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I'm a student at Humboldt State University in Arcata, California, and have been involved with two interships through the Student Conservation Association.
I can remember far back to my first visit to a National Park. That was Yosemite when I was in College and believe me I have never been the same. I have been blessed over the years to have visit over 20 different parks, and as well I have worked in five. It is hard to describe the impact parks have had on my life, yet for sure it is huge. They have changed me forever and the gratitude I have is filled with love and respect. I have worked in Denali, Zion, Glacier in Montana , Mt.Rainier and Kenai Fjords. Every park is so unique and offers visitors an inside view of nature and wild places that will surely touch your heart as they have mine.
As a Travel writer, Artist and budding hopefully Pro-photographer I could spend hours going on about my experiences. What has touched me the most is the fragile, the up close and personal and the vastness of our parks, they are so special in my heart. One thing for sure is each experience has given me inspiration to want more, crave more. One of my favorites is Katmai in Alaska, I can remember descending on the plane and seeing dozens of Brown bears fishing in the river below, it took my breath away, Wow is all I can say. Anyway, that is me, Whale Geek, Nature dork, anything park and I just keep wanting more.
Barbara J. Moritsch worked for the National Park Service as an ecologist and interpretive naturalist in five western parks. She holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in natural resources and environmental science, and currently lives in Eagle, Idaho with her husband Tom, two cats, two dogs, and three horses. She is the author of The Soul of Yosemite: Finding, Defending, and Saving the Valley's Sacred Wild Nature.
As an environmental photojournalist, I explore nature and wildlife destinations around the world, but consider working at the Grand Canyon as one of the most rewarding times of my life.
I've published articles and photography with National Wildlife, Sierra Club, and Wildlife Conservation publications and written an iTunes/Android app guide to the Grand Canyon and Flagstaff.
Kati Schmidt is a Senior Media Relations Manager with the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA). Since 1919, NPCA has been the leading voice of the American people in protecting and enhancing our National Park System. NPCA, its more than 750,000 members and supporters, and many partners work together to protect the park system and preserve our nation’s natural, historical, and cultural heritage for generations to come. Kati works out of NPCA's San Francisco office and spearheads media outreach efforts for NPCA's Alaska, Northwest, and Pacific regional offices.
Kati has a B.A. in Communications with a minor in Human Resources Management from California State University, Chico. Prior to joining NPCA, Kati worked wtih a wide range of organizations and clients on awareness and advocacy campaigns.
Outside of her professional work, Kati enjoys visiting national parks, traveling, cooking, and hiking – both the steep hills of San Francisco and beyond. Kati grew up visiting national parks with her family, incluing a three month road trip across the country, visiting sites ranging from Sequoia to Acadia, when she was 8 years old!
12/15/2013: I and my wife Barb, currently live in Indpls, In. Both of us have lived here all our lives. We've been married over 20 years, and have several grandchildren. I'm a retired member of the U.S. Army. I reitred in Jan. 1999. I now work for the state of Indiana, in the Department of Enviormental Managment. I have work for Indiana 13 years and intend to retire in about 2 1/2 years. We enjoy traveling and seeing the sites, fishing, eating out. grand kids since they range for age 28 to 20 months at this time. So hello to all, who enjoy our National Parks, they are a wonderful places to visit and love. Take your grandchildren teach them to respect that which has been set aside and let them learn to love the treasures that our national parks offer to all of us.
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Cathy Bell is a naturalist and writer who has worked at Yellowstone and Badlands National Parks. She recently completed her master's degree in the Field Naturalist program at the University of Vermont. Follow her blog, Homelandscapes.
Following a career as a police officer, I turned to photographing and writing about nature. My entry into photography and journalism came accidentally, after many years of injury and surgeries, one of which became infected and entered my brain.
Once home from the hospital, I discovered that I no longer knew how to boil water, despite having been a chef in different restaurants. The tradeoff was discovered when I began to move forward and commit myself to writing. Two publishers, in different states, loved the photos I took to accompany my stories and they encouraged me to more fully pursue photography. I was no longer a terrific cook, but suddenly I could take photos!
My love for national parks began with a trip to Mount Rainier National Park during the reopening of the Paradise Lodge in 2008 and grew until I no longer could stay home in the city. After a month-long camping trip to Glacier, Yellowstone, and Grand Teton national parks, I sold everything and moved into a 1970s model, 17-foot-travel trailer (since upgraded to 21' and newer) and left on a journey to see the parks.
During the past 27 months I've visited several parks and have volunteered at Yosemite and North Cascades national parks. Currently, the trailer is parked and I've found warm winter accommodations just outside the North Gate to Yellowstone, where I plan to stay until May 2013.
I inherited my love of the camera from my father, who, in his day, used his Mamiya twin-lens camera to capture snow ghost and mountain images of our beloved Montana, state of my birth and forever home of my heart. My first SLR was a Pentax purchased when I was in high school. In 1999, I bought my first digital camera: a 2MP HP-brand point-and-shoot from the local discount store. After that, I never looked back to film. I've used a number of different digital camera brands, from Minolta to Nikon to my present Canon gear.
