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Conversations with guests and experts about different aspects of America's National Parks including favorite hikes and activities with kids, nature, wildlife, history and issues affecting the parks.

Everybody's National Parks Danielle and Bryan

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Conversations with guests and experts about different aspects of America's National Parks including favorite hikes and activities with kids, nature, wildlife, history and issues affecting the parks.

    ENP 32.3 Big Bend: Travel Through Geological Time

    ENP 32.3 Big Bend: Travel Through Geological Time

    For the third in our Big Bend National Park series, Bryan takes an epic trip through eons with Dr. Thomas Shiller, assistant professor of geology at Texas' Sul Ross University. From uplift to erosion, inland seas to volcanic action, the pair discuss this desert park's changing topography and its once-thriving dinosaur population. The hardest hitting questions, however, came from Everybody’s National Parks’ junior geologists, making this episode a real family affair.
    Discussion includes the following:
    [00:02] Introduction: ENP Big Bend National Park Series, Dr. Thomas Shiller (https://www.sulross.edu/faculty-and-staff/4419/assistant-professor-geology)
    [01:13] Geological timeline of Big Bend, Chisos Mountains, Santa Elena Canyon (https://www.nps.gov/bibe/planyourvisit/secyn.htm)
    [12:03] Night Skies program (https://www.nps.gov/subjects/nightskies/index.htm)
    [12:30] Big Bend: The once-great western interior seaway
    [13:15] Big Bend’s rich deposit of fossils
    [17:17] Digging deeper into the park’s Cretaceous Period
    [17:40] Big Bend’s unique flora and fauna fossils
    [19:50] Old school tricks of the geologist trade
    [20:26] Big Bend fossil stewardship
    [24:21] ENP Grand Canyon geology episode (https://www.everybodysnationalparks.com/ENP-83-Grand-Canyon-Geology)
    [25:20] More Big Bend fossil stewardship: Paleo Lab at UT Austin (http://utw10107.utweb.utexas.edu/paleo/#:~:text=The%20Paleo%20Lab%20is%20a,handled%20by%20visitors%2C%20are%20available.)
    [26:33] Big Bend Fossil Discovery Exhibit (https://www.nps.gov/bibe/planyourvisit/fossil-discovery-exhibit.htm)
    [30:30] Big Bend ranger programs (https://www.nps.gov/bibe/planyourvisit/ranger-led-programs.htm)
    [30:53] Science Knights in the Morning: YouTube, Facebook, KVLF (https://bigbendradio.com/)
    [32:47] Missing time: Big Bend’s black conical hills and the great extinction event
    [35:40] ENP’s junior correspondents take the mic (Part I): Western interior seaway facts
    [35:46] ENP’s junior correspondents take the mic (Part II): A dinosaur census
     
    For complete show notes and archive, visit everybodysnationalparks.com (everybodysnationalparks.com).
    DUE TO COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS, BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK WAS IN PHASED REOPENING AT TIME OF PUBLISHING THIS EPISODE. PLEASE CHECK NPS WEBSITE FOR ACCESS UPDATES.

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    • 41 min
    ENP 32.2 Big Bend: Insider’s Guide To The Best Of

    ENP 32.2 Big Bend: Insider’s Guide To The Best Of

    For the second in our Big Bend National Park series, Danielle chats with Courtney Lyons-Garcia, executive director of Big Bend Conservancy, a major advocate for the park. From scenic drives to family-friendly hikes, and fossil experiences Courtney shares practical tips and activities suited to every kind of traveller
    Discussion includes the following:
    [00:02] Introduction: HelloRanger
    [02:22] Guardians of Big Bend National Park: Courtney Lyons Garcia and Big Bend Conservancy (https://bigbendfriends.org/)
    [03:15] Getting acquainted with Big Bend: An overview of the park and its conservancy
    [05:35] Getting to the park: Interstate travel, suggestions for East and West Coast visitors
    [09:03] Stocking up: Advice on retail options and supporting special dietary needs
    [10:53] Best times of year to visit Big Bend
    [13:21] Seasonal explorations
    [16:28] An itinerary overview
    [17:51] Perfect pairs: Suggestions for combining Big Bend with other areas of interest Big Bend State Park, Balmorhea State Park, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, White Sands National Park, Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Del Rio, Fort Davis
    [19:34} Do, see & learn - River District: Rio Grande Village Visitors Center, Nature Walk, Boquillas Crossing Port of Entry, Boquillas Village, Mexico, Ernst Tinaja Primitive Roadside Campsite, Hot Springs Historic Trail (https://www.nps.gov/bibe/planyourvisit/river_hikes.htm)
    [23:05] Do, see & learn - Dinosaurs & Desert District: Fossil Discovery Exhibit, Grapevine Hills Trail (https://www.nps.gov/bibe/planyourvisit/desert_hikes.htm)
    [26:27] Do. See. Learn - Mountain District: Window Trail, South Rim Trail, Emory Peak Trail/The Pinnacles,

