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.

  • Donna Childress has been playing outside for most of her life. Her parents first took her to Shenandoah National Park to see the peaks and smell the rhododendrons at age 5. Since then, she has spent many happy hours in various parks hiking, running, taking pictures, and simply enjoying the peace and clarity that being surrounded by nature brings.

    When Donna is inside, she runs the business she founded in 2001, Childress Communications. A writer and online strategist, she works on projects that help nonprofits and government agencies spark positive change for people and the planet. She also covers planet-friendly events and issues for the city blog We Love DC.

  • Montana Native. Wildland Firefighter. Mountaineer. Backpacker. Ultralighter. Committed to a Labrador.

  • Full-time photographer with a broad range of work in travel, nature, adventure, and large format photography.

    First (and only ?) to have photographed each of the 58 US National Parks in large format.

  • Hi! I'm an environmental scientist in southern CA. My work is mostly associated with freshwater aquatic life - yes, there are still some significant freshwater habitats in so CA, but not much. I have done some extensive back country hiking in and around Grand Canyon but have been spending most of my hiking time in recent years at the Mojave Preserve. I'm new to the group and welcome any feedback or contact. I look forward to hearing from you and contributing where I can.

  • Hullo park & preserve visitors.
    I was just enjoying Chokoloskee & Everglades City in far, far South Florida. (I Know, I know - summer!)
    So I would like to mention that I also send folks to other Florida national park sites in my book Scenic Driving Florida.

    One such gem is in the far northeast roof of the state, straddling both sides of the long & historic St. Johns River. This is the Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve.

    I return to the Everglades/ Big Cypress, to tell, for children ages 8 & up, the picture book biography story of Seminole Leader Betty Mae Jumper, titled She Sang Promise, with an afterword directly written to children by Moses Jumper, Jr. It is out March 2010 from National Geographic.

    Like many travelers, my husband & I are always drawn to the human stories along the routes in nature that we visit.

    In Florida, with the Timucuans & Calusas, the Ais that fished at what we know as Canaveral National Seashore, & the Apalachee near the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge in the Big Bend, that can be thinking about people who traveled in the region 10,000 years ago.

    Like us, they enjoyed the shellfish, and piled the discarded oyster, clam & scallop shells up into heaps that became 1940s road fill. Some of the trash piles remain, such as Turtle Mound and also Seminole Rest in the Canaveral National Seashore on the state's east coast. Other mounds the early people created were burial sites & it is unfortunate that many of those were destroyed.

  • Retired from the NPS. At the time of retirement was the Service's national cave and karst program coordinator and the acting director of the National Cave and Karst Research Institute (NCKRI). Currently serving on the Board of Directors of NCKRI. An Honorary Life Member and a Fellow of the National Speleological Society; a Fellow of the Cave Research Foundation; a former director and now honorary director of the American Cave Conservation Association and a former board member of the Karst Waters Institute.

  • Not much to tell about myself in this venue, other than I am getting ready to start enjoying our National Parks in my coming retirement!

  • I'm the Everglades Team Leader for Audubon of Florida. As such, I'm responsible for managing and coordinating Audubon's Everglades restoration policy and science efforts.

    I currently serve on the South Florida Water Management District's (SFWMD) Water Resources Advisory Commission. Previously, Jacquie served on the SFWMD's Water Savings Incentive Program selection committee and the SFWMD's Water Conservation Summit stakeholders panel.

    In 2006, I graduated from the University of Miami where I earned both a J.D. from the School of Law and a M.A. in Marine Affairs and Policy from the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. I was admitted to the Florida Bar in October 2006.

    I can be reached at .

  • Andrea Keller Helsel is Senior Director, Media Relations for the nonprofit National Parks Conservation Association--the nation's leading voice for the national parks.

    An expert in advocacy and nonprofit communications, Andrea is accredited in public relations, and has earned a certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University and a B.A. in Communications from Loyola College in Maryland.

    An avid fan of our national parks (especially Acadia!), Andrea tweets at twitter.com/akellerhelsel

  • I am the author of Lewis and Clark Road Trips: Exploring the Trail Across America, which features over 800 destinations. The eastern trail, as well as the southern trail (New Orleans and the Death of Meriwether Lewis) are included.