I was born in Whitefish, Montana (where the hospital was located), and lived in Columbia Falls, about 20 miles away from Glacier National Park. I have lived in or traveled to such places as Washington, Idaho, Utah, Arizona, Colorado, California, Oregon, Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Kentucky, the Bahamas, Canada, London, and Ireland. I've visited a number of national parks and monuments: Glacier NP, Arches NP, Rocky Mountain NP, Grand Canyon NP, Mesa Verde NP, Carlsbad Caverns NP, Mammoth Cave NP, Mount Rainier NP, Mt. St. Helens National Monument and I'm still crossing parks off of my bucket list!
I currently live near the coast in southeast Texas, in the small town of Angleton, about an hour's drive south of Houston. I have a day job in Houston which helps with camera gear expenditures (grin), which I use for landscapes, weddings, engagements, families, model portfolios, dancers, and birds (I live just a stone's throw from the Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge, and not too far from Brazos Bend State Park, both of which are inhabited by a plethora of birdlife). I am a Getty Image Contributer and also the staff photographer for a vendor out at the Texas Renaissance Festival, where I worked for 8 years before "retiring" to become said staff photographer. I keep myself and my cameras pretty busy!
In addition to my love of photography, I also enjoy writing, and to that end publish regularly to my photography-related blog site.
I've got more parks on that bucket list to visit and re-visit, photograph and re-photograph. I don't let much stop me - not even my rheumatoid arthritis. I'm in my element when I have the camera up to my eye - be it in the pouring rain, the freezing cold, the heat and humidity, or anyplace else here on this amazing, wonderful planet. Photography allows me to freely express myself by showing others how I view the world around me.
I'm so happy to be a part of National Parks Traveler. This is an awesome site with plenty of information, advice, and links. I'm going to take full advantage of this site and I hope you do too!
During a long career with the National Park Service, Ms. Anzelmo served stints as chief of public affairs for Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks, was the communications chief for the entire National Park Service out of its Washington, D.C., office, and finally was superintendent of Colorado National Monument.
Following the leadership she showed during the 1988 Yellowstone fires, Ms. Anzelmo became a nationally acknowledged expert in crisis communications and subsequently was dispatched to some of the country’s most complex wild land fire situations and other national emergencies.
In May 2010 she was assigned to the Unified Area Command for the National Park Service in response to the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Ms. Anzelmo is the recipient of numerous awards including two of the Department of the Interior’s highest honors, the Superior Service and Meritorious Service awards, and has been honored in Congressional Record and White House commendatory documents.
In recognition for the backbone she displayed in declining to approve a professional bike race through Colorado National Monument, the National Parks Conservation Association awarded Ms. Anzelmo the Stephen T. Mather Award for her commitment to preserving the integrity and open access of the park for all visitors.
I spent the summer working as an intern with the Student Conservation Association in Glacier National Park.
CPR instructor for the American Heart Association. Teaching CPR classes in Tampa as well as Miami.
I grew up in Nebraska, but have lived in Missouri and Colorado and am now back in Nebraska. I love and support the National Park System. Plan most vacations around seeing one or more Parks. My favorites include; Yellowstone, Glacier, Zion, Rocky Mountain and Bryce. I work in the RV business selling Travel Trailers, Fifth Wheels and Motor Homes and enjoy discussing Parks with my customers.
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Since 1972, Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) has shared the outdoors with millions of guests on white water river rafting trips, with all varieties of kayak and canoe instruction, on mountain bikes and around the world with our adventure travel trips.
Located in western North Carolina near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NOC is within easy driving distance of Atlanta, Charlotte and Knoxville. Our world-class staff leads white water rafting trips on seven of the Southeast's best rivers, including the Chattooga River, Cheoah River, French Broad River, Nantahala River, Nolichucky River, Ocoee River, and Pigeon River. Learn to whitewater paddle from the pros in our renowned canoe and kayak Paddling School. We also offer adventure-learning programs for groups of all types, ropes course climbing, flat water lake kayaking and hiking.
In 2012, my husband and I completed our goal of visiting all 58 of the National Parks. When we embarked on this little adventure, it was just something to do while I was travelling the country for business. We had documented our visits to all the states, so we were looking for another reason to do something more fun than hanging out at the hotel bar :-). But no more lists for a while. We're excited to return to many of them, having learned that 1) we could spend a lifetime playing in our national parks, and 2) where there are national parks, there are often other really cool things to do!
I'm excited to find this organization and look forward to gathering "intel" from other seasoned national park travellers. We are so fortunate to have had the opportunities to visit these amazing places.
I'm a sophomore student at West Virginia University currently pursuing a degree from the Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism. My family and I have taken multiple roadtrips to many of America's National Parks since I was very young, which has definitiely contributed to my love for outdoor adventure.
This past summer, I took an outdoor leadership course in New Zealand that completely changed my life. Some of our activities included backpacking, ice climbing and cultural education, all having impacted my outlook on life for the better. I believe that some of the most beautiful places in the entire world exist within America's National Parks and can provide experiences and emotion that are truly indescribable.
