our mission

We are on an adventure with a purpose.  Together, “we the people”, own 84 million acres of pristine park wilderness that needs our attention, action and funding.  Passionate pioneers fought to protect America’s greatest landscapes and most awe-inspiring views, creating National Parks. Parks Project was created to make sure we don’t forget.  

Whether it’s supporting bear conservation in Denali or trail restorations in Muir Woods, we make quality goods with purpose to fund and promote projects that restore our national parks. We are advocates of the outdoors and work with 22 park conservancies to identify projects and priorities that need immediate attention.  Parks Project serves as a steward and reminder to promote, preserve and engage these spaces.   We live by the rule, Leave it Better than you Found It, and we’re looking for like-minded champions of the great outdoors.

how it works

Your purchases matter. Parks Project makes apparel and accessories that connect consumers with conservancies. Living by the mantra, Healthy Parks make Healthy People, we generate funding, create advocacy, and engage the next generation to pitch in to volunteer.  Every product sold contributes back to habitat restoration, animal conservation, educational initiatives, and visitor services across America’s Parks.  A few of our current projects include:

  • 5 Everglades tees sold = Removal of 2 non-native species affecting native wildlife

  • 50 Yosemite tees sold = 50 meters of trail restoration

  • 100 Santa Monica Mountains tees sold = A busload of inner city kids visiting the park for the first time.

  • 3,000 Smoky Mountain tees sold = The care-taking of one bear from "rescue to release"

And there are 18 more projects, too. As we grow, so will our list of parks, scope of projects, and overall impact.  We’ve just gotten started and over the past year alone we’ve contributed hundreds of volunteer hours and influenced how hundreds of thousands of people look at their relationship with the outdoors. This is just the beginning - we have a ten-year goal of funding 100 projects and generating 100,000 volunteer hours while reinvigorating passion for our parks.  

our story

We’ve been enjoying National Parks our whole lives.  Free adventures, clean air, wild escapes, fun with friends - what’s not to like?  So, a few years ago we signed up to volunteer, figuring a little hard work in one of our favorite places with some like-minded folks would be a good way to spend a day.  When we arrived, the only other people were a few bored retirees.  And it was the same when we returned the next time, and the next, until we thought, “Oh dang, has our generation forgotten about the parks?  With all the time we spend chasing the newest thing or #hashtag, have we forgotten about the treasures we already own?”   During our time volunteering with park staff, we learned about all the unique projects that needed funding, advocacy and support. Out of that need and our love for the parks, Parks Project was born.  

FOUNDERS 

SEVAG

SEVAG

Aside from being an incredible DJ and music man, Sevag is a true craftsman and a creator of objects (like axes), accessories, and apparel. When you buy a Parks Project item, just think his intense attention to detail has gone into making these quality goods. Made in America, with pride, by this awesome dude. His myspace account could still be active...

KEITH

KEITH

A family guy who thinks our generation can impact the way we all look at our parks for the next generation. He finds time on the weekends to get out and do trail days, living the "leave it better than you found it" mantra. Connecting relationships with park groups and always learning more about how Parks Project can drive impact. Can be seen frequently high-fiving... 

CONTRIBUTORS

ERIC

ERIC

Eric is a graphic designer, an outdoorsman, and a southern gentleman. He can break down designs to a surgical precision, does it with a genuine passion, and is responsible for a lot of the creative direction for Parks Project. Check out more of his work at eric-pieper.com

KEVIN

KEVIN

Kevin is a graphic designer who supplies lotsa designs for the Parks Project. He is the most reliable dude who comes out for trail days in the LA area but also is a dope musician and a dad to an incredible baby boy. Check out his work at www.cyclical.us respect!

RYAN

RYAN

Ryan is a videographer, humanitarian, OG down to earth good friend and a man that everyone should meet at some point in their life, I promise you will become better because of it. From living in an awesome communal house to driving a veggie oil bus, we love hearing what he is up to http://www.maxeyfishandsea.com/ don’t stop!

ALEX

ALEX

Alex is an innovative musician and was kind enough to let us use his music in our videos.  We have the utmost respect for his work. Over the years we've loved following his musical evolution and encourage you to do so: http://alexanderebert.com/ yayauh!

ALLIE & JONATHAN JUNG

ALLIE & JONATHAN JUNG

These are some straight up good people. Great friends with a love for #radparks. They inspire us to get outdoors. You can follow their adventures at webejungin.com. Parks Project definitely be jungin. 

SAM

SAM

Sam is a photographer who shoots real cool images and shares them with the world. Aside from being an avid outdoorsmen, Sam can be found in the surf or on a mountain bike shredding the insane terrain.  See more of Sam’s magic at http://www.samdiephuis.com/ you are welcome!

