Pocket Ranger® Video Channel

Pocket Ranger Video Channel Screenshot of Fisherman Wade Rush

We are thrilled to officially announce the launch of the Pocket Ranger® video channel!

While browsing our Pocket Ranger® apps, you may have noticed a link to Outdoor Videos or the Pocket Ranger® channel. If so, congratulations—you’ve found our channel! If you haven’t taken a look yet, be sure to check it out at video.pocketranger.com. With the Pocket Ranger® channel, our goal is to be the premier location for the highest quality videos covering topics and interests about the outdoors. The content is provided by a diverse pool of contributors from across the nation (California, Wisconsin, Florida, and South Carolina), and some videos are specially created just for the Pocket Ranger® channel.

Current topics and categories include:

Current contributors include:

We already have several exciting videos posted on the channel. Here are a few to pique your interest:

Learn how to make damper while camping (or just learn what damper is) from Adventure Dining Guide:

Canoe with Andrew Lin at Mammoth Cave National Park:

Fish for Florida Bass with Darcie Arahill:

Hike to Swiftcurrent Peak with the Telegraph Hiking Club:

As our channel grows, we will be expanding our network of content providers and the topics they cover, so keep an eye out for more videos!

We hope you love the Pocket Ranger® channel as much as we do. Let us know what you think!

Flight 93 Visitor Center Ready For Unveiling

By Sheena Baker, Somerset County Chamber of Commerce

Flight 93 Visitor Center Rendering

Where were you on Sept. 11, 2001?

It’s a question people often ask each other, much like previous generations often ask, “Where were you when John F. Kennedy was shot?” Maybe you were at work in an office somewhere when you first heard that not one but two planes had hit the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers in New York City. Maybe you were at home, glued to your television watching events as they unfolded on live morning news. Maybe you were a student in a classroom trying to understand why a group of men would want to attack the U.S. and kill Americans. Or maybe you were going about your normal daily routine on what seemed to be an ordinary day, thinking you were safe in quiet, rural America, when tragedy struck a little too close to home.

No matter where you were 14 years ago, memories of that “ordinary day” – a defining moment in this nation’s history – as well as the swell of patriotism, humanitarianism, and events that followed will be showcased when the Flight 93 National Memorial Visitor Center opens to the public on Sept. 10.

flowers and American Flag at Flight 93 Visitor Center

Image Credit: Sheena Baker

Featuring permanent exhibits using photographs, artifacts, tactile models, audio recordings and video, the Visitor Center will add an “intellectual” aspect to the already moving memorial experience and will tell the story of United Airlines Flight 93 in context to the events of Sept. 11, 2001.

Also opening Sept. 10 will be the Learning Center, a multi-purpose space to be used for educational programming, rotating exhibits and special events that will help tell the Flight 93 and 9/11 story to those who may have either been too young to remember the terrorist attacks as well as those who were born after Sept. 11, 2001, including future generations in the years to come. New pedestrian trails, the flight path walkway and overlook will also open to the public on Sept. 10.

In addition to the Visitor Center dedication ceremony, the Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial will host the annual Luminaria Program on the evening of Sept. 10. Forty candle lanterns will be placed at the Wall of Names to honor the 40 passengers and crew who died aboard United Airlines Flight 93. This year, an additional 2,937 luminaria will be placed on the memorial plaza as a tribute to the total loss of life in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Candles lit at luminaria at Flight 93 Visitor Center

Image Credit: Sheena Baker

On the morning of Sept. 11, the Flight 93 National Memorial will mark the 14th anniversary of 9/11 during the September 11 Observance. The service will begin at 9:45 a.m. and will include remarks by NBC News correspondent Jim Miklaszewski, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis, President of the Families of Flight 93 Gordon Felt and others. At 10:03 a.m. – the moment Flight 93 crashed – the names of the passengers and crew will be read and Bells of Remembrance will be rung in memory of the passengers and crew.

