Note: This item is more than four months old. Please take the publication date into consideration for any date references.
Citizen’s Park Ranger Academy Scheduled for April
Learn the Inner Workings of Cleburne and Dinosaur Valley State Parks
GLEN ROSE – Anyone who’s ever wanted to be a park ranger or wondered about the inner workings of a Texas state park could consider enrolling in the third annual Citizen’s Park Ranger Academy, offered this spring in North Texas by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
Robert Enckhausen, a park police officer and superintendent of Dinosaur Valley State Park, says he sees the citizens academy as a way to help area residents and local business community members better understand their local state park and to garner greater park support. The classes will be taught by park staff.
“I consider this academy a gateway to building long-lasting partnerships,” Enckhausen said. “Academy graduates should gain an in-depth appreciation of Dinosaur Valley, the state park’s purpose and mission, and a greater understanding of the Texas State Park system.”
Students will meet from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday from April 9 through April 30. Enrollees will split their time between Dinosaur Valley and Cleburne state parks. Students must be at least 15 years old to attend without a parent and be prepared to engage in physically demanding activities, such as lifting, hiking and crawling. Youngsters 13 to 15 years of age may attend with a parent.
Participation in the academy is growing, with 15 individuals trained the first year and 21 trained the second year. Several participants have even volunteered or been hired at a state park after undergoing training in the academy.
One of the hires from the first year, Tony Smith, is now the office manager at Daingerfield State Park, where he assists with registration, collects fees and helps answer questions for park visitors. A new hire from last year’s program, Brandi Heasley, is now a seasonal clerk at Meridian State Park just south of Dallas.
“The academy gave me a great deal of knowledge, skills and insight into the agency,” said Heasley. “I made great contacts at CPRA and my love for this field grew greatly.”
This year’s Citizen’s Park Ranger Academy features new segments on trail building and maintenance. Enrollees can also expect hands-on instruction on wildland firefighting, park interpretation, search and rescue operations and law enforcement, according to Enckhausen. Participants will also alternate between Cleburne and Dinosaur Valley for interactive participation in expanded field operations with large equipment usage, an archeological session and a Dutch oven cook-off.
Participants must be physically and mentally prepared to walk, hike, crawl, dig, stand, jump, lift and perform other physically demanding tasks as part of the academy. Academy graduates will receive a certificate and t-shirt.
All activities will be led by park staff, and there is no cost to attend the academy. Class size is limited and registration should be completed by April 5.
To learn more about the Citizen’s Park Ranger Academy and to enroll, contact Dinosaur Valley’s Robert Enckhausen at 254-897-4588, ext. 222 or email@example.com.
Publication — Permission is granted to publish, in whole or in part, any news releases on this page.
Print — A print-friendly version of the news release shows only the release with font sizes set to the browser default.
Plain Text — Plain text versions of TPWD news releases are provided for copying and pasting into editing software.
To copy text into an editing software:
- Click a Plain Text link to display the plain text page in your browser.
- Select all.
- Paste in a document in your editing program.
Permalink — This is a direct link to the news release, omitting the navigation context from the URI.
English/Spanish — News releases posted in both English and Spanish have one of these links.
If you have any suggestions for improving these pages, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and mention Plain Text Pages.