National Park Service

President Lyndon Baines Johnson's home in the Texas Hill Country that also served as the Texas White House
Thomas Wilmer

Join Mike Ryan, National Park Ranger at LBJ’s Texas White House, located 14 miles west of Johnson City in the fabled Texas Hill Country.

Ryan shares insights about President Lyndon Baines Johnson's accomplishments, and life on his ranch. 

Deadline nears for public comment on National Park Service's proposed fee increase

Dec 22, 2017
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The deadline for submitting public comment on the Trump Administration’s plan to raise fees at 17 national parks is 10:59 p.m. Pacific Time on Friday, December 22. 

Alcatraz Watch Tower with Alcatraz Cruises vessel touring around the "Rock"
THOMAS WILMER

Antoinette Sespene with Alcatraz Cruises, a National Park Service concessioner, shares insights about unique tours such as the night tours with a maximum of 30 along with two docents. 

Buffalo River
Thomas Wilmer

The Buffalo National River, situated in Northern Arkansas is free flowing for more than 135 miles. It’s one of North America’s last remaining undammed rivers.

Join correspondent Tom Wilmer on the banks of the Buffalo River for a conversation with National Park Ranger, Joyce Umbach, and Ben Milburn the owner and operator of Buffalo River Outfitters.

Excavation and research has been going on at Agate Fossil Beds since the late 1800’s. The exemplary mammal fossil bones are from the Miocene Epoch (23 to 5 million years ago).  The visitor center includes reconstructed skeletons, along with a collection of Native American artifacts, including items from Chief Red Cloud.

Solar panels and windmills help to power the green Hybrid Alcatraz Clipper
Thomas Wilmer

Hornblower Cruises CEO, Terry MacRae advocates for building a network of high-speed ferries to alleviate urban gridlock. Alcatraz Cruises launched its Hornblower Hybrid Fleet in 2009--the first hybrid ferry fleet in North America and one of the first in the world. The Hybrid Fleet uses power generated by ten‐foot‐tall wind turbines and photovoltaic solar arrays covering the awning on the top-decks.

Booker T. Washington
National Park Service

  

The Booker T. Washington National Monument near Hardy, Virginia (20 miles from Roanoke) is situated on the long vanished tobacco farm where Washington was born as a slave in 1856. The site features replicas of the log frame buildings and gardens from the days of Washington’s childhood. The National Park Service interpretive center showcases where his life and career as an orator, educator, and African American leader.   

Robin White National Park Service Superintendent at Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site
National Park Service

When I stopped in to visit with Robin White, Superintendent at Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site, our conversation quickly led to tears. When I interviewed Ms. White a couple years ago, the focus was on the September 1957 events at Little Rock Central High, and lessons learned. On this visit, we changed the focus. I said, let’s talk about lessons learned, but more importantly, lessons not learned in the intervening six decades. 

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On Feb. 3, the state’s Historical Resources Commission nominated two Central Coast spots to the National Register of Historic Places. That’s the official listing of historic American buildings and locales kept by the National Park Service.

White Sands National Monument Visitor Center
Thomas Wilmer

Just 50 miles from Las Cruces, New Mexico is the ethereal realm of the gypsum sand dunes that have engulfed more than 250 miles of the desert. White Sands National Monument preserves and showcases this dramatic natural earthscape. 

Julie Woods Moncrief at Fort Smith, Arkansas
Thomas Wilmer

Fort Smith, Arkansas, the state’s second largest city, started as a military outpost on the western frontier back in 1817. Join National Park Ranger Cody Faber at Fort Smith National Historic Site and Julie Woods Moncrief at the historic Clayton House.

USS Arizona December 10th 1941
National Archives and Records Administration

Daniel Martinez, National Park Service Chief Historian at the WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument Pearl Harbor, Oahu shares his personal odyssey of understanding WWII and the attack on Pearl Harbor.

His lifelong quest of understanding starts in Lone Pine, California and takes him to Japan for a powerful reconciliation ceremony in the mountains of Japan. 

Sleeping Bear Dunes
Kim Schneider

When the phrase “wilderness area” is mentioned, you probably don’t picture sharing that spot with, say, 1.7 million people. 

They weren’t all there at once, of course, but that’s how many people last year dropped by the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Thomas Wilmer

Christopher Young, National Park Service Resource Education Specialist at Chickamauga National Military Park at Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia talks about the Civil War battle in the fall of 1863 at Chickamauga on the outskirts of Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Thomas Wilmer

National Park Ranger Lee White specializes in the human aspects of the Civil War soldiers, what they ate, the clothes and boots they wore, the diseases that killed them by the thousands, and their emotional state of being as documented in their poignant letters home.

Melissa Corbin

    

  The chain of missions established along the San Antonio River form the largest concentration of Catholic missions in North America, and have recently received global recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 
Come along and join Melissa Corbin, Associate Producer for the NPR podcast travel show Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer as she explore the Missions' history and how they are beginning to feed more than just the mind.

John DeGRazio

If you’re planning a visit to Yosemite National Park, a guided hiking adventure is an excellent way to maximize your experience. YExplore Yosemite Adventures offers an array of customized backcountry explorations, from day hikes to multi-day backpack treks. Specialized hikes include wildflowers, birding, and snowshoeing.

Tom Wilmer

  Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas is just an hour from the Capital City of Little Rock, but it’s light years away. 

NPS

One of the Channel Islands is temporarily closed to the public following damage caused by heavy surf this past weekend. 

Santa Barbara Island's landing dock and access ladders were destroyed according to the National Park Service. Its the only access point for the public to visit the island. 

Santa Barbara Island is the smallest and one of the least visited islands within the park.