Thank a Ranger

A friend of mine from Colorado recently reminded me what a great service park rangers provide to some of America’s most amazing places. It got me thinking about the number of park rangers furloughed during the Government Shutdown and how hard this last week has been for them (imagine dealing with angry visitors all day long and not even getting paid). So, the other day the Younger Fives and myself sat down to make some thank you cards to drop off to the rangers at Glacier National Park.


This afternoon we delivered the cards and the kids really enjoyed handing them to the ranger standing duty at the gate to the park. It was great to see the appreciative look on his face as we thanked him. After which he told us that they were letting the public go into the park as far as Apgar Village, where there were still a few private businesses open. While we couldn’t hike a trail or see much scenery we all enjoyed the short drive into the park and the walk that we took between the open businesses. The kids especially enjoyed playing around a grove of huge Cypress trees. We left the park feeling really uplifted and hope that our cards helped lift the park rangers’ spirits a bit as well.


Has a park ranger ever made a trip to a National Park a little more comfortable, memorable, or special? If so, say thanks! You can leave a comment on a particular park’s Facebook page, the National Park Service page (you’ll have to leave a Comment on their last update about suspending their Facebook page itself), or through Twitter at #ThankARanger.


3 thoughts on “Thank a Ranger

  1. Thank you so much for your beautiful words and support! I have worked at three different national parks, and I often wonder if the interactions I have with visitors are meaningful for them and if they are remembered long after. I certainly remember and cherish them!

  2. You have no idea how much reading this has lifted my spirits and I work in a park on the other side of the country. What a wonderful thing you did and what an amazing thing you have taught your children.

  3. That’s really great. How are your kids so awesome?

    And we were fine in our part of Longmont. Others were not so fortunate. It mostly impacted us in superficial ways (e.g., the kids’ school was closed for a week, we couldn’t get to parts of the town due to waters and washed out bridges). But our immediate neighborhood was unscathed, fortunately. Just reach out when/if you head this way. We’re usually here.

    More relevant to this post, if you haven’t taken your kids to RMNP, you definitely should. We live about 30-40 minutes from the entrance, and don’t get there as much as we’d like, which is all the time. It’s not as accessible now as it was pre-flood, but it should be again by the time you’re here. Hopefully they’ll repair the roads that get you there by then. Several of them were completely decimated by the flood. And, of course, we’re all hoping this ridiculous shutdown is over very soon.

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