Mobile Ranger Goes on Pause in 2017

Santa Cruz's iconic arch at Natural Bridges State Beach in April 2012  and the focal point of several Mobile Ranger stories. Photo:Julia Gaudinski/Mobile Ranger
Santa Cruz’s iconic arch at Natural Bridges State Beach in April 2012, and the focal point of several Mobile Ranger stories 1, 2, 3. Photo: Julia Gaudinski/Mobile Ranger

As Chief Ranger at Mobile Ranger I wish all our readers Happy Holidays. 2017 is just around the corner and as the new year is often a time for change, I also want to let you know that Mobile Ranger will be taking a hiatus. Our existing stories about the natural and human history of the Santa Cruz area will still be available for the foreseeable future on mobileranger.com and in our mobile app “Mobile Ranger Guides.”

The Santa Cruz Surfing Statue all decked out for Christmas 2016. Take our self-guided mobile tour of West Cliff Drive to learn all about its history. This story is not on the website - it's only in the app. Photo: Julia Gaudinski/Mobile Ranger
The Santa Cruz Surfing Statue all decked out for Christmas 2016. Take our self-guided mobile tour of West Cliff Drive to learn all about its history. This story is not on the website – it’s only in the app. Photo: Julia Gaudinski/Mobile Ranger

A Ton of Community Involvement

I want to thank all the wonderful historians, scientists, artists, photographers, and fans, who have helped to make Mobile Ranger such an informative, fun, and valuable resource for locals and tourists. Many organizations in Santa Cruz (see list below) have worked with us to make over 260 blog posts, and drive 100,000 people a year to our website since October, 2014. Together, we also created 18 self-guided mobile tours, available in the latest and greatest incarnation of our app, “Mobile Ranger Guides.” Released in June 2015, Mobile Ranger Guides has been downloaded over 2,700 times as of December 2016 – thats pretty good for an app about one area!

Local Historian and author Frank Perry (Santa Cruz historian and author) and Chris Lay (Manager, Kenneth Norris Center for Natural History) at the official launch of our mobile app, "Mobile Ranger Guides," in October, 2015. Photo: Jim Whitehead/Mobile Ranger
Frank Perry (Santa Cruz historian and author) and Chris Lay (Manager, Kenneth Norris Center for Natural History) at the official launch of our mobile app, “Mobile Ranger Guides,” in October, 2015. Photo: Jim Whitehead/Mobile Ranger

Will Mobile Ranger be back?

Currently, I am pursuing other career opportunities. Jim Whitehead, our Chief Tech Geek, and also full professor at the University of California Santa Cruz, is doing fine with one less major coding project. However, Mobile Ranger will always have a place in our hearts and we may decide to start it up again in the future. For now though, please continue to use the existing stories on our website and mobile app.

Organizations Involved with Mobile Ranger

Much of the information and content in our stories comes from local experts at these organizations. We are profoundly grateful for their collaboration and patronage.

  • California Marine Sanctuary Foundation
  • Coastal Watershed Council
  • Arts Council Santa Cruz County
  • City of Santa Cruz
  • City of Capitola
  • UCSC Environmental Studies Internship Program and the Ken Norris Center for Natural History
  • Kudela Laboratory of Biological Oceanography at UCSC
  • Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
  • Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History
  • Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center
  • Friends of Cowell Lime Works District
  • Capitola Historical Museum
  • MulitRotorCam.com
  • Skyline Historical Society
  • Salinas Historic Resources Board
  • Santa Cruz Historic Preservation Commission
  • Seymour Marine Discovery Center
  • About The Author

    I really enjoy field trips. I love being in a cool place and having someone tell me about it. The problem is, you can’t always find a professor or park ranger-type to tell you all they know about the local rocks, plants, and history. So I decided to combine my love of things natural with mobile technology.

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    8 Comments

    1. Laurie Dodt

      Thank you so much for Mobil Ranger. I have so enjoyed reading about my home town. I will truly miss getting excited when a notice of a new story is in my email.
      Enjoy all the new adventures.
      Laurie Dodt

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    2. Sandra

      Thank you for sharing your knowledge and your energy with the readers throughout these past years. Your influence
      Has been impactful.

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    3. Hilde Dehuvyne

      Wishing you the best of luck in your new carreer. I too will miss seeing your updates in my email. I enjoyed getting to know my new home through your stories.

      Reply

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