The coolest Valentine's video ever, and what it has to do with conservation

Candlelit restaurants got nothing over public lands when it comes to marriage proposals. 


Want to get romantic? Propose to your sweetheart in the Great Outdoors. Want to choke folks up? Send the video to the Interior Department.

Last year before Valentine's Day, the Department of Interior asked the public for something a bit unusual - photos and videos of marriage proposals and weddings.

Why would the Interior Department do this? Simple. Many weddings and proposals take place at national parks, refuges and other public lands and the Interior Department wanted to see those memorable moments come together in a special Valentine's Day video. 

The result was a delightfully syrupy tribute to the role that our beautiful and romantic wildlands play in bringing happy couples together. 

All told, the video received more than 46,550 views on Youtube. 

According to an e-mail from the Interior's director of digital strategy Tim Fullerton, the video proved to be so popular, they are doing to do another for 2014. 

To us, the video shows just one more reason that the wild character of our public lands is worth conserving. Our American lands provide the backdrop not only for romantic memories, but for so many special family experiences that follow. 

Be a part of the next Valentine's Day video

The Interior Department is accepting entries for their 2014 Valentine's video. 

What to send? Videos or photos of your wedding or marriage proposal within our public lands, including national parks, wildlife refuges and other public lands.

Send your submissions to:

Deadline: Entries must be received by Monday, Feb. 10