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.

  • Santa Fean Jerry Rogers served in the Old Santa Fe Trail Building as the last regional director of the Southwest Region. He is a member of the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees, a group of more than 600 former employees concerned about the directions taken by today's NPS leadership.

  • I spent 35 years with the NPS, retiring in 1998. I started as a seasonal ranger at RMNP while in college. As a career employee I was at Crater Lake NP; Glen Canyon NRA; first Area Manager for Guadalupe Mtns. NP; seved as Supt of Capulin Mtn. NM, Glacier Bay NP & Preserve, and Curecanti NRA and Black Canyon NP. I was also Chief of Ranger Activities and Resource Mgmt. for the former Rocky Mtn. RO;and Asst. Supt. of RMNP. My wife, Jean, and I now live in the Denver area and get to the mountains often.

    Following NPS I worked for a company dealing with US Job Corps activites, managing the job placement specialists in CO and WY.

    I now work for the Southern Rockies Conservation Alliance and The Wilderness Society, helping educate wildland/urban interface communities in CO on the importance of Community Wildfire Protection Plans.

  • I am Director of the National Center on Accessibility at Indiana University. We work with the National Park Service Accessibility Management Program in assisting NPS in addressing issues related to physical and program accessibility for individuals with disabilities in the National Park system. We provide training, technical assistance and consultation. We also conduct research on issues of interest to the NPS.

  • While serving 33 years on the faculty of the University of South Carolina, I taught a national parks course, helped get Congaree National Park established, and worked as a volunteer in the park. Now retired as Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Geography, I want to continue visiting parks, thinking about parks, and writing about parks (at least occasionally) until I assume room temperature.

  • My favored life involves hiking and looking for elusive wildflowers in the Rockies. Spending nights in some small little cabin way back in the woods. And maybe writing about my journeys and experiences.

    I have worked for the National Park Service since 2008 at the Natural Resource Program Center (Fort Collins, CO, Water Rights Program), Mount Rainier National Park, Denali National Park and Preserve, and Rocky Mountain National Park. I love the mountains and want to see them protected.

  • I am a guide, a naturalist, specializing in brown bears. My husband Ken and I own and operate Emerald Air Service in Homer Alaska-we have spent every day, the past 15 years, from mid May through October sharing the bears of Katmai National Park and Preserve with about 1100 people per season. Bears are not only our vocation, they are our avocation. They give us our living - we in turn advocate for them - active in conservation issues and pro-actively working through the agencies both state and federal on issues involving bear conservation, viewing ethics and management.

  • Jim Stratton is the Alaska Regional Director for the National Parks Conservation Association, a position he has held since December 2002. Prior to joining NPCA, Jim spent eight years as the director of the Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation for the Alaska Department of Natural Resources and 11 years as the Program & Finance Director for Alaska Conservation Foundation. He started his Alaska conservation career in 1981 as the Executive Director of the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council.

    He serves on the board of Training Resources for the Environmental Community (TREC), Great Land Trust, Denali Education Center, and is an advisor to the Brainerd Foundation.

    When not working or volunteering for conservation efforts, he produces and hosts the Arctic Cactus Hour, a weekly public radio program (music, not talk) on Anchorage’s KNBA. He also likes to fly fish, is into birding, and with his wife Colleen Burgh, travel to wild and exotic places, especially those that provide a stamp for his National Park Passport. Jim holds a degree in Recreation and Parks Management from the University of Oregon and an MBA from Alaska Pacific University.

    Credit for Jim's photo goes to Scott Kirkwood of the NPCA.

  • Patrick Cone is a photographer and writer based in Park City Utah. His work has been seen in Sunset, National Geographic, Smithsonian, The Wall Street Journal, and dozens of other editorial, corporate and advertising clients. He is the author/photographer of 3 children's science books, including Grand Canyon: Nature in Action. Cone has also worked as a pilot, helicopter navigator, geologist, and county commissioner. He currently is a staff photographer for an international outdoor sports corporation.

  • Avid Hiker

    Favorite Destinations: Yellowstone, Tetons, Glacier, Alaska

    Cruising in Hawaii and the Caribbean

  • My book "Blessed with Tourists: The Borderlands of Religion and Tourism in San Antonio" includes chapters on San Antonio Missions National Historical Park and how the National Park Service deals with the separation-of-church-and-state issue in their interpretations of religious sites. Currently I am writing a book on religion in Yellowstone National Park. For more information, view my web page at http://bremer.fastmail.fm/

  • I am a self employed information management consultant and bison rancher in Central Kansas. I am also an avid hiker/backpacker and love the national parks. I am very partial to Rocky Mountain National Park, particulary the west side, and am also a National Parks Pass holder.

