This Project Pushes Students To Get Out And Visit U.S. National Parks

This Project Pushes Students To Get Out And Visit U.S. National Parks
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Within three weeks, two college students photographed 15 national parks

Jiwon Kim
  • 17 july 2017

It ‘s no secret that national parks are in danger of losing funding and land. Recognizing what is at stake, two NYU students decided to take on a project to try to get the younger generation to appreciate the environment and support conservation efforts. It all started with a school project, where they found that 71% of 18-24 year olds have never been to a national park, according to National Geographic. After surveying their classmates, they decided to execute the project to prove that traveling to national parks can be cheap, exciting and completely doable. They are calling it the National Parks Artist Collective, or NatPAC.

For this summer, they plan on partnering with brands to receive products that will be useful for their trip. They also plan on videotaping, documenting and featuring over 200 local artists on their journey, ensuring that people get a glimpse of why these destinations are precious to a variety of individuals. As interactive media students, Eric Hu and Jimi Stine wanted to utilize their skills to get others to care about the shift in political approach to anything related to the environment. They already took one trip where they were able to spend less than $250 during a four week road round-trip from NYC to San Francisco, proving that travel is affordable.

“How we see it, we love brands that care about causes. But it just doesn’t seem wholly authentic when a for-profit organization benefits financially for plugging a non-profit.” Hu counters, “We still need great products to help us with this trip. It’s what keeps our costs low and allows us to do what we do, better.” So the two came to an agreement: “What if we were able to tell this story while bridging the gap between brand and cause, and challenge those companies to donate a portion of their proceeds to the NPS during the duration of our adventure? It’s a win-win for everyone.”

Their trip is easy to follow through Instagram @ericlhu and @jimistine, where they will expose more about different artists’ perspectives and their relationships to national parks.

Image via Shutterstock, Maine coastline at Acadia National Park

 

It ‘s no secret that national parks are in danger of losing funding and land. Recognizing what is at stake, two NYU students decided to take on a project to try to get the younger generation to appreciate the environment and support conservation efforts. It all started with a school project, where they found that 71% of 18-24 year olds have never been to a national park, according to National Geographic. After surveying their classmates, they decided to execute the project to prove that traveling to national parks can be cheap, exciting and completely doable. They are calling it the National Parks Artist Collective, or NatPAC.

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