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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!
58 Episodes
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. 
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. 🐬
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. 
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 teller of North Carolina Raleigh/Cary history.    
We sit down with Ranger Cindy to chat about being a ranger out West and how hunting can be a useful tool in conservation. 
How important are Bees? Should we be scared of Bees? What can you do to be a Bee friend? 
Join us for a chat on just how important it is that children get out to explore nature! 
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. 
Zookeeper Stephanie talks about her journey to end up with the Gorillas at the NC Zoo. 
Zookeeper Nancy talks about her day working with the Elephants at the NC Zoo! 
Zookeeper Alexis talks about being greeted by a Grizzly Bear every Morning and the Red Wolf breeding program. 
Zookeeper Audrey takes us through her day at the NC Zoo Cypress Habitat 
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. 
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! 
Venus Fly Traps

Venus Fly Traps


Join us for a chat with Ranger Carla about the mysterious Venus Fly Trap and what makes them unique.  
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.
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. 
Ranger Renee is back to sit down with us and let us in on one of NC State Parks coolest opportunities for students- a Sea Turtle Summer Internship!  Listen in to find out how YOU can be a part of helping the critically endangered Loggerhead turtles.  Photo by Ranger Randy Newman
Ranger Crystal travels to Yates Mill, a Wake County Park, to help Rebeccah get things lined up for the annual Den Owners Association meeting. Listen in as they hike and canoe around Yates Mill and chat with everyone from otters to toads and squirrels to grumpy ole Walter, the groundhog. You will learn some interesting facts about many of the Yates Mill residents and concerns of den dwellers. Thank you to our voice actorsRanger Rebeccah: Rebeccah Cope, Ranger Crystal: Ranger Crystal Lloyd, Dodder the Otter: Jacob Molina, Benny the Beaver: Wesley Smith,Trill the Toad: Bianca Dubé, Wanda the Northern Water Snake: Ashley Martin, Phloe the Pileated Woodpecker: Leslie Meadows, Sammy the Squirrel: Richard Smith, Walter the Groundhog: Bob Davies, Quintin the Trapdoor Spider: Rebeccah CopeThank you to FreeSound contributors for the sound effects:Knock 3x.aif by lth_stp, Bird in cage, flapping wings.wav by ShanayGroen, Woodpeckers Pecking 4.wav by Benboncan, watersmack.wav by tran5ient, 20100523.sitontop.canoe.wav by dobroide, PETTON_Youna_2016_2017_CreepyWhistling.aiff by univ_lyon3 Photo by SBW
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