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National Parks Traveler is the world's top-rated, editorially independent, nonprofit media organization dedicated to covering national parks and protected areas on a daily basis.

Traveler offers readers and listeners a unique multimedia blend of news, feature content, debate, and discussion all tied to national parks and protected areas.

National Parks Traveler Podcast Kurt Repanshek

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6 • 73 Ratings

National Parks Traveler is the world's top-rated, editorially independent, nonprofit media organization dedicated to covering national parks and protected areas on a daily basis.

Traveler offers readers and listeners a unique multimedia blend of news, feature content, debate, and discussion all tied to national parks and protected areas.

    National Parks Traveler| Walking The Oregon Trail At Scotts Bluff

    National Parks Traveler| Walking The Oregon Trail At Scotts Bluff

    The Oregon Trail stretched roughly 2,170 miles from Missouri to Oregon’s Willamette Valley. It rambled across prairie, sagebrush desert and mountains. From the 1840s into the 1880s, hundreds of thousands of immigrants made the challenging journey, and not all survived. Today more than 120 historic sites, auto tour routes, and markers show us where the Oregon Trail traveled.
    One of the choke points, if you will, is in western Nebraska at a place preserved today as Scotts Bluff National Monument. Here the Oregon Trail runs across Mitchell Pass, a low spot squeezed by buff-colored bluffs that tower to the north and the south. Today a state highway runs through the pass, but back in the mid-1800s, it was a narrow wagon trail that Conestoga wagons and covered wagons followed.
    Traveler Editor Kurt Repanshek recently visited the monument and walked part of the trail with Ranger Eric Grunwald.

    • 32 min
    Audio Postcard From The Parks | Sea Kayaking Jackson Lake At Grand Teton

    Audio Postcard From The Parks | Sea Kayaking Jackson Lake At Grand Teton

    There really are few days that aren't great for paddling on Jackson Lake in Grand Teton National Park, whether you're in a canoe or a sea kayak. During a short getaway in early June my wife and I did just that. Embed the picture that accompanies this post in your mind, then listen as I paddle the lake and describe the setting.

    • 3 min
    National Parks Traveler Podcast - Episode 176

    National Parks Traveler Podcast - Episode 176

    NPT Ep 176 Spot List - Run Time - 41:40
    :02 National Parks Traveler introduction
    :12 Episode Intro with Lynn Riddick
    :34 The Road Scholar - Bill Mize - The Spirit of South Dakota
    :44 Eastern National Passport
    1:27 Interior Federal Credit Union
    1:45 Washington’s National Park Fund
    2:18 Wild Tribute
    2:39 Great Smoky Mountains Association
    3:04 Kurt’s Travels with Lynn Riddick
    28:33 Black Woods - Nature’s Symphony - The Sounds of Acadia
    28:54 Grand Teton National Park Foundation
    29:22 Potrero Group
    29:48 Yosemite Conservancy
    30:08 Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation
    30:27 Everglades Foundation
    30:39 Friends of Acadia
    31:11 Kurt’s Travels with Lynn Riddick Continues
    39:19 The Horsemen - Randy Petersen - The Spirit of South Dakota
    39:42 Episode Closing
    39:58 Orange Tree Productions
    40:29 Splitbeard Productions
    40:39 National Parks Traveler footer

    • 41 min
    National Parks Traveler: Surviving Covid At Yosemite

    National Parks Traveler: Surviving Covid At Yosemite

    The impact of the Covid shutdown in the National Park System is well-known, and we regret that many park-related businesses in the gateway communities may not have made it. The National Parks Traveler circled back to one particular business that we had featured in an article in May 2020 –- Southern Yosemite Mountain Guides. -- to see how it has fared ever since.

    • 33 min
    National Parks Traveler

    National Parks Traveler

    Waking up in the middle of the night in the backcountry of a national park can often be an interesting, or even unnerving, experience. What was it that caused you to wakeup? Fourteen years ago, deep in the interior of Yellowstone National Park it was the howling of a wolf that woke me, and when I think about it, it still seems like it was just yesterday. The melodic howl hung in the air, seesawing up and down as the wolf sang his song.
    We go into national parks to view spectacular scenery, hike, and see wildlife. But have you ever just stopped to listen?
    As much as a national park’s scenery catches you, the sounds you can pick up during your park visits are just as memorable. And, in the case of a howling wolf, bellowing grizzly, or bugling elk, I would suggest that they’re more memorable.
    This is Kurt Repanshek, your host at the National Parks Traveler. This week, we’re doing away with talking and focusing on listening.
     
    NPT Ep 174 Spot List - Run Time - 35:31
    :02 National Parks Traveler introduction
    :12 Episode Intro with Kurt Repanshek
    1:06 Beyond the Reef - Tim Heintz & Grant Geissman - Seascapes: A Musical Journey
    1:16 Interior Federal Credit Union
    1:35 Yosemite Conservancy
    1:55 Eastern National Passport
    2:38 Great Smoky Mountains Association
    2:58 Friends of Acadia
    3:25 Listening to the Parks - Yellowstone
    15:27 Listening to the Parks - Rocky Mountain
    21:15 Listening to the Parks - Everglades
    24:35 Listening to the Parks - Hawaii
    31:23 Episode Closing
    32:04 Wonder Lake - Various Artists - The Spirit of Alaska
    32:12 Orange Tree Productions
    32:44 Wild Tribute
    33:08 Grand Teton National Park Foundation
    33:36 Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation
    33:56 Washington’s National Park Fund
    34:28 Everglades Foundation
    34:39 Potrero Group
    35:05 Splitbeard Productions
    35:15 National Parks Traveler footer

    • 35 min
    National Parks Traveler | Birding In The National Parks

    National Parks Traveler | Birding In The National Parks

    The natural and wild environments of our national parks offer the unsurpassed protection and diverse ecosystems that birds need to thrive. And that makes our parks equally great places for you to see birds. This week the Traveler’s Lynn Riddick talks to birding expert Nicholas Lund of Maine Audubon, who believes that whether you consider yourself a full-fledged birder or just someone who simply likes birds, when it comes to our national parks, there’s always a bird in the air, in a tree or along the water’s edge to see, hear, and learn about.

    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
73 Ratings

73 Ratings

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Never miss an episode

Great podcast . Love the national parks.

San Diego Susan and Bob ,

New to me

I just found your podcast after seeing your instagram post about sub par parks. Truly enjoyed it and have started listening to all your podcasts starting from the first. Thanks for your hard work and enjoyable content. Susan

PatriciaEllisHerr ,

Excellent and informative

What a treat. Thanks to all who make this podcast - detailed information and conversations with experts in the field. I especially enjoyed the episodes on bear safety and gun vs bear spray.

This podcast does sometimes discuss politics only insofar as it directly affects the Park System. Hard facts are discussed. My take from it is that the Park employees just want to be able to do their jobs and fulfill their obligations to the Park system. It would be nice if politics-of-the-day could never interfere with the protection and maintenance of the Parks and wildlife within.

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