Q&A With National Park Foundation Supporter Stephanie Shinmachi
Zion National Park is the result of erosion, sedimentary uplift, and Stephanie Shinmachi.
Members of the National Park Foundation community, like Stephanie, volunteer in parks across America, supporting everything the National Park Service does, from conservation to education.
We recently chatted with Stephanie to learn what the national parks mean to her:
What is your favorite national park and why?
I have two all-time favorites, Bryce Canyon and Arches. Bryce Canyon: I found every piece of nature in this park (e.g. hoodoos) to have a magical aspect about them. There were so many unique terrains there, each beautiful and pristine. I also loved Arches National Park: the trails there were the most fun to run and climb. Each trail came with something spectacular to arrive to, like Delicate Arch. I particularly enjoyed the dry climate/trails.
What is your personal "Find Your Park/Encuentra Tu Parque" story?
Taking a tour through Niagara Falls where I was behind a waterfall. The speed and power of the cascading water was amazing. This is when I really felt the Earth’s energy.
What does the phrase “find your park” mean to you?
To me, it means you can find a park that you can travel to depending on your location, one that fits your personality, and you will have an amazing experience. Few things in life come with that trifecta guarantee.
How/why did you get involved in the National Park Foundation?
My husband, Blaine, and I love visiting national parks. We have been doing it for several years. We run the trails there, thus making running much more enjoyable. He donates to the foundation on our behalf.
What would you say to someone who’s never been to a national park and/or doesn’t really have a connection with the parks?
Visit one and you’ll get hooked for life!
Parks need you. Your continued support ensures that the parks remain vibrant, relevant, and preserved for today and always.
So get out and find your park. Share it on social media using #FindYourPark and #EncuentraTuParque. And then support your park – they can’t survive, let alone thrive, without national park supporters like you.