Before this summer, I had never laid eyes on a brown bear.
I’m not sure how many people actually get to experience the feeling of living their dream at 22 years old, but personally I can tell you that it’s an overwhelming surge of surreal moments. My job today? Fly out to the coast of Katmai National Park to take photos and video of the team that has been collaring brown bears as a part of the ...Read more
If this Yellowstone National Park comment card were a Yelp review, the headline might read, “One star. Poorly trained bears.”
Apparently a park visitor recently left the following feedback at the lodge where they stayed while visiting the park, as evidenced by the photo below:
“Our visit was wonderful, but we never saw any bears. Please train your bears to be where guests can see them. This was an expensive trip to not get to see bears.”
“If it was based solely on statistics, I shouldn’t be standing here. I shouldn’t be here talking to you about our National Parks because I am not your typical national park visitor. The typical visitor is over the age of 50 and white. As you can see…that’s not me.I am 22, African-American, the daughter of two Nigerian-born and raised parents - Making me 1st generation American. No, I am not the typical National Park visitor.”...Read more
by Kyle Yarusso
What do you do for a good friend for their birthday? Throw them a party, of course!
SCA has been a close friend and partner of the National Park Service (NPS) for almost 60 years. And so, like a good friend, SCA, along with American Express, threw a party to celebrate the National Park Service’s 99th birthday! An occasion this big calls for a monumental party, and this most certainly was. At the foot of the Washington Monument, on a beautiful summer day in Washington, D....Read more
“I hop out of the truck, net in hand and wader boots pounding the ground. The chicks scatter in different directions to thwart me, but my attention is entirely focused on the farthest of the three. It runs freely above the sulfurous mud, and I follow with a galumphing stride. I start to close the gap and reach out my net, closer, closer… SCHLUMP!”...Read more
1. A group of people who live in the same area (such as a city, town, or neighborhood) 1
2. A group of people who have the same interests, religion, race, etc. 1
3. A group of nations1
4. A group of actually or potentially interacting species living in the same place, …bound together by the network of inﬂuences that species have on one another
Community is a word that gets tossed around a lot these days. With all of the interest in things like ‘community leaders’, and ‘reaching out to the community’, and it can be easy to start glossing...Read more
“While the towering granite mountains and amazing waterfalls and rivers were like nothing I’ve ever seen, I personally got an unexpected and wonderful amount of gratification and fulfillment from working with the youth programs in the park.”...Read more