The National Park Service was created on August 25, 1916 by an act of Congress. The agency was charged with protecting the country's national parks and monuments. The first national park, Yellowstone, was established in 1872. Today, there are more than 400 national parks and monuments in the United States.
National park signs, and way finding signs, have been around since the early days of the park service. The signs help visitors find their way around the parks and provide information about available activities as well as plants and animals that live there. The signs are an important part of the National Park Service's mission to protect and preserve the parks.
Until 1968 each park could use any fonts, colors and materials for their signs. The signs were unique and fun but did lack the clarity and cohesive branding we find today. Fun fact, the most photographed national park sign is Yellowstone's "Do not feed the bears" sign.
Our Parks & Rec Signs design was created by local artist LK Weiss and it pays tribute to way finding signs found throughout parks directing people to hiking trails, camping areas and other attractions. The signs are designed to be easily seen and understood so that visitors can find their way around the park. The National Park Service was established to protect our country's natural resources and history for future generations to enjoy.
Our Parks & Rec Sign design reveals our staff’s favorite activities. So get out there, explore a park and find your own way with one of our stylish belts.