GABRIEL

GABRIEL

With a rich history in graffiti and street art, it’s ironic Gabriel presently teaches Leave No Trace principles as a leader of the Sierra Club’s Angeles chapter. Between rock climbing and peak-bagging, he sustains a career as a professional artist and designer. 

www.glgraphicdesign.com

JON & GALE

JON & GALE

Jon Gaffney and Gale Straub are currently on the road traveling North America in a camper Sprinter van. Follow along on Instagram.

Jon: instagram.com/thevanman

Gale: instagram.com/she_explores

current projects

LOCATION: Acadia National Park // Est. July 8, 1916

TOPIC:  Habitat Restoration

PROJECT: Wild Gardens

PURPOSE: With every item sold we make a donation to support the Wild Gardens Initiative. The Gardens are created and maintained by volunteers, along with a head gardener sponsored by Friends of Acadia.  They plant, study, collect, propagate, and label over 400 native species to ensure the park habitat stays wild.

PARTNER: Friends of Acadia 


LOCATION: Big Bend National Park // Est. June 12, 1944

TOPIC:  Habitat Restoration

PROJECT: Trails

PURPOSE: This collection supports trail rehabilitation and restoration across the park, with 50 tees sold equating to 50 meters of trail restored. In the off season, park teams and Civilian Conservation Corps engage in repairing many of the trail networks across the park.

PARTNER: Friends of Big Bend 


LOCATION: Channel Islands National Park // Est. March 5, 1980

TOPIC:  Wildlife Conservation

PROJECT: Island Research Programs

PURPOSE: This collection supports non-native plant removal and revegetation projects in the park. Every 50 tees sold funds the clearing of 100 square feet of invasive plants. This unique natural California habitat is home to many rare and endangered species.

PARTNER: Channel Islands Restoration  


LOCATION: Denali National Park // Est. February 26, 1917

TOPIC: Wildlife Conservation

PROECT: Bear Canisters

PURPOSE: With every 50 Denali National Park items sold, we fund the purchase of one bear proof canister for backpackers to use while visiting the park. This addresses a current problem in the park and keeps Grizzlies from eating human food near campsites. They should be eating wild salmon out of the rivers not your trailmix!

PARTNER: Alaska Geographic 


LOCATION: Everglades National Park // Est. December 6, 1947

TOPIC: Wildlife Conservation

PROJECT: Save the Gators

PURPOSE: With every 5 Everglades items sold, we help fund the removal of 2 non-native invasive species that are affecting the gator population in the park. Though some may enjoy seeing exotic snakes, fish and other wildlife, these are impacting the native wildlife’s survival in the park, and we want to preserve it for generations to come!

PARTNER: South Florida National Parks Trust 


LOCATION: Glacier National Park // Est. May 11, 1910

TOPIC:  Wildlife Conservation

PROJECT: Bear Boxes

PURPOSE: Each batch of 1000 tees sold helps fund the purchase of a durable and sturdy bear box in the park. Officials are expanding the bear box program in picnic areas and to backcountry campsites to ensure bears don’t become dependent on visitors for food. Remember, don’t feed the bears!

PARTNER: Glacier Conservancy 


LOCATION: Grand Canyon National Park // Est. February 26, 1919

TOPIC:  Visitor Programs

PROJECT: Cultural and Historical Programs

PURPOSE: This tee supports educational programs like the Field Institute as well as volunteer programs, which will ensure amazing experiences for visitors.  With every visitor learning more about the park, we can maintain this magnificent place and share its wonder with many others for years to come.

PARTNER: Grand Canyon Association 


LOCATION: Grand Teton National Park // Est. February 26, 1929

TOPIC: Wildlife Conservation

PROJECT: Wildlife Brigade Program

PURPOSE: With every Grand Teton item sold, we make a donation to support equipping the Wildlife Brigade. This valuable group of volunteers manages roadside “wildlife jams,” patrols picnic areas for unsecured food, and shares educational information with visitors. By funding resources for topnotch volunteer training and everyday equipment needs, we can ensure the Brigade’s effective operation year after year.

PARTNER: Grand Teton National Park Foundation 


LOCATION: Great Smoky Mountains National Park // Est. June 15, 1934

TOPIC:  Wildlife Conservation

PROJECT: Appalachian Bear

PURPOSE:  This tee supports Appalachian Bear Rescue. Each year a number of orphaned or injured Park bears are treated and housed in the nonprofit ABR center in Townsend until they can be released back into the Park. Prior to the creation of ABR, most of these animals were euthanized. When we sell 3000 tees, we fund the rescue of one bear and cover the costs from "rescue to release".

PARTNER: Friends of the Smokies 


LOCATION: Joshua Tree National Park // Est. October 31, 1994

TOPIC:  Habitat Restoration

PROJECT: Restoring Native Species

PURPOSE: With every 5 tees sold, together we support the planting of 2 additional Joshua trees in the park. Unfortunately the current population is struggling to survive. Climate change is taking an enormous toll, and the 2015 drought has hastened the decline of a species that is regarded as the symbol of California deserts.

