The best way to learn about fellow travelers and park-lovers is by asking them directly. Interviews are an important piece of the national parks community, getting first-hand accounts from people who experience the parks in their own unique ways. On this page, we feature one-on-one conversations with park-lovers from all walks of life, each of whom brings their own unique perspective to an experience we relate to on different levels, reminding us once again that we’re all “United by Nature.” Check out some of our inspired interviews below!

Meet Christine Cikowski, a Chicago Chef With a Passion for Parks

My favorite thing about our national parks is the widespread community they foster, and all the different ways they impart a sense of awe and inspiration in all of us. And speaking of being inspired, a great example of this is Christine Cikowski, a chef in Chicago who has been a personal source of inspiration for me for years. I’ve long been a fan of her cooking, and I love that she loves national parks as much as we do.

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