About Us

National Park Geek™ is more than a line of products. We aim to enhance your National Park experience through our website / social media and become a place you can share your love and geekiness for our parks. With our Instagram account we hope to inspire you to all that our National Parks have to offer from scenic beauty to historic sites. We strive to have our hashtag #nationalparkgeek to be a place to plan your next adventure and see the best that our National Parks provide.

To give back we have joined 1% For The Planet and are giving 1% of all sales at a minimum to National Park charities. It is one of the ways we are trying to be a responsible company to you, the environment and ourselves alike.

We are also being responsible with Made in the USA products. We feel that America has a lot to be proud of beyond our National Parks and we hope to continue by allowing you to choose Made in the USA.

We hope you will seek us out to share your love and excitement for our National Parks. We look forward to helping the National Park Service to celebrate their 100th year in 2016 and hope you will Find Your Park and share your experiences with us and our National Park Geek community.

National Park Geek is a line of the Department of Nature, sharing the love of the outdoors by the experiences and memories created as we live life to the fullest.

 

   

 


Founder:

Daniel Gross

Daniel started National Park Geek to spread the word of how wonderful our National Parks are to us all. A life long lover of nature and photography, the idea of creating National Park Geek was formed as a way to share his passions. "It has been incredible to see and be inspired by the other National Park Geeks daily with their photos. It is so wonderful to see the fun and excitement created by a visit to a National Park or site. They are truly America's Best Idea. I look forward to seeing you in a park soon."

 

Founding Ambassadors:

Brandon Ballard -

Brandon Ballard lives in Birmingham, Alabama with his wife and two daughters.  He works at an elementary school during most of the year.  During summers, holidays, and weekends his family spends their time exploring the nation’s national and state parks and everything they can find in between.  He heads up a local hiking club and regularly plans nearby camping trips with friends and family.  He launched the blog roadtripdad.net in September 2015 and has already gotten a lot of recognition.  Southern Living magazine named him as one of 56 innovators changing the South in 2016.  The goal of his blog is to get American families back outside and having adventures together.  His posts include park reviews, tips and tricks, beginner’s guides, and more.  Brandon believes that everyone can have a life of exploration and outdoor adventure, and he is ready to help you get there.
Blog:  roadtripdad.net
Instagram: @road.trip.dad
Facebook: www.facebook.com/roadtripdad


Julie Crawford -

Julie Crawford is an adventure wedding photographer, Magnolia + Ember, based in Tennessee. Driven by a wandering spirit craving Earth's magnificent wonders, she travels around the world photographing wild couples who love from the soul. As a nature enthusiast, she continues to grow her passion project Wander Knot by expressing herself through the art of travel photography, blogging, clothing, and jewelry designs. In her journey she has found a special place in her heart for National Parks for reasons that are nearly unexplainable. She now wishes to give back to the park service even though it will never match what it has given her.

Social Media and Website Links:

wanderknot.com
magnoliaandember.com
Instagram: @magnoliaandember, @wander_knot

 

 

 

Daniel Madrigal -

In 2006 I went on an overnight camping trip in Everglades National Park and I was hooked. I paddled about 8 miles into the wilderness, camped on a chickee platform, and woke up to a pod of dolphins hunting as the sun was coming up. I never looked back. I get outdoors now as often as I can. Being an RN I have a flexible schedule and I am able to take many trips per year. Some of my most magical memories are my first trip to Zion, seeing Yosemite Valley, hiking to Phantom Ranch in the Grand Canyon, paddling the 100 mile wilderness waterway in The Everglades, and encountering mountain goats at Logan's pass in Glacier. I am very proud to be an ambassador for National Park Geek. Looking forward to sharing many more pictures and memories with you all. 

Instagram: @danielericmadrigal

 

Tigran Nahabedian - 

I will be entering the 6th grade at Ojai Valley School in the fall.

Ojai Valley School taught me that time in the wilderness generates important lessons and skills. That is one of the reasons I like the Junior Ranger programs. They help guide my activities in the National Parks.

I have completed over 70 Junior Ranger programs so far and was the first Junior Ranger Underwater Explorer at Channel Islands National Park. I have met so many friendly, kind and encouraging National Park Rangers on my travels.

The National Park Service Centennial has provided several opportunities for me to help and to give back to the National Park Service.

 I was really honored to help the National Park Service with the Find Your Park and Every Kid in a Park campaigns and I represented Let’s Move Outside at the White House, where I got to help First Lady Michelle Obama plant the White House garden. I was asked to help kick off the Rose Parade in 2016 and rode on the Find Your Adventure banner float.

I am very proud to be the first student Buddy Bison Ambassador for National Park Trust. I believe that going to National Parks should be a right, not a privilege, and that all children should visit our National Parks.

I am a volunteer for Channel Islands National Park as a Special Events Information Specialist, Division of Interpretation and have volunteered with invasive species removal on Anacapa Island as part of the Hands on the Land program and at beach clean-ups.

I am also a volunteer for the Channel Islands Park Foundation as a Centennial Events Coordinator and Island Fox Ambassador.

I was asked by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation to play Trooper Tigran in “Ready, Set, Hike!” the National Parks episode of Mack and Moxy. Mack and Moxy is a children’s education show that focuses on causes and airs on PBS. My episode promotes the National Park Service Junior Ranger Programs.

 Instagram: @jrrangertigran

 

Ambassadors:

Linda Mohammad - 

Linda’s first introduction to rocks was during her geology class in college. Since then, she has been fascinated with the plate tectonic movement creating mountain ranges and valleys we see today in many national parks. Remembering back to her college years, the first national parks she visited were Arches and Canyonlands in Utah during a geology field trip. It was love at first sight when she laid her eyes on those bright orange sandstones. Although she has always been a rock lover due to the nature of her background as a petroleum engineer, she has now expanded her love interest to include tree hugging (literally!). Her passion resides in appreciating the magnificent natural beauty we’re blessed with while providing the world with sustainable energy for our daily use. As an ambassador for National Park Geek, she looks forward to more adventures in America’s Best Idea parks and crossing paths with many of you national park lovers!

Instagram: @thebucketlisttraveler

 

 

Ron Hayworth - 

Ron Hayworth, of Bozeman, MT, specializes in rural photography of our National Parks and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, including Yellowstone National Park. Ron is known for bringing fresh artistic perspectives to the animals and landscapes of the region. His goal is to provide an artistic interpretation of the national parks for the enjoyment of the public.

Instagram: @ronhayworth

Jesse Thorpe - 

When I was 15, my family took a road trip out to South Dakota to visit Badlands National Park, Wind Cave National Park, Black Hills National Forest and Mount Rushmore National Memorial. This was my first experience of a National Park and wilderness outside of my home state of Minnesota.  I was completely mesmerized by the sheer scale and beauty of these parks and Forest, not to mention the size and detail of Mount Rushmore.  I had always had a love for the outdoors, but it was that trip that truly got me hooked.  Since moving out to California, I've now begun visiting the National Parks on the West Coast. I've had so many incredible memories created by experiencing the likes of Yosemite National Park, Joshua Tree National Park and Grand Canyon National Park, while also looking forward to future visits of other National Parks, Forests and Monuments.  I'm extremely excited and proud to be an ambassador for National Park Geek and look forward to meeting others out there that share the same love for our National Parks.

Instagram: @jn_thorpe