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An exclusive Graphic Art Collection of America's National Parks...35 years in the making...
An exclusive Graphic Art Collection of America's National Parks...35 years in the making...
379 backers pledged $29,092 to help bring this project to life.

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The National Park Poster Project

The National Park Poster Project combines a love of photography and the National Parks with the classic posters designs created during the Works Progress Administration in the 1930s and 40s.

My name is Rob Decker, and I'm creating iconic posters of America’s National Parks -- from original photographs I've made over the last 35 years -- by transforming them through a digital process into graphic art. The result is a collection of original artwork reminiscent of the stylistic posters from the WPA-era.

Photographing Yosemite with Ansel Adams in 1979
Photographing Yosemite with Ansel Adams in 1979

One of the inspirations behind this project was studying photography with Ansel Adams in Yosemite National Park when I was just 19...an experience that solidified my love of photography and the National Parks.

Yosemite National Park 125th Anniversary Limited Edition
Yosemite National Park 125th Anniversary Limited Edition

This year we celebrate Yosemite’s 125th Anniversary, and I’ve created a Limited Edition poster available exclusively to Kickstarter Backers. If you've been to Yosemite, you’ll want this poster. If you've never been, you’ll want to put it on your short list!

These National Park Posters are 13" x 19", which is the approximate size the WPA posters were printed in the 1930s and 1940s, and are printed on "Conservation", a 100% recycled, domestically-produced paper stock. Our printer, D&K Printing, is environmentally-conscientious, using bio-based inks and is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council and Rainforest Alliance.

Arches National Park
Arches National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park
Canyonlands National Park
Canyonlands National Park
Capitol Reef National Park
Capitol Reef National Park
Zion National Park
Zion National Park

Our national parks tell the story of America, encompassing its amazing landscapes, vibrant cultures, and rich history. And the National Park Poster Project helps to tell our personal histories as well -- road trips, family vacations, weddings, reunions -- important memories that remind us of our own experiences enjoying the often fascinating and always awe-inspiring beauty of our National Parks.

Grand Canyon National Park
Grand Canyon National Park
Petrified Forest National Park
Petrified Forest National Park
Saguaro National Park
Saguaro National Park

So, my hope is that you will become a partner in this historic endeavor as we approach the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016. 

Here’s how you can make this project come to life. 

  • Back this campaign today by choosing one of the exclusive backer rewards and pledging. 
  • Spread the word on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr by clicking on the Share This Project button at the top of this page. 
  • Tell everyone you know: the weekend nature photographer, the outdoor enthusiast, the awesome RV communities, and of course, the national parks fan. 

...and you can be one of the first to get these never before released national park posters! 

Everglades National Park
Everglades National Park
Biscayne National Park
Biscayne National Park
Dry Tortugas National Park
Dry Tortugas National Park
59 National Parks Typography Poster
59 National Parks Typography Poster

Backer Rewards

2015 Kickstarter Collection Postcards
Since we've hit the $20K Stretch Goal, every poster-level backer will receive a set of 12 postcards -- Arches, Biscayne, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Dry Tortugas, Everglades, Grand Canyon, Petrified Forest, Saguaro, Yosemite (125th) and Zion. 

2014 Kickstarter Collection Postcards
Since we hit the $25K Stretch Goal, every poster-level backer will also receive a set of 10 postcards -- Acadia, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Glacier, Grand Teton, Great Sand Dunes, Haleakala, Mesa Verde, Rocky Mountain - Cub Lake, Rocky Mountain - Moraine Park and Yellowstone.

The Utah Mighty Five Collection + Day Hikes of Zion National Park Map Guide. Posters include Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef and Zion. This definitive guide to hiking in Zion National Park is waterproof, tear-proof, and can be easily thrown into your backpack. Featuring maps and descriptions for 29 day hikes (ranked by Jake from best to worst), they are color-coded to indicate trail steepness, distances and more!


Partners

D&K Printing
D&K Printing
National Parks Traveler
National Parks Traveler
hike734.com
hike734.com
Rudy Maxa's World
Rudy Maxa's World
Natural Habitat Adventures & the WWF
Natural Habitat Adventures & the WWF
University of Colorado
University of Colorado

Timeline

The Kickstarter Campaign runs through July 1st...at which point all of the artwork should be ready for printing. Based on our first print run, it takes a solid two weeks to get proofs, print the posters -- wait for them to dry -- and get ready for shipping. So, although I have indicated an August delivery, I hope to start shipping posters around the third week in July. So, depending on the number of posters to ship, it's possible they will all ship in July! Please see the FAQ for more detailed information!

