Growing Alongside Nature: Life as a Field Educator in Denali National Park

“Why do you care about protecting wilderness?” I pose this question to visitors every week in one of my classes. After three or four days in Denali National Park, I know that they’ve heard about as many facts and stories as their brains can hold (and that they won’t remember most of them). I reserve … Continue reading Growing Alongside Nature: Life as a Field Educator in Denali National Park

Our Final Two Weeks on the Road in New Zealand

Sights Along the Southern Scenic Route On our journey from our Christmas beach getaway in Dunedin towards the mountains of Queenstown and Wanaka, we saw many sights. We visited the Nugget Point Lighthouse, walked through a petrified Jurassic forest, and stood on the southernmost point of New Zealand's south island, where we were just under … Continue reading Our Final Two Weeks on the Road in New Zealand

Our First Great Walk: Tramping in Abel Tasman National Park

The first European to set his sights on the New Zealand coastlines was Abel Tasman, who reached New Zealand on December 18th, 1642, though he did not set foot on land. The local tribe at the time, Ngāti Tumatakokiri, were eventually replaced by Ngāti Rārua, Te Ātiawa and Ngāti Tama in the region by the … Continue reading Our First Great Walk: Tramping in Abel Tasman National Park