Our members are as diverse as our park system.
Meet a Few of Our Members
Members are young people looking for experience in the field, retirees wanting to share their skills, or anyone who wants to give back and make a difference in Montana State Parks. All of our members are at least 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or GED.
Jess Christianson came to Pictograph Cave State Park directly after graduating with a B.S. in archaeology at the University of California at Davis.
Jess catalogued artifacts removed from the park during the original excavation in the 1940s. She helped park visitors learn about the archaeological treasures of Pictograph Cave State Park.
Jess plans to share her knowledge of Pictograph Cave State Park with grade school youngsters this winter.
with park visitors.
Ryan Timmerman graduated with a B.A. in biology from Saint Olaf College in Minnesota before becoming a Montana State Parks AmeriCorps member at Chief Plenty Coups State Park near Pryor.
When he first arrived the Crow people invited him to a traditional sweat lodge, a healing and cleansing ceremony. Ryan said he is very appreciative of the continued invitations to learn about and participate in Crow cultural activities.
He has assisted with a water testing project at Chief Plenty Coups State Park, and works with kids on a daily basis.
Ryan said his goal is to develop meaningful educational programs that help visitors to Chief Plenty Coups State Park connect with this National Historic Landmark.
Robin Patten is a native Montanan and scholar with a B.A., M.A.s, and Ph.d’s in a variety of studies including biology, botany, and environmental history. Yes, that is ‘degrees’ with an s!
Robin applied her education and love of the natural world to help Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park visitors connect with the environment. While creating exciting Saturday Arts and Activities programs for visitors she has gained experience working with the public and sharing her knowledge.
Robin said a special benefit of setting up programs for the park has been meeting talented area residents including a sculptor, blacksmith, author, wildlife artists, and others.