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Bob D

Bob Dispenza has been with Allen County Parks since 2001, first as Director of Environmental Education, then as Park and Education Manager at Metea County Park.

Bob is a life member of the National Association for Interpretation (NAI), and is certified as an Interpretive Trainer and Interpretive Guide.  He has earned the NAI Region 4 Distinguished Service Award in 1997, the R

Rachel Demascal

I have a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Centenary College of Louisiana and an M.S. in Resource Interpretation from Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas. I am certified as a Heritage Interpreter and an Interpretive Guide by the National Association for Interpretation. I am a park naturalist and the director of Earth Camp at Walter B. Jacobs Memorial Nature Park in Caddo Parish, Louisiana.

Robin N.

I've worked as an interpreter/ranger for over 20 years in the Columbia River Gorge, which divides Oregon and Washington.
Stop and smell the thermals at Lassen Volcanic National Park

October 12, 2009, 7:56 am
At about 9,000 feet, the persistently steep trail up Brokeoff Mountain levels off at the edge of an abyss. To the northeast, framed between jagged cliffs, sits hulking Lassen Peak, a dozing volcano more than 1,000 feet higher, still mostly bare of trees and cloaked in gray dust from ...

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What will be the aproximate temperature the first week in April at Yosemite valley?
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what will be the approximate temperature the first week in april
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April is a great time for a visit to Yosemite... The summer crowds haven't arrived yet, and while there will still be snow in various parts of the park, travel is more or less clear. Historic temperatures suggest that April highs should be around 65° (F) and lows around 38° (F). Definitely a chance for snowy conditions. Keep in mind too, that the Valley lies at an elevation of 4,000 feet which is (other the Hetch Hetchy) the lowest elevation in the park, so expect temperatures in other areas to be colder.
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There is going to be a great variation from year to year in what to expect in the first week of April judging by my experience.  You can definitely expect some snow on the ground and it's likely to snow on and off.  However, there are times it is not snowing, and my my experience, if you hike into the canyon it gets warmers and drier the farther down you go.  I have hiked the Grand Canyon once in the last week of March and another year in the second week of April.  Both times there was snow on the rim, intermittant snow fall, but once getting about a mile or mile and a half down the trail, no more snow.  In fact, at the bottom each time, it was clear, springlike warm weather with trees having new green leaves and wildflowers in bloom.  However, when hiking back up the canyon, in both instances within about a mile or mile and a half from the rim, snow again fell and the trail was a little slushy.

I definitely prefer hiking the canyon that time of the year to avoid the humid heat of the late summer or just plain hot hotness of earlier in summer.  Hiking up with the air temp being 50 degrees was just perfect.

But there's a great variation in weather so your experience could be entirely different.

My advice would be (if you were hiking the canyon trails) to bring some yak traxs or pietons for improved traction (but plan on removing them at some point) as well as 2 hiking poles so you don't slip and fall on the trail.  Oh, and of course, water and some type of electrolye powered additive.  That is, if you're planning to hike.

It would be hard for me to imagine going there and not hiking.

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From Illinois will visit Acadia in June (with son family from Massachusetts). What should we be sure to do. We love nature and outdoors.
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Some of our favorite things to do in Acadia are exploring the historic Carriage Roads and enjoying tasty popovers at Jordan Pond House.

Also check out the recommendations on our Sights to See and Things to Do pages. Our Only ad Day and Just for Kids sections will also have some good tips!

Lastly, check out this list of 22 fun things to do with kids!

We hope you have a great trip! Be sure to come back and let us know how it goes!
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Are there any wheelchair accomandations in Arizona for parks for an easy to get around park?
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All Arizona State Parks provide accessible access to parking areas, visitor centers, restrooms, and picnic ramadas. For more information about specific facilities, special services or group access for people with disabilities, please contact the ADA Coordinator at (602) 364-0632. TTY service is available at (602) 542-4174.

More information is also available at www.AZStateParks.com.

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How are the wild flowers and where can we see some on mount rainier
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Mount Rainier is known for its spectacular subalpine meadows! The best place to see them is in the Paradise section of the park, especially near the Jackson Visitor Center and on the Sourdough Ridge Trail.

You can read more about what to see and do in the Paradise section of the park here.

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When do fall colors appear in Yellowstone?
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The general rule of thumb is that aspens and maples in the Rocky Mountain parks (Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Glacier and Rocky Mountain) typically approach their peak vibrance in mid-to-late September.

To track fall color trends and fine-tune your travel plans to Yellowstone,  check out the Foliage Network for the latest updates. 

Have a wonderful time leaf peeping in Yellowstone this fall! Be sure to check back in with us after you trip to share your leaf-peeping adventures with your fellow park enthusiasts.

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