    • 45 min
    ENP 32.1 Big Bend: Trip Report

    ENP 32.1 Big Bend: Trip Report

    The world may have changed since Danielle, Bryan, and the girls took their early February trip to Big Bend National Park in Texas, but hope for future family adventures springs eternal. With those eventual vacations in mind, Everybody’s National Parks presents the first episode in its Big Bend roundup. Painted landscapes, dark skies, and lessons in border policy await at the stunning junction where the US and Mexico meet. And this wouldn’t be a family trip roundup without eyewitness reports from Everybody’s National Parks junior ranger correspondents.
    Discussion includes the following:
    [00:01] Introduction to Big Bend podcast series.
    [01:14] Danielle & Bryan set the scene - with a little help from TripPossible: Big Bend National Park, ENP Yosemite National Park series, ENP Yosemite TripPossible episode (https://www.everybodysnationalparks.com/ENP-19-7-Yosemite-Plan-Your-Trip-with-TripPossible)
    [06:01] Know before you go: gateway cities El Paso, TX and Midland-Odessa, TX (https://visitbigbend.com/drive-odessa/)
    [07:50] Know before you go: car rental issues, Avis
    [08:40] Oil country: reflections on a drive through the permian basin
    [10:18] Know before you go: when and where to stock up on supplies Terlingua, Marathon, Marfa (https://www.visitmarfa.com/)
    [11:23] Beautiful views and home base options: Chisos Mountains Lodge, Chisos Basin Campground, Chisos Mountains Lodge Restaurant & Patio (https://www.chisosmountainslodge.com/dining-and-shopping)
    DAY 1
    [13:08] West Side: Chisos Mountains Visitor Center, ranger programs, Fossil Discovery Center (https://www.nps.gov/bibe/planyourvisit/fossil-discovery-exhibit.htm)
    [15:22] Touching extinction: K-Pg Boundary site
    [16:22] East Side: Rio Grande Overlook, Rio Grande Visitor Center Rio Grande Village Nature Trail (https://www.nps.gov/bibe/planyourvisit/river_hikes.htm)

    • 58 min
    ENP 31: Rock The Park: Behind the Scenes with Jack Steward

    ENP 31: Rock The Park: Behind the Scenes with Jack Steward

    What makes the Emmy Award-winning show Rock The Park (http://www.thoseparkguys.com/rock-the-park) must-see tv? Bryan goes behind the scenes with Jack Steward, the show's co-creator and co-host, to find out how Rock The Park captures friendship and adventure for the camera. Then, Jack answers listener questions, including one from a 7-year-old fan.
    Discussion includes the following:
    [00:58] - Origins story: Jack Stewart and Colton Smith friendship; Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, Jackson Hole, WY.
    [06:05] - Rock The Parks from idea to episodes; ENP Isle Royale (https://www.everybodysnationalparks.com/podcasts?categoryID=1553&yearmonth=0)
    [09:24] Rock The Park’s formula for adventure
    [10:50] Big Cypress National Preserve; Rock The Park s6 ep21 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mULRajIn34I)
    [11:55] Adventure, beauty, and danger; Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park; Carlsbad Caverns National Park (https://www.nps.gov/cave/index.htm)
    [16:08] People make the park experience; Everglades National Park (https://www.nps.gov/ever/index.htm)
    [18:30] Sentimental park favorites: Yellowstone National Park, Glacier National Park, Death Valley National Park, Grand Teton National Park, Virgin Islands National Park, Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park
    [21:07] Rock The Park’s Daytime Emmy Award moments
    [23:20] Listener questions: Rock The Park’s future plans
    [25:50] Listener questions: Park tallies and what’s missing; Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, Kobuk Valley National Park, Cuyahoga Valley National Park (https://www.nps.gov/cuva/index.htm)
    [27:07] Listener questions: An invitation to Whiskeytown National Recreation Area (https://www.nps.gov/whis/index.htm)
    [27:53] Listener questions; Managing friendship and national park trips
    [30:48] Jack reflects on his most transcendent park moments; Fossil Butte National Monument
    For complete show notes and archive, visit everybodysnationalparks.com (everybodysnationalparks.com).
    Resources:
    Those Park Guys (http://www.thoseparkguys.com)
    Jack Steward on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/jackfsteward/)

    Note: This episode is coming out in summer of 2020 during COVID-19 please be safe and follow recommended guidelines. If you are going to a national park, check the website for specific closures and guidelines for that park. The content of this interview is to inspire travel once it is safe to do so.