Risks and challenges

The risks to this project are few; the challenges are inspiring.

The risk is that our National Parks, which are so important on so many levels, are threatened every day. Yosemite has suffered major fires! Glaciers are melting at a rapid pace. Acid rain continues its deadly impact. Budget cuts limit our ability to preserve and protect some of the most amazing places on earth. The risk is NOT capturing the amazing beauty and nature of these parks before they suffer even more.

Just today, someone commented on my blog: "As a fine artist (and primarily of landscape art), I derive untold inspiration from our National Park System. I make it a point to discover or re-discover one any time I travel, and can't wait for my next visit to a National Park!"

The challenge will be to personally visit each National Park...and moreover...to capture that single, iconic image that accurately represents each and every one of these National Treasures. As an experienced photographer...this is a challenge I can't wait to tackle!

I have been professionally involved in photography, graphic art and print projects for nearly 30 years. Since I will be responsible for creating all of the original images -- and then developing the photo-graphic images for each poster -- that aspect of the project is quite secure. And, I am already working with a printer in Boulder, Colorado, with outstanding sustainable practices and environmental certifications.

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    59 National Parks Typography Poster: 11" x 17" black & white poster featuring the names of all 59 national parks...and are sized based on annual attendance. Kind of like a tag cloud!

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    1 Poster - Your Choice - Signed, Numbered & Dated. Choose from: Arches, Biscayne, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Dry Tortugas, Everglades, Grand Canyon, Petrified Forest, Saguaro, Yosemite or Zion.

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    2 Posters - Your Choice - Signed, Numbered & Dated. Choose from: Arches, Biscayne, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Dry Tortugas, Everglades, Grand Canyon, Petrified Forest, Saguaro, Yosemite or Zion.

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    3 Posters - Your Choice - Signed, Numbered & Dated. Choose from: Arches, Biscayne, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Dry Tortugas, Everglades, Grand Canyon, Petrified Forest, Saguaro, Yosemite or Zion.

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    4 Posters - Your Choice - Signed, Numbered & Dated. Choose from: Arches, Biscayne, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Dry Tortugas, Everglades, Grand Canyon, Petrified Forest, Saguaro, Yosemite or Zion.

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    THE UTAH MIGHTY FIVE + "Day Hikes of Zion National Park Map Guide" (from HIKE734.com) - Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef and Zion National Parks posters are Signed, Numbered & Dated.

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    5 Posters - Your Choice - Signed, Numbered & Dated. Choose from: Arches, Biscayne, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Dry Tortugas, Everglades, Grand Canyon, Petrified Forest, Saguaro, Yosemite or Zion.

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    6 Posters - Your Choice - Signed, Numbered & Dated. Choose from: Arches, Biscayne, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Dry Tortugas, Everglades, Grand Canyon, Petrified Forest, Saguaro, Yosemite or Zion.

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    National Parks of the Colorado Plateau - Signed, Numbered & Dated. Includes: Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Grand Canyon, Mesa Verde (2014), Petrified Forest and Zion National Parks.

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    The 2015 Kickstarter Collection - All 12 Posters - Signed, Numbered & Dated. Includes: Arches, Biscayne, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Dry Tortugas, Everglades, Grand Canyon, Petrified Forest, Saguaro, Yosemite and Zion.

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    The 2014 & 2015 Kickstarter Collections - All 24 Posters - Signed, Numbered & Dated.
    2014: Acadia, Arches, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Glacier, Grand Teton, Great Sand Dunes, Haleakala, Mesa Verde, Rocky Mountain (Cub Lake), Rocky Mountain (Moraine Park), Yellowstone & Yosemite.
    2015: Arches, Biscayne, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Dry Tortugas, Everglades, Grand Canyon, Petrified Forest, Saguaro, Yosemite (125th Anniversary) and Zion.

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    Framed Artist Proof -- Signed, Numbered & Dated. These Limited Edition Artist Proofs are the first 20 prints pulled from the press, have the highest quality, and are generally not available for immediate sale. Choose your favorite National Park! There are a maximum of 20 Artist Proofs per park.

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