Rangers Visit Richland Elementary

When you think of park rangers, you probably think of Yellowstone National Park or the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. However, for the first time, park rangers can be found in our local parks like North Park and Hartwood Acres.

More than 20 park rangers are being staffed at parks around Allegheny County. Their duties include providing information to visitors about park resources, the history of the parks and even explaining park rules. In rare occasions, the rangers must respond to emergencies which can range from medical emergencies to vehicle accidents. The rangers also perform regular checks of the grounds to ensure safety.

On April 20, 2016, senior Park Ranger Dalton Viering and Park Ranger Max Bader stopped off at Teacher Kathy Giegel’s classroom to talk to students about the park ranger program and wildlife found in the park. They talked about the animals found in the parks including skunk, raccoons and even bear.

The duo has visited other schools and even invite schools to participate in field trips.  They talk to kids about the natural resources available in their own backyards.

“The fact you have a park so close is wonderful,” said Ranger Viering. Some people don’t have that. Go home and get your gamily excited about the natural resources you can take advantage of so close to home.”