    • 35 min
    ENP 30 The Ultimate Family Road Trip: Yellowstone, Grand Teton and Glacier National Parks with Carter Walker

    ENP 30 The Ultimate Family Road Trip: Yellowstone, Grand Teton and Glacier National Parks with Carter Walker

    Epic adventures require meticulous planning - and a trusted guidebook. Moon Guides author Carter G. Walker (https://www.moon.com/contributor/carter-g-walker/) joins Danielle with recommendations for planning a two-week expedition covering three of the country’s best-loved national parks: Yellowstone, Grand Teton, and Glacier based on her book Moon Yellowstone to Glacier National Park Road Trip (https://www.moon.com/landing-page/national-parks-planning-guides/?utm_source=everybodys-national-parks&utm_medium=podcast&utm_campaign=national-parks).
    Discussion includes the following:
    [00:02] Introduction - Carter G. Walker, Moon Yellowstone to Glacier National Park Road Trip: Jackson Hole, the Grand Tetons & the Rocky Mountain Front (Travel Guide); Suggested additional reading Yellowstone Resources and Issues Handbook (updated yearly)
    [01:48] Pandemic park travel planning plus additional Moon Guide resources by Carter G. Walker
    [04:33] Time Travel: What’s the perfect amount of time to allot for your Yellowstone-to-Glacier road trip?
    [06:20] Car rental tips: Montana’s gateway cities maximize your budget - Billings, Missoula, Great Falls (https://visitgreatfallsmontana.org/)
    [07:53] Stocking up: Tips for buying road trip provisions in Jackson Hole (Grand Teton National Park), Bozeman, Livingston (Yellowstone National Park), and Great Falls, Kalispell, or Missoula (Glacier National Park)
    [08:58] Let’s Go: An overview of your epic journey
    [10:35] Beginning in Bozeman, MT: Tips and resources for your first days in Yellowstone, NPS Yellowstone app, recommended ENP episodes for Yellowstone 4.1 through 4.8, Mammoth Hot Springs, National Geographic May 2016, Upper Geyser Basin (https://www.nps.gov/features/yell/ofvec/exhibits/treasures/ugb/index.htm)
    [14:18] Seasonal timing for your trip and the Yellowstone winter snow coach (https://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/snowmobiles-snowcoaches.htm)
    [15:58] Bozeman sightseeing
    [16:46] On to Jackson Hole, WY: Daytrips to Grand Teton and things to do

    • 47 min
    ENP 19.5 Ranger Shelton Johnson On The Buffalo Soldiers And Diversity In The National Parks (Replay)

    ENP 19.5 Ranger Shelton Johnson On The Buffalo Soldiers And Diversity In The National Parks (Replay)

    Description:
    This is a replay. Bryan speaks with Park Ranger Shelton Johnson and Sergeant Elizy Bowman, a Buffalo Soldier in the 9th Cavalry in Yosemite (portrayed by Shelton Johnson). Sergeant Bowman discusses what it was like to be a Buffalo Soldier, the name given to African-American cavalry troops of the U.S. Army who were among the first park rangers. Ranger Shelton talks about diversity in the national parks.
    This is episode number 19.5. This is the fifth episode in our series on Yosemite National Park.
    For complete show notes, visit everybodysnationalparks.com (everybodysnationalparks.com).
    If this is your first time tuning in, go back and listen to the other episodes in our Yosemite series including our trip report, a conversation with park naturalist Erik Westerlund, Tom Bopp sings for us while recounting the 1903 camping trip with President Theodore Roosevelt and John Muir, and a wonderful conversation about Ansel Adams’ Legacy with his son, grandson and internationally known photographer and Ansel’s last darkroom assistant, Alan Ross. Upcoming topics in our Yosemite series include Mountaineering, geology and tips for planning your own trip to Yosemite.
     
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