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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

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 106 Ratings

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 Returns

    Everybody’s National Parks Returns

    Everybody’s National Parks returns to family park travel and with that, the podcast after a long hiatus during the pandemic. Hear what we’ve been up to and upcoming episodes to look forward to including Cuyahoga Valley, Indiana Dunes and Glacier National Parks.

    • 10 min
    ENP 33: How To Plan A Safe National Park Visit

    ENP 33: How To Plan A Safe National Park Visit

    Yes, you can enjoy the national park system and stay safe during a pandemic. Danielle celebrates the 104th birthday of the NPS with guests Jason Everson of RV Miles Network (https://rvmiles.com/) and Bradley Kerouac of Hello Ranger (https://hellorangercommunity.com/). The trio explores pragmatic strategies for family travel in an otherwise unpredictable year.

    Discussion includes the following:
    [00:02] Introduction: National Parks Service Founders Day, Bradley Kerouac/Hello Ranger, Jason Everson/RV Miles, Soul Trak Outdoors (https://soultrak.com/)
    [03:39] Reports from the road: Dinosaur National Monument, Mesa Verde National Park, Saguaro National Park, Mount Lemmon, Yellowstone National Park (https://www.nps.gov/yell/index.htm)
    [08:17] Logistics and locations: Glacier National Park, Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Canaveral National Seashore, Yosemite National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Arches National Park (https://www.nps.gov/arch/index.htm)
    [11:37] Choose your (safe) adventure: Yellowstone National Park, Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado Springs, Pikes Peak, Garden Of The Gods, Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, Curecanti National Recreation Area, Dinosaur National Monument, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Blue Ridge Mountains/Shenandoah National Park (https://www.nps.gov/shen/index.htm)
    [18:45] Inside jokes
    [20:00] Practical tips for making your choice
    [27:28] Backyard parks and return visits: Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Glacier National Park (https://www.nps.gov/glac/index.htm)
    [33:15] Park safety: Mesa Verde National Parks, Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park,

    • 51 min
    Black in National Parks Week 2020: August 24 - 29 (Bonus Episode)

    Black in National Parks Week 2020: August 24 - 29 (Bonus Episode)

    Nicole Jackson of #BlackBirdersWeek (https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/blackbirdersweek/) and the brand new @blackinnpsweek (https://www.instagram.com/blackinnpsweek/) talks about Black in National Parks Week 2020 this upcoming week. Listen to this joint interview phone call with @everybodysnationalparks (https://www.instagram.com/everybodysnationalparks/) and @hellorangerusa (https://www.instagram.com/hellorangerusa/). ⁣Official Hashtag ⁣#BlackInNationalParksWeek (https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/blackinnationalparksweek/)⁣IG⁣: @blackinnpsweek (https://www.instagram.com/blackinnpsweek/)⁣
    Twitter: @BlackInNPSWeek (https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/blackinnpsweek/)⁣
     
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    • 41 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
106 Ratings

106 Ratings

30 NP done ,

Informative

I really like all the information and content you provide. You give highlights for all ages and levels. One frustrating thing I notice with most episodes…the audio. I find one voice is ALWAYS louder than the other. It is really hard to set a comfortable volume and hear from both parties.

The Real Patty Mack ,

Great info!

We’ve just recently become inspired to visit more national parks (partly thanks to Covid). This podcast has given my husband and I a lot of great tips and parks to add to our bucketlist. Especially helpful as we have 4 children we’d like to take along on our journeys. Thanks for sharing your family’s adventures!

Danimdd ,

Informative and fun

Super helpful for those who want to really explore the parks with kids.

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