49 episodes

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

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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: Public Lands, Federal Regulatory Changes

    National Parks Traveler: Public Lands, Federal Regulatory Changes

    John Freemuth, who holds the Cecil D. Andrus Endowed Chair for Environment and Public Lands at Boise State University, and Nada Culver, the vice president for public lands and senior policy counsel at the National Audubon Society, discuss efforts in Washington to tweak the National Environmental Policy Act as well as the Endangered Species Act.

    • 40 min
    National Parks Traveler: Institute for Parks, People and Biodiversity, Visiting Tumacácori National Historical Park

    National Parks Traveler: Institute for Parks, People and Biodiversity, Visiting Tumacácori National Historical Park

    Former National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis discusses the Institute for People, Parks, and Biodiversity that he launched at the University of California-Berkeley and how it's trying to guide climate change work in the National Park System. 

    We also visit with Tumacácori National Historical Park Chief of Interpretation Anita Badertscher to learn about her park and what awaits visitors there.

    • 55 min
    National Parks Traveler: Expanding The National Park System And Winter Park Destinations

    National Parks Traveler: Expanding The National Park System And Winter Park Destinations

    Michael Kellett, the executive director of RESTORE: The North Woods, discusses a campaign to see the size of the National Park System roughly tripled to more than 182 million acres. And Traveler contributing editor Erika Zambello and Becky Lomax, author of Moon’s USA National Parks, the Complete Guide to All 59 Parks, join Kurt Repanshek to discuss their favorite winter national park destinations.

    • 58 min
    National Parks Traveler: Looking Back At The National Parks In 2019

    National Parks Traveler: Looking Back At The National Parks In 2019

    The past year brought many news-making events to the National Park System. To help us look back on 2019 and the national parks, we’re joined by Theresa Pierno, president and CEO of the National Parks Conservation Association. 

    • 46 min
    National Parks Traveler: Threatened and Endangered National Parks

    National Parks Traveler: Threatened and Endangered National Parks

    With many national parks across the country in trouble from such myriad threats as climate change, overcrowding, energy exploration, invasive species, and poor air quality, National Parks Traveler’s new “Threatened and Endangered Parks” lists identify parks that are struggling to retain the very essence that led to their inclusion in the National Park System in the first place.

    • 38 min
    National Parks Traveler: Invasive Species Plague Parks, And Photogenic Parks

    National Parks Traveler: Invasive Species Plague Parks, And Photogenic Parks

    How big of a problem are invasive animal species in the National Park System? This week we examine the topic of invasive animal species – think Burmese pythons in Everglades National Park, wild hogs in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and even feral cats at Cape Hatteras National Seashore – and how the National Park Service is trying to tackle the problem. Traveler's staff looks at some of the most photogenic destinations in the National Park System. And we include some surprise locations.

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

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.

XHimpx ,

Too political

It would be so nice to find a podcast that discusses the national parks without all the political crap. This podcast fails miserably in that it has to make its petty jabs at every opportunity. Talk about the parks!

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