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Ramble’s Summer Happenings

July 8, 2016  |  Permalink


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.

For those SIR’s who have already been through the training in a previous summer, they get the opportunity to go through additional training in interpretation. Should they complete this training, they will become Certified Interpretive Guides through the National Association for Interpretation. NAI is a not-for-profit professional association for those involved in the interpretation of natural and cultural heritage resources in settings such as parks, zoos, museums, nature centers, aquaria, botanical gardens, and historical sites. This training requires continuing education and experience in interpretation to remain certified through NAI.

  “To preserve and protect in PERPETUITY!”

That same week at Fall Creek Falls, the park swimming pool was officially reopened after being closed.  I was fortunate enough to be a part of this grand reopening! That was an amazing highlight for me, and it is a fantastic indicator of the health of our parks. Everything is on the rise and the future looks very bright!

  Can you find me in this forest of rangers?

Come out to our parks this summer and say hello to your local Seasonal Interpretive Ranger! They are here to help, to answer your questions, and help you find What's Happening in your favorite Tennessee State Park.

About the author


Ramble the Raccoon is the official mascot of Tennessee State Parks. He began his journey with state parks on April 22, 1997 and enjoys hiking, fishing, camping and lots of other recreational activities. His greatest passion is helping the Tennessee State Park rangers preserve and protect the outdoors! People and animals of all shapes and sizes love state parks and Ramble never tires of talking about all of the opportunities the parks provide. Ramble also enjoys spending time with another Tennessee raccoon, Tennessee Titans’ mascot T-Rac. As part of the Play 60 program, Ramble and T-Rac work together to teach children across with state about the importance of playing outdoors for 60 minutes each day.