Episode 17 - FIRE featuring Ilyssa and Dave Kyu, editors of Campfire Stories: Tales from America's National Parks
There are a ton of different directions we could have taken for our episode on fire, but we both agreed that an episode on campfires would be so much fun and, lucky for us, we have two campfire experts to join us! Ilyssa and Dave Kyu, authors of Campfire Stories: Tales From America's National Parks talk to us and recount their time spent traveling around the US National Parks and reveal how campfires facilitate community, preserve history, and celebrate our shared heritage.
We go through how Ilyssa and Dave came up with the idea for their book about campfires, how they went about gathering stories for the book, and what is so meaningful and powerful about sitting around a campfire.
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For more information visit https://www.campfirestoriesbook.com.
See below for a list of the parks that Ilyssa & Dave visited, as well as their suggestions for organizations that you could give to in order to be generous on their behalf!
Each National Park attracts its own unique ecosystem of people. Here are some of the friends groups, park advocates and allies, and community organizations we discovered in the 6 National Parks we visited make each place vibrant.
Friends of Acadia
Friends of Acadia members make possible essential conservation projects in Acadia National Park and the surrounding communities.
Mount Desert Island Historical Society
Our mission is to foster meaningful engagement with the histories of Mount Desert Island.
With the mission to inspire new learning about the Wabanaki Nations with every visit, the Abbe Museum offers changing exhibitions and a robust programming schedule for all ages, welcoming 30,000 visitors each year. Wabanaki people are actively engaged in all aspects of the Museum, from curatorial roles to policy making.
Beech Hill Farm
College of the Atlantic’s Beech Hill Farm is a working farm growing fresh vegetables and raising meat for COA and the wider community. Collaborative work and planning between Beech Hill Farm and the kitchen is helping COA to “close the loop,” forming a more sustainable system of food production and consumption. Beech Hill Farm operates a seasonal farm stand, offers a CSA program, and sells to local markets and restaurants.
Southwest Harbor Library
To be the place where people of all ages and backgrounds come to improve literacy, explore new ideas and pursue lifelong learning interests.
Jesup Memorial Library
The Jesup Memorial Library is a community resource and gathering place. The Jesup is located in beautiful downtown Bar Harbor, less than a block from the Bar Harbor Village Green.
Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway - Roanoke, VA, Chapter
Roanoke Valley’s volunteers help to preserve, promote and enhance the Blue Ridge Parkway as it winds through the Plateau District of southern Virginia.
Friends of the Smokies
Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park assists the National Park Service in its mission to preserve and protect Great Smoky Mountains National Park by raising funds and public awareness, and providing volunteers for needed projects.
Great Smoky Mountains Association
Great Smoky Mountains Association supports the perpetual preservation of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the national park system by promoting greater public interest and appreciation through education, interpretation, and research.
Museum of the Cherokee Indian
Located in Cherokee, NC, the Museum of the Cherokee Indian strives to perpetuate the history, culture, & stories of the Cherokee people.
Rocky Mountain Conservancy
Founded in 1931, the Rocky Mountain Conservancy (formerly the Rocky Mountain Nature Association) is a nonprofit organization supporting Rocky Mountain National Park. When you support the Conservancy, you’re supporting one of our national treasures for generations to come.
YMCA of the Rockies
YMCA of the Rockies, located near the town of Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park, is an ideal vacation, reunion, wedding and conference destination. Come visit and be inspired by our surroundings!
Zion Natural History Association
Zion Natural History Association (ZNHA) was established in 1929 to support education, research, publication and other programs for the benefit of Zion National Park, Cedar Breaks National Monument, and Pipe Spring National Monument. Bookstore sales, as well as support from members and contributors, combines to provide the parks with more than $600,000 in aid annually.
Zion Canyon Field Institute
The Zion Canyon Field Institute will educate and inspire local, national, and international visitors to the greater Zion National Park ecosystem and environment through intensive classes that immerse visitors in the field.
Thanks to your support, Yosemite Conservancy provide grants to Yosemite National Park based on the highest-priority needs of the park. Your dedication has funded the restoration of the trail to Lower Yosemite Fall, electronic bear-monitoring equipment to keep bears safe, life-changing youth programs and so much more.
NatureBridge provides hands-on environmental science programs for children and teens. Our multi-day programs take place outdoors in the magnificence of nature’s classroom, where students are immersed in the wonder and science of our national parks in Yosemite.
Mariposa Museum & History Center
Founded in 1957, the Mariposa Museum & History Center has been dubbed “The Best Little Museum of Its Size West of the Mississippi” by the Smithsonian Institution. Our museum’s mission is to authentically portray the people and lifestyle of Mariposa County from the Native American and Spanish periods to the California Gold Rush and through the early 1900s.
Mariposa County Library
The Mariposa County Library System is committed to supporting lifelong learning and knowledge through self-education for all the residents and visitors of Mariposa County. The Library strives to enrich the lives of all users by meeting the informational, recreational, self-educational and cultural needs of the community.
With the launch of the nonprofit Yellowstone Forever, we are building a new model of partnership with the National Park Service, one that will engage more visitors and future stewards than ever before. The opportunities that Yellowstone Forever provides—to experience, connect, and contribute—are the first steps in a lifelong journey for people who want to preserve the park for generations to come.
Yellowstone Forever Institute
The Yellowstone Forever Institute introduces thousands of students to the park’s natural wonders. Programs range from one day to three weeks in length, and highlight the park’s amazing wildlife, geothermal areas, rich history, and awe-inspiring wilderness.
Yellowstone Research Library
The mission of the Yellowstone Research Library is to collect published and unpublished materials related to Yellowstone and to make these materials available to park staff, researchers, and the general public. The library collection consists of more than 20,000 books, periodicals, theses and dissertations, unpublished manuscripts, microforms of historic newspapers and scrapbooks, brochures, technical reports, and audio visual material.
Yellowstone Gateway Museum
The Yellowstone Gateway Museum of Park County’s mission is to collect, preserve, and interpret the cultural and natural history of Park County, Montana and its relationship to Yellowstone Park for the education of everyone.
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