Tennessee State Parks Announces 2015 Seasonal Interpretive Recreators

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 | 8:58am

50 participants from across the state to assist parks this summer

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee State Parks announced the participants for the 2015 Seasonal Interpretive Recreators (SIR) program. SIRs provide interpretive programs such as guided tours, hikes, slide shows, demonstrations, campfires and other outdoor activities for park visitors during the peak season, which is late spring through summer.

Most of the summer staff are still in college studying natural resource, recreation, history, or biology-related fields. Tennessee State Parks offers a one week intense training in interpretive techniques. The goal is to help visitors build emotional and intellectual connections to the park. Based upon Freeman Tilden's Principles of Interpretation, participants learn to develop thematic programs on the primary and secondary park themes.

“Tennessee State Parks are extremely lucky to have SIR’s each year, with some returning year after year. Their passion and drive is what makes for such an exciting summer at our parks,” said Brock Hill, TDEC Deputy Commissioner for Parks and Conservation. “From guided hikes to children’s programs, the SIR’s plan and implement our interpretive program schedules, and make them fun and successful.”

SIRs also work closely with the park rangers to assure that park facilities, buildings, grounds and equipment are safe and secure. As most full-time state park rangers start out as SIRs, this program provides a great starting point for a state parks career.

Following is a list, by region, of all 2015 Seasonal Interpretive Recreators.

West Tennessee

  • Fort Pillow State Park – Lindsey Bowie
  • Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park – Rachel Ramaswamy
  • Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park – Destiny Greenarch
  • Paris Landing State Park – Regina Lowry
  • Pickwick Landing State Park – Ann Paley
  • Pickwick Landing State Park – Morgan Sanders
  • Pinson Mounds State Archaeological Area – Corey Bedwell
  • Reelfoot Lake State Park – Gina Beckman
  • Reelfoot Lake State Park – Michael Beasley
  • Reelfoot Lake State Park – Tel Glenn

Middle Tennessee

  • Alvin C. York State Park – Brandon Plunk
  • Bledsoe Creek State Park – Abigail Morrison
  • Burgess Falls State Park – David Brady
  • Cedars of Lebanon State Park – Michael Bunting
  • Cumberland Mountain State Park – April Shelton
  • Cummins Falls State Park – Morgin Arms
  • Cummins Falls State Park – Sean McElhiney
  • David Crockett State Park – Colton Garner
  • Dunbar Cave State Park – Kala Downey
  • Edgar Evins State Park – Tyler Steven Coleman
  • Fall Creek Falls State Park – Logan McCormack
  • Henry Horton State Park – Chelsey Mims
  • Henry Horton State Park – Jesse Jewell
  • Long Hunter State Park – Nia Davis
  • Montgomery Bell State Park – Julia Cruce
  • Montgomery Bell State Park – Matthew Grimes
  • Mousetail Landing State Park – Todd Childress
  • Natchez Trace State Park – Cody Black
  • Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park – Rachel Grigsby
  • Radnor Lake State Natural Area – Alexander Kenney
  • South Cumberland State Park – Eric Metz
  • Standing Stone State Park – Russell Fulcher
  • Tim’s Ford State Park – Nancy Lilly

East Tennessee

  • Indian Mountain State Park – Stewart McNealy
  • Warrior’s Path State Park – Benjamin A. Smith
  • Sycamore Shoals State Historic Site – Gillian Roberts
  • Red Clay State Park – Luke Mason
  • Seven Islands State Birding Park – Nicholas Mann
  • Hiwassee/Ocoee State Park – Heather Pell
  • Cove Lake State Park – Jordan Cross
  • Cove Lake State Park – Kayley Kempton
  • Fort Loudon State Park – Will Tarver
  • Booker T. Washington State Park – Ben Jones
  • Norris Dam State Park – Brittany Perryman
  • Big Ridge State Park – Daniel Adkisson
  • Norris Dam State Park – Jazmine Kennedy
  • Roan Mountain State Park – Joe Nowotarski
  • Pickett State Park – Jonathan Asberry
  • Harrison Bay State Park – Linda Burton
  • Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park – Tanner Wells

Tennessee's 56 state parks offer diverse natural, recreational and cultural experiences for individuals, families or business and professional groups. State park features range from pristine natural areas to 18-hole championship golf courses. For additional information, visit the website at www.tnstateparks.com. For more information about the SIR program, please email Nancy Dorman at nancy.dorman@tn.gov or call (615) 532-0039.