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Experience the Arctic One Page at a Time

To the Arctic Photography BookGoing on an Arctic expedition may seem like a nearly impossible journey, but photographer Florian Schulz brings the distant landscape right to the coffee table.

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Species Spotlight: Polar Bear

February 23, 2012, 2:11 pm
Feb. 27 is International Polar Bear Day! To celebrate these majestic mammals, we feature them in this month’s Species Spotlight. Polar bears are kings of the Arctic. They’re at the top of the arctic food chain and are the largest predatory mammals on land. Adult males weigh from about 775 ...

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“Tremendous Progress” on Louisiana Black Bear Habitat

November 22, 2011, 11:02 am
Deborah Fuller remembers the Case of the Traveling Bear. A black bear tagged in Florida ambled across Alabama, Mississippi and into Louisiana before wildlife officials caught him and sent him home. That was extraordinary. But Fuller, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Endangered Species Program coordinator in Lafayette, LA, ...

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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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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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Cute Critters! A (Friendly) Baby Black Bear Battle in Yosemite

Cute alert! Here is a great video of baby bear cubs wrestling in the middle of the road in Yosemite National Park.

These little bears are just so cute, we had to share! But, a word of caution—for the sake of these amazing critters and for your own safety, remember to always keep your distance from wild animals, especially mother bears and her cubs!

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New Grand Teton Bear rules prompted by visitors getting too close

August 9, 2011, 1:55 pm
CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Grand Teton National Park is clarifying its rules against getting too close to wildlife after a grizzly bear on two separate occasions charged at tourists who were watching her from atop their cars. The new rules emphasize that people need to heed any ranger or other park ...

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New Grand Teton bear rules prompted by visitors getting too close

August 8, 2011, 12:52 pm
Grand Teton National Park is clarifying its rules against getting too close to wildlife after a grizzly bear on two separate occasions charged at tourists who were watching her from atop their cars. The new rules emphasize that people need to heed any ranger or other park official who tells ...

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Is there a map that shows where the lodges in Denali are?
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The following website, http://www.denalilodges.com/?gclid=CMXcjuWo6qkCFZV25QodA1LGXQ should give you the information that you are looking for.

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The only lodging in the park is in Kantishna, located at the end of the park road, 90 miles from the entrance. These privately-run facilities are open from early June through mid-September.

To get a run-down of the lodging facilities in Kantishna, check out our Denali Lodging & Dining page. It also provides links to find more information about hotels located outside of the park.

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Hi - are all the Oh, Ranger booklets included in the $19.95 price? How many are there? Thanks, Jim
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never mind, I found the answer.   Jim

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Jim,

All of the guidebooks are included in that price. There are a total of 25 guidebooks in the set. This year we offer three new editions in the set: America's National Forests, Great Outdoor Adventures and Southern California's Parks and Public Lands! If you have any more questions, just let us know. Happy Travels!

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Jim,

All of the guidebooks are included in that price. There are a total of 25 guidebooks in the set. This year we offer three new editions in the set: America's National Forests, Great Outdoor Adventures and Southern California's Parks and Public Lands! If you have any more questions, just let us know. Happy Travels!

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We have a ranger guided tour the first week of July. Do we need bear spray?
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It's always a good idea to be bear aware, but it's best to check with the park before your arrival to see if they recommend bear spray. Before you head out, check out these articles:

Yellowstone's Bears

Minimizing the Dangers of a Bear Encounter

If you do decide to purchase bear spray, don't forget to recycle your canister before you head home!
 

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