park commemorates the sites of General Washington and the Continental army’s winter encampment of December 1779 to June 1780, where they survived through what would be the coldest winter on record. The park also maintains a museum & library collection related to the encampments & George Washington, as well as items relating to pre- and post-Revolutionary America.

Johnson’s Popcorn brings you the New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail Route. Ocean City’s favorite popcorn is a Jersey Shore tradition that helps you celebrate NJ’s Coastal Heritage.

The Trail will show you roads less traveled where you can find historic villages, migrating eagles, and boardwalks on miles of sandy beaches. This auto-trail stretches nearly 300 miles along New Jersey’s shore and bays. Explore the Trail’s five regions and you’ll find the nation’s oldest operating lighthouse; the town where revolutionaries burned British tea; and the state’s official tall ship

National Reserve New Jersey Pinelands, brought to you by PineSol. Clean up your home like the Pinelands clean New Jersey’s air.

This is truly a special place. It’s classified as a United States Biosphere Reserve and in 1978 was established by Congress as the country’s first National Reserve. It includes portions of seven southern New Jersey counties, and encompasses over one-million acres of farms, forests and wetlands. It contains 56 communities, from hamlets to suburbs, with over 700,000 permanent residents.

Kohler Water Faucets present the National Historical Park Paterson Great Falls. Don’t have a waterfall in your house, get new fixtures from Kohler today!

Cotton & silk for clothing; locomotives for travel; paper for books & writing letters; airplanes, & more. What do they have in common? They all came from the same place – Paterson, NJ. In 1791, Paterson, America’s first planned industrial city, was established, centered around the Great Falls of the Passaic River. From humble mills would rise industries that changed the face of the United States.

Elon Musk’s Tesla Motors presents Thomas Edison National Historical Park. Because Tesla had all the original ideas anyway.

Thomas Edison’s home and laboratory are a step back in time, when machines were run by belts and pulleys and music was played on phonographs. Where to the passerby, the buildings betray little evidence of the industries they once started. Discover where America’s greatest inventor changed our world forever.

National Historic Trail Washington-Rochambeau, brought to you by France’s Baccarat crystal. Even the French Navy used Baccarat in their galley kitchens.

In 1781, General Rochambeau’s French Army joined forces with General Washington’s Continental Army to fight the British Army in Yorktown, Virginia. With the French Navy in support, the allied armies moved hundreds of miles to become the largest troop movement of the American Revolution. The effort and cooperation between the two sides led to a victory at Yorktown and secured American independence.

Source: Coming soon to a national park near you: Corporate sponsors | Grist

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