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Contact: Arlene Jackson, 970-858-3617DENVER — Acting National Park Service Regional Director Chip Jenkins announced the selection of Nathan Souder as superintendent of Colorado National Monument in Colorado. Souder has worked for the National Park Service for more than 16 years, most recently as the superintendent of De Soto National Memorial in Bradenton, Florida. He will assume his new role on September 29.
“Nathan has deep roots providing programmatic support in the fields of interpretation, education, public affairs and budget for western parks that include Colorado National Monument.” said Jenkins, “Nathan’s outstanding communication, community relations skills, and broad leadership experience will be a great asset to the monument.”
“Addressing deferred maintenance is a critical focus area of the National Park Service’s core mission to preserve parks.” said Souder, “I hope to support this effort in my role at Colorado National Monument. Having the opportunity to work with the monument’s passionate staff and collaborate with a community that has cared deeply about this place for over a hundred years is a dream come true.”
Growing up, Souder’s family visited many national parks. These trips inspired him to work at Glacier National Park as a bellman at Many Glacier Hotel. After discovering his passion for national parks, Souder worked the next two summers as a backcountry ranger in Rocky Mountain National Park before graduating from Indiana University. Souder has worked in Washington D.C. with the NPS Office of Legislative and Congressional Affairs. He worked in the Intermountain Regional Office for ten years in a variety of different capacities. Souder then moved to Jacksonville, Florida to serve as one of ten Urban Fellows in a two-year initiative titled the Urban Agenda in which the National Park Service sought ways to increase relevancy and collaboration.
Souder's wife Sarah, and two kids, Elias and Ethan, are thrilled to head back to Colorado and to live on the Western Slope. Having visited the Grand Valley many times, Souder looks forward to serving the staff and people that care so much for this special place. He and his family enjoy exploring the outdoors, whether it is looking for fossils, hiking, fishing, or viewing wildlife. His kids are particularly intrigued by the collared lizard found in the area and are very much looking forward to seeing one.
Summer hours are in effect at Colorado National Monument. The visitor center is open from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily. For additional information please visit www.nps.gov/colm or call 970-858-3617, ext. 360.
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Last updated: September 9, 2019