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Ways to Show Your Love for the National Parks (Even When You’re Not There)

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Sales from all of the items seen here help support national parks in the United States.

Courtesy of Pendleton/Good & Well Supply Co./Parks Project/National Park Posters

Sales from all of the items seen here help support national parks in the United States.

A portion of the profits from these products goes to support U.S. national parks. So go ahead, add them all to your shopping cart.

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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 102 years of America’s Best Idea is to get outdoors and explore any of the 61 national parks in the United States.

But, if you can’t make it, you can still wear your national park pride proudly 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 to the National Park Foundation or various other conservancy projects.

Load up your shopping cart—you’re helping a good cause. 

Teva GC100 Collection

Did you know that the idea for Teva sport sandals was invented in the Grand Canyon in 1984 after a guide strapped two Velcro watch bands to a pair of flip-flops to keep them from falling off and floating down the river? To commemorate its roots and the Grand Canyon National Park’s 100th birthday, Teva released a special collection of shoes inspired by the colors of the canyon.

From the classic Original Universal sandal ($50), to the sportier Hurricane XLT2 sandals ($70), and even shoes for kids ($40) and toddlers ($35), there’s something here for everyone. The company is also donating $100,000 to the Grand Canyon Conservancy to help restore trails and fund environmental education programs for kids.

Shop the full Teva GC100 collection here.

Parks Project

Parks Project works directly with more than 30 park conservancies to raise money for various projects throughout U.S. parklands. That means when you pick up a pair of super-soft leggings ($110) from its Beyond Yoga collaboration, not only will you look great at your next yoga session, but a portion of your money will also go back to supporting our national parks.

Some items raise money for even more specific projects. For every five Zion National Park shirts ($40) sold, four Junior Ranger Badges are purchased for Zion Forever’s Education Program that promotes youth activities in the park. Meanwhile, the “Big Sur” hat ($34) raises money for the Ventana Wilderness Alliance and the “National Parks are for lovers” tote ($28) raises money for the National Park Foundation’s Open Outdoors for Kids Program.

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 61 so far). Printed on recycled stock with 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 $229). While Pendleton still makes its blankets in the United States from pure wool, it has expanded its collection to offer beanies ($20), dog beds ($139), and luggage ($220) for a wide variety of parks, including Crater Lake, Yosemite, and Yellowstone, 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 sandalwood).

She’s since expanded her shop to also include national parks–inspired enamel pins ($10), cabin sprays ($25), and incense cones ($20). Even better? McLaughlin donates 5 percent of her profits from anything bought on the site back to the National Park Foundation.

Shop the full Good & Well Supply Co. collection here.

This article originally appeared online on August 23, 2018; it was updated on February 28, 2019, to include current information.

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