Meet the ‘Art Rangers’ Trying to Save National Parks

Oscar Nilsson and Alex Tatem are trying to save America’s national parks—one photo at a time.

Nilsson and Tatem run the Art Rangers, a nonprofit online art gallery that sells national park-inspired works of art, with 100 percent of the proceeds going toward the National Park Foundation, the official charity of the National Park Service.

“At its core, it’s artists using their art to help protect the parks, whether it’s photography, sculpture, oil painting, music, or whatever it is,” Nilsson says. “Anything really that has some kind of inspiration drawn from the national parks—we’re allowing those people to give back to the parks using their art.”

Artists around the world can submit their park-inspired art online, with the selected works added to the Art Rangers’ gallery.

The nonprofit doesn’t specify where funds go or how they’re used—that’s best left to the National Parks Foundation, Nilsson says—but the project does offer a new way to give back. Since starting in July 2017, the Art Rangers have already surpassed the five-figure mark in fundraising.

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