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The national parks expedition is a Wikivoyage expedition to improve Wikivoyage's coverage of national parks worldwide. Although the name of the park says "National Parks Expedition", other types of parks such as state parks, provincial parks, marine parks, wildlife reserves, conservation areas, or anything that's a park article is well within the scope of the expedition.

Article stats

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Numbers below are live, up-to-date generated statistics. You may need to purge your cache to see them live.

Articles by status of parks
Type/Status
Matrix
Outline Usable Informative Guide Star Total
Park 1,011 op 627 up 0 ip 84 gp 6 sp 1,728

Rationale

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Outside the US, some smaller countries in Europe, New Zealand and only recently Canada, most countries don't have park articles for even important parks, including those that are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. There are many instances of a country's most important parks not having an article, or one that is plain stubby outline that provides little to no information to the traveller. Unlike the issue with our coverage when it comes to city articles, a case of "English speaking, and developed or not", park articles are often given less overall attention outside North America and Oceania.

What more, our coverage of parks hasn't improved much either. This shows that there were only 47 guide parks in 2013, the early days of Wikivoyage, while there were 386 guide cities. Compare that to 2021, where we had 624 guide cities, almost double the amount, while yet only 71 guide parks, which is only 24 more. Even getting just 100 guide parks would be a massive milestone for the English Wikivoyage. The same goes with total park articles; 1,223 in 2013 and 1,451 in 2021.

The hopes of this expedition is getting good coverage of national parks worldwide, but also state/provincial parks as well as conservation areas, wildlife reserves or any park article.

When this expedition started in December 2021, the number of total park articles sat at 1,451. Less than 3 years later in March 2024, the number sits at 1,711. The number of new park articles created in this timeframe is greater than that between the creation of Wikivoyage and this expedition's founding.

Goals

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  • To have an article for all major national parks in every country on every corner of the globe and ensure they are good outline or usable articles.
  • To improve the stubby outline parks and try to get most national parks to usable or higher.
  • Make all UNESCO World Heritage Parks a high-quality usable article (similar to Wikipedia's B class) or a guide article.

Members

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  1. SHB2000
  2. SelfieCity
  3. Tai123.123

Country statistics

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In these tables below, orange means outline, yellow means usable, light green means guide and dark green means star. This list is not complete, and so feel free to add any new country not mentioned in this list.

Australia 0 115 9 25 1 150
Canada 5 91 1 2 0 99
Caribbean 16 4 0 0 0 20
Chile 10 6 0 2 0 18
China 44 10 0 0 0 54
Costa_Rica 9 3 0 0 0 12
Estonia 5 1 0 0 0 6
Finland 3 17 0 1 0 21
France 7 11 0 0 0 18
Iberia 8 14 0 0 0 22
Iceland 2 2 0 0 0 4
India 85 8 0 0 0 93
Indonesia 16 11 0 6 1 34
Ireland 1 5 0 0 0 6
Japan 18 8 0 1 0 27
Malaysia 4 3 0 0 0 7
Mexico 32 13 0 1 0 46
New_Zealand 11 11 0 0 0 22
Russia 6 0 0 0 0 6
South_Korea 3 3 0 0 0 6
Taiwan 4 3 0 1 0 8
United_Kingdom 12 25 0 1 0 38
United_States_of_America 142 116 3 25 4 290

Requested park articles

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Examples of great park articles

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Alternatively, some of Wikivoyage's more recently featured park articles (post-2015) are also good tools for inspiration. You can find them at Previous Destinations of the month and Previously Off the beaten path.

National park topic articles

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This is a list of all articles categorised under Category:National parks. All of these are topic articles that cover the scope of national parks in a certain country or region.

This list was last updated on March 22, 2024. Please add any new articles when created and update the statuses if they have changed.

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The following links would normally work but are broken as of March 2024.

Countries with an article or a redirect for all national parks

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// Currently incomplete list //
List of countries/territories with an article or a redirect for all national parks

Milestones

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  • Jan 20, 2022 – 1500 park articles