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Park Leaders connects the wisdom of Park Managers, leaders in the park system, and thought leaders of the business world with up and coming park leaders. This is the show for Park Rangers, Park Managers, and leaders who want to have an impact. Join host Jody Maberry as he talks to park leaders from all over the world.

Park Leaders Sho‪w‬ Jody Maberry

    • Self-Improvement
    • 4.8 • 42 Ratings

Park Leaders connects the wisdom of Park Managers, leaders in the park system, and thought leaders of the business world with up and coming park leaders. This is the show for Park Rangers, Park Managers, and leaders who want to have an impact. Join host Jody Maberry as he talks to park leaders from all over the world.

    Grizzly Bear Conservation

    Grizzly Bear Conservation

    Barrie Gilbert, a bear biologist and author of ‘One of Us: A Biologist’s Walk Among Bears’, joins the show to discuss his research and resources.   
    Having survived a near-fatal attack by a bear in 1977 In Yellowstone Park, Gilbert has devoted his career to wildlife discovery. For over four decades, Gilbert’s scientific inquiries have inspired a new generation to study bear behavior and habitation preservation. Ultimately, his work has changed the narrative concerning the perception of grizzlies in national parks.
    As for his book, “One of Us” examines the integrity of hunting as well as the years Gilbert spent in Yosemite studying black bears. To him, if the public concept of bears is to improve, we must replace the Louis and Clark mindset for one seeking to enhance their environment. Only then can we promote safe practices regarding the man and bear relationship.
    Resources:
    One of Us: https://www.amazon.com/One-Us-Biologists-Among-Bears/dp/1525548514
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    • 56 min
    Use Winter to Prepare Your Park for Summer

    Use Winter to Prepare Your Park for Summer

    In this episode of the Park Leaders Show, Phil Gaines, retired Director of South Carolina State Parks, returns to discuss how parks can maximize their winter seasons.  
    For most parks, tourism is high in the summer, low in the winter. As visitation decreases during the cold months, the opportunities for special projects increase. The question is: How do parks best utilize their downtime to avoid lost time? 
    As Phil explains, while winter work projects vary upon location and climate, the bottom lines are the same. If a park ranger wants to prepare for the spring, they must promote rest for staff, document processes, focus on planning, and fix infrastructures critical to volume. 
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    • 18 min
    How to Discover the Culture at Your Park

    How to Discover the Culture at Your Park

    Phil Gaines, retired Director of South Carolina State Parks, returns to discuss strong park culture. 
    While some say culture is how you do things, the truth is discovering culture goes much deeper. For instance, when a new park ranger obtains a new role, they instantly inherit a culture. In some cases, the culture may be unhealthy; in others, it may be rich in tradition. 
    Whatever the situation, knowing the formal structure and informal influencers is critical to quality management. As Phil explains, though rangers may serve as the primary authority, all staff members can leave an impact on a park and its programs. Accordingly, if rangers commit themselves to know their personnel and the people they influence, the more they’ll discover the ‘why’ of their culture.  
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    • 28 min
    Passing Stories to the Next Generation

    Passing Stories to the Next Generation

    Rick Bass, an acclaimed author, and native of Yak Valley discuss challenges affecting national parks and the importance of sharing experiences.
    From climate change to conservation conflicts, Rick explains why we should pass stories of environmental struggles to future generations. In his mind, the obligation to preserve history and raise awareness are community values and expressions of courage. If one seeks to inspire influence, one must be willing not only to lend a voice but share the whole story.
    As Rick continues, one of the ways he has done this is through his book, Traveling Feast. In the book, Rick focuses his premise on connecting generations through benevolence – the idea of sharing what you love at the core of generosity. The more life seems to converge, the more opportunities we have to expound upon the hope that we know.
    Resources:
    The Traveling Feast by Rick Bass 
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    • 52 min
    Should You Be a Well Rounded Ranger?

    Should You Be a Well Rounded Ranger?

    Phil Gaines, retired Director of South Carolina State Parks, returns to discuss what it means to be a well-rounded ranger. 
    As Phil explains, the expectations for rangers have evolved considerably in recent decades. During the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s, the idea was a ranger should know how to build homes and service plumbing and electrical units; however, nowadays, rangers carry more generalist roles.
    For instance, while rangers can act as technicians, it would be better for them to hire contractors and specialists to ensure every facet of park management operates effectively. In this way, rangers can focus on their strengths while focusing more on their strengths and delegating opportunities. 
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    • 29 min
    Discussing Funny Park Visitor Reviews

    Discussing Funny Park Visitor Reviews

    In this episode of the Park Leaders Show, Phil Gaines, retired Director of South Carolina State Parks, returns to discuss the funnier side of visitor reviews.
    While some low-star reviews are unwarranted, as Jody and Phil explain, they can also provide a unique perspective. Sometimes, a new visitor question or a trite online review can reflect ignorance, even humor; however, the key is considering the context. 
    For instance, when a tourist says an outrageous comment, rather than write it off, appraise their viewpoint, take it for what it is, and focus on offering a quality experience. In this way, you can accurately process the feedback regardless of presentation. 
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    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
42 Ratings

42 Ratings

MattVillamaino ,

Love the show

As someone who works in parks, I love the show. It is extremely relevant as well as fun to listen to.

JenniferDavisSharp ,

Fantastic Podcast for Non-Rangers, Too

Absolutely love the show. So very inspiring. To hear it at it's peak, listen to the recent episode called Access to the Outdoors is a Civil Rights Issue.

KGBATL ,

Worth a listen if you're involved in Parks

Jody does a great job of keeping you inspired in Parks. I'm a volunteer and am always looking for new ideas to help my Park unit and keeping myself engaged to server the public. Not only have I learned things but Jody has introduce me to other great podcast mentors (Lee Cockerell for example). If you work or care about any Park, give it a listen. It's also a great resource to learn the inner workings of Parks, especially if you are not an employee.

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