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For Release: Monday, February 12, 2018

DEC Launches Campground Ambassador Program for 2018 Camping Season

State Encourages New Yorkers to Volunteer as Campground Ambassadors

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today the launch of a new Campground Ambassador program as part of the state's Adventure NY initiative to connect more New Yorkers with the outdoors. Like other campground host programs, new volunteer Campground Ambassadors will assist DEC campground staff in welcoming and assisting the millions of visitors who vacation in the Adirondack and Catskill parks each year.

DEC is encouraging New Yorkers that are passionate about the outdoors to help introduce new campers to DEC facilities and other outdoor activities such as hiking and fishing. Ambassadors will also aid in connecting campers and day users to nature via environmentally themed activities and programming.

"Introducing new visitors to DEC's facilities and activities like camping, fishing and hiking is an integral part of continuing the success of our campground program. Equally important is offering the best possible customer service experience for our returning customers," Commissioner Basil Seggos said. "Campground Ambassadors will assist DEC staff on both fronts, ensuring our place as the destination in the Adirondacks and Catskills for building memories and connecting visitors to nature for generations to come."

Ambassadors will serve a minimum of two, and a maximum of four weeks, between July 1st and Labor Day. In consideration for services provided, a campsite will be provided for the duration of their stay at one of the following participating locations:

Catskills
Kenneth L. Wilson Campground
North South Lake Campground

Adirondacks
Cranberry Lake Campground
Fish Creek Pond / Rollins Pond Campgrounds
Lewey Lake Campground
Moffitt Beach Campground
Nicks Lake Campground
Rogers Rock Campground

To view the full details of the Campground Ambassador program, including the application, please visit DEC's website or call 518-457-2500 x1.

Applications must be received by March 30, 2018.

DEC operates 52 campgrounds and five day-use areas in the Adirondack and Catskill forest preserves. The summer camping season runs through the summer, with some facilities remaining open during fall foliage and hunting season.

Under Governor Cuomo's Adventure NY initiative, DEC is making strategic investments to expand access to healthy, active outdoor recreation, connect more New Yorkers and visitors to nature and the outdoors, protect natural resources, and boost local economies. Read more about the Adventure NY initiative.

For more information on DEC-operated campgrounds, including a list of campgrounds and schedules, visit DEC's website and go to the Camping link under the Outdoor Recreation section, or call DEC's Bureau of Recreation at 518-457-2500. To make reservations at any of these camping facilities, call ReserveAmerica at 1-800-456-CAMP (2267) or visit ReserveAmerica's website (leaves DEC website.)

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