Putting state parks at your fingertips

User experience and visual design


Stamen Design provides access to information on the almost 12,000 national, state, regional, and local parks in California. By layering social media content onto the most complete single list of California parks, it provides an up-to-the-minute picture of everyday outdoor experiences. Users can find out what parks are nearby, what activities are available, what other people are doing at those parks – and then share their own experiences when they get there.

The bilingual, responsive web app helps users to discover parks via curated features or themes, activity type, or location. Results may be filtered by activity, allowing users to find locations where different activities can be combined.

Results are also available in map form, allowing a user to search visually, or re-center the map and search around a new location.

Arising from Parks Forward, a state-backed initiative to modernize and improve Californians outdoor experiences, the project combines data from the California Protected Areas Database, GreenInfo Network, and OpenStreetMap. Iconography is (slightly adapted) from the National Park Service symbol set, naturally.

Each park page provides links to park & partner websites (to make camping reservations, for example) and location-based directions, together with more extensive social media activity.