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Welcome to the Community!

If you’re a fan of national parks, you’ve come to the right place. Heck, if you’ve got even a fleeting curiosity about national parks, you’ve come to the right place. It doesn’t matter if you’re an ardent backpacker, a casual day-tripper, a glamper, or a full-time RVer, national parks are for everyone, and Hello Ranger is here to celebrate you all.

Hello Ranger is a national parks community social application, podcast, and blog, with “community” being the key word. Our goal is to showcase and support the communities that are connected through national parks, from families and van-lifers to retirees, artists, educators, diverse groups, and those with disabilities. National parks are the rare places where we can all find common ground, and become #UnitedByNature.

As a community, we strive to highlight what makes us all unique as individuals experiencing these magnificent places, but it’s also important to spotlight how they bring us together. We do so with our national parks travel podcast and our crew of ambassadors, representing different regions, diversities, and lifestyles through stories and experiences, and we expand upon this ethos with our social community app, which brings the national parks community into the palm of your hand.

Join us!


Taking a Closer Look at Macro Photography

Close-up photography is using a wide or telephoto lens close enough to the subject so it fills the frame. Macro, on the other hand, is the use of a specific lens to capture the fine details of a subject and has a 1:1 magnification, which makes your subject larger in the frame. Usually, we think of looking at a magnified bug’s eye or the cellular make-up of a leaf when we think of macro, but it’s so much more. And you should be using it in your landscape and nature photography!

Canaveral National Seashore Photo Journal

Canaveral National Seashore holds a special place in the National Park Service, home to many miles of pristine Floridian coast, award-winning estuaries (yes, they give awards for such things), some pretty immense wildlife, an unexpected clothing-optional beach, and of course, the famed Kennedy Space Center, where you can crawl through makeshift rocket ships and ride a launch simulator.

#NPSDinnerParty: Blueberry Pancake Whoopie Pies

When it came time to get crafty for an #NPSDinnerParty to pair with our Maine episode of “Traveling Eats,” whoopie pies were an obvious pick. That and the fact that the grocery store only had live lobsters, not ready-to-go lobster meat, and there’s no way I’m killing an animal in my RV to make my own lobster roll. So in order to make my whoopie pies as Maine-tastic as possible, I studded the batter with fresh blueberries and splashed pure maple syrup in both the cakes and the cream cheese frosting.

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