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Meet the Interpreters: Discover Power of Parks 2014

Photos below courtesy of Emily Lord.

Monadnock and Greenfield State Parks Interpreter: Sam Judson

Sam Judson - I am psyched to be working at both Greenfield and Monadnock State Parks this summer. My journey to New Hampshire started in the mountains of North Carolina at Western Carolina University where I completed my degree in Parks and Recreation Management. I am especially interested in the trees and small mammals of this area. I hope to get the chance to explore these parts of the local ecosystem with all of you.

I will be leading a wide variety of programs such as ponding and stargazing. The programs are sure to Monadnock your socks off! I will also be roving throughout the parks to meet you all and answer any questions you may have. I look forward to seeing you all at Greenfield and Monadnock!

Franconia Notch State Park Interpreters: Becki Linhart and Monica Casey

Becki Linhart - I am fortunate to be spending the upcoming months in the amazing Franconia Notch State Park. I could not ask for a better place to be leading interpretive programs to the visitors of New Hampshire State Parks!
I graduated from Penn State in May of 2013. The appreciation for the outdoors that I developed at a young age translated well into my degree in Recreation, Park, & Tourism Management. Since graduation, I have become a member of the Student Conservation Association's New Hampshire Corps. As a corps member, I spent the winter months visiting elementary school classrooms to teach 4th and 5th graders about their local environment before moving up to Franconia Notch to be an interpretive ranger within the park. This season will bring all sorts of new experiences and excitement that I cannot wait to share with park visitors!

Monica Casey - This summer at Franconia Notch State Park is going to be enjoyably educational and full of fun! Hi there, I’m from Omaha, Nebraska. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is where I received my degree in Fisheries and Wildlife with a focus in zoo animal care in August of 2013, Go Big Red! With my 10 years of environmental education experience I plan to run programs focusing on wildlife and all of the natural wonders that Franconia Notch has to offer. I joined the New Hampshire Corps in January and spent several months doing environmental education with the 4th graders at Beech Street Elementary. Before moving to FNSP, I spent the month of May leading field trips at Bear Brook State Park with the other SCA interpreters to over 900 students from the surrounding area. My experience in New Hampshire so far has been wonderful and I hope to be able to share it with others! I love meeting people, so feel free to say hello to Becki and myself when we’re roving around the park. There’s no limit to the fun at Franconia and you’re sure find your niche at the Notch!

White Lake and Monadnock State Park Interpreter: Luis Nandlall

Luis Nandlall - At a young age, I explored the wooded areas around my neighborhood, which grew my admiration for the outdoors. I loved to venture into these places, always listening and watching for signs of movement in hopes of coming across wildlife. At the State University of New York of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) I received my degree in Wildlife Science. Upon graduating, I accepted positions with the Student Conservation Association (SCA) in Michigan, South Dakota, Kentucky, and now New Hampshire. I am proud and excited to be your Discover the Power of Parks ranger at White Lake and Monadnock State Parks. Cheers!

Bear Brook State Park Interpreter: Claire Delbecq

Claire Delbecq - I couldn't be more excited to spend the summer as the interpreter at Bear Brook! I grew up in the Pacific Northwest and studied Biochemistry and Neurobiology at the University of Washington in Seattle. During my summers in college, I worked at a nearby camp and fell in love with environmental education. After graduating, I was lucky enough to get my first position with the Student Conservation Association as an interpreter in Great Smokey Mountain National Park. SCA's New Hampshire Corps brought me back to the East Coast in January, but this time a little farther north. I've loved the time I've had to explore New Hampshire and can't wait for the adventures and learning to come. Join me this summer for programs exploring some of the history, natural beauty, and unbearably cool wildlife that this park has to offer!

Pawtuckaway State Park Interpreter: Lauren Bos

Lauren Bos - I am an Austin, Texas native, but I fell in love with the forested landscape of the North while attending Northern Michigan University. I have a degree in Environmental Studies and Sustainability and have been working in informal Environmental Education since graduation. I’m so lucky to have the opportunity to continue my work at the beautiful Pawtuckaway State Park. So, join me in exploring the tucked away nature and history of Pawtuckaway! To find information about my family-friendly programs keep an eye out for my calendars posted in various park buildings. This summer will be full of exploration, learning, and fun, but it won’t be quite as grand without you, the visitors and lovers of the park. Feel free to stop by my campsite and say ‘hello’. If you can’t find me there I’ll be out and about, hiking, biking or relaxing along the lake. Hope to see you soon!

Umbagog Lake State Park Interpreter: Anthony Vincente

Anthony Vincente - I can’t think of a better way to spend my summer and fall than working as an interpreter in the Great North Woods. I love sharing my knowledge of the natural world with those of all ages and experience levels. I received my degree in environmental biology at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, New York. During my time at SUNY ESF, I spent my summers up in the Adirondack State Forest working for a graduate student in my plant ecology class. After graduation, I fell in love with reptiles and amphibians while working in a herpetology lab in Southern Georgia. In 2013 I was introduced to environmental education and interpretation at a nature center in Central New York, and I enjoyed it so much that I continued working in this field with the SCA New Hampshire Corps. Since January of this year I have been teaching environmental sciences to the fourth graders of two Manchester elementary schools. I cannot wait to continue educating the visitors of the state parks in the Great North Woods. If you ever see me roaming the trails feel free to stop and chat. I look forward to seeing y’all soon!

All photos courtesy of Emily Lord.