>My name is Robb.
>I’m Phyllis Clawson
>Hi, my name is Caitlynn Marrs. I’m an archeologist here in at park.
>My husband Dick and I are the volunteer campground hosts.
>An interpretive park ranger.
>And I’m a fee ranger here at Joshua Tree National Park.
Jamie> National Parks are very, very special and very, very unique to the American story.
Robb> The reason they’re special is the botany, the animals, the culture. It’s the scenery. It’s the beauty. It’s a place of solitude and therapy.
Caitlynn> Everywhere you go, you’ll find something unique and different.
Phyliss> It’s a wonderful place for people to come and see the beauty of nature protected.
Robb> There’s something about the desert. Places like mountains and steep canyons. All these places are significant to us because they’re beautiful, but sometimes adjectives don’t explain the experience of a natural landscape.
Jamie> Some people come for recreation opportunities. I want to go experience the wilderness. I want to go take a walk and be able to take it all in.
Caitlynn> Having these places that can remind us of what it used to be like, I think is really special.
Jamie> Everyone finds their own meaning in a national park. It’s about finding your own connection, finding your own passion, and finding a place that you can call home.
Robb> The mission to preserve and protect places of national heritage, to make them enjoyable for people today as well as considering the people well into the future, is a very good ethic.
What does the National Park Service mean to you? Music: Gillicuddy - Springish (CC BY 3.0)