See What The National Park Geek Community is up to now, #nationalparkgeek
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 hope you will seek us out to share your love and excitement for our National Parks. We 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.
Daniel started National Park Geek in 2015 to spread the word of how wonderful our National Parks are to us all. A lifelong 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 National Park Geek Ambassadors:
Chief National Park Geek Ambassador:
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!
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.
Julie Crawford -
Julie Crawford is a wedding and elopement photographer, Magnolia + Ember, based in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. Driven by a wandering soul, she travels around the world photographing adventurous and free-spirited couples amidst the wild. Along her journey, she has found a special place in her heart for National Parks for reasons that are profound beyond words. Though she could never match all that adventure has given her, she continually supports the park service through proceeds and advocates Leave No Trace principles and outdoor ethics with every couple she creates art with. Beyond love stories, follow her travel photography and personal anecdotes on Instagram and her blog as she expresses authenticity and depth.
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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.
Tigran Nahabedian -
Hi, my name is Tigran Nahabedian.
I attend at Ojai Valley School.
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 90 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 during my travels.
Being a National Park Geek Ambassador has allowed me to connect with an incredible community of park supporters. I am always encouraged by the enthusiasm people have to support our national parks. I have been very fortunate to be able to help in many ways.
I was really honored to help the National Park Service with the Find Your Park and Every Kid in a Park campaign 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 Buddy Bison Student 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 have helped at national park events across the country, and you will often find me at Channel Islands National Park. I serve on the board of the Channel Islands Park Foundation with fellow National Park Geek Ambassador Linda Mohammed.
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.
I was thrilled to be asked to join National Park Geek as one of their Ambassadors to help promote the national parks. I hope to design some of their products and to raise money for the Channel Islands Park Foundation and National Park Trust.
One day, I want to be the Director of the National Park Service. I encourage everyone to go to national parks with their family. National parks are important for kids because exploring nature, plus exercise, equals healthier kids! Plus, activities in the outdoors build confidence and teach perseverance. Everyone should get out to a national park TODAY!
You can follow my adventures in Buddy Bison’s Buzz at www.parktrust.org and on Instagram and Twitter @JrRangerTigran @nationalparktrust
National Park Geek Photography Ambassador:
Frank Lee Ruggles -
Frank Lee Ruggles is a former US Army Paratrooper turned critically-acclaimed photographer who served for 5 years as an eminent photographer for the National Park Service. His assignments took him to every corner of the Country to include all 50 States and 309 National Park sites to date. Using his Army skills to climb, hike and explore lesser-known areas, Frank often gets a perspective of our public lands that few others get to experience. His new coffee-table book "Chasing Light" chronicles his explorations of America's Treasures, and a portion of the proceeds go to support the Kids-to-Parks program with the National Park Trust, where he has been named Artist Ambassador.
National Park Geek Ambassadors:
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.
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.
Chris Rief -
Chris Rief is based in Rockville, MD, which is located just outside of Washington, D.C. He has a deep passion for photography, and for exploring and protecting public lands. Living in the D.C. area offers endless opportunities for exploration. You’ll often find him exploring national park units near and far with his adventure companion and daughter, Quinn. Chris loves helping her complete junior ranger booklets to earn badges. He also has a weakness for collecting passport stamps at visitor centers and finding postcards to send to friends and family documenting each trip. At the beginning of 2020, Chris had visited just over 100 park units, while Quinn has been to 67. Fun fact: Chris’ photo was featured on the America The Beautiful 4th Grade (Every Kid In A Park) Pass for 2017-2018.