IF YOU GO: The public is invited and encouraged to attend the Visitor Center Complex Dedication Ceremony, the Luminaria Program and the September 11 Observance. There will be limited seating for both the dedication ceremony and the Sept. 11 program, but guests are permitted to bring their own chairs. Officials with the National Park Service have issued other restrictions and instructions for these events. Visit the Flight 93 National Memorial website for details.

American Wreath created for Flight 93 Victims

Image Credit: Sheena Baker

Following the dedication ceremony, the Visitor Center will be open to the public from 2 to 6 p.m. on Sept. 10 and noon to 6 p.m. on Sept. 11. Normal operating hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily beginning Sept. 12. The memorial is closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.

Because of expected heavy visitation and limited space, entry for all visitors will be via a free, timed ticket. On Sept. 10-11, admission to the Visitor Center will be via advanced reservation tickets only. Beginning Sept. 12, tickets will be available by both advance reservation and same-day distribution at the Visitor Center. Learn more about how to obtain your Visitor Center tickets here. Other areas of the memorial – the Wall of Names, Memorial Plaza, pedestrian trails, the flight path walkway and overlook – do not require a ticket, and all events over the anniversary weekend are free.

Visitors near American Flag at Flight 93 Visitor Center

Image Credit: Sheena Baker

WALK 93: Two weeks after the Visitor Center dedication and September 11 Observance, the Friends of Flight 93 will host the inaugural Walk 93, a public event to create awareness for the memorial and to raise money for the building of trails and trail maintenance at the memorial.

On this non-competitive, untimed walk, participants will experience the newly opened 2.28-mile Allée Walkway, Wetlands Bridge and Western Overlook Trail as well as have the opportunity to tour the Visitor Center prior to the event.

Time is running out to register for this event. For more information or to register for Walk 93, visit flight93friends.org.

Pets at State Parks

People with pet Dog Enjoying Campsite at State Park [Image: cpw.state.co.us]

Image: cpw.state.co.us

Pets enrich our lives in numerous ways and are excellent companions both at home and on the road. However, it’s not always easy to enjoy recreation areas with pets in tow. Generally speaking, beaches, lakes, and other public areas are off limits to domesticated animals, primarily for sanitary and environmental reasons. But regardless of where you live, you should be able to find a state park that allows leashed pets on its trails and campgrounds. There are even a few parks that go out of their way to cater to visitors with four-legged friends.

Below are some of the noteworthy parks we found for our Pocket Ranger® app users with pets. Specific rules and regulations can vary from park to park so be sure to double check before visiting.

Georgia State Parks - Dog Walking at Sweetwater Creek State Park [Image: www.gastateparks.org]

Image: www.gastateparks.org

Dogs on Beaches in California State Parks

Leashed dogs are permitted at state park beaches, including the following:

  • Point Mugu State Park (Mugu Beach, Thornhill-Broome Beach, Sycamore Cove)
  • Leo Carrillo State Park (North of Lifeguard Tower 3 on beach)
  • Garrapata State Park

Visit the California Department of Parks and Recreation website for more information.

Dog Off Leash Areas in Colorado State Parks

Dog off leash areas are offered at the following parks:

  • Chatfi​​eld State Park (69 acres of open space, including two ponds and miles of paved and unpaved walking trails)
  • ​​​​​Cherry Creek ​State Park (107 ​​acre fenced area with water access)

Visit the Colorado Parks & Wildlife website for more information.

Pets at the Beach in Delaware State Parks

Pets are allowed in seashore parks but are prohibited from all swimming and sunbathing beaches from May 1 to September 30. Park rules and regulations also restrict pets from areas such as surfboarding and sailboarding beaches and shorebird nesting areas. Visit the Delaware State Parks website for more information.

Dog Walking Trails in Georgia State Parks

Georgia State Parks, together with the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association, runs a Pets RXercise program that encourages healthy exercise activity for pets and their owners. Sponsored by Purina Veterinary Diets and Pfizer Animal Health, the program allows vets to write prescriptions for dog walking. Each prescription is redeemable for a free ParkPass (a $5 value) at any Georgia State Park. You can find a map of parks with dog trails on the Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites website.

