Our short time spent at the Indiana Dunes National Park was well worth it. We became friends with two extraordinary rangers, Kim and Kip. They had both worked at that particular park for over 25 years and were experts in their field and in their humanity. Kim, a former Peace Corps Volunteer, graduated with a degree in Photography and was in love with wildflowers. She spoke with passion about the beauty of the park and how she enjoyed connecting teachers to their content and to each other. She aligned perfectly with our passion and purpose project. Kip, an environmental science major, was just as passionate. He knew so much about the animals, plants, and habitats. He appreciates the diversity of the park and shares with students that without diversity we would not survive. Every day he looks for something new and different to share. We fell in love with their hearts. These two rangers are changing the world one teacher and one student at a time because their passion intersects with their purpose.
As far as the park is concerned, it is a must see. It is pretty spread out but that seems to add to its charm. You must definitely visit the Douglas Environmental Center because that is where you will find Kim and Kip. Our National Parks Expedition Challenge video will be up in a few weeks. We hope you enjoy it.
Traveling Along, Dacia & Steve