  • Amy McNamara directs the National Park Program for the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. Amy works with local residents and GYC members to engage them is issues related to Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks. She is working to ensure Greater Yellowstone's national parks are setting the standard for public land stewardship in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and for other national parks across the country.

    Amy brought years of previous experience working across state and political boundaries to GYC. Before working for GYC, Amy worked for the Appalachian Mountain Club - a regional conservation and recreation organization in the Northeast. There Amy worked on private land conservation issues, public funding for land protection, and forest planning.

    In her free time, you might find Amy hiking, backpacking, or skiing in the Greater Yellowstone. Her favorite local residents are moose and her favorite color is blue.

  • Hello there. I'm a nature photographer out of Eugene, Oregon and executive director of the Crater Lake Institute. I was raised in rural Montana, Idaho, and Alaska. Eugene, Oregon is now home to my wife and I. I have worked at several of the land management agencies: the Forest Service as a wildland firefighter, for a few years while finishing school at Washington State U., and then as an archaeologist at the BLM, Park Service, and Forest Service before starting my new nature photo business.

    rob mutch

  • A self-described National Park junkie, I whole-heartedly agree with Wallace Stegner's famous statement that the National Parks are "America's best idea". My goal is to visit all 58 parks before I die, and I hope there are many more than that by the time I finish. My outlook on life can best be summed up in the words of Edward Abbey:

    Do not burn yourselves out. Be as I am-- a reluctant enthusiast...a part time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it is still there. So go out there and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, encounter the grizz, climb the mountains, and bag the peaks.... and I promise you this much: I promise you this one sweet victory over your enemies, over those deskbound people with their hearts in a safe deposit box... I promise you this: you will outlive the bastards.

  • Spent the majority of my time hiking the Grand Canyon Although I currently live in the Midwest. Will shortly be moving to Az to persue my passion for photagraphing our National Parks and nature in it:s most sublime form.
    A long way from a career in the chemical industry involved in sale and marketing. Feel very humble to be in the company of others on this page
    Member of the Grand Canyon Association and Pioneer Historical Society of the Grand Canyon.

    ]Time to fill my yearings for the western parks


  • I retired After 33 yrs in the National Park Service in 1990, but never lost my affection for the "Camelot" of the federal government, the National Park Service. I served as Park Ranger, Park Naturalist, Park Planner, Interpretive Planner, Chief Curator of the National Park Service, and Assistant Superintendent of the Blue Ridge Parkway. I believe the chief threats to America's National Parks and its public lands in general are privatization and the adverse impact of motorized recreation on park resources.

  • David E. Whisnant, Ph.D., is a historian and author whose work has focused on cultural history and policy in the Appalachian region and in Latin America. He had published five books, including All That Is Native and Fine: The Politics of Culture in an American Region (UNC Press 1983) and Rascally Signs in Sacred Places: The Politics of Culture in Nicaragua (UNC Press 1995). Retired from the faculty of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he now does contract historical research and writing for the National Park Service and other clients through the consulting firm (Primary Source History Services) he runs with his wife, Anne Mitchell Whisnant. With Anne, he has recently written and published the first-ever book for children about the Blue Ridge Parkway, When the Parkway Came (2010, http://www.whentheparkwaycame.com).

  • Anne Mitchell Whisnant, Ph.D. is a historian and the author of Super-Scenic Motorway: A Blue Ridge Parkway History, published in 2006 by the University of North Carolina Press. She is an administrator and adjunct associate professor of history and American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she has been since 2009 scholarly advisor for the digital history project Driving Through Time: The Digital Blue Ridge Parkway(http://docsouth.unc.edu/blueridgeparkway/).

    With her husband David Whisnant, Anne also has conducted contract historical research for the National Park Service and other clients through their small firm, Primary Source History Services (http://www.prisource.com). Together, they have written and published the first-ever book for children about the Blue Ridge Parkway, When the Parkway Came (2010) (http://www.whentheparkwaycame.com). From 2008-2012, Anne chaired the team of scholars that researched and wrote the study Imperiled Promise: The State of History in the National Park Service.Anne is passionate about the National Parks and very concerned that a lost sense of the "public good" is threatening these treasures. She has served on the Board of the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation (http://www.brpfoundation.org/) and the southeast regional council of the National Parks Conservation Association.

  • Former NPS Park Ranger-Naturalist, Crater Lake National Park (1966-68), Zion National Park (1969), Yosemite National Park (1969-71).

    Member of the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees (www.npsretirees.org)

    Member of the Board, Crater Lake Institute (www.craterlakeinstitute.com)

    President and Director, Oak Ridge Center for Risk Analysis (www.orrisk.com)