Monday, November 7, 2016

Program Visit: COLO

I was accompanied on my visit to Colonial National Historical Park by Junior (Pro)Ranger Aislin.  After an uneventful drive, we arrived at COLO to visit ProRanger Taylor Johnson.

Our first stop was to the ranger station for a visit with Chief Ranger Steve Williams.  Program Manager Adrian Fernandez had stopped by COLO earlier in the summer and presented Chief Williams with the program plaques.  I was pleased to see that they were already hanging proudly on his office wall!  Chief Williams presented Aislin with a park ranger doll and she scored some awesome Centennial tattoo bling!

ProRanger Taylor Johnson and Chief Ranger Steve Williams
Colonial NHP has been a five summer participant in the ProRanger Program (the superintendent has the 2016 plaque!)
You can't beat this for Centennial bling!

I was also thrilled to see ProRanger alumnus Wayne Lamb!  Ranger Lamb is back at Colonial after completing FLETC and his field training at Glen Canyon.  The day ended with a meeting with Ranger Mark Krebs who has been working with ProRangers for four summers starting with students at Cape Hatteras National Seashore!

We even got a chance to see a local high school band!

Drawing of the doll, wearing Georges Island Junior Ranger Badge
High school drum and fife band

With Ranger Lamb!

With the meetings out of the way, the second day of our visit was devoted to Taylor showing us around the park.  We toured the Yorktown area of the park and saw some of Taylor’s favorite spots and he showed us some of the park’s problem areas.  We visited Jamestown and met some of the rangers who Taylor has worked with this summer, earned a junior ranger patch, watched the park movie and toured the settlement.  But, most importantly, we saw the statue of Pocahontas!!

ProRanger Johnson swearing in Junior Ranger McGarvey

A young buck was cooling himself in the swampy water.

We ended the day back at the Yorktown Visitor Center and earned a final badge for the day!  Then we were off for a stop at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park on our way to Shenandoah NP.

Up next:  SHEN

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