PARTNER: Joshua Tree National Park Association 


LOCATION: Muir Woods National Monument // Est. January 9, 1908

TOPIC:  Habitat Restoration

PROJECT:  Restoring Native Species

PURPOSE: With every Muir Woods item sold, we make a donation to support the cultivation and care of one native plant. These plants are grown in Conservancy nurseries and planted at restoration sites by community volunteers creating habitat corridors for rare, threatened, and endangered species.

PARTNER: Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy 


LOCATION: Olympic National Park // Est. June 29, 1938

TOPIC:  Habitat Restoration

PROJECT: Elwha Valley

PURPOSE: With every tee sold, we make a donation to Washington’s National Park Fund that supports wildlife restoration in the Elwha Valley. This is part of a two-year monitoring program that helps examine wildlife recolonization of the Glines Canyon lakebed. 

PARTNER: Washington’s National Park Fund 


LOCATION: Point Reyes National Seashore // Est. September 13, 1962

TOPIC:  Community Engagement

PROJECT: Volunteer Days

PURPOSE: When we sell batches of 50 Point Reyes tees, we are able to support one volunteer day with PRNSA. These trail days engage the community in caring for the park and help leave it better for future generations to come. There is close to 150 miles of trail in the park so there's alot of work to do!

PARTNER: Point Reyes National Seashore Association 


LOCATION: Rocky Mountain National Park // Est. January 26, 1915

TOPIC:  Habitat Restoration

PROJECT: Resource Conservation

PURPOSE: Our Rocky Mountain tees help fund the hard work of the conservation corps. The program provides a service-learning experience for college students interested in natural resource conservation.  Funds raised go to equipment and supplies for crewmembers, where 75 tees equates to outfitting one conservation corps crewmember.

PARTNER: Rocky Mountain Conservancy 


LOCATION: Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area // Est. November 10, 1978

TOPIC: Youth Education

PROJECT: Future Park Stewards

PURPOSE: With every 100 Santa Monica Mountains tees sold, we help fund and organize a busload of inner city kids to visit this recreation area for the first time. Exposing Angelinos to their backyard outdoor playground is important so the park can continue to get visitors and conservation support.

PARTNER: Santa Monica Mountains Fund 


LOCATION: Tahoe National Forest // Est. October 3, 1905

TOPIC:  Habitat Restoration

PROJECT: Trail Challenge

PURPOSE: This tee supports engaging new supporters through the Rim Trail Challenge with the goal to get ambassadors outside. Through engaging more advocates with education on the importance of conservation, the lake area will be better off for the years to come.

PARTNER: Tahoe Rim Trail 


LOCATION: Voyageurs National Park // Est. April 8, 1975

TOPIC:  Youth Education

PROJECT: Teen Ambassador Program

PURPOSE: This tee supports youth outreach and education. When we sell 100, we are able to fund one outreach program. The teen ambassador program provides young adults with the opportunity to learn about National Park Service careers and gain new outdoor skills on a multi-day trip to the park.

PARTNER: Voyageurs National Park Association 


LOCATION: Yellowstone National Park // Est. March 1, 1872

TOPIC:  Visitor Programs

PROJECT: Trails Fund Initiative

PURPOSE: This tee supports restoring and repairing Yellowstone’s heavily used network of trails, so they are protected and safe for visitors use.  Enhancing the visitor experience, which includes education, recreation, safety, and accessibility, will help conserve the park for years to come.

PARTNER: Yellowstone Park Foundation 


LOCATION: Yosemite National Park // Est. October 1, 1890

TOPIC:  Visitor Programs

PROJECT: Access & Maintenance

PURPOSE:  The trails are the gateway to Yosemite’s wilderness, and with over 800 miles, that’s a lot to maintain. The Yosemite tee supports enhancing the visitor experience and helps preserve the parks’ trails for years to come with 50 tees sold equating to 50 meters of trail restored.

PARTNER: Yosemite Conservancy 


LOCATION: Zion National Park // Est. November 19, 1919

TOPIC:  Youth Education

PROJECT: Future Advocates

PURPOSE: With every Zion tee sold, we make a donation to the Youth Education Initiative. This program expands the park’s efforts to engage youth and promote positive experiences in the park. The support will touch the lives of thousands of children, which, in turn, will help ensure the future of the parks we all love so dearly.

PARTNER: Zion Natural History Association 


LOCATION: #RADPARKS // Est. January 1, 2010

TOPIC:  Parks Project Trail Crew Volunteers

PROJECT: Cleanups, Trail Restorations, Invasive Plant Removal & More!

PURPOSE: Our Parks Project collection allows us the opportunity to organize volunteer days. We document these volunteer days in our FIELD NOTES.

 

 

More specific information on our park donation program can also be found here, cheers!