This Golden-Voiced Arkansas Park Ranger Sings Her Backcountry Tips

Park ranger Lauren Ray eschews the info-laden pamphlet for solid covers of pop songs to get important info to park visitors.


You know the Fleetwood Mac song “Dreams,” right? Turns out, it’s an excellent base for a cover song about proper rafting along the Buffalo River in Ponca, Arkansas. As a kind of public service announcement concert series, local park ranger Lauren Ray has been posting videos of herself singing covers of famous pop songs, with the lyrics replaced with helpful tips about safety and conservation.

She nailed her rendition of “Dreams” with tack sharp lyrics like this bit from the chorus “Ponca only happens when it’s rainin’; please know what the river gauge is sayin'”.

Surely Stevie Nicks would approve.

Want to take a cheap innertube down the river? First check out her cover of “Drops of Jupiter” by Train, for advice on where to put in and the importance of life preservers and high-quality rafts. Frankly, it’s better than the original song.

Hall covers Adele and Bruno Mars too, and has the range to pull it off. She’s even tried it with Snoop Dogg’s “Drop it Like it’s Hot.”

“I wanted to figure out a way to really connect with park visitors and preserve and protect the resources there,” Hall told the Springfield News-Leader.

Certainly a more interesting way to get that info out there than publishing a pamphlet.

You can see her other videos on the “Our Buffalo River” Facebook page.

Use the tools and resources available to you for a well-thought-out and well-planned trip to Buffalo River Country: www.nps.gov/buff

Posted by Lauren Ray on Monday, June 4, 2018

 

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