About the Author
Jim Burnett’s career as a National Park Service Ranger began at Grand Canyon National Park and culminated thirty years later as Chief Ranger at Colonial National Historical Park in Virginia. Along the way, he had the opportunity to live and work at some of the most unique places in America, including Glacier National Park (Montana), Lake Mead National Recreation Area (Arizona & Nevada), Buffalo National River (Arkansas), Big Thicket National Preserve (Texas), Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial (Indiana) and National Capital Parks (Washington D. C. area).
Those experiences provided a wealth of material as Jim embarked on a long-anticipated writing career following his retirement from the National Park Service in 2001. In addition to his two Hey Ranger books, he has published short items in several national periodicals and over 400 articles with the non-profit media organization National Parks Traveler. He is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors. Born and raised in Texas, Jim has been happily married to his best friend Velma for 55 years, and they are looking forward to many more! They have two grown children and live in North Carolina.