123 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, 443 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.

    Sand Creek

    Sand Creek

    As far as atrocities against Native Americans by westerners, it’s hard to pick the worst. But there’s one that certainly ranks up there. Surely the horrific, predawn mass murder of at least 150 unarmed people, mostly women and children, who were flying the American flag fits the bill. Today on America’s National Parks, we revisit the dedication of Colorado’s Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site. 

    • 21 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
443 Ratings

443 Ratings

SchnauzerGirl327 ,

Accidental discovery- fabulous (plus update)

I’ve downloaded titles of interest and haven’t been disappointed. Actually I’ve been delighted by the information about each national park covered. Can’t wait to get on the road again and see some of the sights!
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Update- I finally found an episode that I struggled to listen to concerning the personal journey of someone who worked in the national park gift shops. She painted a beautiful picture of the parks themselves but I found her words to be quite disparaging about the people she worked with and the customers she served at each site- condescending at best because of her advanced education and dissatisfaction with her inability to connect right away with a job suitable for her. She admits these feelings in the podcast so I’m not speaking out of turn.

I’ll be looking forward to listening to other episodes and enjoying the overall podcast again.

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!

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