DNR Shines a Spotlight on Maryland Park Service Volunteer Rangers

Maryland State Park Service
Volunteer Ranger Training
March 12, 2011

Small photo collage of DNR's Volunteer Ranger Training Event, links to larger photo - courtesy of Hilde Martin
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Annual Orientation and In-Service Training

In preparation for the upcoming season, on Saturday, March 12, 2011approximately 60 new & returning Maryland Park Service Volunteer Rangers from across the state attended annual Orientation and In-Service Training at Soldiers Delight Natural Environment Area.

The topics on this year’s agenda included:

  • The Superintendent’s Message delivered by Gary Burnett, Chief of Mission Support & Sustainability
  • Overviews of the New Statewide Volunteer Coordination System and Volunteer Program by Larry Martin, the Statewide Volunteer Coordinator
  • Voluntary Compliance Skills and Ethical Pitfalls by Jeffrey Ruark, Training Division Supervisor
  • Interpreting Our State Parks by Matt Ritter, Chief of Interpretation, and
  • Our Multicultural Visitors by Fred Banks, Director of the Civic Justice Corps Program
  • Volunteer Rangers follow the mission and goals of the Maryland Park Service. Their duties may include special events, crowd control, traffic control, first aid, maintenance, interpretive programs, statewide programs, campground registration, camp hosts, visitor information, visitor safety, trail stewardship, operations, community service, concessions, volunteer coordination, nature tourism, search and rescue, and other jobs needed for a smooth operation.

    The Maryland Park Service is very grateful to this special group of dedicated men and women who patrol our state parks on foot, on bikes and on horseback enhancing the quality of the visitor experience for all.

    Thank you Volunteer Rangers!

    Larry Martin
    Maryland Park Service
    Volunteer Coordinator


    All photos are courtesy of Hilde Martin, who volunteered her services for the day.


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