If you want to know about Taroko National Park, the best way is to experience the awesome cliffs and precipices in person! In order to encourage the public to get closer to nature and challenge their limits, the Taroko National Park Service held its first "Taroko Gorge Marathon" in 2000, where the public was invited to get into the spirit of slow living, release themselves from the bustle of traffic, and just enjoy the world-class scenery. Every year, the Taroko Gorge Marathon sets new records, from the number of participants, nationalities of participants, to the runners' performances.
Established in 1995, Kinmen National Park is the six national park in Taiwan, and is separated into the five regions of Taiwu Mountain, Guningtou, Gugang, Mashan, and Lieyu. It is also the first national park focused on Taiwanese history, culture, and military past, which, in addition to the park's mission to protect and conserve natural resources and wildlife, is particularly significant. The Kinmen National Park Service has held the "Kinmen Tunnel Music Festival" since 2009, and it is now in its 4th year.
Kenting National Park is situated on the southern tip of the Hengchun peninsula, and it is the first park in Taiwan. It encompasses the whole Hengchun, Checheng, and Manzhou Townships, and is an important stop along the migratory route for migratory birds in East Asia. Owing to the geographical location, warm climate, and suitable environment, Kenting has become the resting ground for migratory birds passing through Taiwan and a place to spend the winter. The Chinese sparrow hawk is a bird of prey that passes through the Kenting National Park in the greatest numbers. Over the past 20 years, more than ten thousand hawks have passed through every autumn.
From July 22 to August 21, 2012, the month-long "2012 NPS Fundamentals and Grand Canyon National Park Environmental Education Study Tour" was held at Grand Canyon National Park. According to participant Huang Zi-juan, chief of the Kinmen National Park Headquarters Interpretation and Education Section, "This is the most direct and awe-inspiring education training!"
The Volunteer Alliance was established in 2001 under the guidance of Mr. Yi-Hou Lin, former Director-General of the CPAMI. With assistance from various park headquarters, the Alliance organizes annual volunteer assemblies to share their service experiences and natural sceneries from various parks. To date, Taiwan has established 8 National Parks, 2 Metropolitan Parks and 1 National Natural Park, and has recruited over 2200 volunteers. From September 21 to 23, 2012, the Taroko National Park Headquarters will hold the 2012 Assembly of the National Metropolitan Park Volunteer Alliance, where over 200 volunteers will gather together to share their experiences on park services and natural resources, as well as get to know better the beautiful sceneries of the Taroko Gorge.