As a young child my Dad would take us camping at parks for vacations. My first memory was of Petit Jean State Park in Arkansas. Mostly we camped at Great Smokey Mountains National Park. When I decided to go to college (after getting married and having a child) I felt called to the outdoors for a career. I graduated from the University of South Alabama with a BS in Leisure Service with a concentration in Outdoor Recreation Resource Management. While in college I did a summer with NPS at Fort Frederica NM in Georgia and later did a 6 months temp assignment there. Needing to feed my family and not being able to do the temp work necessary back then (early 1980's) to get into a full-time job, I turned to the state parks and landed in Virginia State Parks. That was 29 years ago and I'm near the end of that career.
I have travelled with my beautiful wife and our five sons to national parks all across the country. I have my favorites but I fell in love with Yosemite the first time I visited. However, Glacier NP in Montana also has me wanting to spend more time there.
I am a strong advacate for the National Parks and belong to several organizations who lobby on behalf of the parks. My retirement plans (not far away now) include seasonal work in the parks out west, doing a little writing, and sharing my love for the beauty bestowed on us by the Creator that this nation had the forsight to protect and set aside for future generations. Maybe I'll see you in a visitor center out there one day!
We produce and sell a wide range of national park commemorative items, from quarters honoring specific national parks and jewelry to speciality items such as money clips and even cufflinks.
I grew up in Philadelphia, and on the weekends my favorite thing to do was travel north to the Pocono Mountains. My parents, also outdoors enthusiasts, would bring my siblings and I up to the Mountains every chance they got, thus sparking and nurturing my love for nature and parks. This love carried through my adolescence, and straight on to college where I attended West Virginia University in the ‘Wild and Wonderful.’ During my college years, I jumped on the opportunities my school provided to camp and explore in Western Pennsylvania, Northern West Virginia, Colorado and Utah. I don’t know how many of you have traveled to Utah, but I’d hope that everyone gets the chance to, because once I came home from that trip I thought, boy, I’m hooked!
Haley Hepburn is an intern at National Parks Traveler. She lives in Boone, North Carolina, where she is a senior at Appalachian State University. Haley is studying English, business, and communication and hopes to one day work in publishing. After graduation she intends to teach English abroad and has a special interest in national parks in other countries.
Army Soldier with 26+ years, wife and 3 daughters that still lusts for the days of wandering our national park system. I intend to retire from Active Duty and volunteer my retired days working in the national park system.
For the past 10 years I have traveled across the country, most by vehicle, in my spare time to explore the wonders of the United States' Parks. I have found that being amongst the trees, hills, prairies, mountains, fauna, and flora of all parks on the county, state and national level, is where I feel healed. My bucket list dream is to visit all 58 National Parks and as many units as possible. I enjoy sharing my adventures along the way through my blog Brendaleefree.com. My daytime job provides me ample opportunity to explore all of Pennsylvania's gems.
Parks & Units Explored:
Grand Canyon National Park
Yosemite National Park
Assateague Island National Seashore
Appalachian National Scenic Trail (small portions)
Glacier National Park
Theodore Roosevelt National Park
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
Flight 93 National Memorial
Gettysburg National Military Park
Independence National Historic Park
Johnstown Flood National Memorial
Badlands National Park
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Shenandoah National Park
Yellowstone National Park
Soon to Come: Cuyahoga National Park, Saguaro National Park, Acadia National Park
Jacqueline Vaughn is a native of San Diego, and attended UC Santa Barbara and Boston University, where she was awarded a Bachelor's Degree in Education. Her master's degree is from San Jose State University, and her Ph.D. is from the University of California, Berkeley. She is Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Northern Arizona University, and conducting research on philanthropy and the national parks, with a focus on friends groups and cooperating associations. She and her husband live in Sedona, Arizona.
New Member. 73 years old male. BS and MS in Physics. "Visited* all 58 of the 58 National Parks. Visited 86 nations, on a quest to get to 100. Visited the "Seven wonders of the World".
* I have clearly set foot on 57. For Gates of the Arctic NP I flew in a small plane at low elevation across the park to Anaktuvuk Pass, From there I hiked out of town to get into the park boundaries per the map I was using. Per the current google map I was inside the boundary.
Kobuk Valley was the hardest one to get to. Took a mail plane to Kiana, and hired a fishing guide to take me up river in his boat. We went to the middle of the park and hiked to the park's main feature, the giant inland sand dunes.
During my summer as a conservation intern with the Student Conservation Association, I worked at Cape Cod National Seashore to protect nesting piping plovers.
Ruffin Prevost is founding editor of Yellowstone Gate, an independent, online news site offering community news and inside views about Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks and their gateway communities.
He lives in Cody, Wyo. where he also works as the Wyoming reporter for Reuters America Wire. He has previously worked as managing editor of WyoFile, a statewide news service about Wyoming people, places and policy. From 2005-2010, he was the Wyoming reporter for the Billings Gazette. Contact him at or 307-213-9818.