122 episodes

This weekly story-based show takes you behind the events, people, and nature that have shaped our National Parks, and the 417 units managed by the National Park Service.

America's National Parks Podcast RV Miles Network

    • Places & Travel
    • 4.8, 440 Ratings

This weekly story-based show takes you behind the events, people, and nature that have shaped our National Parks, and the 417 units managed by the National Park Service.

    News from the Parks | Big Bend Closes, Yosemite Cancels Reservations

    News from the Parks | Big Bend Closes, Yosemite Cancels Reservations

    On this month's "News from the Parks" episode, we talk about new closures, even as most parks have reopened. Plus, a new, 6-year celebration of America's 250th birthday kicks off in the parks. 

    • 5 min
    Hey Bear!

    Hey Bear!

    On average, there are only one or two non-lethal bear "incidents" in a given year at Glacier National Park. And there have only been 10 bear-related fatalities in the history of the park (all of those have occurred since 1967). Only three of those fatalities involved hikers. Still, human-bear encounters can end in death and injury, no doubt, and the attacking bear is often euthanized. So, bear safety is incredibly important. 
    Today on America’s National Parks, we head to Glacier for a lesson in bear safety. 
     
     

    • 14 min
    The Green Table

    The Green Table

    About 1,400 years ago, long before Europeans explored North America, a group of people living in the Four Corners region - where today Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah meet - chose what is now called Mesa Verde for their home. For more than 700 years they and their descendants lived and flourished here, eventually building elaborate stone communities in the sheltered alcoves of the canyon walls. Then, in the late A.D. 1200s, in the span of a generation or two, they disappeared.
    Today on America’s National Parks, Mesa Verde, a spectacular reminder of this ancient culture - and so much more. 

    • 14 min
    The Great American Outdoors Act

    The Great American Outdoors Act

    On today's episode, we explore the pending legislation entitled the "Great American Outdoors Act" with Pew Charitable Trusts' Marcia Argust. The act promises to reduce the $12 billion maintenance backlog in the National Park Service. 

    • 13 min
    The Nine

    The Nine

    On May 17, 1954, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka that segregation in the public schools of the nation was unconstitutional. One of the first big tests of that decision came in Little Rock, Arkansas. Nine Black children attempted to enroll in the all-white Central High School. They would become known as the "Little Rock Nine.” Several segregationist councils threatened to hold protests at Central High and physically block the black students from entering the school. Governor Orval Faubus deployed the Arkansas National Guard to support the segregationists on September 4, 1957. The sight of a line of soldiers blocking out the students made national headlines and polarized the nation. On September 24, President Eisenhower ordered the 101st Airborne Division of the United States Army—without its black soldiers—to Little Rock and federalized the entire 10,000-member Arkansas National Guard.
    As much as it was a momentous occasion in American history, that had ramifications far and wide forever to come, it’s easy to forget that these nine children had to walk into a building full of people that thought their very existence was going to destroy their version of America. It’s easy to forget that the crisis didn’t end with them walking through the doors. These are their stories, in their own words.

    • 24 min
    News from the Parks | National Parks Adjust to a New Normal

    News from the Parks | National Parks Adjust to a New Normal

    As summer begins, the National Park Service is instituting phased reopenings at many parks across the country, allowing visitors various levels of access to amenities. Meanwhile, park officials, concessionaires, and, gateway communities are figuring out how to manage the influx of new travelers amidst a pandemic that is far from over.

    • 11 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
440 Ratings

440 Ratings

jm cirlin ,

Fun way to learn

I’m really enjoying all the National Park history, facts and statistics. I plan to work my way through every episode. Thank you

Mark Bosley ,

Great podcast!

Love hearing these stories of the national parks!

Jim*Amy ,

I love this podcast!

I’m a national park geek, and this podcast goes beyond a simple description of the park. It gives history and context for your visit. This is a must listen for anyone visiting a national park.

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