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ENP 7.2 Olympic National Park: Planning Your Trip

Description: Bryan talks with Penny Wagner, Public Information Officer for Olympic National Park about how to navigate Olympic National Park and tips for a week-long family vacation. Discussion includes the following: How to spend 1 day at Olympic (2:44) Driving in the park and highway 101 rehabilitation (7:07) How to organize a week-long family trip (10:09) Understanding the cultural history of the park (18:48) Camping and lodging in Olympic (22:07) Multi-use trails (bikes,...


ENP 7.1 Olympic National Park: Trip Report

Description: Bryan talks with his brother Dan about their trip to Olympic National Park in the fall of 2017. They discuss their highlights and challenges of visiting the park in the shoulder-season. Discussion includes the following: Dan’s ’84 Chevy (2:34) Lake Quinault Lodge (3:52) Enchanted Valley Hike to O’Reilly Creek-13miles (4:53) Ruby Beach (12:55) Hoh Rainforest (13:40) Firewood challenge (18:22) Bear canister challenge (19:53) Ozette (21:00) Sol Duc Hot Springs...


ENP 6.7 Great Smoky Mountains: Mountain Magic - Hiking Every Trail

Description: Bryan and Danielle speak with Liz Etnier, who became passionate about hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains at age 58. With 800 miles of trails, she set out a goal to hike every trail in the park before her 60birthday. Her book, the Day Hiker’s Guide to all the Trails in the Smoky Mountains,has resulted from her hours of planning, and from the subsequent urging by her hiking friends to write it all down. Discussion includes the following: How did Liz set this goal?...


ENP 6.6 Great Smoky Mountains: Archeology and Cultural History

Description: Bryan discusses the diverse and rich history of Great Smoky Mountains National Park with park archeologist, Heath Bailey and interpretive park ranger Florie Takaki. Come for the great vistas and great hikes, stay for the cultural history. Discussion includes the following: · What is an archeologist and what does Heath do for the park? (1:09) · Scope of archeology in the park and accessibility to visitors (4:54) · Where to find known CCC lookout sites (6:57) · Original...


ENP 6.5 Great Smoky Mountains: A Fragile Diverse Forest

Description: Bryan first discusses the biodiversity of Great Smoky Mountains National Park with Paul Super, the Research Coordinator of the Appalachian Highlands Science Learning Center (1:03). Then Bryan speaks with Kris Johnson of the National Park Service about the health of the forest (28:04). Discussion includes the following: · About the Appalachian Highlands Science Learning Center (1:22) · Species Mapper (2:30) · Ecosystem and different habitats (4:39) · Impact of humans on...


ENP 6.4 Great Smoky Mountains: Recreation and Insider Tips

Description: This is episode 6.4, the fourth episode in our series on Great Smoky Mountains National Park. First, Bryan speaks with Dana Soehn, the parks spokesperson. Dana talks about recreation and how to tackle this vast and myriad park. Next, Danielle speaks with Brent McDaniel of the park’s nonprofit partner, Friends of The Smokies about insider tips for visitors. Discussion includes the following: · National Park Service plans to close Claude Moore Colonial Farm. Voice your...


ENP 6.3 Great Smoky Mountains: Backpacking Tips with Adventure Archives

Description: This is episode 6.3, the third episode in our series on the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Bryan talks to Andrew and Bryan Lin of Adventure Archives, a family-friendly film series on YouTube with beautiful cinematography, original music and thoughtful narration about four friends going on backpacking adventures exploring nature in the US and around the world. Discussion includes the following: What is Adventure Archives (1:51) Identifying flora skills...


ENP 6.2: Great Smoky Mountains: Trip Report Part 2 - North Carolina

Description: This is episode number 6.2, the second episode in our series on the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Bryan, Danielle and their two daughters spent spring break of 2018 exploring the North Carolina side of the park along with a brief visit to Asheville, NC and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Announcements: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Tag us, #everybodysnationalparks from the parks you are visiting. homepage. Discussion includes the following: · Support our show on...


ENP 6.1: Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Trip Report

Description: This is episode number 6.1, the first episode in our series on Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Bryan and Danielle reminisce about their first camping trip there in the spring of 2017. Support our show on Patreon. For show notes or to become a Patron, go to everybodysnationalparks.com. Discussion includes the following: · Brief description of our trip (3:40) · Cades Cove: Campground, Loop, Visitors Center (4:28) · White Oak Sink Trail to see wildflowers (12:53) ·...


ENP 5.5 Virgin Islands National Park: History and Tips from a Park Ranger

Description: Bryan speaks with Park Ranger Alanna Smith about the history of the park and tips for visitors. This interview was recorded in 2017 prior to Hurricane’s Irma and Maria. Although the island of St. John has changed and is still recovering, this information is still useful now and in the future. Discussion includes the following: · A brief history of the park - history of the island, cultural influences and significance for establishment and protection of the park. (1:46) ·...


