Full-Time RVers Launch Podcasts with Park Rangers Visiting 417 National Parks - Virtual Kamper

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Two full-time RVers and 3 cats travel to all 417 National Park sites to interview Park Rangers. They hope to build awareness of conservation and bring attention to the parks while the parks struggle with funding issues and a growing maintenance backlog.

We’ve learned so much about what happens behind the scenes at National Parks that people aren’t even aware of. Research and Science in our Parks helps further studies of the world around us. Those are the unique stories we want brought to light.

National Park enthusiasts and Full-time RVers, Sarah and Lucas Villa-Kainec, aka the Virtual Kampers, launched a new podcast called Podcasts with Park Rangers during National Park Week. The series tells stories of the National Parks and Historic sites through interviews with those who work in the Parks. They want to build awareness of conservation efforts within the National Parks and bring attention to the parks while the parks struggle with funding issues and a growing maintenance backlog. For more information, visit http://www.podcastswithparkrangers.com

The couple are huge fans of the National Park Service, and love the parks deeply. By building awareness, they hope to keep public lands open to the public, wild, and set aside for science and research. They set a goal to see all 417 National Park and Historic sites, and they want to interview a Ranger in every park.

Why Interview Park Rangers?

Some of the most educational moments on Sarah and Lucas’s adventures are conversations with Park Rangers. For about a year, the couple discussed a way to get these stories to a bigger audience. Then they came up with the idea for Podcasts with Park Rangers.

“We wanted to interview Park Rangers, and build awareness of not just the big 60 National Parks, but also the other 357 units -- National Monuments, Historic sites, Preserves and Seashores. We’ve learned so much about what happens behind the scenes at National Parks that people aren’t even aware of. Research and Science in our Parks helps further studies of the world around us. Those are the unique stories we want brought to light.”

The couple interviews Park Rangers about why they love the parks as they discuss history, science and the beauty of nature. Also featured on each podcast are ways that people can help volunteer at the parks.

The podcast launched National Park Week (April 21st-29th) with a three episodes release throughout the week:

Episode 1 - Carlsbad Caverns: Finding Peace in the Darkness with Interpretive Ranger Katie Crowley at Carlsbad Caverns (https://www.virtualkamper.com/pwpr1/)

Episode 2 - Bats, Caves and Microbial Wars at Carlsbad Caverns - releases April 25th - with Rod Horrocks, the Chief of Resources Stewardship and Science at Carlsbad Caverns (https://www.virtualkamper.com/pwpr2/)

Episode 3 - El Morro National Monument: What It Means To Leave Your Mark - releases April 27th - with Lead Interpretive Ranger Wendy Gordge at El Morro National Monument (https://www.virtualkamper.com/pwpr3/)

More about Lucas and Sarah Villa-Kainec:

Sarah and Lucas met in Denver, where they began to camp and hike together in the National Parks. As their love for the parks grew, they decided to set a goal to see all 417 National Park and Historic sites. After a year in the Parks and only checking off a handful, they realized they would need to live on the road full-time to meet their goal before retirement. So, they sold the house in Denver and set off with their 3 cats in an RV.

The couple have been long time fans of the National Parks, and love to camp and hike. Lucas works as a voice over artist and Sarah works as a freelance computer programmer. In their spare time they blog about camping, hiking, exploring and RVing. On their blog, they want to inspire others to get outside and visit the parks.

To find out more about the couple’s story, take a look at the https://www.virtualkamper.com/about-us/ on their blog.

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