Pet-Friendly Beaches in Maine State Parks

Pets are welcome on state park beaches, provided they are leashed, from October 1st through March 31st. Visit the Maine DACF website for more information.

Pet-Friendly Beaches in Maryland State Parks

Pet-friendly swimming beaches are available at the following parks:

  • Assateague State Park (day after Labor Day to Memorial Day weekend)
  • Cunningham Falls State Park Houck Area (day after Labor Day to Memorial Day weekend)
  • Deep Creek Lake State Park (day after Labor Day to Memorial Day Weekend)
  • Elk Neck State Park (day after Labor Day to Memorial Day weekend)
  • Greenbrier State Park (October 1st to April 30th)
  • Gunpowder Falls State Park Hammerman Area (day after Labor Day to Memorial Day weekend)
  • Herrington Manor State Park (day after Labor Day to Memorial Day weekend)
  • New Germany State Park (day after Labor Day to Memorial Day weekend)
  • North Point State Park (day after Labor Day to Memorial Day weekend)
  • Sandy Point State Park (October 1 – April 30)

Visit the Maryland DNR website for more information.

Off Leash Areas in Massachusetts State Parks

Dog off leash areas are provided in the following parks:

  • Borderland State Park (in designated area)
  • Callahan State Park (on designated trails)
  • Chester-Blandford State Forest (on trails)
  • Clarksburg State Park (on trails not in the recreation area or campground)
  • Erving State Forest (on fire roads and access road, not in the recreation area or campground)
  • Georgetown Rowley State Forest (on trails)
  • Great Brook Farm State Park (on trails not in the farm or pond area)
  • Harold Parker State Forest (on trails not in the recreational area and campgrounds)
  • Lowell-Dracut-Tyngsboro State Forest (on trails)
  • Manuel F. Correllus State Forest (on designated fire lanes)
  • Mt. Grace State Forest (on trails 100 feet from the recreation area)
  • October Mountain State Forest (on trails not in the recreation area or campground)
  • Pittsfield State Forest (on trails not in the recreation area or campground)
  • Warwick State Forest (on trails not in the recreation area or campground)
  • Wompatuck State Park (on trails, with the exception of the trail that extends from the Cohasset gate to the power lines, and not in recreation areas or campgrounds)

Visit the Massachusetts EEA website for more information.

Pet-friendly shorelines in Michigan State Parks

Pet-friendly water access is available at the following parks:

  • Brighton Recreation Area
  • Burt Lake State Park
  • Grand Mere State Park
  • Harrisville State Park
  • McLain State Park
  • Mears State Park
  • Otsego Lake State Park
  • Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park
  • Port Crescent State Park
  • South Higgins Lake State Park
  • Tawas Point State Park
  • Warren Dunes State Park

Visit the Michigan DNR website for more information.

Dog Parks & Swim Areas in Ohio State Parks

Dog parks, dog swim areas and lake access are provided at the following parks:

  • Alum Creek State Park (dog park, dog swim area, lake access)
  • A.W. Marion State Park (lake access)
  • Grand Lake St. Marys State Park (dog park)
  • Harrison Lake State Park (lake access)
  • Hueston Woods State Park (dog park)
  • Lake Alma State Park (lake access)
  • Mosquito Lake State Park (dog park, dog swim area, lake access)
  • Portage Lakes State Park (dog park, dog swim area, lake access)
  • Salt Fork State Park (dog park, dog swim area)
  • Wingfoot Lake State Park (dog park)

Visit the Ohio DNR website for more information.

Off Leash Areas in Oregon State Parks

Off leash areas are provided in the following parks:

  • Cape Lookout State Park
  • Cascadia State Park
  • Elijah Bristow State Park
  • Goose Lake State Park
  • Jasper State Recreation Site
  • Joseph H. Stewart State Recreation Area
  • L.L. Stub Steward State Park
  • McVay Rock State Recreation Site
  • Milo McIver State Park
  • Molalla River State Park
  • Rooster Rock State Park
  • The Cove Palisades State Park
  • Wallowa Lake State Recreation Area
  • William M. Tugman State Park

Visit the Oregon State Parks & Recreation Department website for more information.

