Podcasts With Park Rangers - A National Parks Podcast
By Virtual Kamper - Host: Lucas V-K
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Every week the Virtual Kampers explore the importance of our National Park and Historic sites from those who live and work in them every day. We'll learn about history, science and the beauty of nature from a unique perspective. And, find out why Park Rangers love the National Parks. Topics covered include: National Parks, hiking, camping, exploring, the outdoors, resources, public lands, conservation, education, and the Park Ranger career. Find out more: www.PodcastsWithParkRangers.com Patreon: www.patreon.com/virtualkamper
||CleanOregon Caves NM: Wild Caving, Geology, and the River Styx – PWPR 25||In the Siskiyou mountains at 4,000 feet exists one of the few marble caves in the National Park Service. On this episode of Podcasts with Park Rangers, we explore the unique features of Oregon Caves National Monument you can find strange geology,||10/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBainbridge Island: The Incarceration of Japanese Americans in WWII||The flourishing immigrant community at Bainbridge Island was home to people from all over the world looking for a new start in America. People from Finland, Japan, Italy, Austria, Hawaii, China and other countries came together to form an American melt.||10/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKlondike Gold Rush NHP: Seattle’s Gold Rush Boom – PWPR 23||The Klondike Gold Rush of 1897 caused an economic boom for the city of Seattle. People flocked to the Pacific Northwest to gather supplies and board steamships north to Alaska. Newspapers promised new wealth and riches for any who made it to the Klondi.||10/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMt Rainier NP: Glaciers and Climate Change – PWPR 22||Geomorphologist Paul Kennard calls Mount Rainier National Park the canary in a coal mine when it comes to climate change. Glaciers on Rainier melt at a rapid rate, causing issues with the park’s rivers and wildlife. And,||9/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMt Rainier NP: Volcanic Activity and Park Geology – PWPR 21||A trip to Mount Rainier National Park brings you through lush landscapes dotted with wildflowers. However, a beast lies beneath the park! The mountain is considered one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world.||9/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLewis and Clark NHP: A Multilayered Tale of Exploration – PWPR 20||The tale of Lewis and Clark is one many Americans heard in school. Two mountain men who explore the west with a passion for adventure. While many of us romanticize the expedition, there’s a lot more to this story. The Corps of Discovery,||9/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhitman Mission NHS: Cultural Misunderstandings – PWPR 19||In the early 1800’s the US went through a revival of Christianity and people of faith signed up to minister to the Native American people in the west. Marcus and Narcissa Whitman leave their lives behind in New York to become one of the first families||8/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGlacier NP: Wildlife Safety with the Bark Ranger – PWPR 18||Bark Ranger Gracie has a big job at Glacier National Park: to keep wildlife away from high visitor use areas in the park. But once she’s finished her work, Ranger Mark Biel steps in and educates visitors on the importance of wildlife safety.||8/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLittle Bighorn Battlefield NM: Examining Why We Preserve Battlefields – PWPR 17||The Battle of Little Bighorn is one of the most written about and mythologized battles in US history. On this episode of Podcasts with Park Rangers, we talk with Ranger Steve Adelson about Custer’s Last Stand, the evolution of the National Monument,||8/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMt Rushmore: Preservation of the Sculpture – PWPR 16||How does the National Park Service keep the presidents looking pristine? In this episode of Podcasts with Park Rangers we discuss Mount Rushmore preservation efforts with the Assistant Cheif of Interpretation, Blaine Kortemeyer.||8/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMt Rushmore: The Story Behind An American Icon – PWPR 15||Have you ever wondered how four presidential faces end up carved into the side of a mountain in the Black Hills of South Dakota? In this episode of Podcasts with Park Rangers, we learn about the complex and controversial story of the American icon — M||7/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBadlands NP: Growing Up in the National Parks – PWPR 14||What would it be like growing up in the National Parks? Ranger Aaron Kaye’s father was also a Park Ranger, and the National Parks were his backyard. On this episode of Podcasts with Park Rangers, we discuss Aaron’s unique story and the many jobs he||7/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBadlands NP: Bison, Bighorn Sheep and Black Footed Ferret – PWPR 13||Badlands National Park wildlife is in a