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.
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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).
Ian Shive is an award-winning conservation photographer, author and multimedia producer whose goal is to captivate audiences through new trends in story telling using imagery as the primary tool.
Ian is the recent recipient of the Gold Medal, 2010 Nautilus Book Award, in the Great Peacekeepers category in recognition of his top-selling book The National Parks: Our American Landscape, released in August 2009 on Earth Aware Editions, for promoting “spiritual growth, conscious living and positive social change…and offering the reader "new possibilities" for a better life and world, joining previous Nautilus Award winners including Deepak Chopra, M.D., Eckhart Tolle, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama, among others.
Referred to as the leading chronicler of America’s National Parks today and a self-labeled “wilderness diplomat,” Ian and his book The National Parks: Our American Landscape were the focus of a presentation on the challenges facing America’s most beloved landscapes in Washington, D.C. in November 2009, hosted by Senators Sheldon Whitehouse and Max Baucus.
Tom Till is one of America's most published photographers. Over 150,000 of his images have appeared in print since 1977. In 1998, Till opened the Tom Till Gallery in Moab, Utah. Till's
images depict landscape, nature, history, and travel subjects worldwide, including all fifty states and nearly sixty countries overseas.
Till's stock photography images have been featured by National Geographic Magazine, The New York Times, Outside Magazine, Canon Copiers, Delta Airlines, The New Yorker Magazine, Life Magazine, Browntrout Calendars, Eastman Kodak, Reader's Digest, Rand McNally, MGM, Arizona Highways, Lonely Planet, and thousands of others.
An exhibit of his images of UNESCO World Heritage Sites has been traveling the world for almost three years, with stops in Paris, Brussels, Copenhagen, Geneva and Oslo, among others.
Though Till has been known as a master of the large format (4x5) camera and film for over 30 years, he has switched to 35mm digital Canon equipment. Recent trips have taken him to South Africa, Brazil, the Caribbean, Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, Viet Nam, Denmark, Sweden, and Slovenia, and numerous sites in the United States. A 35-year resident of Moab, Utah, Till has one of the largest photo libraries in existence of the Four Corners region.
I love to go visiting the National Parks, and have been lucky to go backpacking and hiking in a number of them. I also love the historical parks, since I'm a history buff and grew up near Valley Forge and Gettysburg. My husband and I are now getting our 5-year-old daughter into hiking and she did her first back-packing trip in Canyonlands this spring.
I'm the partnership coordinator for the Tongass National Forest, duty stationed in Ketchikan, Alaska.From a very young age, I've enjoyed our national parks and public lands, but I've taken a convoluted path to this career. Other hats I've worn include motorsports PR manager, editorial writer, sports journalist and park ranger-interpreter. I hold an MS in recreation from Indiana University and a BS in journalism from the University of Idaho.
I was first lured into the world of the NPS by way of the Wonderful World of Disney, through their programing. Having grown up in Chicago, I never would thought that I was never going to see Yellowstone National Park. We always went to the Indiana Dunes, but that was it. After I was married, our honeymoon was spent in Rocky Mountain National Park. That was in 1980. About 5 yrs later, My husband and I went to Yellowstone for the 1st time, and we have been there numerous times afterwords. We moved to Denver and since then, we have been to Glaicer, Mesa Verde, Arches, Carlsbad Caverns, The little Big Horn, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Pawnee National Grass lands just to name a few. I have a active interest in the Sioux wars and the settlement of the west. Thank you Dee Brown, for that interest. We go as often as we can, to the national parks. There are some that I still need to see, like how did I miss Canyonlands while I was in Moab, or Capital Reef, Zion etc. But that is the beauty of living in Denver. I am centered in a state, that I can travel to these places with in a day of driving. When I retire fulltime, then the traveling with be more intense, as that is something that Hubby and I like to do. I would also like to see as many of the national parks as I can. They are a inspiration to me.
Formerly a Forestry Technician for the US Forest Service in the Angeles National Forest, my home base and where I learned to backpack. I am currently a Park Ranger Reserve for Orange County Parks. I am also a Certified Interpretive Guide, and lead several hikes a month in Santiago Oaks Regional Park covering the natural and human history topics.My wife and I find no greater joy in the world than traveling to our National Parks. Here is the list of Parks we have under our belt:Please visit our blog!
Well-known national parks writer Nicky Leach is the award-winning author of The Parks of New Mexico (Sierra Press, 2008) among numerous official park guides interpreting and celebrating the natural and cultural history preserved in western national parks.