Pet Swim & Pet Picnic Areas in Wisconsin State Parks

Pet swim areas and pet picnic areas are provided at the following parks:

  • Flambeau River State Forest (dog-friendly picnic area at Connors Lake)
  • Governor Dodge State Park (pet swim area next to each swimming beach, designated pet picnic areas)
  • Governor Nelson State Park (pet beach swim area, pier to teach pets to jump into the water)
  • Harrington Beach State Park (designated pet swim area at south beach, designated scenic pet picnic area near south beach)
  • High Cliff State Park (two pet picnic areas, one with a swimming area in the pond)
  • Kettle Moraine State Forest Southern Unit (special pet swim areas at Ottawa Lake and Whitewater Lake Recreation Area)
  • Kohler-Andrae State Park (designated beach where leashed dogs are allowed)
  • Lake Kegonsa State Park (pet beach swim area, pier to teach pets to jump into the water)
  • Northern Highland – American Legion State Forest (dog-friendly picnic area at the Crystal and Muskie day use area)
  • Pattison State Park (1-mile-long dog trail, dog-friendly trails and picnic areas)
  • Whitefish Dunes State Park (beach open to pets)

Visit the Wisconsin DNR website for more information.

Best Movies About the Great Outdoors

We’re almost reaching the end of the summer. It’s one of the best times of the year to enjoy the outdoors while also preparing for the coming colder months. What better way is there to relax and also be reminded of the beauty of nature then to kick back with some of these classic movies about the great outdoors? Here’s our pick of the best movies about the wilderness, complete with the good, the bad, and the ugly:

Walkabout, 1971

Image Credit: https://www.lewiswaynegallery.com/walkabout-1971-lobby-cards-7-jenny-agutter-p-11755.html

Image Credit: https://www.lewiswaynegallery.com/walkabout-1971-lobby-cards-7-jenny-agutter-p-11755.html

Walkabout contrasts mainstream, air-conditioned Australian society with the isolation and beauty of the Australian outback. Well-known and popular in Australia, the movie tells the story of a teenage schoolgirl and her brother stranded in the wilderness and then meeting an Aboriginal boy. The unlikely trio soon become friends and start living off the land together. Unfortunately, their paradise is short-lived. Cosmopolitan life soon very forcibly breaks apart the new friends, and their experience and connection with nature seems like a dream.

Badlands, 1973

Image Credit: http://1001movieman.blogspot.com/2014/07/560-badlands-1973.html

Image Credit: http://1001movieman.blogspot.com/2014/07/560-badlands-1973.html

For outdoor and road tripping enthusiasts who love the American landscape and have always wanted to drive cross-country, Badlands is the movie for you. This classic follows the relationship between a 25-year-old former garbage man, now full-time criminal with a 15-year-old whose hobby is baton twirling. As their literal journey unfolds through prairies, small towns, forests, and plains, the charms of rural America and the clear, expansive sky are on display. Think of Badlands as possibly one of the best travelogue-crime love stories you may ever watch.

The Last Wave, 1977

Image Credit: http://movieretrospect.blogspot.com/2015/06/the-last-wave-mystical-thriller-about.html

Image Credit: http://movieretrospect.blogspot.com/2015/06/the-last-wave-mystical-thriller-about.html

This is another Australian movie, but this time about nature as a dangerous and mysterious force in Australia. In fact, the Aboriginals and lawyer connected by their intuitive powers sense that civilization as Australia knows it, is about to be purged and rebuilt through a big natural disaster—hence, “the last wave.” Nature is the overriding and unstoppable force throughout the movie, pounding Australian cities and outlying territories with relentless rain, and disrupting modern lives and routines.

