|Subscribe | What is RSS|
Contact: Dan Foster, 509-754-7812
Devon Beekler, 2015 graduate of Penn State University, will help prepare Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area for the National Park Service's 100th anniversary in 2016. She is one of 70 energetic, young Centennial Volunteer Ambassador interns recently selected to spend the next year connecting local communities to parks through volunteer group service opportunities, starting with National Public Lands Day on September 26.
Devon's focus will be expanding opportunities for community partners and youth organizations to play and volunteer at Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area. She hopes that these partnerships will grow throughout the centennial year, and inspire the next generation to continue serving in our national parks. "I have gained a lot from volunteering in the past," says Devon, "and I hope that I can convey that same form of achievement and growth that I have experienced, to all that volunteer here at Lake Roosevelt."
"The National Park Service's Centennial celebration will focus as much on our future as on our past," said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. "We are excited that young people, including our Centennial Volunteer Ambassadors, are stepping up as the next generation of conservation leaders. I know this opportunity will enable them to form lasting connections to national parks and the natural world. I also know that their contagious passion will inspire many others to do the same."
The Volunteer Ambassador Program is a partnership between the National Park Service and the Student Conservation Association (SCA) and supports the Department of the Interior's Play, Learn, Serve, Work Youth Initiative to expand educational, volunteer, and career opportunities for millions of youth and veterans on the nation's public lands.
To learn more about the efforts of the Centennial Volunteer Ambassadors visit nps100sca.wordpress.com.