Ambassador Summer 2018 Program: Central/West State Park Regions
Applications are now being accepted.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and final deadline is June 4, 2018.
Ambassador Leadership Training is July 6-10, 2018, at South Llano River State Park and Ambassadors will serve their parks from Aug. 1, 2018- Jan. 30, 2019.

Become a Texas State Park Ambassador!

Get outside. Connect with a team. Grow as a leader. Show some love to a state park near you and spread the word that life’s #betteroutside!



Our Mission

Texas State Park Ambassadors at Big Bend Ranch State Park.

The Texas State Parks Ambassador Program connects conservation-minded young adults with recreation and volunteer opportunities to foster a new generation of state park stewards.

Our Story

Our program began in 2013 after noticing a few trends: more factors competing for young adults’ time in nature leading to a decline in park visitors, yet strong evidence proving the benefits of time spent outside, and a growing need for a new generation of park stewards. Enter the Ambassador Program, which inspires more young adults to get outside and involved with Texas State Parks.

What we do

We connect young adults with state parks in various ways and our main focus is through ambassadors. Three times a year, we select a small group of motivated leaders to join us for a regional leadership training. Ambassadors are equipped as park volunteers and are then partnered with a nearby state park to complete three projects over a six month period.

Applicants

We seek young adults with leadership or volunteer experience and a love for our state parks. You must be age 18-30 and a HS graduate, a current resident of TX (preferably in our current focal region), have transportation to a nearby state park, complete our training, and commit to complete 3 park projects (social media, outreach, and service).

Where and When - Ambassador Leadership Training Adventure (ALTA)

Three times each year we host a 5-day regional training--an outdoor immersion at a Texas State Park--with sessions including leadership and professional development, Leave No Trace, and state park volunteer training. These are led by TPWD guides along with alumni trainers. The cost is free. Some basic gear can be provided (tents, backpacking packs, etc), and most expenses are covered (excepting personal travel expenses, some meals, and snacks).

Our three yearly training groups of Ambassadors are organized by region:

  • Mid-March (March 14th to March 18th, 2018) – South and Southeast TX (areas including Houston, Beaumont, Huntsville, Corpus Christi, Laredo and the Rio Grande Valley) beginning at Brazos Bend State Park.
  • Early July – Central and West TX (areas including Austin, San Antonio, Del Rio, Big Spring, El Paso) at Davis Mountains State Park.
  • Late November (weekend before Thanksgiving break) – North and Northeast TX (areas including Dallas-Fort Worth, Tyler, Lubbock, Amarillo, Abilene, Waco) at Lake Mineral Wells State Park.


Park Partnership and 3 Projects?

Following the training, Ambassadors are partnered with a nearby state park and are challenged to complete three projects within a six month window. A combined minimum total of 40 volunteer hours can be expected.

  • Social media project – Creating engaging on-line content to inspire others to visit your park.
  • Community outreach projects – A face-to-face event raising local awareness about your park.
  • Service project – A hands-on volunteer group project coordinated by you to benefit your park.


Deadline for the March Ambassador Cohort is Feb. 1, 2018. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the cohort is full; apply early!


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Deadline for the March Ambassador Cohort is Feb. 1, 2018. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the cohort is full; apply early!

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