Katy standing in City Center in downtown DC


Katy Cain is a plus-sized science communicator, nature photographer, and artist who lives in Washington, D.C. She has a B.S. in Biology with a Minor in Art from James Madison University and an M.Sc. in Biological Photography and Imaging from the University of Nottingham. She is a card-carrying member of the Royal Photographic Society.

In the past, she worked as a Digital and Multimedia Intern at Shenandoah National Park, a Visual Information Specialist at Rock Creek Park, and the Communications Manager at Rock Creek Conservancy.

Katy lays on a rocky outcrop to get a photo in Shenandoah National Park during her time as an intern. NPS/Neal Lewis

Originally from Roanoke, VA, Katy would never have described herself as an “outdoors” person. She was the type to sit at home on her computer talking to strangers on the internet. Some say, she’s sitting on a computer to this day!

As she moved away from home and explored the world, she also realized that it’s easy to take access to nature for granted.

The goal of Katy’s blog is to empower people (including herself) to get outside, explore, connect with nature, and generally have a good time—no matter their experience level.

Please note, Katy is no longer associated with any parks! All of the information included in this blog is UNOFFICIAL park information provided as a free community service. Please use the links in my posts to contact official park entities for official information. Thanks!

When she’s not exploring local parks, Katy serves as the Communications and Digital Media Coordinator at the Carnegie Science Earth and Planets Laboratory. Catch her tweeting about rocks from space and other fun planetary science tidbits over at @CarnegiePlanets.