America’s State Parks. A collaboration between America’s State Parks and Outdoor Nation, the State Park Youth Ambassador program offers an exciting way for young people to explore the state parks in their state as well as help achieve the goal to promote our country’s state park system. State Park Youth Ambassadors will collaborate on a nationwide media and marketing program promoting outdoor recreation in our state parks. Virginia has a statewide coordinator and each park will also name one or two Youth Ambassadors.
Josh writes to us and says:
My name is Josh Widmer and I have lived in VA State Parks all my life. My father is a Park Manager and we currently live in Shenandoah River State Park. I am an avid outdoorsman enjoying hobbies like hunting, fishing, trapping, boating, off-roading, photography, and hiking. You won’t find me inside very much no matter what the weather is outside. I also enjoy lifting and my favorite sport by far is basketball! I have worked seasonal park ranger positions at Sky Meadows State Park and Claytor lake State Park and have been a VA State Park volunteer for over 10 years. I went to Warren County High School and then graduated from Virginia Tech in 2009 receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources Recreation and Conservation as well as a minor in Forestry. I am very close with my family and I recently got engaged to my high school sweetheart Amanda. I want to make a difference in the outdoor fields and share my passion for the outdoors with others which is one reason I wanted to participate in the park ambassador program.
Thanks, Josh! Our staff is really lookingforward to working withyou for the upcoming 2011 season!
For general information about Virginia State Parks volunteer programs, phone (703) 583-5497, FAX 703-583-2514, email [email protected] or write to:
State Parks Director of Volunteer Services
Leesylvania State Park
2001 Daniel Ludwig Drive
Woodbridge VA 22191