The National Park Checklist

I worked on Amy’s birthday present for about a week, using source material from the National Park Service to create a detailed map and checklist of the 58 National Parks administered by the National Park Service.  We have said that it is a goal to visit all of the National Parks, and now we have a way to keep track!

I tried a few ways to keep track, including a small map with a list of parks that you check off in a separate list below, but I thought it would be more fun if you physically “x” off the parks right where they exist geographically on the map.  I started with this map that contained small dots at each site, and a simple text label.
From there, I removed everything but the 58 actual National Parks, put a checkbox where the dots were, and I color-coordianted the text and boxes to the 9 National Park Regions described in the Passport to your National Parks cancellation book.

To finish it off, I added the standard black National Park Header, and an alphabetical list beneath the map which allows you to record when you first visited the park.

I had initially designed it to be printed on our 13×19″ capable Canon Pixma Pro 9000 Inkjet, but decided to try Costco, which will print a 20×30 print for just 8.99$.  I found reaosnably priced 20×30 frames at Ben Franklin, and I found really convenient adhesive foam core in conveniently enough, 20×30 pieces for 6$ a Michaels.
I am really happy with the final result, which looks really classy in the black frame.  It served as a great conversation piece during Amy’s birthday party, althought we still need to check-off the 11 parks we have visited together.  And, I think she liked it!

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41 Responses

  1. Keely says:

    You need to take your picture with Buddy Bison – the new National Park Trust mascot – at each park. Plus he's a Bison and you can commemorate your Bucknell heritage.

  2. Tom says:

    Funny, I had never heard of a Buddy Bison before. They are entertaining, maybe we should get one. It looks like they are sponsored by the National Park Trust… I wonder how they support and complement the park service itself.

  3. Tom says:

    Great idea! I was trying to find a map of just the National Parks and not all of the other historical sites, etc. Any chance you can send me a email cop of the map?

    Many thx


  4. Tom Alphin says:

    I have considered making a small print run of these posters and making them available for sale. Is this something people would be willing to purchase?

  5. Iden says:

    Tom- I came across your site while googling for a national parks checklist poster. I would definitely purchase a copy of the checklist poster if you made it available. Feel free to contact me by email if you’re still interested in making a print run.

  6. Alison says:

    Hi…Just happened upon your blog. This checklist is exactly what I’ve been looking for! Did you ever end up printing any copies? I’d love to purchase one.

  7. Allison says:

    I would definitely purchase one (or two) if you ever end up making a small print run. It’s a fantastic poster.

  8. Alyssa says:

    I too would love to purchase one of these from you!

  9. Peter says:

    Had you ever made the checklist available for sale? I’d be interested.


  10. Ted says:

    This is fantastic, I too would be interested if you put this up for sale. Well done

  11. Steve says:

    Tom, this is just what I am looking for to track our park visits. Have you made it available yet?

  12. Colette says:

    Tom, I love it! Exactly what I need! I would definitely be interested in purchasing.

  13. Peter says:

    Have you decided against selling?

  14. Sam says:

    Great idea! I would love to buy the file or a print from you! Please let me know! I also buy a patch from every park. It’s a fun way to keep track of which parks I’ve been to as well. 27 down and I’ll cross 3 more off next week!

  15. Susie says:

    Weird, I just stumbled across your blog as I was looking for a collector’s book to keep all my National Park brochures. I am doing a similar project as you, trying to get to all the National Parks, but I’ve included historic sites, monuments, and others.
    I am using a map put out by the National Park Service that has all the sites laid out and categorized, very easy to check off and keep track of progress.

  16. Jenessa says:

    This is great! I too have been looking for this and would purchase if you ever decided to sell copies!!

  17. Nathan says:

    I, too, would like to purchase or print this map. Let me know if you are making it available.

  18. Amanda says:

    I would love to buy one of these! You could make a killing!

  19. Gary Miguel says:

    I would also buy one.

  20. Connie Ziko says:

    WE visit a national park or 2 every summer . I would love to purchase the poster to dispaly our adventures.


  21. Lindsay says:

    Hi Tom,

    I would also like to purchase a poster! I love it!

  22. Lindsay says:

    Hi Tom,

    I would also like to purchase a poster! I love it!!

  23. Amanda says:

    Hi Tom,

    Are you selling your poster? If so how much? I think you made an awesome map! Please let me know

  24. Sarah says:

    My husband and I have been to 14 National Parks this year. A poster would make a great present! Are you selling copies?

  25. Terri Morgan says:

    Have you made your “National Park Poster” available to purchase? I’m interested. Great work!

    Terri Morgan

  26. Erin in IA says:

    I’m with others, would love to purchase your poster. Great work that should be shared. 🙂

  27. Also interested… please, offer this for sale or download!!

  28. Lisa says:

    Hi Tom, I am also very interested in purchasing this poster. I have the same goal of visiting all the National Parks and this is exactly what I am looking for.

  29. Christina says:

    I would love to purchase this as a high res download so I can send it to a printer and have it printed for my wall. I love the national parks. Any chance you are selling it?

  30. kim woodall says:

    I would love to purchase one map also! or maybe 3 (one for each child). we have started our trek to the national parks. We did 5 this summer!

  31. Joanne Skidmore says:

    I am wondering if you ever did print the map of the National Parks. We have just retired and are working on finishing up visiting all the national parks that one can get to by driving. Your map would be great to have and to frame when we are done. I think what you created is wonderful and that the National Park Service might be interested in selling it as well. Thank you.

  32. Penny Soutar says:

    I would love to purchase this poster. Please let me know if you will consider selling these.

    Penny Soutar

  33. Kaleen says:

    Yes please! Is there any way I could purchase one of your maps for my husband for Christmas?

  34. Rachel says:

    Have you by any chance made an updated one with Pinnacles in california?

  35. Drake says:

    Great idea! I looked through the comments but never saw if you ended up making this amazing work available. Any chance it is? 🙂 Thank you!

  36. rebecca conner says:

    please allow us to buy this lovely idea for ourselves!

  37. Shawn Ransom says:

    I really hope you have made these for sale! Very interested. Thank you.

  38. Jen moyles says:

    Tom, I have been looking for something like this to buy. Are you selling any?

  39. April says:

    Hi – I would like to buy at least 2 copies of this for loved ones. Are you selling any or considered an etsy shop?

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