Starting in 1933 with the arrival of the first Civilian Conservation Corps enrollees, service members have been essential the operational structure of Deception Pass State Park. Since 2011, the park and Deception Pass Park Foundation have excitedly welcomed volunteers from Washington Service Corps to the Interpretive Team. This year, we are thrilled to welcome four new members.
Chava Aaron (who goes by Aaron)
I graduated from University of Nevada Las Vegas in December 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and a Minor in Earth and Environmental Science. I have spent the past year working for Clark County Wetlands Park doing a little bit of everything, from presenting programs to documenting invasive species removal progress. I am looking forward to learning about and experiencing the amazing nature here at Deceptions Pass, as well as developing my leadership and interpretive skills.
My name is Nia and I’m one of the new AmeriCorps members here at Deception Pass. I am from Atlanta, GA and I am excited to be serving at Deception Pass and in the PNW. I am eager to learn and explore the position as an interpretive naturalist and assist the interpretation department. I hope to learn, explore, and share alongside the staff and park visitors.
Hello! My name is Hayley Johnson, and I am one of the new AmeriCorps Interpretive Naturalists here at Deception Pass State Park. I’m originally from Harrisonburg, Virginia, and this is my second service term with AmeriCorps. I am looking forward to serving our visitors by creating fun, educational programs, and I’m super excited to spend the next 11 months getting to know this beautiful park! See you on the trails!
Prior to AmeriCorps, I was living in Florida and working as the graphic designer/marketer/blog writer for an Artificial Intelligence government contractor. My background is in product and graphic design working on a variety of projects like board games, corporate events, rebranding, social media management, and exhibit design. Pre-pandemic, I had an opportunity to work as a contract graphic designer for a national park and I fell in love with the excitement my coworkers had for their jobs and the land. It helped me rediscover my own passion for conservation, but I did not know where to start with a complete career change. I am so fortunate to have known about AmeriCorps and found this opportunity with Deception Pass State Park and cannot wait to learn everything I can about conservation, interpretation, and all of the little creatures who live in the tide pools.
This year promises to be a fun and busy year for the interpretive team! If you see one of our new members in the park, I’d love to invite you all to introduce yourself and welcome them to our beloved park.
Joy Kacoroski, Parks Interpretive Specialist 2