As we left the oven-like truck to trek toward one of Zion’s many ancient rock art panels, I wondered how much graﬃti we’d have to clean up this time. Would there be more pecked smiley faces or barely legible initials sprawled across the centuries-old indigenous patterns? Would it be too much, would we be too late? Surveying the panel, my heart sank: Sure enough — despite having just cleaned graﬃti from the very same spot last week — more vandals had left their mark.
Cleaning graﬃti is routine for Zion’s cultural resources crew, and although we scrub and...Read more
As a Cultural Resources Intern at Zion National Park, Kiara “Kiki” Serantes is gaining the experience she’ll need to translate her writing and political skills into a career spent keeping the world’s wilderness safe from environmental negligence for at least the Next 100 years....Read more
How does a professional wilderness adventurer make time to spend with his family? For dedicated dad and outdoor explorer Michael A. Lanza it’s simple; he just brings them along on his adventures!
With his blog, TheBigOutside.com, Lanza has made a career of writing about the intense outdoor excursions he’s been taking with his family for years, and on the importance of getting kids outside. We recently got to speak with him on these topics.
Just in time for Father’s Day, here’s...Read more
A former editor for Backpacker Magazine, Michael A. Lanza now makes his living blogging about the incredible outdoor adventures that he takes, often with his familiy, for his website, TheBigOutside.com.
We recently talked with him about how he got his start, how climate change is affecting the wildnernesses he’s been exploring for decades, and how outdoor experiences in childhood can lead to a strong lifelong sense of environmental stewardship.
Here’s PAGE TWO of the interview....Read more
ABOVE: The note written by a recent young visitor to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. (Photo Credit: Meredith Elgart)
Why is it wrong (not to mention illegal) to remove plants from national parks?
This post was written for Open Spaces, the oﬃcial blog of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It’s part of a monthly series featuring SCA interns writing about their experiences working to promote, protect and study wildlife on public lands all over the United States. Today, Henry Woolley checks in from the Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge.
I leave the oﬃce at 5:...Read more