Hello Ranger is a national parks community social application, podcast, and blog, with the overarching goal of showcasing a kaleidoscope of communities within the national parks, and how these places unite us together. We are families, van-lifers, full-timers, retired travelers, educators, artists, diverse groups, solo travelers, couples, pet-owners, and so much more, all with a shared love of national parks. Together, we are “United by Nature.”
The Hello Ranger vision is to connect, enhance, and organize the national parks experience, all while striving to protect, preserve, and share the good these places create in the world.
Hello Ranger is committed to giving a minimum of 20% of its profits to different charities that protect and preserve the national parks we love and cherish, or to initiatives to connect people to our national parks and make them more accessible. This commitment is something all of us care about, and that’s why we are all in this together as the Hello Ranger Community.
Brad Kirouac (He/Him/His)
Head of Business Development
Built in Detroit, driven in Chicago… or around the U.S. nowadays. Brad has always had a sense of travel. Growing up in the suburbs of Detroit, he found himself not traveling very much and working at a young age. By the age of 17, he joined the U.S. Marines with his parents’ signatures on the dotted lines. From there he would travel to places such as Afghanistan, Dubai, Guam, Timor Leste, Thailand, and so much more, learning about the world and the cultures of each area. Over the past several years, he’s spent his time managing and consulting with businesses all over the country, but his most recent obsession is finding a place to bring people together within the National Parks Community.
Matt Kirouac (He/Him/His)
Growing up in New Hampshire, Matt moved to Chicago to attend culinary school in 2006. After stumbling into a newfound love for writing in his first semester, he switched gears and began writing about food rather than just cooking it. Over the past decade, he’s written about food and travel for numerous Chicago-based and national outlets, like Travel + Leisure, TripSavvy, DiningOut magazines, Plate Magazine, KOA, Culture Trip, Zagat, and Food Fanatics magazine. He fell in love with national parks while on a trip to South Dakota, where Badlands National Park stole his heart…and has been holding it ransom ever since.