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NatParkStories's podcast

The Nat Park Stories podcast follows one girl as she falls back in love with America through stories in the National Parks.

Join Summer as she travels in her home van to all the US National Parks over the next two years, telling the stories of the people she meets along the way.

Each month, you can access interviews from one park in the journey.

Dec 19, 2018

Do you know how long it takes a water bottle to completely decompose?
Take a guess, and then listen to this episode. 
As I was walking out of the visitor center in Denali, I saw a table with a sign about Subaru’s Zero Landfill Initiative in the parks. I’d never heard of it, so I had to stop and check it out.

Dec 19, 2018

After riding the bus for 4 hours, we finally arrived at Eielson, which gives a breathtaking view of the park. 
While I was taking in the view, two little girls ran up to me and started asking questions about my mic. 
I asked their parents if I could do a quick interview and they agreed. 
The girls, Lacy and Tora,...

Dec 19, 2018

When was the last time something was so beautiful, it literally brought you to tears?
For Sarah Liem it was while we rode the bus through Denali National Park.
Sarah — also comically known as Bacon— is literally one of my favorite people I met on this trip because of her willingness to be vulnerable and real,...

Dec 19, 2018

When you think of Alaska, what comes to mind?
It is a specific image is it a fuzzy question mark? 
Like many of the other people I met in Denali, I met Henry, traveling with his friend Sarah, on the bus. 
They got on later than the others, stopping the bus on its way through the park, traveling to their next camping...

Dec 7, 2018

What Keeps Elton Parks, a Denali Bus Driver, Coming Back to the Park for the Last 33 Years?
And how does he describe working in Denali?
You won’t want to miss this. 
When I was about to board the bus, a nice Park Ranger out front said to me, “Oh you’ve got Elton! He’s great. You’re going to love this.”