The summer of 2017 is drawing to a close, and with it the junior ranger camps at our parks across the state have ended. Between the months of June and July, 44 of our parks hosted camps and reached over 1,190 kids.
We love summer in Tennessee! Each summer Tennessee State Parks anticipate the arrival of our SIRs (Seasonal Interpretive Rangers/Recreators) because we know summer is almost here. Every May the SIRs gather for a week-long training, and this year we gathered at the beautiful Fall Creek Falls State Park. This training begins building the foundations of their interpretive programming careers, as they learn what our parks and programming are all about! There is some in-class portions, but the emphasis of the training is to learn by experience. Rangers and staff led many programs throughout the week, and our new seasonal staff was there every step of the way. From nature hikes to canoe floats to exploring nature with children, our Seasonal Interpreters learned how to deliver world class programs from some of the state’s best Rangers and Interpreters.
Ramble's travels- This year, I have been all across the state. Although by nature I am rather shy and somewhat elusive, it is my greatest joy to travel to our many different State Parks and interact with those people who enjoy them. Most particularly, I enjoyed going to visit the many Junior Ranger camps and graduations being held across the state.
I have been traveling all over our great state and visiting lots of parks. You might have even seen me (a lot of people think I got taller for some reason)! If you haven't, just be patient. Giant raccoons are more popular than you think.