Partners in the Park: Boundaries Without Borders

Partners in the Parks is an experiential learning program affiliated with the National Collegiate Honors Council and the National Park Service in which Honors students from around the country visit one of our National Parks for a week of education and exploration. Reaud Honors College of Lamar Univeristy and Presidential Honors Program of Tyler Junior College have proudly come together to sponsor the first Partners In The Park program in the Lone Star State. 

Boundaries without Borders looks at the unique intersection of fauna, flora, and divergent species at the intersections of the US and Mexico boundaries in Big Bend National Park. This National Park is unique in having various biological environments including the river, desert, and mountains. These ecotones provide the opportunity to have a variety of experiences within a short amount of time and in relatively close distance. Along with the natural environment, the park’s unique geographical location offers an opportunity to discuss the intersection of political and cultural topics.

Lamar University

National Collegiate Honors Council

Trip Facilitators

Regan Minkel

Regan Minkel

Regan Minkel is an English and Literature Professor at Tyler Junior College. She is very active and loves learning about the world through camping, running, and aimless road trips. She is of the opinion that learning how to write about the world can come only after one has seen the world. This is only her second year involved with Partners in the Parks, and she is eager to be a part of such a transformative experience.

Dr. Ryan Button

Dr. Ryan Button

Dr. Ryan Button is the Assistant Director of the TJC Presidential Honors Program and holds the position of Professor of Sociology at Tyler Junior College. He received both his Masters and Doctorates in Sociology from Kansas State University where he specialized in Science and Technology, Environment and Society, Work & Labor Organizations, and Methods of Social Analysis. When he is not working he can be found exploring our world. His recent adventures include successfully hiking all 95 Texas State Parks in 9 months, completing the Inka Trail, and summiting Mount Rainier. His next big adventure will include summiting Colorado’s 53 14ers.