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National Parks Traveler Podcast

May 29, 2022

Memorial Day Weekend is the official kickoff to summer. There’s no doubt that many of us have already been to a unit of the National Park System in 2022, but this weekend is the traditional kickoff to venturing into the park system.

If you don’t know where to go, or what to do, I’ve invited Kim O’Connell, a...

May 22, 2022

National Parks probably have never been entirely immune from political influences, whether they came out of Washington, D.C., or close to a park’s boundaries. But there’s an argument that can be made, one backed up by evidence, that the past 50 years have seen the most attempts to subvert the mission of the National...

May 15, 2022

A new figure -- $21.8 billion -- has been attached to the National Park System's maintenance backlog. How will Congress react to that figure just a couple years after being told the number was around $13 billion?

May 8, 2022

National parks inspire a lot of things, from great adventures and beautiful landscape paintings to the names of cars and trucks to even music.

In this week's podcast we invite you to tap your feet to the music as Lynn Riddick shares the stories of two vbands whose monikers and tunes are inspired by the national parks:...

May 1, 2022

Everglades National Park very easily can be viewed as the poster child for invasive species. It’s infested with non-native Burmese pythons, Argentine black and white tegus are making inroads, there is invasive vegetation like Melaleuca and Brazilian pepper, and nonnative fish are making their way into the park’s...