Conservation is an effort that has many layers. It is really about commitment — the commitment to protect something.
Anyone who says learning can’t be fun surely hasn’t spent enough time in national parks. Education is a key aspect of the national park experience, and it comes in all different styles and topics, from politics and wellness to conservation and history. It’s an added bonus that educational opportunities in the parks also happen to be fun, inspiring, and exciting.
Even if something does end up “failing,” making the effort is a fantastic choice, and failure isn’t something that negates the initial intentions at all.
This planet is going to be a home to us much longer if we keep making changes to better care for it. Even though the U.S. has pulled back on climate change initiatives, we can still do things in our individual lives until we do, eventually, join the rest of the world.
Vote Parks Ambassador
Sandra Ramos (She/Her/Hers)
Home Base: On My Way to Montana, via Texas
Hello, I’m Sandra Ramos. After 20 years in public service, working on campaigns for members of Congress, I decided to hang up my hat. Shortly thereafter, I fell in love with national parks, but the love of politics and policy never left me. I nerd out daily to a Google alert of national park news, and I want to activate the incredible voices of national park enthusiasts to #VoteParks.
Mental Health & Wellness Ambassador
Home Base: Wherever “Vinnie the Winnie” is parked!
Hello there! Mental health and wellness are my life’s passions, and I strongly believe our environment and culture play the largest role in our holistic well-being. I help organizations and humans build happier, healthier lives so they can thrive and not just survive. Nature is where I reset and find balance. I’ve long believed that humans need to get back to nature to build their daily wellness practices from the ground up, pun intended.
Educational Opportunities Ambassador
Patrick Rodden (He/Him/His)
Home Base: California
Hello, I’m Patrick, a full-time educator and a volunteer for the National Park Service. I grew up on the east coast, spent ten years on the middle coast (Chicago), and now live on the best coast! Learning about parks and playing with my Nikon are my hobbies! I’ve been to 156 NPS units and counting, and love sharing my passion with others. Hit me up if you want to be a lifelong Junior Ranger with me.
Meghan McNichol (She/Her/Hers)
Home Base: Everywhere, USA
Hello, beautiful souls. I’m Meghan, a quiet, contemplative, passionate being who’s been wandering around the country for the last 15 years and finally decided to put my house on my back—two years ago, I moved into my van, and have been finding ways to live minimally, reduce my footprint, and live in harmony with this little blue dot we call home. Join me as I continue to discover how to need less so I can live more.
Maybe someday, but it’s not important to the journey I am on right now.
Human contact, and here at Hello Ranger.