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“If it was based solely on statistics, I shouldn’t be standing here. I shouldn’t be here talking to you about our National Parks because I am not your typical national park visitor. The typical visitor is over the age of 50 and white. As you can see…that’s not me.I am 22, African-American, the daughter of two Nigerian-born and raised parents - Making me 1st generation American. No, I am not the typical National Park visitor.”

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SCA Intern Montana Napier overlooks Wrangell-St. Elias National Park in Alaska through the haze of a wildfire

“The preparedness level of Alaska was 5 out of 5, meaning that “resistance to control is high to extreme and resistance to extinguishment is high.” At the junction between McCarthy and Kennecott, a Smokey the Bear sign sits outside the area’s volunteer fire department headquarters, informing the public of general fire risk. I have watched the sign bounce back and forth between “High” and “Extreme” all season.”

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School Children visiting Valley Forge National Park. Photo credit: Valley Forge National Park

“What battle was fought here?” It’s a question that a lot of the rangers get here at Valley Forge National Historical Park. I’ve never been asked, since as a Centennial Volunteer Ambassador I play a more behind-the-scenes role working with the volunteer coordinator and our Volunteers-In-Parks (VIPs).  But I was given the opportunity to attend training sessions for the new seasonal rangers, where I learned all about the historical buildings, monuments, and natural resources of Valley Forge.

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Coyote and feral horses at Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota where SCA Interns are working

MEDORA — When asked why university-aged interns at Theodore Roosevelt National Park packed their possessions and came to North Dakota for the summer, most said the decision was a “first step” towards a career in the outdoors.

Chief of Interpretation Eileen Andes said the park partners with a program called Student Conservation Association, which links youth to conservation-based internships and leadership opportunities.

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ABOVE: Kahmia at Gateway National Recreation Area’s NYC Pride table. 

Centennial Volunteer Ambassador Proud Moment #1:

I brought Gateway National Recreation Area to NYC Pride!!!

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