Born and raised in the 6th-century cathedral city of Ely in the moody Fen country of eastern England, Nicky moved to the western US in 1980 after an early career teaching in London schools. She cut her book publishing teeth while working as an editor for small presses in California and Arizona.
She began visiting parks and producing illustrated park books for the National Park Service, national park cooperating associations, and park concessionaires while she was executive editor of Sequoia Communications, a packager of high-quality visitor books in Santa Barbara, California.
A freelance writer and editor since 1989, Nicky has made a point of living close to some of the West’s most dramatic national parks, including Seattle, Washington; Flagstaff, Arizona; and Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she currently makes her home. Bandelier National Monument and nearby Chaco Canyon are two of her favorite parks in New Mexico, but her general rule for travel is simple: If it has a park, I’m there.
Nicky’s most recent park publications are Wilderness of Rock: Canyonlands National Park (with photographer Tom Till, Sierra Press, 2009) and an extensive revision of Insight Guide: US National Parks West (Apa Publications, 2005; rev. 2011). For more information, log on to www.nickyleachwriter-editor.com.
I started a rather short NPS career as a seasonal Ranger / Naturalist at Norris Geyser Basin in Yellowstone in 1966. In 1968, I transferred to Old Faithful as a "Protection Ranger," where I had the great privilege of working with a young Jerry Mernin.
In August of 1968 I was sent to Albright Training Center for my "Introduction to Park Operations." Then it was on to Yosemite. From Yosemite to Greenbelt Park alongside the B-W Parkway in Maryland. We had to have some "Urban Experience" in those days. El Morro in New Mexico was next where I served under Robert L. Morris as Supervisory Ranger. We were part of the old Navajo Lands Group where Art White was general superintendent and Charlie Voll was archaeologist. My final permanent assignment was as Chief of I&RM at Wupatki / Sunset Crater National Monuments just north of Flagstaff, Arizona.
Because we were transferred about every three years in those days and because I'd grown up bouncing from school to school as an Army brat, I pulled the NPS plug and returned to teaching hoping my kids could grow up in a single school. I did spend a couple more seasons as a Ranger / Naturalist in Zion where Victor Jackson was chief of interpretation. That was pure fun! Outdoors enjoying the park and its visitors -- leading guided walks up Angel's Landing and the Narrows . . . and very little paperwork and none of the political shenanigans of permanency.
Retired now and spending as much time (and money) as I can spare to visit my favorite places and explore new ones throughout the park system. Things have certainly changed in NPS, and it's mostly been for the better I think. One thing that hasn't changed, though, is the quality of the people who wear the uniforms of the National Park Service -- whether they be maintenance workers, rangers, or volunteers. There is no finer bunch of folks anywhere on this dizzy old planet!
This was a particularly big week for my daughter and I as we celebrated her 18th birthday along with my 40th. The flood of memories took me back to a time when she was little and we would scramble the trails in Catoctin National and Cunningham Falls State Parks in MD. It would always end with her on my shoulders on the decent but it man, we were wide open. Thankfully those days shaped her desire for outdoor activity and conservationist ideals. I am also reminded that it's been a while since my last hike. My birthday wish this year was a pledge to myself to get back on the trail. I will also attempt to create a blog of my trips this year beginning here in Maryland. I live on the eastern shore near Assateague Island National Seashore. I want to trek the National and State parks and help bring some awareness to not only the awesome spaces but also how accessable they are. I know attendence was down last year, some recession driven, but I think people just forget how affordable the parks really are. Now is a fantastic time to get out and see these special places. I hope my blogs and journal notes will be well received and that people might find some of the same inspiration from our most coveted wilderness and historic places that has drawn me for a lifetime. I appreciate the opportunity to share with you and your readers. Happy Trails.
Lynn Fantom is a New York based media executive with one foot on the ground in Maine. Her 1880 home on Mount Desert Island is across from the fiord which divides Acadia National Park’s 46,000 acres. She writes frequently on topics ranging from Teddy Roosevelt’s impact on conservation to Bar Harbor’s best lobster pounds. Read more at www.ouracadia.com.
I'm Susan. I love our national parks. Last year I visited The Dry Tortugas. We made it in two hours by catamaran.
I am a photographer living in Gatlinburg TN, on the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains. The Smokies are a very spiritual place, and I attempt to capture some of that spirit in each of my photographs.
I write a daily blog celebrating life in the Smoky Mountains, and have a gallery in the Arts and Crafts area of Gatlinburg.
You can also follow me on Facebook and get a daily feed of Smoky Mountains news to your Facebook page.
For nearly thirty years, the Wrangell Mountains Center has served an increasingly broad group of people from throughout the world while maintain a place-based approach informed by the particular grandeur and power of the Wrangells.