ENP: 5.4 Virgin Islands National Park: Coral Reef and Snorkeling in the Post-Hurricane Environment

Description: In today’s episode 5.4 Danielle speaks with Jeff Miller, fisheries biologist for the National Park Service about the coral reef and snorkeling around Virgin Island’s National Park following Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Even though the island has changed due to the storms, the water is still blue and there are beautiful things to see. Discussion: · Jeff’s experience waiting out the hurricanes at home on St. John (2:08) · Jeff describes what he does as a fisheries biologist...


ENP: 5.3 Virgin Islands National Park: Archeological Evidence of a Long Cultural History

Description: Bryan talks with archeologist Ken Wild about the rich human history of St. John, where the oldest known site goes back to 800 BC. Ken is the Cultural Resource Manger and Archaeologist for the Virgin Islands National Park and Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument. Discussion includes the following: Ken’s experience during and post-Hurricanes (1:25) Ken’s silver lining perspective (4:03) Archeological Museum at Cinnamon Bay and Artifacts (5:46) Cultural History in...


ENP: 5.2 Virgin Islands National Park: Park Status Post-Hurricanes

Description: Bryan talks with Acting Superintendent Darrell Echols of Virgin Island National Park about the hurricane damage to the park, recovery efforts, and expected progress in the coming months. The island and people of St. John are resilient. The sentiment of the local community, even if they lost their homes, is positive, “I’m alive. Life is great. I’m very happy.” Discussion includes the following: Status of park as of January 2018 (0:55) Where was park staff during the...


ENP: 5.1 Virgin Islands National Park: Trip Report and Hurricane Recovery

Description: Bryan and Danielle talk about their family trip to Virgin Islands National Park in St. John prior to the devastation of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The National Park announced on December 20, 2017 that all beaches, trails and roads are reopened. Check the website for the latest hurricane recovery status. You may support recovery efforts by donating to Friends of Virgin Island National Park or St. John Rescue. Discussion includes the following: Danielle’s introduction about...


ENP 4.8 GYE: Yellowstone: A Glimpse of the Cosmos in One National Park

Description: Visitors to Yellowstone are witnesses to one of the most dramatic natural laboratories on the planet, which provides answers to the origin of life on earth, to the diversification of life, to solutions to modern day problems faced by society. Bryan talks with scientist Bruce Fouke about his study of Mammoth Hot Springs and how his research is applied to challenges faced by society, now and in the future and how to use your visit to Yellowstone to better understand the Cosmos...


ENP 4.7 GYE: Yellowstone and Native Americans

Description: Bryan talks with historian Mark David Spence about Native Americans in Yellowstone. People have been coming here for thousands of years. It connects you to hundreds of generations of people. That’s what Yellowstone can do. When you talk to native peoples, you realize it is a landscape full of stories, full of features that people wouldn’t recognize otherwise. Keep in mind the worldview you bring coming into the park and then acknowledge there are stories here you have never...


ENP 4.6 GYE: Yellowstone: Wolves and Bears

Description: Bryan talks with Jim Halfpenny about wolves and bears in Yellowstone. Jim is an author, scientist, educator, and tracker. Jim has written over 25 books and videos including, "Yellowstone Wolves in the Wild" and “Yellowstone Bears in the Wild.” Jim is co-owner of A Naturalist`s World, dedicated to providing educational programs and materials about natural history and ecology. Discussion includes the following: · Description of A Naturalist’s World. (1:21) · How are the new...


ENP 4.5.2 GYE: Yellowstone: Planning Your Trip (Part 2)

Description Bryan talks with MacNeil Lyons about planning a trip to Yellowstone with kids. MacNeil is a published writer, photographer, naturalist and owner of tour company Yellowstone Insight. MacNeil previously worked for the National Park Service as an Interpretive Park Ranger beginning in 1996. Discussion includes the following: · Yellowstone for Families program (1:34) · Yellowstone Insight tours for families (7:14) · Tips for avoiding crowds (10:55) · What kids like most on...


ENP 4.5.1 GYE: Yellowstone: Planning Your Trip (Part 1)

Description Bryan talks with Jess Haas from Yellowstone Forever, the official nonprofit partner with the National Park Service in Yellowstone National Park. They help with educational programming, funding research, and bookstores in the park. Then Danielle talks with her friend, Alex about the tour she did with her family through the Yellowstone Forever Institute. Discussion includes the following: · What is Yellowstone Forever (0:25). · How should family approach planning a trip to...


ENP 4.4 GYE: Yellowstone Education Programs and Tips for Families

Description Bryan talks with Matt Ohlen, Education Specialist in the Division of Resource Education and Youth Programs of the National Park Service at Yellowstone National Park. Bryan and Matt talk about school programs and tips and recommendations for families planning a trip to Yellowstone. Discussion includes the following: · Expedition Yellowstone - Curriculum based education programs for school groups (4:20) · Expedition Yellowstone Sample itinerary (16:54) · How should a...