August 25th marks the 100th birthday of National Parks in the United States, and that’s a reason to celebrate. The National Park Service Centennial marks 100 years of outdoor adventures, and another century to come. What better way is there to celebrate our parks than by taking advantage of them?
It’s an incredible institution. The very first national park was established March 1, 1872 – Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming and Montana. This land was deemed as a “pleasuring-ground” for the benefit and enjoyment of the people, and it was placed under control of the Secretary of the Interior. This sparked a national park movement the world over. On August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed an act titled the Organic Act, which created a federal bureau responsible for 35 national parks and monuments across the US – that bureau was the National Parks Service. Now, over 100 nations contain over 1,200 national parks or preserves with similar systems.
So we should celebrate this movement, right? A company called Parks Project found a pretty cool way to do so, while also contributing to the actual parks system. They created a collection of national-parks-inspired apparel. The coolest part of the deal is that each line of clothing funds a different project in our parks system. Some of these include the Grand Teton, the Grand Canyon, Big Sur, and the Muir Woods among others. Their gear isn’t only going to a good cause, but it’s fairly stylish. So you can look good and feel good about helping our last greatest resource. A win-win.