Events, news, and things going on in our parks.
People in the Parks: Hillarie Maddox
Five of the best Parks to go Rock Climbing
We've provided a list of national parks that offer some of the best experiences for climbers of all levels. Whether you are just starting out your climbing journey or have been sending it for years, be sure to check out these national parks for some epic routes!
Meet the Team: Our Favorite National Parks
From Joshua Tree’s sunny desert, to the lush forest of the Great Smoky Mountains, there is something for everyone to enjoy! In celebration of Earth Month and National Park Week, we asked some of our staff members which national park they enjoy the most. If you haven’t already, check out some of these parks and add them to your next trip!
People in the Parks: Cindy Villaseñor
5 Activities To Get You Outside This Spring
Springtime looks a little different across the country; some places, like Yosemite National Park, are still covered in snow, while others, like Great Smoky Mountains National Park, are seeing blooming wildflowers. As the weather starts to warm up, we’re itching to get back outdoors. Need some inspiration? Here are 5 activities to try this spring!
Activities to Try in California's National Parks
California is home to the most national parks in the country—there are 9 parks within the state’s boundaries! From the Channel Islands to Yosemite, each park has unique features for visitors to explore. We’ve put together a short list of activities to try during your next visit—remember to leave no trace and happy adventuring!
People in the Parks: L. Renee Blount
Meet the Team: Our Favorite California Parks
There are so many beautiful parks in the golden state, from grand national parks like Yosemite to iconic city parks like Griffith. In honor of our newest California-themed collection, we asked members of our staff what their favorite park. Be sure to add these road trip worthy parks to your next visit!
People in the Parks: Kayla Allen
We’re diving deeper into the national parks with a spotlight on the people who connect with them internally whether that’s through a career, a lifestyle, a passion, or simply being a local. Kayla Allen is an artist who has a goal of painting in all 63 national parks. You can follow her parks journey through her TikTok and Instagram pages @thecolorfulkayak along with her Youtube channel.
Dark Sky Parks, Festivals, and More
Whether you’re looking to cross the Northern Lights off your bucket list, add astronomy festivals to your 2023 calendar, or are just seeking a few nights away from artificial lighting, we’ve compiled a list of our five favorite Dark Sky Parks and their noteworthy attractions.
5 Places to Stay Near the Parklands
If you’re planning a trip to one of our top ten fall/winter parks, you might be interested in checking out some of our favorite cabins, lodges, and inns nearby. In addition to their proximity to the national parks, these stays offer one-of-a-kind opportunities to reconnect with the great outdoors.
Giving Tuesday: How to Give Back to Parks
At Parks Project, we believe it is our duty to promote, preserve, and protect parklands for future generations. Through volunteering and donations, we are working with 34 unique projects ranging from trail maintenance and habitat restoration, to funding critical programming in parks. This Giving Tuesday, we're asking our friends and family to give back in their own way. Need some help getting started? Here’s a list of ways to give back to parklands!
Parks Project 2022 Holiday Staff Gift Guide
Parks Project has gifts for everyone on your list—from the homebody to the adventure-seeker. In preparation for the upcoming holiday season, we asked some people from the Parks Project team what they'll be gifting their loved-ones this year. For more gift inspiration, check out our gift finder!
Inflation Reduction Act
With the recent Washburn fire in Yosemite and extreme flooding in Yellowstone, Joshua Tree, and Death Valley, park lovers are truly in need of some good climate news. Luckily for us, we recently received some great news for planet Earth: the House of Representatives just passed the Inflation Reduction Act, which is the largest investment the U.S has made in combating climate change.
With the rise of digital burnout, disconnecting from our screens and reconnecting with nature is more important now than ever before; although outdoor exercise is a great way to get your heart-rate up while spending some time outside, it’s also important to unwind and relax in the outdoors, which is why we love forest bathing!