Fascinating Stories from Our National Parks

Do you know…

how many locations there are in the National Park Service—and their different designations?

there’s a park where taking a bath is a common activity?

who the first park rangers were?

what American wars are—and aren’t—covered by national park sites?

how is George Takei, Sulu on the original Star Trek television series, associated with the national parks?

These are just a few of the questions I pose in a quiz I hand out to attendees as they arrive for my program, “Fascinating Stories from Our National Parks.” This gets them thinking about the breadth of our park system, that the sites not only showcase our country’s beautiful scenery, but also relate our history.

In my hour-long PowerPoint presentation, I provide the answers plus many more intriguing facts about our parks, incorporating over 50 photos, handouts and audience interaction. I also offer my book, Life Lessons from the National Parks: Meeting God in America’s Most Glorious Places, for sale at the conclusion.

In addition to my book, I’ve written several articles about our parks, and was the first Artist in Residence at Homestead National Historical Park, a unit of the park service.

Over 80 libraries, senior residences and community groups have hosted “Fascinating Stories from Our National Parks”:

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Brevard County
Broward County
Charlotte County
Clay County
Collier County
Columbia County
Flagler County
Hallandale Beach
Heartland Cooperative

Indian River County
Lake County
Lee County
Osceola County
Pasco County
Polk County
St. Johns County
Sumter County
Volusia County

Senior Residences

Abbey Delray, Delray Beach
Advent Christian Village, Live Oak
AllegroFleming Island, St. Augustine,
Stuart & Tampa
Alliance Community for Retirement Living, Deland
All Seasons Naples
Amavida Living, Fort Myers
Aravilla, Sarasota
The Arlington, Naples
Aston Gardens, Venice
Atria Meridian, Lantana
The Atrium at Gainesville
Augustine Landing, Jacksonville
Bay Village, Sarasota
BrookdaleLake Worth, North Boynton Beach &
                      Palm Beach Gardens
Buena Vida Estates, Melbourne
Calusa Harbor, Fort Myers
Camellia at Deerwood, Jacksonville
The Carlisle, Naples
Cascades at Estero
The Coves at River Garden, Jacksonville
Cypress Cove, Fort Myers
Desoto Beach Club, Sarasota
Devonshire at PGA National, Palm Beach Gardens
Discovery Village, Tampa
Edgewater Pointe Estates, Boca Raton
Élan Buena Vista, The Villages
Ellison Senior Living, Largo
Estates at Carpenters, Lakeland
Five Star Premier Residences of Plantation
The Floridian Club, Venice
Forest Trace, Lauderhill
Fountains at Boca Ciega Bay, St. Petersburg
Glenmoor, St. Augustine
Good Samaritan Society, Deland
The Grande, Brooksville
Gulf Coast Village, Cape Coral
Harbor Chase at Dr. Phillips, Orlando

Holiday Cherry Laurel, Tallahassee
Isles of Vero Beach
Jacaranda Trace, Venice
The Lake Club, Lakewood Ranch
Lakehouse West, Sarasota
Lake Ridge Village, Eustis
Lakeview Terrace, Altoona
Las Palmas, Palm Coast
The Marbella, Naples
Marion Woods, Ocala
The Mayflower, Winter Park
Merrill GardensChampionsGate & Kissimmee
Moorings Park, Naples
Oak Hammock at the University of Florida, Gainesville
Oakmonte Village, Lake Mary
Ormond in the Pines, Ormond Beach
Osprey Village, Amelia Island
Palace Suites, Miami
The Palms of Fort Myers
Plymouth Harbor, Sarasota
Regency Residence, Port Richey
Renaissance Senior Living, Tampa
St. Andrews Estates, Boca Raton
Sandalwood Village, Naples
Seaside at Fort Myers
Shell Point Retirement Community, Fort Myers
Sterling Court, Deltona
The Terraces at Bonita Springs
The Tremont, Oveido
Veranda Club, Boca Raton
Vi at Aventura
The Village on the Green, Longwood
Village on the Isle, Venice
The Villages at Gainesville
Water’s Edge of Bradenton
WestminsterBradenton (2), Jacksonville, Orlando, 
              St. Petersburg, St. Augustine & Winter Park

Typical of the comments I’ve received:
“The residents raved about your program!"
"Great presentation, thank you so much!"
“The members really appreciated the high quality of the presentation.”

Please contact me if you’d like to schedule “Fascinating Stories from Our National Parks” for your library or community!