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Hiking 101

11/1/2018
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Lucky us! We get to sit down and chat with Ranger Kim from Eno River State Park again! This time she makes sure Ranger Jess, who is about to head out on a hike, is prepared for a safe and fun hike at Eno River State Park. Listen in and find out all the hiking safety essentials so your next hike will be safe and fun! Thank you to Ranger Kim, Ben Casey (photo), and Ranger Joe (music)

Duration:00:35:06

SSSSSSnakes Alive!

10/15/2018
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In this episode we chat with the affable Ranger Kevin about his favorite animal — SNAKES! Ranger Kevin delves into the wonderful world of snakes and helps demystify some of the myths and fears that sometimes surround these wonderful creatures. Thank you to Rangers Kevin, Jacob, Joe and Nancy.

Duration:00:34:25

Howling Coyotes

10/1/2018
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Listen in as Ranger Crystal, Ranger Kevin, and Ranger Jess sit around a campfire and demystify the often misunderstood coyote.

Duration:00:23:14

Wall Climbing Eels!

9/1/2018
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In this episode Ranger Crystal and Ranger Jess delve into the wonderful and mysterious world of the American Eel. Listen in as Ranger Crystal and Ranger Jess explore the research history, ecology, and behaviors of this awesome species of fish! Thank you to Ranger Joe , Jacob, Rebeccah, and Archifa for your help with this episode!

Duration:00:30:37

Archaeology Dig at Lumber River

8/15/2018
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Dig into this episode as Ranger Jess learns the difference between archaeology and paleontology with Assistant State Archaeologist Mary Beth Fitts. Ranger Jess had the opportunity to help with an archaeology survey area down at Lumber River State Park and speak with Mary Beth about all things archaeology.

Duration:00:20:28

Yates Mill Pond

8/1/2018
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Many of our North Carolina State Parks were affected by gristmills and the millponds that were created in and around our North Carolina communities. We do not have any working gristmills in NC State Parks so we traveled to a Raleigh county park, Yates Mill Pond, to talk all things millpond and gristmill. From how a gristmill works, the community aspects of a gristmill and millpond, to the nature that is in and around a millpond, our guest Ranger Rebeccah Cope educates us on it all!

Duration:00:35:00

Christmas in JULY!

7/15/2018
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Ever wondered what to do with your tree after the holidays? The families around Fort Macon have a time-honored tradition of gifting their tree to the dunes around the fort. Join us as we discuss this program with Park Superintendent Randy.

Duration:00:14:01

Solar Energy

7/1/2018
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In this episode of the Ask a Ranger Podcast, Ranger Nick tells us all about renewable energy and, in particular, the power of solar energy. Thank you to Ranger Nick, Joe, Keith, and Jacob.

Duration:00:27:05

Maggie the Dolphine

6/15/2018
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Ranger Renee talks about her discovery of a dolphin that washed up on the shores of Bear Island and the steps her and others are taking to use the dolphin's skeleton as an educational tool for Hammocks Beach State Park. Thank you to Ranger Renee, Joe, and Keith, M. Wall A big thanks to you, our listener! Thank you for hanging in with us as we adjust our sound equipment. This is the last episode with fuzzy sound, as we have new and improved recording equipment now!

Duration:00:17:22

Wave the Loggerhead's 50th Birthday Bash

6/1/2018
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Take a road trip with Ranger Crystal and Ranger Jess as they bring Terrance the Turtle and Snooty the Snapper down to the 50th birthday party for Wave the Loggerhead. Meet a few different types of species of turtle native to North Carolina and laugh at the antics of Snooty and her cousin Shirley. Thank you to: Joe, Keith, Jacob, Christina, Lady D, Aaron, Randy, James, Thomas and Shari

Duration:00:16:43

Water Safety

5/15/2018
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Our guest for this episode of the Ask a Ranger Podcast is the stupendous Ranger Jake from Hammocks Beach State Park. In this episode we cover the basics of what you need to have a safe and fantastic trip on your next canoe, kayak, paddle board excursion.

Duration:00:22:13

Cannons

5/1/2018
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In this episode of Ask a Ranger, Ranger Paul Terry lets us in on the secret to the cannons at Fort Macon — teamwork! Learn all about the various cannons at Fort Macon State Park and how the replicas went from an idea to a reality.

Duration:00:39:12

Here Fishy Fishy

4/1/2018
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During this episode we discuss the North Carolina State Parks education theme for 2018 — the year of the FISH!!! We talk with Ranger Brian about fish and fun crafts you can do with — you guessed it — FISH! Who knew there were crafts you can do with actual fish? Thank you to Ranger Brian Swanson for speaking with us, as well as our other contributors for this episode, Ranger Joe Shimel and Ranger Jacob Fields for the music intro and exit.

Duration:00:14:40

Camping

3/1/2018
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The peace of the woods, the crackle of the campfire, trying different s’mores recipes — who amongst us doesn’t love camping? From its past as a necessary part of exploration to its present status as an excursion and break from our daily lives, camping is something that is held near and dear by most people who do it. Whether you enjoy camping in a van or living out of a backpack for a week, camping is personal and treasured by us all. In this podcast, we discuss everything from wearing socks...

Duration:00:23:59

Herpetology

2/1/2018
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Learn the basics of herpetology with our guest educator Mike Ramano. Thank you to Umkar for the Ask a Ranger question this month. Music by Joe Shimel and Keith Nealson.

Duration:00:18:02

Winter Wonderland

1/1/2018
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Ranger Crystal is out in the winter bluster interviewing a few of our animal friends to find out how they survive a North Carolina winter. Thank you to Joe, Mike, Val, Jeanie, Aaron and Autumn for help with this month's Ask A Ranger Podcast!

Duration:00:13:22

NC State Parks Year of the Spider 2017

12/1/2017
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In this episode, we wrap the year up talking with our Piedmont Region Education Specialist Brian Bockhahn about the North Carolina State Parks theme for 2017: spiders!!! Brian helps us dispel spider myths, expand our minds about the wonderful world of spiders and help us develop an even greater curiosity about these wonderful arachnids!! Thank you to our guest Brian Bockhahn, as well as Keith Nealson, and Joe Shimmel for their wonderful music.

Duration:00:25:43

Night Hike...Wait! What was THAT sound?!

11/1/2017
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Ranger Jess is a little nervous hiking at night, but NEVER FEAR, Ranger Crystal is here! Ranger Crystal is taking Ranger Jess and you on a night hike to demystify the sounds and the animals that make them. Come, join us and take a virtual night hike! To gain a visual understanding about the animals we talk about in this episode, hop on over to our Ask a Ranger article. You can find this episodes coinciding article as well as past Ask a Ranger articles at: https://www.ncparks.gov/ask-ranger....

Duration:00:15:57

Campfire Ready Ghost Stories!

10/5/2017
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In this episode of Ask a Ranger Podcast, join Ranger Crystal and Ranger Jess as they recount personal ghost stories and tell spooky North Carolina ghost stories. This is perfect for your camping trip to a North Carolina State Park- ready to be played or retold around your campfires. Special thanks to all of our helpers for this episode: Pete, Noah, Laurie, Wes, Keith, Joe, and Erica.

Duration:00:25:25

Naturally Wonderful Moments- Sean Gough

9/18/2017
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This is our mid-month "Naturally Wonderful" moment in which we introduce you to one of our coworkers. Listen in and find out why Sean Gough enjoys working for North Carolina State Parks.

Duration:00:07:53