Nature Programs Starting in June!

Interpretive Rangers from the Student Conservation Association will be offering nature programs in various NH State Park locations starting on June 21, 2017 (& continuing through Labor Day)! Our Discover Power of Parks Programs focus on connecting participants with nature and building appreciation for New Hampshire’s unmatched natural and cultural heritage.

Programs will include activities like ponding, guided hikes, wildlife tracking, tree and wildflower identification, stargazing, survival skills, nature crafts and much more. Look for park program descriptions and schedules coming soon.

Here are the Interpretive Rangers who will be presenting nature programs this summer:

Brittany O’Neal – Brittany discovered her love for the great outdoors growing up in California. She was inspired to major in Recreation Parks and Tourism Administration, because of nature’s wonder and lasting inspiration. During the season, she is excited to meet the thousands of outdoor enthusiasts on the summit of Monadnock State Park to spread knowledge on safe hiking practices.
Julia Boyer – Originally from Philadelphia, Julia is a graduate of the Skidmore College Environmental Studies program, Julia will presenting programs at Greenfield and Monadnock State Parks and is looking forward to getting people interested in geology, pond creatures and stars.
Lee Dudek – After growing up in upstate New York, Lee graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh. Lee has spent the last two years working on trail crews with the SCA out west. His past experiences have fostered his love for the outdoors and he is now eager to share that love with others, including Leave No Trace principles and all the various ways in which nature can be enjoyed. Lee will be the Interpretive Ranger at Pawtuckaway State Park and is looking forward to discovering all the park has to offer, especially the wild edibles and the park’s geologic past.
Pete Lampley – Pete is from western North Carolina and a graduate of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee with a degree in American Studies. This summer he will be the interpreter at White Lake State Park. Packing an accordion, a propane stove and a pair of swimming trunks, he will be plunging into the shallow waters of White Lake starting in June – ready to appreciate and share the wonders of the “Whites” with everyone he can.
Anastasia Slough – A proud Kansan graduating from Kansas State University with a focus in Park Management and Conservation and German Language, Anastasia will be serving as the Northern Rover Interpretive Ranger presenting programs at Crawford Notch, Echo Lake, Ellacoya, and Moose Brook State Parks. She is excited to meet all that the North Country has to offer and engage with the locals. Anastasia will be offering exploration walks, campfire, and living history programs tailored to each location and its visitors.
Sam Nunlist – Using his Bachelor of Science degree from University of Cincinnati, Sam will present interpretive programs at Silver Lake, Clough, Kingston, Seacoast, and Bear Brook State Parks as the Southern Rover. He is excited to create a friendly and welcoming environment in each of these locations. Originally from Cincinnati Ohio, he spent last summer working on trails at the Adirondack State Park in New York. Sam is most excited to elicit a sense of wonder for nature through his programming and interactions with the public throughout his time in New Hampshire.
Hannah Park – Hannah earned her degree in Marine Science from the University of South Carolina and is excited to be the interpreter at the Seacoast region state parks and Bear Brook State Park. Hannah’s inspiration comes from water; the opportunity to explore ponds, marshes, seacoast beaches, little brooks, vernal pools and even puddles with park visitors energizes her.
Brian Donovan – Originally from Southern California Brian graduated from the Evergreen State College in the summer of 2016. Majoring in fish biology, he enjoys researching local wildlife as well as educating the public about the importance of freshwater ecology. Brian will be stationed at Franconia Notch State Park this season. He is looking forward to informing hikers about trail conditions and discussing all things wildlife with the public.
Haley Doty – Degrees in Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology with a minor in Entomology from North Carolina State University makes Haley uniquely qualified to be the Visitor Services Interpretive Ranger at Franconia Notch State Park. She is looking forward to apply her educational experiences in school to educate others about the amazing world around them. You can find her in the Hiker Cabin adjacent to the Lafayette campground and throughout Franconia Notch. Don’t be shy to say hi because she definitely won’t be!

How do you Discover the Power of Parks? Come and find out this summer:


Discover Power of Parks SCA Interpreters

Discover the Power of Parks is presented by New Hampshire State Parks in collaboration with the Student Conservation Association and AmeriCorps and made possible by generous financial support from Eversource. The program offers a look into the natural world through hands-on programming. Interpretive programs focus on connecting participants with nature and building appreciation for New Hampshire's unmatched natural heritage. Programs include guided hikes, interpretive tours, and imaginative environmental workshops for children and families. Programs are offered free to guests with paid park admission fee. No pre-registration is required.

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