Welcome to Enjoy the Parks

This website is dedicated to helping folks find parks to enjoy, whether it be in your neighborhood, your state, or almost anywhere else, eventually including parks all over the world. The focus of the website will be on the map and the collected data to create all of its features.

The site is just starting out and I don't anticipate doing a soft rollout until the Spring of 2020. So if you are visiting, know this is just a shell of what is to come...

About the site...

About the site

Overview

While there are a number of websites out there dedicated to National Parks, State Parks, Hiking Trails, and other such related topics, there is no site that combines the information for all of the parks in a given state, county, or locale. This site hopes to bring together all of these types of parks for not only the US, but eventually the world.

Goals

The short term goals are to start with the US National Parks, Forests, Wildlife Refuges, then add in the US State Parks. Once completed, the plan is to move onto local parks, then move into Canadian parks, south into Central and South America, jump over to Europe, and, well, we'll have to see where we go from there.

Fun Facts...

Featured Park...

Our Land Stewards

National Park Service

The National Park Service was created by Congress on August 25, 1916 as an agency of the US Department of Interior. It is charged with managing all of the US national parks and monuments as well as other historical and conservation properties. It is reponsible for both the ecological and historical protection and integrity while also ensuring they are accessible for public use and enjoyment for everyone.

As of 2018, the 27,000 NPS employees were responsible for 8,500 miles of road, 12,250 miles of trails, 43,162 miles of shoreline and a whopping 84 million acres of land. This is obviously a LOT of land, roads, trails, etc. and the current budget of $3 billion dollars does not come close to the needs for maintaining all of these resources. Currently, the NPS has a backlog of approximately $12+ billion dollars of work.

USDA - Forest Service

The Forestry Service was created in 1905 by President Theodore Roosevelt and is part of the US Dept. of Agriculture. They are responsible for administering the 154 US National Forests and 20 National Grasslands. Their mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of these national resources and provide leadership in managing, protecting, and enhancing these resources to meet both current and future needs. The Forestry Service includes national forests and regions, ranger districts, as well as the research stations and other work units, each having its own area of responsibility.

Fish and Wildlife Service

The US Fish and Wildlife Service was created in 1940. It purpose is the conservation and protection of the countries fish, wildlife, and other natural habitats for the benefit of all. They work to protect endangered species, migratory birds, fisheries, wetlands, and other wildlife habitats which includes enforcing the federal wildlife laws. In addition, they work with other foreign governments and international organizations on conservation efforts.

Burea of Land Management

The Bureau of Land Management was created in 1946 and manages over 247 million acres of public lands, which is approximately one-eighth of the countries landmass. Most of the lands are located in the larger western states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. Its mission is to sustain the health, productivity and diversity of these lands for current and future needs. It manages approximately 221 wilderness areas, 27 national monuments, and 636 protected areas and holds nearly 18,000 permits and leases for livestock grazing.

Map Overview...

Overview of the Map

The Main Map

The main map starts out over the US displaying only the US National Park Service (NPS) sites. A single park is identified by the NPS badge (icon here) and when clicked on,show a small popup with the park map and 2 links; one for "More Info..." which will load the parks information into the left side panel and open it; one to the NPS website for the park and will open in a separate window. At lower zoom levels, ie zoomed out, you will likely see something called a cluster with a number in it. This indicates there are that many NPS sites in that area. You can zoom in closer (higher zoom level numbers) and will eventually show up as individual parks. If you click on the cluster, it will automatically zoom in to show you the parks it was covering.

Info Panel

Located on the left side of the map, this panel has several icons down the side of it. The last 3 icons are meant to display different information about a selected park. To select a park, click on it's icon on the map and in the popup, click "More Info...". The currently selected parks information will then be loaded.
The rest of the icons are for general use, such as searching, more detailed help with the map, and turning on/off optional items.

Layer Panel

Located on the right side, this panel has 3 distinct parts to it. The upper set is a list of other basemaps (the main map you see) that you can choose. It is a good idea to open some of these and choose the map you like, or just to have some fun with.
The 2nd part shows the Features and Landmarks for the selected park. If no park is currently selected, nothing will be displayed on the map. In addition, you won't see anyof these until you zoom in to level 12 and further.
The 3rd part, which is not yet available, will be to display Web Mapping Service (WMS) layers. These layers can show things like weather, elevation lines, streams, etc..

Other items on the map

Looking at the map there are several additional items to point out. In the lower left is a scale bar that adjusts based on zoom level. The bottom center rectangle displays the current position and zoom level. The lower right has the map attributions and above that, a small globe showing you your current position in the world. The last item is not visible, but if you right click on the map, it displays a magnifying glass over the curret mouse position. Clicking the left mouse button will make it disappear.

latest updates...

Latest updates to the site

  • Added Zoom to Park on left side panel->Search tab

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