Who are the National Park Travelers?

A list of the folks who have created profiles on the website. If you'd like to add yourself to this list, create an account, and after you've logged in, you can edit your biography.

  • 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

    Lincoln Memorial

    National Mall

    Washington Monument

    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.

  • Currently a graduate student at the University of Nebraska, I spent the summer of 2006 living, working, and playing in Yellowstone National Park, and left smitten and grateful for our national parks.

  • I'm the communications director for the International Mountain Bicycling Association, more commonly referred to as IMBA.

  • David Menzies is Director of Marketing and Public Relations at OBX Outfitters, a woman-owned casual apparel and activewear company sharing the pure joy that is the Outer Banks and especially the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. He is a PR professional and writer, sharing news and blogging about OBX at the Outer Banks Update, www.outerbanksupdate.com.

    He and his wife Stacy, President of OBX Outfitters, are dedicated to contributing to the economic and environmental strength of North Carolina, with clothing made right here in NC, USA. From Corolla down to Ocracoke, they support the communities in which they do business, donating time and a portion of our profits to local civic groups and nonprofits.

  • A critically-acclaimed historian of the national parks, Alfred Runte lives in Seattle. In April 2011, he was inducted into the College of Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame at Illinois State University (his master’s degree institution) “in recognition of exemplary achievement” as a teacher and public scholar. He also holds a B.A. from the State University of New York at Binghamton (now Binghamton University) and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

  • Lisa Lance is a writer and communications specialist living in the Baltimore area. www.lisalance.com

  • National Parks Traveler is not affiliated with the National Park Service. Our mission is clear: National Parks Traveler works to educate the general public about the National Park System, increase awareness and understanding of issues affecting the national parks and the National Park Service, and build a stronger advocacy for protection and sound stewardship of the parks.

    Since being launched in August 2005, National Parks Traveler has evolved into the Internet's top-ranked editorially independent site for news, commentary, and features revolving around the national parks and the National Park Service. With a robust and growing audience of more than 1.5 million readers a year, the Traveler is the only website that provides a steady, daily dose of fresh editorial content on the parks.

    The Traveler endorses and actively supports the National Park Service Organic Act of 1916 that mandated a high standard of protection for the parks, as well as the Redwoods Act of 1978 that reemphasized the Organic Act’s stewardship provisions and affirmed that they are to be applied on a system-wide basis.

    Traveler seeks to work in ways that are consistent with the National Park Service’s fundamental purpose for managing the parks, which is “to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wildlife therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations."

  • Steve Myers is the founder of the vision for the Great Plains National Scenic Trail. His experience with national praks dates to 1990 when he applied for a dishwashing job at Signal Mountain Lodge in Grand Teton national Park . . . and landed it! His love affair with national parks and hiking began there, and eventually led to the idea currently on the table: The Great Plains Trail!

  • Stacey Wittig is a freelance travel writer based in Flagstaff, Arizona. She'll give you the local's insider scoop on where to stay, eat and have fun at Grand Canyon National Park. Stacey's Grand Canyon adventures have led her down the Kaibab Trail to Phantom Ranch, across the North Rim on her mountain bike, and floating through layers of time on a whitewater river trip. "The Grand Canyon State is a remarkable place to call home," declares the wandering writer. She welcomes comments and questions at www.vagabondinglulu.com.

  • Robin, a lover of travel and adventure, has visited 16 National Parks in the last year. She is a rock climber, hiker, runner, and writer.

  • Ashley is an avid traveler of America's National Parks. Her favorites include Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Shenandoah National Park. She is committed to raising awareness of the importance National Parks have, focusing her writing endeavors on travel and recreation in the natural world. Ashley currently writes as the National Great Smoky Mountains National Park Examiner.

  • Miranda Altman works in the music education nonprofit sector. An avid hiker and outdoor enthusiast, she travels extensively throughout our country's national parks. She is currently working toward a lifelong goal of visiting and documenting each of the 58 National Parks in the United States. Miranda is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a dual degree in Geography and Communications.

  • I'm a professor emeritus of history at the University of Missouri-Columbia with a keen interest in environmental affairs. I've worked worked closely with the Aldo Leopold family and the Foundation for years, as well as with many other organizations, including Audubon.

  • I grew up in Kentucky where my family took frequent vacations to visit National Parks, mainly Shenandoah National Park and Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Following graduation from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, with a degree in history, I took a 10,000-mile road trip across the United States.