    There are many National Park Service sites, and Native American destinations. We traveled over 8,000 miles on the trail, and it took six years to write. It was published in 2006. The destinations are on facing pages with custom maps and driving directions.

    My new book, The Death of Meriwether Lewis: A Historic Crime Scene Investigation by James E. Starrs and myself was published in April, 2009. Professor Starrs will be the leader of the exhumation team if permission is obtained to exhume the remains of Meriwether Lewis, as the Lewis family descendants have asked. See their website, www.solvethemystery.org and the websites for the two books, www.lewisandclarkroadtrips.com and www.deathofmeriwetherlewis.com.

    You may also subscribe to my monthly email newsletter, Proceeding On, for news of Lewis and Clark related matters around the country, and to an email RSS feed for my blogs.

  • National Park PAL (Patron, Admirer and Lover of the Parks)!! Follow me on Twitter: twitter.com/kfristensky

  • Preston tries to work a national park visit into every trip he makes. His friends joke that if you put "national" on an ice cream stand, he'd take a picture and ask for a brochure.

  • The two of us have traveled the national parks for nearly forty years, many of which were in a series of four VW campers including a 1967, a 1971, a 1978, and a 1987. We devoted five summers to visiting and staying in as many national park lodges as possible. Each trip comprised 10,000 to 12,000 miles of driving and stays in 30 to 40 different lodges. We have stayed in each of the nine Yellowstone lodges, each of the four Olympic NP lodges, all four of the Death Valley NP lodges, all the Glacier National Park lodges, and all the lodges in Shenandoah National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway. We have taken the boat to Rock Harbor Lodge in Isle Royale NP and the motorboats to Kettle Falls Hotel in Voyageurs National Park and Ross Lake Resort in North Cascades National Park Complex. Our book, "The Complete Guide to the National Park Lodges" was first published by the Globe Pequot Press in 1997 and is now in its sixth edition. We have resided in Valdosta, Georgia, since 1975.

    We have authored travel articles for numerous magazines and newspapers including the Miami Herald, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Orlando Sentinel, Minneapolis Tribune, Milwaukee Journal, Oklahoman, and the San Diego Union. We were twice guests on NBC's Today, once from Yellowstone and again from the Grand Canyon. David is a retired professor of finance, who has authored two dozen books about personal finance and investing. His latest finance books, "The American Heritage Dictionary of Business Terms" and "Wall Street Words" are published by Houghton Mifflin. Kay was a teacher and administrator in several elementary schools.

  • Bio for Chris

  • A career NPS employee, I recently left my position as Chief Ranger at Kenai Fjords NP in southcentral Alaska for a new assignment in the wilds of Washington D.C.

  • Random Walker gets less far than was anticipated on the basis of a Global Positioning System in which the map and compass were neglected: the mean squared displacement has decreased, and in other words, the diffusion constant of Random Walker is reduced. If, due to the presence of a large degree of disorder, the reduction due to GPS reaches the 100% level. Random Walker becomes stuck or, in less glorious terms, localized.

  • Author of HikingintheSmokys.com, HikinginGlacier.com and RockyMountainHikingTrails.com. All three websites offer details on dozens of trails in the Great Smoky Mountains, Glacier, and Rocky Mountain National Park, including trail descriptions, photos, maps, difficulty rankings and elevation profiles. All three sites include key travel information as well.

  • Born in California, lived there all my life (third generation). Moved to Utah and now Pennsylvania. Took my horse with me. Wonderful country and spectacular parks everywhere!

  • Male
    Age 62
    Married with wife and 2 adult children
    Live in Fayetteville, PA
    email at
    I have a Facebook Page (Jan Michael Price)
    Like to travel, fish, woodworking

  • Landscape Architect and author. Trying to visit all the National Parks as a goal. Operate several websites including http://www.historic-hotels-lodges.com which features several hotels in National Parks. My personal website has lots of photo albums from my visits to national parks along with comments on the parks. My park photos are not the best, but are good enough that some of them have been used by the National Park Service for park related promotions and materials.

  • 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)

    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

    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.