Where the Past Meets the Future – Innovative Approaches to National Park Outreach
Zeit & Ort
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On the occasion of Earth Day and Transatlantic Innovation Week, Rangers SHELTON JOHNSON (Yosemite NP)
and KLAUS MELDE (Berchtesgaden NP) will talk about their joint appreciation of nature, their respective
tasks and responsibilities, commonalities and peculiarities of the two parks as well as current challenges
and strategies to engage young and underserved audiences.
Shelton Johnson has been a Park Ranger with the U.S. National Park Service for more than 30 years.
He has described an outing to Berchtesgaden as “the most signifi cant moment of his childhood” – an awakening that led him to his current vocation. Over the course of his Ranger career, Shelton has developed and presented interpretive programs to the public in Yellowstone National Park, National Capitol Parks, Great Basin, and - his current work station - Yosemite National Park. He is the recipient of the 2009 National Freeman Tilden Award, the highest annual award given by the National Park Service for Interpretation. He has a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Michigan.
Klaus Melde, a native Berchtesgadener, has been a Park Ranger with Berchtesgaden Nationalpark for close to two decades. Unlike Shelton, Klaus chose a very different path to rangership - as a craftsman by training, a former truck driver and raft guide. He is an intimate connoisseur of the United States, where he spent two formative years in the late 1980s.
Welcome remarks: Consul Generatl Meghan Gregonis, U.S. Consulate General Munich