Hi. I’m Beth Taylor I’m a park ranger in Yellowstone National Park. Nature and parks are alluring to me because I love to explore and learn new things. I believe in our mission to preserve special places for everyone so working for the National Park Service is a dream come true—and working in Yellowstone is incredible.
It’s a big place with much to discover. There’s so much to take in, it can be a little overwhelming. When I became a ranger here in 1996, I had never visited Yellowstone before. The job involved not only gaining a good grasp of the natural and cultural history, but also relating that to visitors. It was wonderfully challenging and so much fun that it’s become my favorite thing to do.
As a ranger, I’ve frequently been assigned roving duty, which involves talking with visitors along the trails and overlooks. Most visitors have questions about the park and it is fun to point out details about park features and explain the processes at work here.
We’ve decided it would be great if everyone visiting the park’s web site could have a similar opportunity to get information from a roving ranger. These “Inside Yellowstone” videos are intended to give our online visitors their own personal roving ranger. While you can’t ask questions, you can review our list of topics and if something strikes you, click on it to watch a short video on the subject. Or, you can access the videos by clicking on the movie icons on the map.
Remember that each video is less than two minutes in length and is merely an overview. We’ve barely scratched the surface. There’s much more to know! Check out the park’s website for more information. Come to Yellowstone and see it for yourself. Experience the grandeur of the park first hand. In the mean time, thanks for watching our “Inside Yellowstone” videos to learn more about the world’s first national park.