Angela Lambert, Environmental Education Specialist for the Lackawanna State Park always knew her career path would place her in the outdoors.
“My dad and sister were teachers,” she said. “I loved the outdoors, so I merged teaching and the outdoors.”
She took the civil service test and started her job at at the Lackawanna State Park in 1996.
Sitting in the environmental classroom, one can see stuffed toy versions of animals that can be found in the park: a fox, turkey, bobcat, peasant and deer. This is the place where Lambert teaches educational classes to children and campers, and trains park staff.
“My job duties switch seasonally,” she said.
During the fall and spring she might leading a school group outside on a field experience. They can study lake ecology or walk in the forest to learn about trees. She plans activities around the age of the children and can also include bird watching and insects. Lambert follows a statewide curriculum. In the winter months, she can be found in the park leading a community group on winter activities.
On Jan. 1, the Lackawanna State Park and other parks throughout the region explored activities in the snow and cold. Ice skating, sleigh riding and snowshoeing took place. People borrowed snow shoes to see if they liked them.
“We had ice fishing safety and ice rescue, along with search and rescue if one got lost in the snow,” Lambert said.
There were horse and carriage rides. The children enjoyed winter crafts.
There will be a program about amphibians May 4. Habitats will be explored to see if eggs were laid. Life cycles and viral pools will also be explored. Summer camps are being planned. To learn more about the camps or other programs at the Lackawanna State Park, visit www.visitpaparks.com. Scroll down to ‘Calendar of Events for Lackawanna State Park.’ This website also shows programs at other state parks in the region.