Karl Herbert is a native to South Florida and was born and raised in Oakland Park, Florida. Karl developed a love for the outdoors and hidden places through spending the summers traveling with his family on vacations to different state and national parks along the East Coast. It was in places like Shenandoah National Park, Great Smokey Mountains National Park, John Pennekamp State Park and De Leon Springs State Park that he found his true passion.
After graduating from Florida Gulf Coast with a degree in History, Karl became the education coordinator at History Fort Lauderdale where he led educational tours of the Historic New River Inn for students in Broward and Miami-Dade counties.
Afterward, he joined the Talbot Islands State Park team as an OPS park ranger for the summer of 2020 before accepting a position with the city of Savannah Greenscape Division maintaining the city’s historic squares. While living in Savannah, Karl also led nighttime ghost tours as the spirit of Jim Hawkins, a rum runner from Savannah.
Karl rejoined the Talbot team as a full-time park ranger in July of 2021 and is loving every minute of it. He enjoys hiking, swimming, shelling and reading up on historical events in his free time. He recommends visitors interested in local history check out the Ribault Clubhouse on Fort George Island, where a self-guided exhibit explores the lives and legends of the people who one called this island home.