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Kaw River State Park

Kaw River State Park is the newest and only urban park to join the state park system. The park comprises 76 acres of land on the south bank of the Kansas (nicknamed Kaw) River in west Topeka. Take advantage because Kaw River State Park is the only free park ...

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Roosevelt National Forest

The Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland is located in north central Colorado. The forests and grassland encompasses 1.5 million acres and extends north to the Wyoming border, south of Interstate 70 to Mount Evans, west across the Continental Divide to the Williams Fork area and ...

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Gear Review: KEEN Turia

On a recent adventure in Central New York’s Finger Lakes region, I tested the KEEN Turia, a lightweight, comfortable adventure sandal that merges the technology of hiking shoes with the versatility of waterfront footwear.

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Are there boat rentals and how much are they
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Eisenhower State Park, Kansas, Kansas, Backpacking, Canoeing, Road Biking, Rock Climbing
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There are great boating opportunities at the park, especially on Melvern Lake. However, the park itself does not offer boat rentals. For more information, please call the park at (785) 528-4102.

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Maidstone (VT) : Canoeing on the lake
Canoeing on the lake

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I am quite interested in becoming a Park Ranger and was wondering what the marketability and annual pay of a Park Ranger is like.
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Canaan Resort State Park, West Virginia, Susquehanna State Park, Maryland, Archaeology, ATVs, Backpacking, Bears, Bouldering, Bow Hunting, Canoeing, Mountain Biking, Downhill Skiing, Four-Wheel Driving, Gun Hunting, Wildlife Watching, Native American History, Swimming, Deer, Lake Fishing, Elk, Ranger-led Programs, Marine Life, Moose, Flora & Fauna, Mountain Lions, Historic Sites, Wolves, Caving, Camping, Climbing, Fishing, History/Culture, Golfing, Hiking, Hunting, Preservation, Picnicking
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We often get questions about what it takes to become a National Park Ranger. Here are some tips from our partners at the Association of National Park Rangers. We hope you find them helpful:

The National Park Service (NPS) employs people in all kinds of job titles (20,000 year-round and another 7,000 - 10,000 during the summer) even though the general public often thinks that everyone that works for the NPS is a "park ranger."  Of these 30,000 employees, perhaps 7,000 are in positions that are titled park ranger.  I'll concentrate on those for now, but folks interested in maintenance jobs, or administrative jobs, or research and science related jobs should know that those jobs are there too.
 
Park ranger jobs are divided into 2 groups.  First, there are park rangers that primarily perform park interpretation.  These employees work in the park visitors' center, lead guided walks and talks, give off-site programs at local schools, establish and/or modify the park's website, write site-specific brochures and other materials, and design visitor center displays or movies, etc.  In short, this group of park rangers is the parks' primary link between the park resources and park visitors and neighbors.  By explaining the national significance of the individual park and the resources it preserves, interpretive park rangers hope to establish or strengthen visitors' understanding and support for parks, the environment, history, etc.
 
The second group of park rangers are those that primarily perform park protection.  These employees perform law enforcement, search and rescue, emergency medical services, fire management, etc.  They are more likely to be working outside, in all kinds of weather conditions, and they might be doing this in all kinds of modes of transportation, i.e. on foot, on horseback, in vehicles, in boats, on skis, in small planes, etc.  Like interpretive rangers, protection rangers have a great responsibility to be knowledgeable about the parks' resources and threats (from human behavior) to them.  While they have many friendly, informational contacts with visitors, they also have visitor contacts that are sometimes confrontational and can be stressful.
 
For either type of ranger job, a bachelor's degree from a 4-year college or university with a heavy emphasis in the natural sciences or U.S. history is generally required to be competitive.  Any public speaking experience one can gain is also very helpful.  First aid training is available in most communities and having some level of certification in first aid and CPR is helpful.  There is also free online training to anyone at the Eppley Institute for Parks & Public Lands at Indiana University. Such training helps one understand the NPS mission and culture and shows prospective hiring officials that you are truly interested in becoming an NPS employee.
 
Many folks that hope to be interpretive park rangers often start out working as park volunteers while they are in school or are in some other full-time career.  These opportunities are available at all NPS sites including Lake Mead National Recreation Area just outside Las Vegas.
 
For protection rangers there are a few additional requirements.  You must be at least 21 years old.  You also must be a graduate of one of the NPS-approved Seasonal Law Enforcement Training Academies.  A list of these schools and more information is available online. One can also pursue similar opportunities in your home community to gain experience that might make you more competitive.  Become an ambulance attendant in your community, become a volunteer firefighter with your local fire department or your state forestry department, or become a member of your local community search and rescue squad.
 
Finally, the Association of National Park Rangers (ANPR) is a membership organization open to anyone.  One does not have to be a park ranger or an NPS employee to become an ANPR member.  There are networking and informational opportunities within ANPR that can help one be competitive for NPS jobs, and it is important to understand that it is not just what you know, but also who you know that will help one get their foot in the door with the NPS.  ANPR also offers a publication for sale titled, "Live the Adventure: Join the National Park Service" that can be helpful in understanding the requirements for park ranger jobs.  

For more information about ANPR visit their website.

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Assateague Island: Three Great Public Lands on One Narrow Island

July 6, 2011, 3:02 pm
Assateague Island, a barrier island just off the coast of Maryland and northern Virginia, is home to three wonderfully rugged public lands. The island is 37 miles long and boasts a state park, a national seashore and a national wildlife refuge. At the northern part of Assatague Island you’ll find ...

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Are you going make a app for Droid?
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Canoeing, Kayaking, Photography
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Thanks for the question. We are planning on developing our popular Oh, Ranger! ParkFinder™ app for Android OS by the end of the year, if not sooner. We'd welcome your feedback if you think that there are any features that you'd like to see included in our build. Please send your suggestions to appsupport @ americanparknetwork.com.


Thanks for your interest!

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Great news: We've launched Oh, Ranger! ParkFinder for Android. It's available now available for free at Google Play.

We hope you enjoy! Please help spread the word by telling your friends or writing a review in the app store. Please also keep an eye out for new features and content, as there’s lots more coming this summer. Have fun in the parks and be sure to let us hear your comments and suggestions…

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South Florida’s best places to paddle

May 10, 2011, 1:20 pm
Thirty years ago when we bought a house on Fort Lauderdale’s Middle River, we also bought a canoe to explore the waterway in our backyard. And we were pretty much alone in that. People asked us if we had a boat. When we said, “Yes, a canoe!” I often detected ...

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What is the weather like at Grand Canyon in September?
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  South Rim   North Rim   Inner Gorge
  Max Min Precip   Max Min Precip   Max Min Precip
May 70 39 0.66   62 34 1.17   92 63 0.36
June 81 47 0.42   73 40 0.86   101 72 0.30
July 84 54 1.81   77 46 1.93   106 78 0.84
August 82 53 2.25   75 45 2.85   103 75 1.40
September 76 47 1.56   69 39 1.99   97 69 0.97
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