The National Park Service was founded on August 25, 1916, when President Woodrow Wilson signed the National Park Service Act. The best way to celebrate the 102nd birthday of America’s Best Idea is to get outdoors and explore any of the 60 national parks in the United States.
But, if you can’t make it (or if your favorite national park is closed due to wildfires or a volcanic eruption), you can still wear your national park pride on your sleeve and support the NPS at the same time by buying products from any of these companies.
Not only do most of these businesses make their clothes, home supplies, and posters using sustainable methods, but they also all donate portions of their profits straight back to the National Park Foundation or various other conservancy projects.
Load up your shopping cart—you’re helping a good cause.
Parks Project works directly with over 30 park conservancies to raise money for various projects throughout U.S. parklands. That means when you pick up a “Leave It Better Than You Found It” tank ($55) or a pair of super-soft leggings ($110) from its recent Beyond Yoga collaboration not only will you look great at your next yoga session, but also a portion of your money will go back to supporting our national parks.
Some items raise money for even more specific projects. For every five Zion National Park Map bandanas ($18) sold, four Junior Ranger Badges are purchased for Zion Forever’s Education Program that promotes youth activities in the park. Meanwhile, the “Keep California Wild” hat ($34) raises money for the national parks of California, and the “National Parks are for lovers” tote ($20) raises money so that the Parks Project can organize volunteer days in which anyone can participate.
Shop the full Parks Project collection here.
National Park Posters
In the 1930s and 1940s, the WPA commissioned a series of national parks posters to encourage the public to explore U.S. parklands. Inspired by the iconic designs, photographer Rob Decker is building a collection of national park posters ($35) created in a similar style using shots he’s captured as he travels to each of the national parks (he’s been to 43 out of 60 so far). Printed on recycled stock and soy-based inks, his most popular posters include prints from Yellowstone, Arches, and Grand Teton. Decker donates 10 percent of his annual profits to various conservancies and organizations that support the U.S. national park system.
If you’re looking for reproductions of the original WPA designs, Ranger Doug’s Enterprises sells silkscreen serigraph posters ($45) and also donates 1 percent of gross sales back to various national park projects.
Shop the full National Park Posters collection here.
Pendleton National Park Collection
For every item Pendleton sells from its national park collection, the National Park Foundation receives a royalty (so far, Pendleton has raised more than $700,000 for the organization). The collection began back in the early 1900s with the iconic green, yellow, red, and black striped Glacier National Park blanket (from $219). While Pendleton still makes its blankets in the United States from pure virgin wool, it has expanded its collection to include beanies ($20), dog beds (from $99), and carry-on luggage ($330) for a wide variety of parks, including Crater Lake, Yosemite, and Yellowstone, just to name a few.
Shop the full Pendleton national park collection here.
Good & Well Supply Co.
Before Megan McLaughlin founded Good & Well Supply Co. in the Pacific Northwest, she spent time traveling from national park to national park throughout the United States and living in her tent. The scents she encountered on her trip inspired her national park candle collection (from $24), which are all made with natural soy wax, U.S.-grown balsa wood wicks, and packaged in 100 percent recyclable tins. Scents include Olympic (red cedar and oakmoss), Saguaro (cactus, desert florals, and amber), and Great Smokies (red maple, laurel, and sandlewood), just to name a few.
She’s since expanded her shop to also include national parks–inspired enamel pins ($10), men’s grooming supplies (from $24), and a retro-inspired “Protect National Parks” pennant ($26). Even better? McLaughlin donates 5 percent of her profits from anything bought on the site back to the National Park Foundation and another 5 percent to Washington’s National Park Fund.
Shop the full Good & Well Supply Co. collection here.