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.

  • The grassroots campaign to Preserve Access to America's Beaches

  • Landed in Moab Utah when the 1972 Buick LaSabre alternator failed and it coasted to a stop at the Colorado River bridge north of Moab. One Desolation/Gray Canyon river trip later, after perusing Bert's Auto Supply (junk car yard) for a replacement alternator, astride the Buick's engine, I was considering an invitation by the hosting outfitter to stay on in Moab to run Utah river rafting trips.
    It is 2009, 26 years later. On occasion I've left to seek nirvana, each time finding my way back to be greeted by an umber landscape.

  • 2010 and 2011: Seasonal Park Guides at the Statue of Liberty (Sara) and Ellis Island (Bruce) NM
    2007 and 2009: Seasonal Park Rangers (Interpretation) at Mesa Verde National Park
    2006: Seasonal Park Rangers (Interpretation) at Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Buxton Lighthouse)

    Bruce:
    1978-2005: President/CEO of The Schundler company in Edison, New Jersey
    1977-1978: Associate Minister at the Presbyterian Church in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
    1975-1977: Associate Minister at the Congregational Church in Winnetka, Illinois
    1972-1975: Associate Minister at the Congregational Church in New Canaan, Connecticut

    Sara:
    Physical Therapist for Sunny Days (NJ), Matheny School in Peapack, NJ, and Special Education District of Cook County (IL)

  • Jeff Pappas splits his time between Yosemite National Park and Colorado State University, where he teaches courses in modern United States History and Public History, including the history of America’s National Parks. Jeff is also a ranger at Yosemite. He holds a Ph.D. in history from Arizona State University.

  • I get outside every chance I get. I enjoy the many parks, rivers and natural areas found in and within a few hours drive of the nation's capital. I've hiked in remote canyons in southern Utah, stood transfixed at Dead Horse Point near Moab, Utah. Some favorite places are redwoods forests in California, both inland and in coastal areas of Northern California. My favorite drive, bar none, is along the coast from San Francisco up to the northwest corner of Oregon. Big Sur south of S.F. another much loved spot.

    I cannot count the number of times strangers have pulled me out of the path of traffic because I stopped in the middle of the street, enjoying some spectacular clouds I just noticed. I'm often looking up. Nature. Yes!

    I'm a country guy who has spent 25 years working in various offices in downtown Washington, D.C. I think I've had about enough of that for one lifetime. I thought I was moving to Oregon from Los Angeles in 1980, but somehow ended up in Washington, D.C. Hey, 29 years later, I want to move to the State of Oregon or Washington State real soon. It is never too late to follow one's heart.

    Temperature outside is the only thing I pay attention to. Forty-five degrees fahrenheit and up. Rain, fog, mist, heavy clouds. Fantastic! A warm, sunny, summer day? Yeah, fine, very nice. Dramatic, moody weather does it for me.

    All the best to you !

  • Originally from Minnesota, I found a love for National Parks at a young age visiting the Black Hills of South Dakota and Yellowstone. I have been a seasonal interpretive ranger for 9 years now at such icons as Yellowstone, Wind Cave, Jewel Cave, Carlsbad Caverns, Everglades, Bryce Canyon, Zion and Mt. Rushmore. As the name implies, I am still wandering.

  • I was privileged to live and work in Alaska for more than three decades. The majority of this time was spent in the northern regions. We lived and taught school in a number of Native villages. In 1974, we traveled across northern Alaska by dog team covering approximately 1200 miles over a period of three months. From 1974 through 1976, I conducted research into the subsistence lifestyles of Native Alaskans living along the south slope of the Brooks Range. I then went to work for the National Park Service as a park planner assisting in the planning of the proposed Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve. My involvement expanded to include several other park proposals. Over the years I served in Gates of the Arctic, Northwest Alaska Areas (Kobuk Valley Nat. Park, Noatak Nat. Preserve and Cape Krusenstern Nat. Monument), Katmai National Park and the Alaska Regional Office. I retired in 1998, and my wife and I now live in Hawaii.

