I think that I shall never see a poem as lovely as a tree……..
I became a Park Ranger to protect the plants, animals, and rocks and to encourage others to do the same.
My favorite thing to do at my job is helping children become Junior Rangers.
“Never be sad for what’s over, just be glad it was yours.”
Steven “Beaver” Beyer is from Longmont, CO. and has spent his last five years in Gunnison, CO. His personal hero is Texas Dave.
My hat comforts me in the cave,
If you come up here and visit you will see we live in a beautiful place up here on Mt. Elijah. The air is clean, the sky is blue, the ferns are green and the water is clear. I like long walks in the cave, my fan, being the Dorm Mom, cave bacon, tubing, weekends, pizza, comment box, piano, hiking, swimming in the cold creek, jumping off bridges, my girlfriend, biking, Bigfoot, Mt. lions, night trains, banana slugs, The Big Lebowski, Larry’s jokes, Alicia’s rhymes.
The Beaver dislikes dishes in the sink, Ranger Karolyn’s messes, Ranger Brett’s noodles in sink, drama, spiders, scorpions in my bed, and winding roads.
Chelsea “Rainbow” Hocker was born in 1987 and has spent the past nineteen years entertaining herself in Cave Junction, with the exception of her first year of college spent at Seattle University. She is transferring to the Evergreen State College in September and hopes to eventually work as an event coordinator in an organization supporting women advocacy. Chelsea enjoys sitting in the sunny grass, hikin', swimmin', craftin’, and laughin’. Rainbows are always sure to brighten her day, as are giraffes, hippies, and nature!
Derek was born in Mission Viejo, CA in 1983. He loves nature and that is the reason that he joined the National Park Service. He enjoys giving cave tours because he loves interpreting the cave to the public and hopes you enjoy your trip through Oregon Caves.
Micki Lynn McLean
Who is that girl with the chemist’s hand?
Who is she that grew up in the valley below,
She has dark eyes and almond colored hair.
Don’t tell her not to or she might prove you wrong,
Her Dad and Superman have always saved the day
Who is this girl the wears green and gray?
I like food….. and more food.
Yup that’s me.
Breezes, a gentle wind blows through my mustache
Brett is from Poquason, VA. He enjoys the summertime, floating, music, beans, rice, and tapatio. His personal heroes are Texas Dave and Ed Abbey.
"Oregon Caves is a great place to be! I came here from Indiana through a program called GeoCorps America. Along with giving tours about the geology of the cave, I also do some projects with resource management. I hope I can share the cool geology facts I know with the visitors and show them how we unravel the history of our earth.
Geology aside, I also enjoy art and taking pictures of all the wildflowers I can find. My favorite so far is the spotted coralroot! There is great geology, fun people and beautiful scenery here at the Monument."
I like working for the National Park Service because I get to meet people from all over the world and share with them the things I love such as caves, rocks, and hydrology. I came to here from near St. Louis, MO but I was born in Clarksville, TN. I have lived in Buffalo, NY and Central FL. I like caves, J.S. Bach, rocks, chocolate, kayaking, and hiking. I dislike mosquitoes, scorpions, liver, and onions.
Ranger “Texas Dave” Thompson was a gypsy, once cute, a concerts production P.R. representative, a soldier, an overseas corporate manager, a university student, a father, a public education teacher, a university professor, and a photographer. Serving Redwoods N.S.P. and Oregon Caves N.M., this is his fourth season with the N.P.S.
Jason van Warmerdam
As Jason likes to joke:
"Born on the snowy plains of Siberia, Jason was raised by a pack of wolves until the age of four. He was house broken and taught to read, went to college, and barley squeaked by with his bachelors in under six years.
A love of plants and a drive to return to the woods drove him to return to the wild. This is his first season with the Oregon Caves National Monument. He has also spent a season with the North Cascades National Park.
Thanks mom and dad!"
Did You Know?
Scorpions fluoresce or glow under ultraviolet (UV) black light. They can glow electric green or blue. Scorpions fluoresce because they contain a fluorescent protein in the upper layer of their exoskeleton. This layer is like your fingernail, but even more protective and tough. The special protein inside is thought by scientists to serve as an ultraviolet sensitivity mechanism, perhaps allowing the scorpion to avoid burning itself by staying exposed too long to damaging light levels.