As part of the U.S. National Parks Centennial, when the National Park Service turned 100 on August 25, 2016, Google created two ways to let you trek without ever leaving your tech.
By way of virtual reality and 360° videos, Google has invited folks into the National Parks from the comfort of your own home.
The Hidden Worlds of the National Parks is an interactive documentary and part of the Google Arts & Culture that launched in 2016. It focuses on these 5 National Parks:
- Alaska's Kenai Fjords
- Hawai'i Volcanoes
- New Mexico’s Carlsbad Caverns
- Utah’s Bryce Canyon
- Florida’s Dry Tortugas
In Google Expeditions, a classroom teaching tool, students can visit over 200 places spanning the world. When used with the Google Cardboard view, it turns it into a virtual or augmented reality experience in class. If you can't get out and about in reality, you might as well experience something new, virtually!!
Images from https://www.nps.gov/subjects/npscelebrates/earth-day.htm and https://techcrunch.com/2016/08/25/google-now-lets-you-explore-u-s-national-parks-via-360-degree-virtual-tours/ and https://www.nps.gov/subjects/centennial/index.htm; videofrom https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sn_g80FXA-0&feature=emb_logo.