Amazing U.S. National Parks 101: Yosemite, Grand Canyon, and Beyond with Ben Sander

Amazing U.S. National Parks 101: Yosemite, Grand Canyon, and Beyond with Ben Sander


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Did you know that there are 420 national park sites and 63 National Parks? This seminar will explore a number of parks across the whole of the United States as we gain an insight into the national park system, explore highlights from some of the parks, and gain some trip-planning advice.

The United States established the National Park Service in 1916 and today has more than 420 national park sites including 63 National Parks. This seminar will cover some well-known national parks including the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, and Yellowstone as well as lesser-known but equally amazing sites such as American Samoa, Glacier, Colorado National Monument, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Olympic, Capitol Reef, Shenandoah, Isle Royale, Canyonlands, Big Bend, and Everglades.

During this session we will learn more about the park system’s history and we will discuss highlights from several parks. Each park discussed will include where it is located, when it was established, a few unique bullet points, and 3-4 travel suggestions. We will cover about 15-20 national park sites during the seminar and react to audience questions about others.

Led by an expert on the U.S. National Parks, Ben Sander, this interactive seminar will introduce you to the national park system including history, highlights, and travel tips. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of the best of the U.S. national parks.

This conversation is part of a series on U.S National Parks. Sessions can be joined independently and in any order.

A born world-traveler, Ben is passionate about combining education and travel, while also protecting the environment. He has worked in ecotourism ventures in Costa Rica, Kenya, Tanzania, Peru and Pohnpei, Micronesia. His love of ecotourism also led him to be a bike tour guide in Washington DC offering bike tours of the national memorials. He spent 7 years managing the travel program for the National Parks Conservation Association connecting members with the best in educational travel to the U.S. National Parks. He has visited over 140 national park units (his favorites are Glacier, American Samoa, and Mojave) and loves to connect travelers to amazing experiences in our national parks and public lands. He has also taken part in Climate Ride five times to help raise awareness around climate change, bike advocacy, and national park protection.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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The History of our National Parks and Some of the Best

This was Ben's first seminar, and it was very well done. He covered a lot of ground but unlike one other I took part in about the Alps that seemed rushed, this one was not. He presented a good background of the history of the parks and talked of 12 which represent not only National Parks but Preserves and Monuments as well. I look forward to taking part in more of his presentations.

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J.G.
Introduction to U.S. National Parks with Ben Sander

This conversation was well organized and effectively presented. I was concerned that topic was too broad, but Ben Sander made it not so. What he presented was practical and useful. I came away with some really good information for visiting Parks.

Ben's style is not as engaging and personable as many Conversation presenters whom I have enjoyed. He is rather bland and matter-of-fact, but still covers his material well and gets his points across.

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P.M.
Different than I expected but great

I was expecting more photos but I got a great history and overview of the NPS and I loved Ben’s top 12 list and good recommendations for times to visit. And his photos were very good. I learned a lot.

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A.P.
The History of our National Parks and Some of the Best

This was Ben's first seminar, and it was very well done. He covered a lot of ground but unlike one other I took part in about the Alps that seemed rushed, this one was not. He presented a good background of the history of the parks and talked of 12 which represent not only National Parks but Preserves and Monuments as well. I look forward to taking part in more of his presentations.

J
J.G.
Introduction to U.S. National Parks with Ben Sander

This conversation was well organized and effectively presented. I was concerned that topic was too broad, but Ben Sander made it not so. What he presented was practical and useful. I came away with some really good information for visiting Parks.

Ben's style is not as engaging and personable as many Conversation presenters whom I have enjoyed. He is rather bland and matter-of-fact, but still covers his material well and gets his points across.

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P.M.
Different than I expected but great

I was expecting more photos but I got a great history and overview of the NPS and I loved Ben’s top 12 list and good recommendations for times to visit. And his photos were very good. I learned a lot.