In 1872, Yellowstone was the first area in the United States to be set aside as a National Park. Now, nearly 150 years later, the United States has 59 National Parks stretching from the far off Pacific islands, up to Alaska, scattered around the East Coast and everywhere in between. During an outdoor volunteer day in their local National Park, the founders of Parks Project noticed that only a few others showed up to work, most of them from an older generation. As they volunteered subsequently, they witnessed this pattern continue, inspiring them to launch the Parks Project with a goal of encouraging a new generation of conservationists.
Using the sales of its graphic tees to highlight National Parks and help support various conservation projects, Parks Project is dedicated to creatively connecting people with the parks around them. With hundreds of volunteer hours logged in the last year alone, the Parks Project has an ambitious ten-year goal of funding 100 parks-facing projects and generating 100,000 volunteer hours.Whether supporting bear conservation in Denali or trail restoration in Muir Woods, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved with Parks Project. Standing by its mantra, “Healthy Parks Make Healthy People,” Parks Project generates funding, creates advocacy and works to engage the next generation to pitch in with each project launched. While a t-shirt isn’t a requirement of volunteering, each piece of apparel from the Parks Project is comfortable, durable, proudly made in the USA and has a unique purpose. In a world of increasingly diverted attention, the Parks Project is a good reminder to not take our National Parks for granted—plus, a little hard work and fresh air never hurt anybody.