I am a park ranger at Shenandoah National Park, but my blog represents my own musings and enjoyment of the NPS.
Two great afternoon sessions! Had a panel of NPS folks discussing how we can work on opening dialogue and reinterpreting our Indian War sites out West. I am excited to join the conversation tomorrow where we look at getting more cross-training and more inter-disciplinary work in the NPS. I actually broached the subject with Associate Director of Interpretation & Education, Julia Washburn and she encouraged me to be a voice for that change. The other session discussed how we can deal with sites on the brink of closure. Again, the idea of community engagement was brought up together with ideas of how to more readily engage the youth. Partnerships with schools and other community organizations as well as the idea of the re-use of space were some ways in which we all agreed we’ve seen success. Off to the reception now and then some fine Milwaukee fare.