Saturday, May 23, 2015

Jessica Bustamante ProRanger Introduction/ Leadership Camp

Hello my name is Jessica Bustamante a new ProRanger Cohort for Temple University. I started Temple University in January, 2015 and going for my Criminal Justice B.A. I am a transfer student from Community College of Philadelphia. I didn't think I was going to get accepted into the proranger program since I was new to the university and also I didn't have much experience or qualifications that I thought were need. Dr.Irons was the person who told me about the program and to apply. I honestly didn't apply until the actual extended deadline because I wasn't sure if I wanted to do it. Then I thought about the experiences and resources that I will have after all, which are going to be great for my future. I really did it in a rush, that's another reason why I thought I wouldn't get accepted. I have tried my hardest in my school years that have led me to where I am know and I know my parents are proud of what I have accomplished. I was so happy when I was accepted to the program that it surprised me instantly and I thanked God for giving me the opportunity that many would have wanted and I got the privilege to have now. All of the students who were accepted, we all had to go to a leadership camp for a week in New Jersey. We all got along very well after all, we all got to know each others strengths and weaknesses but a lot of us got rid of a lot of our fears, for example myself. I am afraid of heights and I honestly didn't want to do about 3 of the activities that had to do with heights which were rock climbing, repelling, and walking on a tree up in the air by other 2 trees on the side. I thought the world was coming down on me when I had to challenge my self by choice and I basically had to get rid of the fear of heights with those activities. I loved how my cohort supported me through it all and that's what helped me get through it and actually do the activity to the end. I was very appreciated with all people who supported me not just the cohort but the NPS staff and Temple faculty. I was also given a NPS coin and a Temple baseball hat for my accomplishments that I was very grateful for. Now the park  I was chosen to go for internship is Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine with the National Park Service. I am so exited to see how these 2 months are going to go and meeting Rangers and people within the NPS.

Friday, May 15, 2015

2015 ProRangers

2015 Participating Parks and Assignments

ProRanger interns will be heading out to their parks in June.  We are excited to announce our participating parks and intern assignments for summer 2015:

Assateague Island National Seashore - Kathryn Yodi
Boston National Historical Park - Brittany Kriner
Colonial National Historical Park - Hannah Sender
Fire Island National Seashore - Nicholas Fitzke
Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine - Jessica Bustamante
Gettysburg National Military Park - Isaiah Lewis
Independence National Historical Park - John Hesdon
Manassas National Battlefield Park - Daniel Bussell
Monocacy National Battlefield - Timothy Greene
Sleeping Bear Dune National Lakeshore - Julia Klejmont
Valley Forge National Historical Park - Kelly Tascarella
Yosemite National Park - Kelechi Akabogu

ProRanger Orientation and Leadership Camp took place from May 11-May 15th.    Look for posts and photos from the ProRangers about their experiences at leadership camp and their parks coming soon.

Friday, July 11, 2014

National Park Foundation Shares 26 Awe-Inspiring Places to Stay in National Parks

Released this Wednesday, the National Park Foundation's "Gimme Shelter" is the fifth special edition in its popular Owner's Guide series. From luxurious lodges and historic inns, to secluded campgrounds and back-country sites, readers will be inspired to check out the 26 suggested destinations and discover even more places in national parks across the country.

Visit to download a free copy.


Sunday, May 25, 2014

Revolutionary Run 2014

ProRangers Participate in the Valley Forge Revolutionary Run 5-Mile Race

ProRangers Renee Benson, Manager Luis Krug, Jay Copper, Jordan Keiffer

This year marks the fourth occasion that ProRangers have participated in the Revolutionary Run located at Valley Forge National Historical Site.  Almost a thousand runners come to this park every year to take part in a grueling five mile run. The reason I refer to the race as "grueling" is because of the many hills that make the course difficult.

Thankfully, we were fortunate enough to have beautiful sunny weather. The scenic course encompasses significant historic landmarks which include: Von Steuben Statue, Patriots of African American Descent Monument, National Memorial Arch, and Gen Wayne Statue.   

ProRanger Jay Copper receiving his award!

The ProRangers finished the race strong and with great times.  We all placed within the top ten of our age/gender group. ProRanger Jay Copper received an award for placing third of his age/gender group.  We thank the Valley Forge staff for having us and we hope to keep this a ProRanger tradition for the future cohorts. Physical fitness is key to being a successful NPS Ranger.

Stay tuned for experiences from the SLETP 14-06 class!

Good luck to everyone in the academy and stay focused! 

Until next time!

Friday, April 25, 2014

EarthFest 2014

"...the mission of EarthFest is to promote environmental awareness using sustainable concepts, methods and practices to protect and preserve our environment." -Temple Ambler


ProRangers Jordan Keiffer, Jennifer Pflugfelder and I including ProRanger Manager Luis Krug and former ProRanger U.S. Park Ranger Timothy Oh, participated in EarthFest hosted by Temple University Center for Sustainable Communities. Kids from various schools from all over the region came to Temple Ambler to learn about protecting and preserving our environment. Seventy-five different agencies including the Environmental Protection Agency and the Philadelphia Zoo, attended the event eager to educate our next generation of leaders.  

ProRanger Jordan Keiffer
ProRanger Jennifer Pflugfelder

   The theme of EarthFest this year was water conservation.  We had a National Park Service tent set up with various information on water safety.  We educated the children on the importance of wearing a life vest. We gave out stickers to kids that answered the questions we asked correctly.  Resources became limited, but U.S. Park Ranger Timothy Oh came to our rescue from Valley Forge National Historical Park with lots of goodies for the children to enjoy.
U.S. Park Ranger Timothy Oh
ProRanger Renee Benson

  The turn out this year was much larger than last year. Children swarmed the tent eager to answer questions we asked about water conservation and national parks as well as wanting to take pictures with us.  We even had some kids come up to us and say that they too wanted to become park rangers when they grew up.  It was very humbling to have two female students come up to me and tell me that they are interested in becoming law enforcement officers.  Engaging the students was very exciting because we felt that we made a difference in their lives today. I am confident that the children learned about national parks, water safety, and gained a new outlook on a possible future career working for the NPS.  
ProRanger Jennifer Pflugfelder & ProRanger Renee Benson with two young ladies who wanted to be junior rangers!
Through dedication and completing the junior ranger booklet, these young ladies received their junior ranger badges!

 Overall, this experience was very rewarding.
ProRanger Jordan Keiffer & ProRanger Manager Luis Krug
Until next time!