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Discover the Power of Parks

Come explore the natural heritage of New Hampshire with us!

The Discover the Power of Parks, ​a partnership between the Student Conservation Association (SCA), AmeriCorps, NH State Parks, and Eversource Energy, is a program ​that connects participants with nature and builds appreciation for New Hampshire's unmatched natural heritage. For more information please contact . 


DPP Quest

Do you want to learn more about the natural and cultural history of New Hampshire State Parks? Join the Discover the Power of Parks (DPP) Quest! Participate in five different Discover the Power of Parks programs and you will receive a complimentary patch in recognition of your accomplishment. For more information email

Discover the Power of Parks is presented by New Hampshire State Parks in collaboration with the Student Conservation Association. The Discover the Power of Parks program is made possible by generous financial support from Eversource.




Yasmine Baiod – Franconia Notch State Park

Hi! My name is Yasmine and I am one of the interpretative rangers at Franconia Notch.  Hailing from the flat lands of Oklahoma, I am excited to be somewhere with elevation. I look forward to teaching visitors about the cultural history of the Notch and the changes that have and continue to occur there. 


Kendra Dean – Echo Lake State Park (summer) & White Lake State Park (summer & fall)
Hi! My name is Kendra Dean, and you can find me leading DPP programs at White Lake State Park and Echo Lake State Park in North Conway. I have a B.A. in Environmental Studies and I love learning and teaching just about anything about the environment! I especially like to share my passion for the fantastic plants and animals around us, and the important roles that different species (including us!) play in our greater ecosystem. I am an outdoor recreation enthusiast, particularly when it comes to hiking, camping, backpacking, and kayaking. I hope to see you at the lake this summer!


Brittany Hemphill –Seacoast State Parks (summer) & Pawtuckaway (summer & fall)
My name is Brittany, and I am an Interpretive Ranger with the SCA. I am originally from Pennsylvania. I love to spend time outdoors, and my favorite pastimes are hiking, kayaking, and fishing. You will be able to find me leading programs throughout the week at Pawtuckaway State Park, Wallis Sands, and Rye Harbor. I hope to see you there!


Andrew Kniska – Umbagog State Park & Mollidgewock State Park (summer) Monadnock State Park (fall)
Hello! My name is Andrew and I'm an interpretive ranger for the SCA. I'm originally from Springfield, Massachusetts and I'm excited to be working in the Great North Woods (Lake Umbagog State Park and Mollidgewock State Park) this summer. I will also be working at Monadnock State Park this fall. I have previously been a teacher at Holyoke High School where I found my skill for teaching. I was drawn to SCA New Hampshire Corps because I have spent previous summers in New Hampshire, where I developed a love of the natural surroundings. I hope to see you sometime this summer!


Mitchell Craig – Ellacoya State Park (summer) & Bear Brook State Park (summer & fall)
Hello! My name is Mitchell Craig and I'll be hosting interpretive programs at Bear Brook State Park and Ellacoya State Park. I am excited to deliver interpretive programs that feature New Hampshire’s historic, cultural, and natural resources. My goal this summer is to inspire the next generation of environmental stewards to share, protect, and enjoy all that New Hampshire has to offer. I am originally from Northern New Jersey, and I have taken an interest in outdoor recreation, historic preservation, and cultural appreciation of indigenous peoples. In my free time, I enjoy trail running, hiking, and exploring New Hampshire


Kyle Durant – Monadnock State Park
Hi, I’m Kyle and I’m the interpretive ranger at Mount Monadnock this season! I’m an avid hiker working my way through some New Hampshire hiking lists including the NH48 and the Terrifying 25. I’m looking forward to being on the mountain daily, and to meet fellow hiker enthusiasts. Monadnock is a special place and I’m excited to be a part of its stewardship and share that journey with you!


Liz Hoffman – Franconia Notch State Park
Hi, my name is Liz! I will be working at Franconia Notch State Park during the summer & fall. I'm a passionate conservationist and naturalist from the Berkshire region of Massachusetts. I am excited to explore all of the waterfalls and other unique natural wonders surrounding us in the White Mountains of NH. I also enjoy hiking and I hope to see you on the trails!


Carolyn Sill – Pillsbury State Park & Lake Sunapee State Park (summer) & Miller State Park (summer & fall)
Hello! I’m Carolyn, your interpretive ranger for Pillsbury, Lake Sunapee, and Miller State Park! I am originally from Long Island, NY. My favorite outdoor activity is birdwatching! I am passionate about sharing my enthusiasm with others about local animals, cultural history, and more! I hope you consider joining our DPP programs this year!


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