  • Originally from the Show Me state of Missouri, Steve has worked for the NPS in Hawaii Volcanoes, Sequoia & Kings Canyon and Yosemite National Parks. As a freelance videographer, his work has taken him to dozens of other parks, such as Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Death Valley, Redwood, Arches, Canyonlands and others. Currently, Steve produces videos and podcasts for Yosemite National Park, and you can follow him on Twitter at @YosemiteSteve

  • I recently completed writing and photographing a book, U.S. Highway 89: the Scenic Route to Seven Western National Parks, about the historic 1,600-mile route from Mexico to Canada, and the seven national parks along the way. I also contributed the color photos to The Story of the Cathedral of the Madeleine, a book commemorating the centennial of Salt Lake City's beloved Roman Catholic cathedral.

    I'm based in Salt Lake City, where I co-lead Utah's largest photography group, PhotowalkingUtah, teach introductory photography and digital editing, and write about my adventures on my blog, Ann-alog.

    My documentary photos explore the interplay of the human element and landscape; transformations of culture -- what is kept, lost, and reinvented over time; passionate people of any stripe, and; the idea of the great American West.

  • Nurse for 20 years, grandmother, visited the park in my youth, want my grand children and greatgrand children to be able to know the parks

  • I have an interest in how parks are using technology to better manage or to better reach and teach visitors and spend my summers in parks working and playing.

    My background includes formal education in the field (MS and BS)recreation management and I have spent much of the last 8 years working in parks.

  • The haunted hiker, a.k.a Andrea Lankford, is a former park ranger. After twelve years of living and working in a few of the biggest and busiest parks in North America, she became a walk-a-holic. She has thru-hiked the entire Appalachian Trail, kayaked from Miami to Key West, cycled from Fairbanks to the Artic Ocean and was the first to "bike-pack" the 800-mile Arizona Trail. She is the author of four books:

    Ranger Confidential: Living, Working and Dying in the National Parks

    Haunted Hikes: Spine-Tingling Tales and Trails from North America's National Parks

    Biking the Grand Canyon Area

    Biking the Arizona Trail

  • Rick is a retired National Park Service employee. He served in 6 national parks, 2 regional offices, and in the Service's headquarters office in DC. Prior to his NPS career, he was a Peace Corps Volunteer, serving as a professor in the philosophy department in Paraguay's National University. He has worked extensively in Latin American as a protected area specialist.

  • Boulder, CO-based Claire Walter is an award-winning freelance writer specializing in travel, snowsports and food. She lives less than an hour from the east entrance to Rocky Mountain National National Park. The most exotic stamp in her National Parks Passport is from the Anaktuvuk Pass ranger station in Alaska's Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve.

  • Born in Nebraska in 1947...Swiss ancestory, adopted by Scotch/Dutch Irish parents, grew up in a Freestone Peach Orchard near the Missouri River...lots of iris and birds. Love Jesus because He first loved me...treasure the Creator's creation and thankful to be a part of it.

  • Bryan Faehner is the Associate Director for Park Uses at the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA). Bryan formerly worked as a seasonal park ranger at North Cascades National Park in Washington State. Bryan has a masters degree in public land policy and law from the University of Montana and currently works in Washington, DC.

  • A while ago I gave myself the goal of visiting all of the national parks in the NPS system- a goal I share with my wife (which makes things much easier!). It was on our first big parks trip that I found that photography was to become more than a casual hobby for me.

    Now we're nearing the halfway mark on our list and I'm excited to be able to share our experiences with everyone.

    3 things you should have in your photographer's bag:

    • Lens cleaning equipment
    • Tripod (or GorillaPod)
    • Extra memory cards

    Top 3 parks everyone should visit:

    • Yosemite
    • Glacier
    • Bryce

    Top 3 parks I've visited but didn't even know existed before starting my parks quest:

    • Conyonlands
    • Cuyahoga
    • Congaree

  • Born in Richmond, Virginia.

    Father, Husband, Surfer, Sailor, Snowboarder, Skier, Hiker, Kayaker, Canoeist, Photographer, PADI Certified DiveMaster, Rescue Diver, Wreck Diving Specialist, Blended Gas Diver, Aquarist, Retired Professional Musician.

    Mechanical Engineer by trade.

    CHNSRA Property Owner since 1993. Public Land Access Activist.

