The National Park Conservation Association, the leading independent, nonpartisan voice working to strengthen and protect America’s favorite places, and official Chimani partner, has included an article on Chimani in its fall issue of National Parks Magazine.
The article, written by Rona Marech, tells the story of how Chimani came to be, as well as how it hopes to, with the help of the NPCA, create a new generation of national park advocates.
“The parks may seem like primitive, beautiful places that won’t change, but there are real pressures on them, and nothing is locked in time. I don’t think a lot of people realize that,” said CEO and Founder Kerry Gallivan. “If we can graduate people into being advocates for parks, that’s my ultimate goal of working with NPCA.”
The article also features excerpts from NPCA interviews with some of Chimani’s passionate users, including Florida native and Everglades National Park explorer, Robert Caston who found himself browsing through Chimani’s National Parks app and daydreaming.
“It’s one of those things where you can sit on your couch and use the app to look at the parks, and once you see the photos, you’re like, ‘That’s it. I’m going there,’” said Caston. “To me, it’s a way to get you off the couch and into a park.”
The article went on to say: “[The] Maine-based company has developed what is essentially a set of digital guidebooks to the national parks. Using an overarching National Park System app and 59 individual apps that detail parks from Acadia to Zion, travelers can decide where to go, see where they are on a topographic map, find the nearest bathroom, read about a hike or learn when the sun sets. And because the apps can be downloaded in advance and use GPS, visitors can do all that without an internet connection.”
Read the full article here: https://www.npca.org/articles/1311-have-phone-will-travel