Jr. Ranger Intern Program July 2021 (Sessions 2 & 3)
Our 2nd and 3rd sessions of the Junior Ranger Intern Program at Radnor Lake were held during the weeks of July 5-10 and July 19 thru July 24, 2021. The park staff worked with these youth interns over these two weeks on numerous projects around the natural area over a 6-day period (9am-4pm daily) for each session.
Now in our 19th year of this internship program, the Jr. Ranger Intern Program creates an opportunity for participants to work with state park rangers on trail projects at Radnor Lake, focused environmental education at the Barbara J. Mapp Aviary Education Center to increase their exposure to quality environmental education programs and gain an insight into natural resource protection.
This is a labor-intensive collaborative effort between the Friends of Radnor Lake, the Radnor Lake Staff, Tennessee State Parks and the Jr. Ranger Interns. One of our main projects during these sessions of our Jr. Ranger Intern Program 2021 was working at the Barbara J. Mapp Aviary Education Center, working on trail projects on the Lake Trail and South Cove Trails and on the Lake Trail Bridges Project.
Tennessee State Parks Trails Coordinator Michael Meister assisted us with these two sessions of the Jr. Ranger Intern including a 1/2 day of trails training for our youth interns. Thank you Michael for working with us over these two sessions!
In addition, our Jr. Ranger Interns hiked 3-6 miles daily working with our park staff and we appreciate each and everyone of these youth interns who were part of our program this year!
Special thank you to Friends of Radnor Lake for funding the Jr. Ranger Intern Program this year and for the past 19 years! Friends of Radnor Lake provided all meals, t-shirts, work gloves and $25 per day stipends for each of our youth participants during this 6-day session.
Our collective goal of the Jr. Ranger Intern Program at Radnor Lake is instilling a conservation ethic and stewardship of our natural resources for future generations!