Meet Benjamin Vogel, Peninsula Naturalist

The update below was written by Benjamin Vogel, Peninsula’s Summer Naturalist. Friends of Peninsula State Park funded this seasonal position.
NaturalistBen2Hello Everybody! My name is Benjamin Chase Vogel and I am currently working as the Assistant Naturalist for Peninsula State Park. I am currently a student at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point studying Environmental Education and Interpretation with a focus on Adventure Education and Character Interpretation. I held my first natural resources position with the Youth Conservation Corps in Hinckley, MN. Over the last few years I have also worked for the Central Wisconsin Environmental Station in Amherst, WI; Treehaven Educational Field Station in Tomahawk, WI; and Boston School Forest in Plover, WI. I am also involved with several professional organizations such as the National Association of Interpretation, Wisconsin Association For Environmental Education, and the Environmental Educators and Naturalist Association.  In the future I hope to own and facilitate my own trek and tour business with a focus towards cultural and natural history,

NaturalistBenMy work at Peninsula State Park consists of running and maintaining the White Cedar Nature Center, running various programs on a daily basis, assisting program guest with special events, and assisting the full time naturalist with daily duties. In my time at Peninsula I have introduced several new programs to the current curriculum like Leif The Lumberjack – an interactive lumberjack history program that focuses on Peninsula and Door County’s forest history and Night Howls and Prowls – a night program that explores the nocturnal critters in Peninsula and how their adaptations help them survive. However, I have also been leading some iconic program that Peninsula is famous for like our Kayak Tours, Welcker’s Bat Programs, Weborg Morning Walks, and many more. I have enjoyed my time at Peninsula and as the summer comes to close I begin to look back at all the fun experiences I had here because of all the visitors that have come by programs or the nature center to learn something new about Wisconsin’s most iconic and famous state park. I hope I continue to see all of your smiling faces around our fabulous park and hope that you enjoy your time at Peninsula State Park!