    Along the way, I visited 27 national parks and fell in love with the Northwest. I then attended law school at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. I graduated with a JD and a Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law and was awarded the Environmental Leadership Award for my work on environmental issues while in law school.

  • Mountain lions ,Need to be protected in the US ,We do not need to kill or waist a life of our national symbol mountain lions are a beutifull animal .

  • I'm a Survey Specialist in the Park Studies Unit (PSU) at the University of Idaho. The PSU conducts social science research for NPS and other agencies. (Check us out at psu.uidaho.edu.) I was an interpreter at Grand Canyon, Denali, Grand Teton, and Lassen Volcanic, and I love the NPS!

  • I'm a life-long nature lover who seeks to preserve the land that God has given us. It is our duty to take care of these lands, protecting them from those without care or consideration for the world they live in. I truly believe that it is the parks that make this nation great. I donate much of my earnings through my trade: decorative coatings and powder coating dye sublimation to the parks, nature and animal preserves. If there is more that I can do to help, please let me know.

  • I'm a professor of political science at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. My research and teaching focuses focuses on environmental politics, U.S. national parks, and the European Union.

    My blog, "Parking Lots," covers national park and wilderness topics: http://publish.illinois.edu/pahre/ . You can also follow me on Twitter, @RPahre .

    I teach a summer course on the Politics of the Greater Yellowstone Area. Non-degree students are welcome to apply, as are students at other universities. Information is here:
    http://publish.illinois.edu/pahre/study-in-yellowstone-this-summer/

    I've authored both academic and non-academic publications on the national parks. You can find the full list here: http://publish.illinois.edu/pahre/pahres-research/

    I've written articles the Traveler on Agate Fossil Beds National Monument, David Berger National Memorial, Dinosaur National Monument, Grand Teton National Park, Nicodemus National Historic Site, and Yellowstone National Park. Check out associated photos on Flickr:

    Agate: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rpahre/sets/72157631200362314/

    Dinosaur: http://www.flickr.com/photos/13467208@N02/sets/72157626793458381/

    Grand Tetons: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rpahre/sets/72157626955402180/

    Nicodemus: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rpahre/sets/72157629540472372/

    Yellowstone: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rpahre/sets/72157626830958743/

    My favorite national park photos are here:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/13467208@N02/sets/72157626031350246/

  • Bill Atwill is Associate Director of the Honors College at UNCW. He holds a PhD in English from Duke University. An avid surfer, cyclist, backpacker and hiker, he is interested in literature and the environment with a particular focus on narrative responses to life along the seacoast in American literature. He leads week-long trips to various national parks as part of the National Collegiate Honors Council's Partners in the Parks initiative.

  • I'm a wilderness advocate and nature writer whose resume lists a dozen books and a wealth of articles and essays. (Traveler reviewed my book, Changing Paths: Travels and Meditations in Alaska's Arctic Wilderness, back in January 2010).

  • Jon Jarvis is the director of the National Park Service.

  • The Natchez Trace National Historic Parkway is just across my boundary line. Got interested in that park as a very young child and it stays interesting now that I am in my mid 50s. There is a deer trail that runs as far north as I have yet followed it, a reminder of what park historians say is the way the Trace started. There is something wonderous about going out and standing in the woods, looking at that trail and thinking that if I wanted to, I could set out on it and, with minor deviations, walk 350 miles north on it, or turn around and walk 107 miles south. All without seeing more than a smidgin of modern life.

    Dad took me to the Smokies in '58 and got me hooked on the park there. Coming home, Grandpa got me hooked on the Trace. In my childs' mind, I figured that somehow the Trace would take me to the Smokies. Well, my cousins live up there, just outside the Smokies, in view of Chilhowee Mountain. So there was a bit more to it than just park.

  • I am currently working on a PhD in Geography at Florida State Univeristy. I am researching issues of Indigenous Spatial Knowledge and how government agencies deals with the issues involved. I was a Xanterra employee at Grant Village Lodge in summer of 2008. I try to vacation at least once a year at a National Park, especially the western parks.

  • I live in north east Texas, Fort Worth I enjoy camping, fishing, Hiking and taking pictures of nature.

  • I'm a writer and outdoor educator based in Park City, Utah. Having spent 10 years working in communications and interpretation at three national parks (Big Bend, Yellowstone, and Yosemite, if you're wondering), I now use writing to tell the stories of national parks and other wild places.

    I also works as an outdoor educator for a local guiding company and a state nature preserve. Find my Internet home here (http://www.meghanmhicks.com).