class of its own. Bison, bighorn sheep and the endangered black-footed ferret draw people from all over the world to visit the park. On this episode of Podcasts with Park Rangers,||7/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBadlands NP: Paleontology and Visitor Fossil Discoveries – PWPR 12||Did you know the birth of American Paleontology occurred at Badlands National Park? The park is home to one of the largest mammal fossil caches in the world and attracts scientists from all over. On this episode of Podcasts with Park Rangers,||6/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMinuteman Missile NHS: Commanding the Missile – PWPR 11||We take a look at the Cold War, as we discuss tensions with the USSR which led to the creation of a nuclear arsenal just beneath the plains of South Dakota. On this episode of Podcasts with Park Rangers, we visit Minuteman Missile National Historic Sit.||6/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRocky Mountain: Climbing Ranger – PWPR 10||Let’s explore what life as a climbing ranger at one of the premier parks for mountain climbing in the world, Rocky Mountain National Park. We discuss what climbing is like, search and rescue, and the famous Longs Peak on this episode of Podcasts with||6/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRocky Mountain: Alpine Tundra – PWPR 9||Elks, pika, and marmot, oh my! Meet the otherworldly mammals of the alpine tundra. And, learn what it takes to dig out the highest elevation visitor center in the United States out from over 10 feet of snow every year in Rocky Mountain National Park on.||6/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Fossil Day at Florissant – PWPR 8||Plant and insect fossils and petrified tree stumps are the main attractions at Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument. But, many visitors leave remembering the unique human history. On this episode of Podcasts with Park Rangers: feuding tour operator.||5/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCanyonlands: The Needles District – PWPR 7||The red rock canyons of Utah are some of the most iconic landscapes in the National Park System. In the Needles district of Canyonlands National Park, red and orange sandstone spires create a dramatic landscape remote from the luxuries of society.||5/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGreat Sand Dunes NP: Singing Sands – PWPR 6||The tallest sand dunes in North America are located high in the mountains of Colorado. But did you know, they can sing? Great Sand Dunes National Park has many unique features if you know where to find them. With the help of Fred Bunch,||5/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanArches NP: Parks As Classrooms – PWPR 5||The National Parks are often acclaimed as America’s Greatest Idea. But did you know, our National Parks are also America’s Largest Classroom? At Arches National Park, we talk with Ranger Heidi Wainer about the Canyon Country Outdoor Education progra||5/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEl Malpais NM: Life Among Ancient Lava Flow – PWPR 4||Ancient lava flows compose a major part of a dramatic and barren landscape at El Malpais National Monument, located in the New Mexico desert just west of Albuquerque. Let’s talk lava flows, lava tubes and geology with Ranger Cassie Branstetter.||4/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEl Morro NM: What It Means To Leave Your Mark – PWPR 3||A park well known for historical graffiti – El Morro National Monument is a hidden gem of the National Park System. We speak with Ranger Wendy Gordge about the park’s unique history, what it means to leave your mark, and the camel corp.||4/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCarlsbad Caverns: Bats, Caves and Microbe Wars – PWPR 2||Let’s talk bats, microbes and cave maps! Rod Horrocks is a Physical Scientist and the Chief of Resources Stewardship and Science at Carlsbad Caverns National Park. He loves cave management, cave exploration, and cave mapping.||4/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCarlsbad Caverns: Finding Peace in the Darkness – PWPR 1||What’s it like to be a Park Ranger at one of the biggest caves in the US? Let’s explore the other-worldliness of Carlsbad Caverns National Park with Interpretive Park Ranger Katie Crowley to find out. She leads cave tours,||4/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
An Educational Delight!
This podcast is an absolute joy to listen to! The host’s are knowledgeable and passionate about history and travel! I always learn something new after having listened, so I highly recommend this podcast!
Parks through the people who know them best
National Parks are amazing. This podcast is built upon the brilliant idea to look at our national parks through the rangers who work in them. It’s like a ranger program that comes through your phone once a week.
This podcast is engaging and fun to listen to. The rangers sound so enthusiastic and passionate about their jobs. I am captivated by their stories. I have learned so much more about our national parks!