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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March 1, 2021 38 min

Lake James State Park Superintendent Nora talks to us about what daily life is like running a park! 

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February 1, 2021 37 min

Ranger Jamie gives us the 101 on birding! 

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This month we chatted with Carolina Beach State Parks Superintendent Chris Helms. We discuss how unique the park is from the Venus fly traps to the movies that have filmed in the park! Add it to your 2021 travel list. 

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This month we chat with Jess Taylor who is the Director of the Outer Banks Center for Dolphin Research! They have internship opportunities that will be posted on their website starting in January! Please enjoy this episode learning about Bottle Nose Dolphins and the steps that are being taken to gain more information on their populations off the coast of North Carolina. 🐬

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November 25, 2020 6 min

We received a wonderful letter from one of the children of the Dr. Walton, someone James Johnson spoke of.  Mary provides us another slice of the history into what is now William B. Umstead State Park. 

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James Johnson grew up in William B. Umstead State Park in Raleigh North Carolina during Jim Crow laws and Segregation.  At that there were two separate parks; Crabtree Creek State Park, and Reedy Creek State Park.  His father, James Johnson, was one of three African American Superintendents for the three segregated NC State Parks. This is a fascinating conversation on many levels.  James Johnson is a great historian and story telle...

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We sit down with Ranger Cindy to chat about being a ranger out West and how hunting can be a useful tool in conservation. 

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September 1, 2020 35 min

How important are Bees? Should we be scared of Bees? What can you do to be a Bee friend? 

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Join us for a chat on just how important it is that children get out to explore nature! 

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Maggie and Meg sit down for a chat about their journeys into environmental education and how they help positively shape the youth of North Carolina. 

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Zookeeper Stephanie talks about her journey to end up with the Gorillas at the NC Zoo. 

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Zookeeper Nancy talks about her day working with the Elephants at the NC Zoo! 

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Zookeeper Alexis talks about being greeted by a Grizzly Bear every Morning and the Red Wolf breeding program. 

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Zookeeper Audrey takes us through her day at the NC Zoo Cypress Habitat 

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June 1, 2020 45 min

We sit down with the site manger of Stagville Historic Site to discuss why it’s important to talk about slavery and it’s impact on the country. 

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May 15, 2020 23 min
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Ranger Avery gives us some pro tips for how to get into fishing! Also did you know there was a 143 pound catfish caught in Kerr Lake! 

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April 1, 2020 31 min

Join us for a chat with Ranger Carla about the mysterious Venus Fly Trap and what makes them unique.  

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We sit down with North District Superintendent Kristen Woodruff (then Falls Lake State Recreation Area Park Superintendent) and take a closer look at the law enforcement component of the North Carolina State Park Rangers multi-specialist roles.


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Rangers Jess and Crystal sit down with NC State Parks director Dwayne Patterson to talk about his journey to parks and his vision for their future. 

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