Meet the 2017 Fellows

Where We Went

Boston National Historical Park

During their first meeting, the Career Exploration Fellows explored the breadth of career opportunities in the National Park Service, and reflected on how those might overlap with their own personal goals. As a sampling of career fields, the fellows had the opportunity to meet with staff involved in Interpretation, Museum Services, Education, and Law  Enforcement to explore the question:

What are the different roles and areas of expertise necessary for the National Park Service to fulfill its mission? How do these overlap with your personal interests?

Lowell National Historical Park

At Lowell, the fellows reflected on how parks can focus on community engagement and meaningful place exploration, and how this might foster future generations of park stewards. To discuss these ideas, the fellows met with the park’s urban planner, Centennial Volunteer Ambassador, and a park interpreter, all of whom focus on community engagement. 

What can parks do to best engage communities in meaningful place exploration? How can this help them foster the next generation of park stewards?

Cape Cod National Seashore

On their first overnight experience, the fellows explored how urban Bostonian youth can develop a connection with the concepts of Natural Resource management. They met with the park’s Natural Resource Manager and Administrative Assistant to discuss how youth might build those connections while learning about career opportunities. 

What can parks do to best engage communities in meaningful place exploration? How can this help them foster the next generation of park stewards?

Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site

At Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site, the fellows discussed how parks can use their spaces and resources in an intentional way to serve and engage their surrounding communities. They learned about the life and work of Frederick Law Olmsted to explore how he modeled these ideas, and met with interpreters and educators to discuss how the park currently works to engage their community.

What can parks do to best engage communities in meaningful place exploration? How can this help them foster the next generation of park stewards?

Acadia National Park

As a culminating experience, the fellows traveled to Acadia National Park where they were able to explore the natural space and reflect on their experiences in the Career Exploration Fellowship. They  provided feedback on how the NPS can engage students through career and place exploration to prepare for careers in the National Park Service and become ambassadors to their academic, professional, and personal communities. 

What can parks do to best engage communities in meaningful place exploration? How can this help them foster the next generation of park stewards?