Based in McCarthy, Alaska, at the heart of the nation's largest National Park and just minutes from the toe of the Kennicott Glacier, the private nonprofit Wrangell Mountains Center fosters appreciation, understanding, and stewardship of wildlands and mountain culture in Alaska through scientific and artistic inquiry in the Wrangell Mountains. Meeting the needs of students, writers, artists, scientists, travelers and local citizens, we offer opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to explore, express, and be transformed through direct experience with this extraordinary place.
The Wrangell Mountains Center provides residential and walk-in experiential education programs that foster discovery through direct contact with diverse environments. We embrace an interdisciplinary approach composed of analytical, artistic, and scientific modes of perception. We value wilderness both for its own sake and for the powerful direct experience it offers us.
PO Box 142972, Anchorage AK, 99514-2972
Hello, I'm a year around resident of East Glacier Park, Montana where I operate Finalshot Photography and Glacier Impressions Gallery. I live on the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains and the Crown of the Continent because that's where the world happens - everyday. Glacier Park is the center of my outdoor adventure lifestyle. I've traveled all over this continent and there is no place outside of the NWT, and Alaska with so much to offer the mountain outdoor adventurer . . .
Let me know if there's anything I can do to help make your next visit to Glacier National Park more enjoyable.
Thank you and have a great day!
East Glacier Park, MT
likes music particularly Jazz, Rock and Alternative music
Also likes to cook, fish and surf the web
I'm the author of eight Northwest guidebooks including Day Hiking Olympic Peninsula and Day Hiking North Cascades (Mountaineers Books). You can visit me at http://CraigRomano.com
Raised in the bustle of Southern California, Julie somehow became a wilderness guide in southern Utah. Since 1999, she has taken clients ages six to seventy-six hiking, backpacking, and horse packing in Utah's gorgeous red canyon deserts and high alpine meadows.
Julie has a lot of fun exploring hidden Native American ruins with her faithful canine companion, learning ancient skills such as the bow drill fire, and being a dedicated yogini. She has yet to meet a mug of good coffee that she doesn't like.
A word crafter since the second grade, Julie writes often about the American Southwest for both print and web publications. You can find her blogging at http://www.wildgirlwriting.com/
I'm the former Northwest Editor of Backpacker Magazine. You can follow my stories and photos from my adventure travels at The BigOutside. I can be reached at , and you can follow me at twitter.com/MichaelALanza and http://www.facebook.com/pages/TheBigOutsidecom/122369157802280
I grew up next door to Acadia National Park, and I love working to promote stewardship of this beautiful place. As communications and outreach coordinator for Friends of Acadia, I am the editor of the Friends of Acadia Journal and Annual Report, and I also handle media communications and manage our online presence.
Well, I've only visited 6 National Parks, and family matters will prevent me from going to another for a while, but I really enjoy all the articles and comments people make. (I have been to many more of the smaller units).
Wanda Zuchowski-Schick was raised and still resides in Rossford, in Northwest, Ohio, the ninth of fifteen children. She devotes her full attention to her career in the fine arts, and becoming recognized as a painter of the National Parks. She has exhibited her paintings and prints, primarily, throughout the states of Ohio, Illinois, and Michigan. She has exhibited at the Ohio Watercolor Society numerous times and has been an exhibitor in their prestigious Ohio Watercolor Traveling Exhibit . She has been a participant and has won numerous awards at the Toledo Federation of Art Societies Annual Exhibit held at the Toledo Museum of Art.
In 1997 she was awarded an Artist-in-Residency at Isle Royale National Park. As a guest of the park service she spent 16 days in isolated wilderness pursuing her art. In 2002 she was awarded another Artist-in-Residency at Voyageurs National Park. Again for two weeks she worked in the wilderness. She spent a week in 2004, painting, at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Every October, she travels to Yellowstone National Park to experience the majesty of the park.
Her most recent trip to Isle Royale National Park was in the summer of 2010.
Her paintings are realistic in style. She uses transparent watercoloror or oil emulsion to create her images. Due to time constrictions, she works from photographs she takes while pursuing her subject matter.
She tries, through her paintings, to share her view of the unspoiled expanse of land that words cannot describe. Being alone out in the vast expanse of our National Parks humbles her and creates an inner peace. Her paintings are very personal. She wants only to express her impression of the wildness and beauty of the land. At times that beauty may be a simple flower.
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I live in Santa Barbara, California. I am very interested in the national parks. I studied geology of national parks while in college. My wife and I have visited many of the national parks.