The ProRanger Philadelphia program is an academic, technical skills training, and internship program that is cooperatively administered by the National Park Service and Temple University. The program was established to recruit, train and employ law enforcement park rangers for the National Park Service.
Students take coursework during the academic year at Temple University and participate in internships at National Park Service sites during the summer. Follow their experiences here.
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
The Final Goodbye
Waves at the Wilderness
Week 10 the finale to what has been
an amazing summer and it was short for me and surprisingly spent with two
divisions. With the way that my two days off worked with the division of interpretation
I only had a three-day work week, one of those days spent with Law Enforcement.
With interpretation I worked at watch hill visitor center on Wednesday helping
some of the junior rangers who had questions that needed to be answered.
Thursday I helped the ranger with a program for a local school group, this
brought me out to the wilderness center. They had me follow a ranger on a beach
walk and help answer any of the questions the kids had. The program went very
well and the kids really enjoyed getting to learn about the beach and all the
shells that washed up there. Thursday I also went around throughout the park
and said my goodbyes to all of the employees I worked with. Saying goodbye to
all the people I meant and learned from this summer was the most difficult
thing I have done all summer. It was like
saying goodbye to your family after you move into college on your freshman
From my Last Sunset on the Island
On Friday I got to work with Law
enforcement and patrol one last time before I drove home. While on patrol we
talked to a couple people about nudity and also had to stop talk with some
about the dogs on the beach. On my final walk through one of the tracks of land
we have between two communities we caught two individuals having sex. We walked
them out to the patrol truck after having them put their clothes on. We then
gave them a citation for disorderly conduct.
I would like to thank all of the
Fire Island National Seashore employees for taking me in and making me feel
welcome. I would also like to thank them for teaching me more than I ever
imagined I would learn in just one summer. Finally, I would like to thank the
ProRanger program for giving me this opportunity this summer to learn and grow
within the national park service.