2018 was about doing everything I could towards becoming a permanent NPS park ranger. And then finally reaching that goal!
|Taking the fourth graders on a field trip to Delicate Arch. This is what I love to do, and what I now get to do "permanently."|
|One of the incredible, young volunteers I had the privilege of working with this year. You can tell from my smile just how much fun we had.|
This year I worked at several parks— Arches (spring), Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park (summer), Canyonlands and Natural Bridges (fall). These parks served as base camp for incredible weekend trips.
|A highlight of the year was doing field trips for students at the Needles.|
|"Just" a little weekend backpacking trip. The trailhead is a quick drive from home.|
|A little further away... Peakbagging with Holly in the Tushars (photo by PMags)|
|Finally getting up into the Henry Mountains with Jan.|
|While living in Georgia, I visited park ranger friends I’d made last year while working at Mammoth Cave.|
One new thing I did this year was take online classes towards a certificate in environmental education. It’s been years since I’ve had to do homework assignments or write a term paper. What fun to be a student again!
iNaturalizing has become a common verb in my vocabulary. This fall I made my 1000th observations using iNaturalist. I love using this app both to identify and learn more about plants and animals and also as a way to contribute data for other scientists.
|Hold on, I need to iNaturalize this tiny alpine plant! (photo by PMags)|
|Backpacking in the Needles.|
Happy New Year everyone!