New Interpretive Ranger Position and Educational Programs from the Forest Service


If you haven’t met me yet, or heard about this, there is a new position on the SMMU! It is for a seasonal interpretive ranger, who will be in charge of developing various educational programs about our forest, monitoring Panther Meadows, coordinating the Trailhead Host program, planning a National Public Lands Day event, etc.

So far this season, I have mainly focused on outreach to let the community know to expect to see programs, and hopefully get an audience for them, meanwhile working to get those programs actually developed. By July 2nd, I will have an entire program on Panther Meadows, Geology, and hopefully the Legends and Lore of the area as well. As time permits, hopefully by the end of July, I will also have a program on Forest Health Management. I attached the advertising flyer for these programs, which you might have seen up around town and the forest, as well as on social media!

I attached the program schedule here as well. I’ve only put up the one for July as of now, because it’s a new position, and I might find that the times or locations should change. For next month, I will be giving programs at 11am, 3pm, and 7pm every Saturday, and 11am and 3pm every Sunday. The daytime ones will rotate between Panther Meadows, McCloud Falls, and Castle Lake, and the evening program will go between Fowlers and Castle Crags State Park (they have an amphitheater). Eventually, the idea is to have each location have it’s own topic- Panther Meadows: the meadows, McCloud Falls: Forest Health Management, Castle Lake: Geology, Castle Crags and Fowlers: Legends and Lore. However, for the beginning of July, McCloud Falls will also have the geology talk, and the first weekend, Fowlers might have geology as well. Each of the programs will be around 30-40 minutes.

If anyone is interested in learning some more about the forest you work on, come on out to a program this summer, and pass it on to your friends too! If you have any recommendations on other ways to get the news out to the community, any ideas for a National Public Lands Day event topic, or any other input, feel free to reach out! And last but not least, thanks to all the folks that have helped me out with developing this new position so far this year. I look forward to working with all of you throughout the season!

Haley WilkenInterpretive Park Ranger Forest Service Shasta-Trinity National ForestShasta McCloud Management Unitp: 530-926-9653haley.wilken@usda.gov204 West Alma Street
Mt. Shasta, CA 96067 
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