The update below was written by Benjamin Vogel, Peninsula’s Summer Naturalist. Friends of Peninsula State Park funded this seasonal position.
Hello 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,
My 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!