25 Jul Recreating Whiskeytown for future generations
Family at Whiskeytown
My time at Whiskeytown has been nothing but exceptional, and there are so many things I have learned in my time here at my site. The people of Whiskeytown have been so great and welcoming to me that it will be tough to leave my newfound family at Whiskeytown next week. From the first day I got to my site, my supervisor made me feel right at home and assured me that I was a part of Whiskeytown. Over time, I created great friendships with my fellow rangers in the picture here. In addition, the locals I met and connected with from the nearby town of Redding were also great. Many locals value Whiskeytown’s oasis-like qualities, and many cherish its well-being, especially after the Carr fire. Whiskeytown rose from the ashes and became what it is today because of the people and staff of Whiskeytown. It is incredible that many people still flock to it today to have fun with their families. But by far, the moments I will cherish the most will be the connections I made with some of the youth of Redding. More often than not, I engaged with many young individuals enthusiastic about learning new things, and they always had such significant backing from their parents. Many parents encouraged their children to check out the astonishing wildlife around Whiskeytown. They wanted them to take in Whiskeytown for what it currently is because they never had it as a kid. I couldn’t help but feel like I actually made a difference in their lives for the better!
To future endeavors
Whiskeytown taught me lots of new skills and added to the current knowledge I have today. One skill in particular that was the most important was the act of interpretation. Interpretation’ when done correctly’ provides a unique experience to its audience and leaves them with something to take home. When I first started doing my programs,’ I was so focused on dumping so much information on them that I only really thought about whether or not they would take in anything from my program once I was taught this skill. Interpretation keeps people interested in nature and is the driving force behind our National Parks. Without interpretation, people are just left with something they can gain from a book, and our goal is to show them the ins and outs of nature and why everything works the way it does. It establishes a meaningful connection with nature and allows nature to take the wheel from us to provide everything that the human mind craves from a nature standpoint. It is that bridge we need to preserve and protect, and it starts with the people who make a national park run like a well-oiled machine. From kayak tours in the morning to leading Hikes on a hot day’ we here at Whiskeytown come together to recreate Whiskeytown so that we can continue to take in the beauty of nature one day at a time and so that these areas are here not only for us to enjoy today but for future generations.