Deliverance, 1972

Image Credit: http://hawkensian.com/2014/09/26/deliverance-1972/

Image Credit: http://hawkensian.com/2014/09/26/deliverance-1972/

Deliverance is an American favorite because of its story of drama and danger amidst the Georgian wilderness. Four Atlanta businessmen intend to explore an idyllic river valley, but their trip turns into a nightmare after encountering gun-toting and sadistic hillbillies. Views of the river, gorges, and small town during overcast weather contribute to the movie’s gloomy and suspenseful atmosphere. While the thriller isn’t exactly a walk in the park, it may definitely get your heart racing.

Picnic at Hanging Rock, 1975

Image Credit: http://nymphalie.blogspot.com/2015/06/picnic-at-hanging-rock-1975.html

Image Credit: http://nymphalie.blogspot.com/2015/06/picnic-at-hanging-rock-1975.html

Picnic at Hanging Rock showcases scenic Australia, with the movie centered around a group of schoolgirls and their teachers’ picnic to Hanging Rock, a distinctive geological formation in Central Victoria. As the students explore the Hanging Rock and the surrounding area, eventually one member becomes abandoned, and cause the remaining members of the party to panic. The sunny weather and apparent peacefulness of the scene only adds mystery to the disappearance.

Many movies feature nature prominently. Hopefully, these movies spur you to experience the outdoors yourself, and be sure to download our Pocket Ranger® mobile apps beforehand to make your adventure that much more comfortable.

A Day Well Spent at Wekiwa Springs State Park

This post is contributed by Justin Fricke of The Weekend Warrior

There’s something missing in Florida—National Parks. We only have one and that’s down south. Way down south in the everglades. What we lack in National Parks, we greatly make up for in State Parks. We have 161 State Parks in Florida and one of the closest to Orlando is Wekiwa Springs State Park. Wekiwa Springs is in Apopka, FL and it’s only 15 minutes north of downtown Orlando.

Wekiwa Springs is basically an outdoor oasis amongst an urban jungle. It’s the perfect year-round getaway from the madness of the city.

Scenic view at Wekiwa Springs State Park.

Image Credit: FloridaSprings.org

The summers are brutally hot here in Florida, and Wekiwa Springs has one killer spring to help the locals and tourists cool off. The spring is at the center of the park. The grassy area where you can throw down a blanket is sloped, creating an amphitheater effect. The spring itself is crystal clear and 72 degrees year-round.

Springs can be inherently dangerous to swim into. A lot of them are just massive cave systems and it’s very easy to lose direction and get lost in them. The spring at Wekiwa Springs State Park is simple and only 15 feet deep. Just swim down along the rock walls and once you hit the sandy bottom you can look underneath the rock walls to see where all the water comes screaming out of the earth.

English: An Alligator on the Wekiwa Springs Ru...

Image Credit: Wikipedia

Florida winters is prime time for hiking with the onset of cooler weather. Wekiwa Springs State Park has miles on miles of nature trails. The shorter trails are just a couple of miles and the longest trail is over 10 miles. Serious hikers love the long trail, and who wouldn’t? It’s a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon by yourself or with a few of your close friends. Long distance runners, and all sorts of runners for that matter, love the trails. They’re great to train on with a softer running surface than the road. The trails are also well maintained, and it’s a wonderful change of scenery from running in urban landscapes.

In addition, any season is perfect paddling season in Florida. Throughout most of the year, it stays warm in Central Florida and one of the best places to paddle is the Wekiwa River. The State Park rents out canoes and kayaks for a nominal fee and the beach where you launch them onto the river is right near the spring. Right after launching your paddling vessel you should keep a wide eye out in the bay. Gators love to hangout in the area (don’t worry, it’s impossible for them to get into the spring where you can swim). Just admire them from afar and they’ll admire you from afar as well.

Entrance to Wekiwa Springs State Park

Image Credit: Wikipedia

Further down the Wekiwa River are tons of opportunities for exploration. There are so many little canals where you can paddle to; you’ll be occupied for hours. Just keep in mind that water levels do play a key factor in where you can go. When there’s been a lot of rain, like during the summer, it’ll be easy to paddle through all the different canals. However, when there hasn’t been much rain, like in the winter, they tend to run a little dry. The only way to find out which canals you are able to explore and which ones are meant to be explored for another day is to simply explore for yourself.

