National Parks Traveler's Kurt Repanshek | Sea Change

May 12, 2022

Understanding how climate is impacting the National Parks.

Take a moment to explore what comes up for you when you think about national parks. Are you seeing imagery of a specific place that you’ve been to or want to visit? Are memories scrolling across the screen in your mind of family vacations? Trips with friends? Solo adventures? Recalling the sights, smells, and experiences we’ve had exploring these incredible places can truly be a visceral experience, something that brings us back to our intrinsic connection with nature. It comes as no surprise that just like everywhere else, national parks are feeling the impacts of climate change. Join Jenna and her guest, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of National Parks Traveler, Kurt Repanshek, as the two explore how our changing climate is impacting some of the country's most treasured places, national parks.

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Jenna Valente

A passion for conservation and appreciation for the natural world was engrained in Jenna at a young age. Her father was in the Coast Guard. This meant she always had the fortune of living near the ocean, including Hawaii, Washington State, and Maine. Both of her parents encouraged her to spend the majority of her time outside. As a result, she finds that she is most comfortable barefoot and exploring the coast, countryside, or mountains. Her favorite thing about the ocean is the sheer power of it all. Jenna joined the American Littoral Society as the Healthy Oceans Coalition Coordinator from the Chesapeake Research Consortium where she was a member of the communications staff and focused on building the brand of the program and ensure the health of the Chesapeake Bay. Jenna completed her Executive Master of Natural Resources from Virginia Tech in 2015 and also has her Bachelors in Communication and Journalism from the University of Maine.