Over the last year or so I have been working to sort and donate the majority of my wardrobe. I have WAY TOO MANY articles of clothing that I never wore. At the end of this process, I ended up with a solid capsule wardrobe for work and barely any casual clothes. Don’t ask me how it happened, because I don’t know! So, I started looking online for a handful of shirts to add to my closet and decided to focus on national park shirts. (Is anyone surprised?)
During my search for national park shirts, I found several shops that had a charitable focus and gave part of their proceeds to park-related groups. While I wish I could afford pretty much all of their apparel, I narrowed it down to my favorite national park shirts from each shop. I also wanted to give a super shout-out to many of the shops for carrying some extended sizes – you all rock!
Gitchi Adventure Goods
I stumbled upon Gitchi Adventure Goods while exploring Instagram hashtags one day. The name Gitchi is derived from Gitchi Gumi, the Ojibwe people’s name for Lake Superior. Their love of the Midwest shows in everything they do. They heavily focus on sustainability and relationships between people and land. In fact, they use carbon-neutral shipping and participate in 1% for the Planet, giving to sustainability-based organizations. // On to the shirts! It’s hard for me to name a single shirt from their shop as my favorite. The Wisconsin girl in me loves their “Land of 15,000 Lakes” (basically a polite “take that” to Minnesota and their 10,000 lakes) shirt. My other favorite shirt is their “For the Benefit and Enjoyment of the People” shirt. This quote is one of my favorites about our parks and it looks great in the shield. The shirt comes in women’s (shown below) sizes XS-XL and men’s XS-XL.
Many of you are familiar with Wild Tribute (formerly Flow 397) as they are co-hosts of the weekly #ParkChat on Twitter. Their motto is “4 the parks” and they donate 4 percent of all proceeds to charitable partners that support our parks. Their donations support a variety of initiatives including educational programs, research, and infrastructure. // While they have always amazing apparel and gear (look at the detail on this Teddy Roosevelt shirt), I have been loving their new series focusing on the Yosemite and Grand Teton parks. In each of these, the mountains of each park are respectively drawn inside a van and tent. These drawings remind me to think outside of the norm, which can be helpful when looking for unique park experiences. The men’s and women’s versions of these shirts are available in sizes S to XXL.
The Landmark Project
I found The Landmark Project while doing an online search and immediately fell in love with their vibe. Unique to this shop, they donate part of their profits to help at-risk youth experience outdoor recreation opportunities. The organization they support serves over 1,000 youth each summer! // While I love so many of their vintage-inspired shirts, my favorite by far is their “What doesn’t kill you makes your stronger – except bears, because bears will kill you” shirt. The shirt was inspired by travels in Glacier National Park. I also love that all their shirts are unisex and come in sizes XS-XXL.
National Park Geek
An old standby for many parks patrons, National Park Geek has a solid collection of shirts and gear for all ages. (They call their kids section Junior Rangers – which I find totally adorable!) NPG participates in 1% for the Planet and gives a minimum of 1% of their proceeds to National Park charities. // My favorite shirts are their text shirts that say things like “Star Gazer” and “Vista Viewer”. I especially love these because they are share non-physical activities people can do within our parks. While I love those shirts, I had to share their logo shirt in this awesome cranberry color. I have seen these shirts on parks patrons of all ages across the country. The shirts come several sizes including men’s sizes S to 3XL, women’s sizes S to 2XL, and children’s.
The Parks Project
I also found the Parks Project on social media. If you have time, go read their story. Started as a volunteer project, they now directly help fund backlogged projects in our parks. This is a HUGE issue … as in $12 BILLION dollars in the US National Park Service alone! // Overall, I love their simple designs and the variety of apparel types they have. I’m a sucker for a good raglan tee and their options do not disappoint! I especially love this “Defend our Parklands” option.
Keep It Wild Co.
I discovered Keep It Wild Co on Instagram (sensing a theme?) and immediately was drawn to their posts about wilderness clean-up. After surfing their website, I learned that they use 10% of their proceeds to support local wilderness cleanup initiatives. // While they have a national park collection of apparel, I am actually more drawn to their non-parks options. While I love their “I’d Hike That” shirt, my favorite is their Arizona design featuring two cactus and a pine tree. They also have tank tops in various designs if that is your thing (not many shops have them). The unisex shirts come in size S-XXL.
Am I missing a parks-focused charitable apparel company that you love?
If so, share a link to the company name and/or their website in the comment section below! Also, of the options mentioned above, what are your national park shirts?
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