Ask a Ranger Podcast

Ask a Ranger Podcast

How far can a jumping spider jump? DOES a woodchuck chuck wood? What does a Park Ranger do all day? All these questions and any you may have will be answered through this podcast series! So come, join us, listen and write Ranger Crystal and Ranger Jess all your questions about North Carolina State Parks! ... Show More

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Yay! Another episode with Lydia Pagel from Franklin Mountain State Park in El Paso, Texas. In this episode Ranger Jess gets to tap into her inner 7 year old and ask Ranger Lydia Pagel  "What's that? What's this?" all the way up the mountain.  We find out how Franklin Mountain State Park is like our very own Mount Mitchell State Park, some of the different flora you will find on this mountain compared to our mountains, and... Read more

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We sat down with Ranger Austin Paul who has been fortunate enough to have experienced being a park ranger in both state parks and national parks. He takes us on the journey that led him to both state parks and national parks as well as some of the similarities and differences between state and national parks.  

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July 15, 2019 26 min

Welcome to the start of our third year and third season for the Ask a Ranger Podcast.  For this episode we return back to the beginning when Ranger Jess was just starting to fuss with the recording and editing equipment.  Ranger Jess has been hanging onto this interview from her trip to Japan for a couple of years, wanting to release it because Naoki was such a great guest with wonderful information, but holding onto it b... Read more

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Let's go back in time, to a time where prehistoric sharks swam the ocean, some with a spiral of bottom teeth, some with bony protrusions off the top of their head, and one that was 30 times larger than a Great White Shark!  We sit down with Dr. Christian Kammerer from the Museum of Natural Sciences and pick his brain about all the wonderful and wondrous prehistoric sharks that lived in the ocean well before our time.  

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Hank the hognose snake asked us to do a quick podcast release to set the record straight on the rumors of "Zombie Hognose Snakes" in North Carolina.  So for this #factcheckfriday; we chat with Hank the hognose snake and find out about this misnomer and the TRUTH about Hank and other hognose snakes like him.  

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Hank the hognose snake asked us to do a quick podcast release to set the record straight on the rumors of "Zombie Hognose Snakes" in North Carolina.  So for this #factcheckfriday; we chat with Hank the hognose snake and find out about this misnomer and the TRUTH about Hank and other hognose snakes like him.  

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Ranger Jess took a trip out west and was able to explore Franklin Mountains State Park with Park Ranger Lydia Pagel.  After, they sat down and Ranger Lydia talked about her journey into becoming a park ranger at Franklin Mountains State Park as the Education Ranger.

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April 30, 2019 33 min

Join us for a discussion with Ranger Scott about what prescribed fires are and why they are so important to the forest.

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March 31, 2019 33 min

In this Ask a Ranger episode, Rangers Crystal and Jess sit down and chat with David Rogers, Director of UNC's Carolina Outdoor Recreation Center. David helps us explore not just the idea of recreation, but the relevance and connection to the human soul recreation provides us.    

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March 31, 2019 33 min

In this Ask a Ranger episode, Rangers Crystal and Jess sit down and chat with David Rogers, Director of UNC's Carolina Outdoor Recreation Center. David helps us explore not just the idea of recreation, but the relevance and connection to the human soul recreation provides us.    

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March 1, 2019 45 min

Rangers Jess and Crystal take a deep dive into women’s roles in NC State Parks to celebrate Women’s History Month. *You will need to turn this episode all the way up, we had some technical issues with this recording. 

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February 1, 2019 33 min

In this episode, Ranger Jess is out in the western United States exploring BLM (Bureau of Land Management) Lands with BLM Park Ranger Daniella Barazza.  Join Ranger Jess as she sits down with Ranger Daniella and delves into the beauty and intrigue of New Mexico's Organ Mountains Desert Peaks National Monument and Prehistoric Trackways National Monument.Thank you Joe and Jacob for the music.

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December 31, 2018 35 min

After you take your First Day Hike, come with us on our virtual hike with Ranger Carla at Mt. Mitchell. You’ll learn about some of the winter residents that call Mt. Mitchell home. Thanks to: Joe, Jacob, Xeno-canto, and Freesound.  

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November 30, 2018 34 min

Tune in with us this month and sing-a-long with this musical Ask a Ranger Podcast episode; Music and Environmental Education. Ranger Keith shares with us how to connect outdoor education and music. Thank you to Keith, Joe, and Jacob.  Photo credit and thanks to Dave Cook. 

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October 31, 2018 35 min

Lucky us! We get to sit down and chat with Ranger Kim from Eno River State Park again!  This time she makes sure Ranger Jess, who is about to head out on a hike, is prepared for a safe and fun hike at Eno River State Park. Listen in and find out all the hiking safety essentials so your next hike will be safe and fun!Thank you to Ranger Kim, Ben Casey (photo), and Ranger Joe (music)

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October 14, 2018 34 min

In this episode we chat with the affable Ranger Kevin about his favorite animal — SNAKES!  Ranger Kevin delves into the wonderful world of snakes and helps demystify some of the myths and fears that sometimes surround these wonderful creatures.  Thank you to Rangers Kevin, Jacob, Joe and Nancy.

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September 30, 2018 23 min

Listen in as Ranger Crystal, Ranger Kevin, and Ranger Jess sit around a campfire and demystify the often misunderstood coyote. 

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August 31, 2018 30 min

In this episode Ranger Crystal and Ranger Jess delve into the wonderful and mysterious world of the American Eel. Listen in as Ranger Crystal and Ranger Jess explore the research history, ecology, and behaviors of this awesome species of fish! Thank you to Ranger Joe , Jacob, Rebeccah, and Archifa for your help with this episode!

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August 14, 2018 20 min

Dig into this episode as Ranger Jess learns the difference between archaeology and paleontology with Assistant State Archaeologist Mary Beth Fitts. Ranger Jess had the opportunity to help with an archaeology survey area down at Lumber River State Park and speak with Mary Beth about all things archaeology.

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July 31, 2018 35 min

Many of our North Carolina State Parks were affected by gristmills and the millponds that were created in and around our North Carolina communities. We do not have any working gristmills in NC State Parks so we traveled to a Raleigh county park, Yates Mill Pond, to talk all things millpond and gristmill. From how a gristmill works, the community aspects of a gristmill and millpond, to the nature that is in and around a millpond, ... Read more

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