Meet the Interpreters: Discover Power of Parks 2016 White Lake and Ellacoya State Park Interpreter: Jake Morel Jake Morel - from New Hampton, NH, is a recent graduate from Keene State College with a Major in Geography. Jake will be the 2016 SCA New Hampshire Corps White Lake and Ellacoya State Parks interpreter. New this year is campground program at Ellacoya State Park on Wednesday evening and in the day-use area on Thursday. During Outreach Jake will head to Monadnock eager to assist hikers. Jake is looking forward to traveling to these parks and inspiring interest in the recreational opportunities while connecting individuals to nature. Franconia Notch State Park Interpreters: Jillian Mather and Jessie Paulson Jillian Mather - hailing from CT, went to Georgia Southern University where she is finishing a degree in recreation and tourism. Jillian will be the 2016 SCA New Hampshire Corps Visitor Services Interpretive Ranger at Franconia Notch State Park. She is looking forward to heading to a place she has frequented a lot since childhood and help visitors enjoy their experiences there as much as she has. During the Discover the Power of Parks Season Jillian would really like to do interpretive programs on owls and get people excited to hike and climb all of the 4,000 footers. Jessie Paulson - from Charlestown NH, was a Ram at Colorado State where she earned a degree in wildlife Management. Last summer she was a bear technician for the State of NH and is excited to utilize this knowledge as the 2016 SCA New Hampshire Interpretive Ranger at Franconia Notch State Park. During her time at Franconia Jessie hopes to inform the park patrons about human and wildlife conflicts, such as conflicts with black bears, and how to mitigate these issues. Umbagog Lake State Park Interpreter: Donny Palumbo Donny Palumbo - from CT, is a Graduate of Southern Connecticut State with a major in communication. Donny will be the 2016 SCA New Hampshire Corps Umbagog Lake Interpretive Ranger. Donny is excited to engage with, explore, and meet all that the North Country has to offer. During the 2016 Discover the Power of Parks and Outreach Seasons Donny is excited to reach out to the community and get more individuals excited about and visiting the park. He is also interested in delving into the nature of Bald Eagles and disseminating that information to visitors. Greenfield and Monadnock State Park Interpreter: Natalie Strickland Natalie Strickland - from NC, became enamored with conservation work through trail crews. She did her first trail crew with Vermont Youth Conservation Corps in NC. Since then has wanted to learn all about the different career paths one can take in the conservation field. Natalie will be the 2016 SCA New Hampshire Corps Greenfield and Monadnock State Parks Interpretive Ranger. During the Discover the Power of Parks season she is excited to divulge Greenfields’ secret spots and stargaze with visitors. During outreach at Monadnock she would like to share her knowledge of leave no trace and hike safe with park patrons. Seacoast and Bear Brook State Park Interpreter: Katie Steketee Katie Steketee - from Long Island, went to Coastal Carolina University where she fell in love with ecology and learned a lot about coastal ecosystems. She will be the 2016 SCA New Hampshire Corps Interpretive Ranger serving the seacoast and Bear Brook. During the Discover the Power of Parks season she is excited to utilize her coastal book learning to impart some knowledge on park goers. She is also excited to find the hidden gems at Bear Brook State Park and share them with program participants. Pawtuckaway State Park Interpreter: Rachel Munro Rachel Munro - from the Atlanta Georgia area, comes to the SCA New Hampshire Corps after having been an Environmental Educator/Interpreter at the Mendenhall Glacier in Alaska. She is excited to be the 2016 Interpretive Ranger at Pawtuckaway State Park. During the Discover the Power of the Parks Season she is excited to camp and teach visitors about wildlife and edible plants. Southern Roving Interpreter: Darren Lu Darren Lu - a political science and geography double major at Berkley, comes to the SCA New Hampshire Corps from sunny Southern California. As the 2016 Discover the Power of Parks Southern Rover, Darren is excited to conduct interpretive programming at the Seacoast, Kingston, Clough, Silver Lake, and Bear Brook State Parks. He is excited to see how he can mold a set of programs into unique and special presentations for each park. Darren is most excited to become acquainted with the parks and the people that visit them.