Miranda’s Story

Miranda Allen

Park Guide

Hospitality  |  Natural Resources 

Miranda’s Story

Miranda Allen is a park guide at the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument in Eastern Oregon. With hundreds visiting daily, she’s ready to answer any question a curious visitor has about the area’s natural and cultural history. 

Allen grew up in Southern California where a high school field trip to the La Brea Tar Pits first sparked her interest in fossils. But it was volunteering at a local aquarium that made Allen pursue a career in park service. After graduating college with an environmental studies degree, she interned at the Lava Beds National Monument, before landing in John Day.

Whether it’s recommending a hiking trail, or awarding a junior ranger a badge, Allen loves interacting with different people and working in an area with a rich 40-million year fossil record.

The most rewarding part of my job is being able to really see guests have that ‘aha moment’… that ‘wow moment’. When I give a program and I ask questions and really get them to think about the fossils and the history here, I’m helping them realizing, ‘wow, this, this place is really special!’

Now go in-depth with Miranda in an extended Q & A session!

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