Alumni return to support ProRanger students


Photography By: Vicki Lewis McGarvey

(From left) Alumni Jessica Cooper, CLA ’14, Morgan Brooks, EDU ’12, and Jordan Keiffer, CLA ’14, participated in a recent training at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area with National Park Service ProRanger Program Manager Adrian Fernandez (far right) and current Temple students in the ProRanger program.

The crisis call came on a recent day in May: A hiker was stranded in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, unable to find her way out of the densely forested 2,800-acre region.

A group of National Park Service rangers who watch over the area, along with rangers-in-training, sprung into action, launching a rescue mission. They soon located Vicki Lewis McGarvey, Temple’s vice provost for University College and program director for the ProRanger Philadelphia program. McGarvey wasn’t truly stranded; she was participating in a simulation designed to test future National Park Service rangers’ search-and-rescue skills during the annual ProRanger Philadelphia Leadership Training Camp.

Alumni of the ProRanger program often return to help new rangers-in-training, and this year’s Philadelphia Leadership Training Camp was no exception: Seven former ProRanger students, all now working for the National Park Service, returned to lend their expertise.

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