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California State Parks Looking at Adding WiFi

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May 9, 2014 by   Leave a Comment

A California parks advocacy group is calling for the Parks Department to ensure wireless internet access in all state parks. Southern California Public Radio reported thatĀ The Parks Forward reportĀ was presented to John Jarvis, the head of the National Park Service, last week.

For his part, Jarvis said the NPS is moving forward with making more Wi-Fi accessible in national parks. All this comes as Canada’s national parks department announced Wi-Fi hotspots will be installed in more than a dozen remote parks areas.

“What we’re finding is that parks are social,” said Jon Christensen, Adjunct assistant professor in the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at UCLA. “People are very social when they’re in parks, they do many of the things that they do in social media when they’re outside of parks.”

For example, Christensen cites group events called “bioblitzes,” where people fan out across a park to documents plant and wildlife. These groups often use their phones to snap pictures, then upload them to a database, making them citizen science collaborators.

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