  • John is the President of the National Park Traveler's Club (NPTC) - a club of enthusiasts who visit the National Parks and of collect cancellations from Eastern National's "Passport to Your National Parks" Program. The Club has currently recognized 17 individuals with its "Platinum Lifetime Achievement Award" for visiting all the Units in the National Park System. John is currently on his way to that status, having made it to 279 of the Units so far. You can visit the NPTC's website at www.parkstamps.org.

  • Jim Cureton is a retired project manager and business process consultant. He is also a photographer and musician. Jim grew up in Knoxville, TN and developed an early interest in National Parks, with regular visits to the nearby "Smokies"

    Beginning in the mid 60s, Jim began yearly trips to western national parks, particularly Grand Teton, Yellowstone, Glacier, and Yosemite, and now visits as frequently as possible.

    Some of Jim's photography can be found on his photography website at http://www.jimcureton.com

  • Richard West Sellars is a retired National Park Service historian and author of Preserving Nature in the National Parks: A History (Yale University Press, 1997, 2009). This book inspired the Natural Resource Challenge, a multi-year initiative by Congress to revitalize the Park Service’s natural resource and science programs. The Challenge made possible what Stewart Udall, former secretary of the interior, called “the greatest advances in scientific natural resource preservation in the history of the national parks.”

    Currently, Dr. Sellars is preparing a personal retrospective—a policy memoir—of his 35-year career with the National Park Service, focused on his observations of the Service’s history and its policies and practices in cultural and natural resource management. He also has underway a companion study to Preserving Nature – a history of evolving policies and practices in the management of historical and archeological areas in the National Park System. Portions of this study have been published as Pilgrim Places: Civil War Battlefields, Historic Preservation, and America’s First National Military Parks, 1863-1900, (Eastern National Press, 2005); and A Very Large Array: Early Federal Historic Preservation–The Antiquities Act, Mesa Verde, and the National Park Service Act, Natural Resources Journal (University of New Mexico School of Law, Volume 47, no.2, 2007). His most recent publication is War and Consequences: The American Indian Movement vs. the National Park Service at Fort Laramie, which appeared in National Parks Traveler, and a slightly abridged version in Indian Country Today, both in the spring of 2011.

    Sellars began his career with the National Park Service in the mid-1960s as a seasonal ranger-naturalist in Grand Teton National Park. In October 1973 he accepted a position in the Southwest Regional Office in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He spent the remainder of his Park Service career in Santa Fe, although his research, writing, teaching and other work have, in one way or another, involved virtually the entire National Park System. From 1979 to 1988, Sellars oversaw programs in history, archeology, and historic architecture for the Southwest Region, as well as Service-wide programs in underwater archeology. Special assignments have included acting superintendent in parks; and a liaison consultancy with the Dallas County Historical Foundation on preservation and interpretation of the Texas School Book Depository and Dealey Plaza, in Dallas, Texas, site of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. He has more than 370 of the 390+ units of the National Park System.

    Sellars' articles on American history and on cultural and natural resource preservation have appeared in numerous publications, among them The Washington Post, Wilderness, National Parks, Journal of Forestry, and Landscape. He has lectured on preservation philosophy, policy and practice at many universities and conferences, and for more than a decade conducted two-week courses in historic preservation for National Park Service managers. He has given presentations at a number of special meetings, including the Thomas Moran Symposium at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Abraham Lincoln 197th Birthday Commemoration, Springfield, Illinois; the Greater Yellowstone Coalition Conference, West Yellowstone, Montana; and the Mesa Verde Centennial Archeological Conference, 2006 (keynote address).

    Sellars is a recipient of the Department of the Interior’s Meritorious Service Award; the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees’ George B. Hartzog Award; and the George Wright Society’s highest honor: the George Melendez Wright Award for Excellence, given for career-long contributions.

    In 1999 and 2000, Sellars served as president of The George Wright Society – an internationally focused organization dedicated to the preservation of natural and cultural parks and preserves. For two years he was a member of the National Park Service's National Wilderness Steering Committee. He also spent two terms on the board of the Forest History Society, and served on the Historic Design Review Board for the City of Santa Fe. In 1972 he received his doctorate in American history and literature from the University of Missouri-Columbia.