The next time you’re feeling a little claustrophobic from the city of Orlando, just know there’s a natural oasis waiting for you. Wekiwa Springs State Park is the perfect place to get away from the city to experience nature, without having to pack and drive for hours.

The National Park Service Turns 99

National Park Service - Logo Flat [Image: www.nps.gov]

Image: www.nps.gov

The National Park Service (NPS) was created by an act signed by President Woodrow Wilson on August 25, 1916 and for nearly a century, they have been entrusted with the care of our national parks. With the help of volunteers and park partners, the NPS safeguards over 400 areas covering more than 84 million acres in 50 states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, Saipan, and the Virgin Islands. The NPS has expanded beyond their original responsibility to conserve and protect parks and has become an invaluable institution that helps America’s communities preserve local history and steward their natural and cultural resources.

In celebration of its 99th birthday, the National Park Service is offering free admission on August 25, 2015 to all national parks. Listed below are the parks participating in this event. Waived fees include entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees but other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included. Please check with each park for operating hours and event schedules.

Save the date, download the Pocket Ranger® National Park Passport Guide, and start planning your adventures at what writer and historian Wallace Stegner called “the best idea we ever had,” i.e. national parks!

National Park Service - Lake McDonald, Glacier National Park [Image: www.nps.gov]

Lake McDonald, Glacier National Park [Image: www.nps.gov]

Alaska
Denali National Park & Preserve

Arizona
Casa Grande Ruins National Monument
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
Grand Canyon National Park
Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Montezuma Castle National Monument
Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
Petrified Forest National Park
Pipe Spring National Monument
Saguaro National Park
Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument
Tonto National Monument
Tumacácori National Historical Park
Tuzigoot National Monument
Walnut Canyon National Monument
Wupatki National Monument

Arkansas
Fort Smith National Historic Site
Pea Ridge National Military Park

California
Cabrillo National Monument
Death Valley National Park
Joshua Tree National Park
Lassen Volcanic National Park
Lava Beds National Monument
Muir Woods National Monument
Pinnacles National Park
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area
Yosemite National Park

Colorado
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
Colorado National Monument
Dinosaur National Monument
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
Mesa Verde National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park

Florida
Canaveral National Seashore
Castillo de San Marcos National Monument
Dry Tortugas National Park
Everglades National Park
Gulf Islands National Seashore

Georgia
Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area
Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park
Cumberland Island National Seashore
Fort Frederica National Monument
Fort Pulaski National Monument

Hawaii
Haleakalā National Park
Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park
Pu’uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park

Idaho
Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve
Yellowstone National Park

Indiana
Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial

Maine
Acadia National Park

Maryland
Antietam National Battlefield
Assateague Island National Seashore
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park
Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine
Fort Washington Park
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

Massachusetts
Adams National Historical Park
Cape Cod National Seashore

Michigan
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Minnesota
Pipestone National Monument

Mississippi
Gulf Islands National Seashore
Vicksburg National Military Park

Missouri
Harry S. Truman National Historic Site
Jefferson National Expansion Memorial
Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield

Montana
Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area
Glacier National Park
Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument
Yellowstone National Park

Nebraska
Scotts Bluff National Monument

Nevada
Death Valley National Park
Lake Mead National Recreation Area

New Hampshire
Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site

New Jersey
Thomas Edison National Historical Park
Morristown National Historical Park

New Mexico
Aztec Ruins National Monument
Bandelier National Monument
Capulin Volcano National Monument
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Chaco Culture National Historical Park
Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument
Pecos National Historical Park
White Sands National Monument

New York
Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site
Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site
Martin Van Buren National Historic Site
Sagamore Hill National Historic Site
Saratoga National Historical Park
Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site

North Carolina
Wright Brothers National Memorial

North Dakota
Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Ohio
James A. Garfield National Historic Site
Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial

Oklahoma
Fort Smith National Historic Site

Oregon
Crater Lake National Park
Lewis & Clark National Historical Park

Pennsylvania
Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site
Fort Necessity National Battlefield
Johnstown Flood National Memorial
Steamtown National Historic Site

