2019 holiday giveaway

December Giveaway – The Centennial By David Kroese

Happy December everyone! We are so excited to announce a giveaway today (because really, who doesn’t love giving and getting gifts this time of year?!?) Even better, we’re giving away a copy of one of our 2019 holiday book recommendationsThe Centennial: A Journey through America’s National Park System by David Kroese!

About David Kroese

Cardinal David Kroese - Park Chasers

As many of you know, David was one of our featured Park Chasers in our 2019 Park Chaser profile series. Since childhood, history and places of natural beauty fascinated David, naturally drawing him into physical and literary exploration. David set out to achieve personal fulfillment with the adventure of a lifetime, visiting all of America’s National Park units.

As a southern Illinois native and current northern Illinois resident, David enjoyed a 25-year career in the biotechnology sector after earning a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois. Finding personal growth and development stalled in his career, David turned to his lifelong personal interests for challenge and achievement.

In 2014 and 2015, David toured more than 150 national park sites each year. To celebrate the National Park Service’s centennial in 2016, he visited 387 parks in 360 days, traveling through all 50 states and the Caribbean territories. He completed visits to all the parks in December 2017. In June 2016, after his first of two trips to Alaska, David’s mother asked if he would write his story, so she and others who cannot see these places might experience them in a story.

When the centennial and Find Your Park lapel pin sets came out in August 2015, David decided to collect complete sets of each pin style, have them professionally framed, and give them as a permanent gift to the park service.

About The Centennial: A Journey through America’s National Park System

Released on January 10, 2019, The Centennial: A Journey through America’s National Park System, is the first published narrative introducing all 400+ National Park Service units, 30 national trails, and over 50 national heritage areas and affiliated sites. The book details David’s compelling centennial explorations to 387 parks in 360 days. The story continues through December 2017, when he became one of fewer than a hundred people known to have visited all the US National Park Service sites. Open the cover for a two-year adventure across every state and territory through America’s diverse landscapes and their fascinating human and natural history. Your journey begins!

The Centennial Book Cover by Cardinal Dave

His personal expedition is a poignant exploration into quintessential America as told through its historical and natural wonders. It allows readers to delve into diverse locations from Hawaii to the Rockies, New England to the Caribbean, Charleston to the California desert, Alaska to American Samoa.

Enter to Win A Copy of The Centennial

Park Chasers is teaming up with David Kroese’s in December, to offer one of our readers their own copy of The Centennial Journey. To add it to your holiday reading this year, simply comment on this post below – sharing which national parks you’re planning to #parkchase in 2020. If you’re planning to visit multiple parks in one year like David did in his Centennial Journey, list out the parks you are most looking forward to.

Entries must be received by Friday, December 13th, 2019. We’ll randomly select one comment and announce the winner on the Park Chasers Facebook page on Wednesday, December 18th.

Official rules can be found here: SWEEPSTAKES RULES

The Centennial Book Cover by Cardinal Dave

Don’t wait for the giveaway – grab your copy today!

If you don’t want to wait for our giveaway on Friday, December 13th, 2019 you can purchase a copy of David’s book from his website: CentennialJourney.com or on Amazon.com (affiliate). We think it would make a great holiday gift for every #parkchaser on your list!



Greg & Amy
Chasing a visit to all 400+ units in the NPS
Current Count: 130/423
Next Stop: @hawaiivolcanoes


10 thoughts on “December Giveaway – The Centennial By David Kroese”

  1. Would love an autographed copy for my husband! The plan for 2020 is Aztec Ruins, Bandelier, Chaco Culture, Fort Union, Pecos, Petroglyph, Salinas Pueblo Missions, Valles Caldera, Thomas Stone, Prince William Forest Park, Fort Washington, Piscataway, Fort Larned, Nicodemus, Theodore Roosevelt Island, Mary McLeod Bethune Council House, LBJ Memorial Grove on the Potomac, Frederick Douglass, Carter Woodson Home, Belmont-Paul, Marsh- Billings-Rockefeller, North Cascades, Klondike Gold Rush, Ross Lake, Lake Chelan, Alpine Lakes, Fort Union Trading Post, Knife River Indian Village, Theodore Roosevelt, Badlands, Jewel Cave, Minuteman Missile, Mount Rushmore, Wind Cave, Blue Ridge Pkwy, Cape Lookout, Carl Sandburg Home, Guilford Courthouse, Moores Creek, Colorado NM, Dinosaur NM, Curecanti, Haleakala, Hawai’i Volcanos, Honouliuli, Kalaupapa, Kaloko-Honokohau, Pu’uhonua O Honaunau, American Samoa and War in the Pacific. Looking forward to every one of them!

    1. That’s such a great trip – Badlands, Jewel Cave, Mount Rushmore and Wind Cave are some of our favorites. We also loved the Hawaiian Parks!

  2. Planning to return to a family favorite, Rocky Mountain NP, but this time will add in a trip to the unfortunately overlooked Black Canyon of the Gunnison. Can’t wait!

  3. Hart Sastrowardoyo

    Looking forward to Steamtown, Stonewall, Gettysburg/Eisenhower, possibly Federal Hall, General Grant and Hamilton Grange. #parkchase

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