Source and Resources

I utilize a plethora of maps, books, websites, guides, and other sources in my travels, writing, and research.  This is my attempt to (occasionally) compile them alphabetically, all in one place, for your reference.

Birds and Bird Calls

Beginners Guide to Birdsong

How to Learn Bird Call Songs

Black Hills Area & Mount Rushmore

Independent Ale House – Great pizza & beer in Rapid City, South Dakota

Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Mount Rushmore Society – Fund-raising organization that runs the Mount Rushmore Bookstores

The Miner Brewing Company – Brewery in Hill City, South Dakota

Educational Resources  

Waters of Life: A Survey of a Riparian Area -Printable handout and background  information can be utilized to learn about the land near water in Yellowstone National Park (NPS)

Who Eats Who? – Printable Predator Prey Chart (NPS) for Glacier N.P.

Guide Books

Your Guide to the National Parks – Our favorite parks guide book.  We don’t visit a park without it.

Isle Royale National Park

Isle Royale Park Site

Isle Royale Web Cams

Marine Traffic Site – To follow the location of the Ranger III or any other vessel on the Great Lakes


8 Famous Visionaries Who Kept a Journal

9 Incredible Ways Writing by Hand Benefits You

20 Reasons to Write by Hand

83 Benefits of Journaling for Depression, Anxiety, and Stress

Art Journaling

Center for Journal Therapy – Life-based writing for healing, growth, and change

Why Journaling is Good for Your Health (and 8 tips to get better)

Writing and Health – Some Practical Advice

Journaling Books

Write Where You Are: How to Use Writing to Make Sense of Your Life A Guide for Teens by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg and Elizabeth Verdick

Keeping A Nature Journal – Discover a Whole New Way of Seeing the World Around You by Clare Walker Leslie & Charles E. Roth 

Muse with the Moon – Spark your Creativity and Self Reflection with the Help of the Lunar Cycle by Jo Caudrick

Journal Revolution – Rise Up & Create!  by Linda Woods & Karen Dinino

True Vision – Authentic Art Journaling  by L.K. Ludwig

Poetry and Story Therapy by Geri Gibel Chavis

How to Make A Journal of Your Life by d. price

National Park Advocacy, Programs, and Research

Arrowhead Store – National Park Gear

Every Kid in a Park – Have a kid in 4th grade?  Help them get their free Annual National Parks pass for your entire family!

Find Your Park

Mike’s Maps – Links to National Park maps via Mike Oswald’s Your Guide to the National Parks

National Park Service

National Park Foundation – The Official Charitable Partner of the National Park Service

National Park Service Centennial

Yellowstone Ecological Research Center

Personal Recommendations by State


Estes Park Lodging  – Our go to for a nice stay right on the doorstep of Rocky Mountain National Park


North House Folk School – Traditional craft school in Grand Marais, MN (Where we took our blacksmithing courses.)

Upper Peninsula of Michigan

Four Suns Fish and Chips – Awesome fresh fish market and restaurant. (Fish tacos are delicious.)

Jampot – Super delicious jams and bakery make by the monks at Poorrock Abbey.

Service and Service Learning 


Teaching with Historical Places – Service learning lesson plans and resources (NPS)

Wilderness Therapy

New Vision Wilderness Therapy