Puerto Rico
San Juan National Historic Site

South Carolina
Fort Sumter National Monument

South Dakota
Badlands National Park
Jewel Cave National Monument

Tennessee
Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park

Texas
Big Bend National Park
Fort Davis National Historic Site
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Padre Island National Seashore

Utah
Arches National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park
Canyonlands National Park
Capitol Reef National Park
Cedar Breaks National Monument
Dinosaur National Monument
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
Golden Spike National Historic Site
Natural Bridges National Monument
Zion National Park

Virgin Islands
Christiansted National Historic Site

Virginia
Appomattox Court House National Historical Park
Assateague Island National Seashore
Colonial National Historical Park
George Washington Memorial Parkway’s Great Falls Park
Manassas National Battlefield Park
Petersburg National Battlefield
Prince William Forest Park
Shenandoah National Park

Washington
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
Lewis & Clark National Historical Park
Mount Rainier National Park
Olympic National Park

West Virginia
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

Wyoming
Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area
Devils Tower National Monument
Grand Teton National Park
Yellowstone National Park

Survivalists We Admire

Some days, nothing seems more tempting than dropping all our responsibilities, packing a single backpack, and heading for the nearest mountain never to return again. These survivalists have inspired us to learn more about the wilderness and how to survive in it.

Two survivalists and a horse standing on a hill pointing.

Drop everything and head for the hills—nature awaits you. [Image: http://www.artbarbarians.com/]

Bear Grylls

If you own a television, you’re sure to have at least heard of Bear Grylls’ popular series, Man vs. Wild. His amazing feats and disturbing feasts are well known from his show, and the man is definitely qualified for all that he does. Grylls learned how to climb mountains and sail as a child, moving onto skydiving and Shotokan karate in his teen years. He is certainly innovative with the techniques he employs, but regardless, he offers great advice and tips in bushcraft.

Bear Grylls covered in dirt.

You’re sure to see Bear Grylls getting down and dirty somehow on Man Vs. Wild. [Image: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/]

Les Stroud

Another outdoorsman you may have seen on your television screen is Les Stroud, the star and creator of Survivorman. However, rather than heading into the wild with a camera crew, Stroud films, directs, produces, edits, and even does the music for his show. Stroud and his family live off the land in the remote Canadian wilderness where he grows and hunts his own food. He is a self-taught adventurer who creates his own survivalist techniques and is really immersed in a primitive lifestyle. On top of all that, he is also an incredibly talented musician.

Closeup of Les Stroud with dirt on his nose in a red bandana.

Les Stroud is certainly someone we’d want around in a sticky situation. [Image: http://www.speakers.ca/]

Lisa Fenton

Lisa Fenton has a pretty amazing repertoire of outdoor expertise behind her, where she’s delved into many desolate areas and dangerous situations and always come out like a champ. She is a co-founder of the outdoors and survivalist school, Woodsmoke, where she teaches bushcraft and survival techniques. She’s led many conservation expeditions to track, trap, and radio collar wolves, lynx, leopards, cheetahs, and other predators. Fenton has traveled through remote areas for up to months at a time, coming out of it with more than just a few cool stories to share.

Lisa Fenton in the snow.

Lisa Fenton is one lady you would not want to mess with. [Image: http://www.woodsmoke.uk.com/]

Tom Brown

After learning bushcraft and survival skills from a friend’s grandfather as a child, Brown went on to have an extensive outdoorsy life. Using mostly primitive tools, Brown has lived alone in rural areas of the United States, perfect for answering the call of the wild. He has also worked with authorities, lending his tracking skills to find missing persons, fugitives, and animals. Brown founded the Tracker School in New Jersey where he teaches students all they need to know about outdoor survival and has published 18 books on the subject.

Tom Brown speaking.

Tom Brown is definitely a survivalist we would trust with our lives! [Image: http://archive.app.com/]

Now that you’re feeling sufficiently inspired, make sure you download our Pocket Ranger® mobile apps and get out to a park near you!