Terry WiseRifle, CO Colorado

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June 13, 2012
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A 'people person' and a Girl Scout Troop

Kristen is one of our seasonal gate attendants and a recent graduate of Coal Ridge High School.Born and raised in Silt, Kristen told me she is working at Rifle Gap to gain experience in the park system. Her short-term goal is to attend college at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction. Kristen plans to major in biology with an emphasis in wildlife. Her long-term career goal is to work as a game warden. Kristen is a "people person," loves to talk and meet all the new people who come through the gate at the Rifle Gap Visitor's Center. What a great way to do what you love to do, gain career experience and have a great summer job.Kristen's advice to the camper, fisherman or visitor is: "Be ready to spend the day outside. It is absolutely beautiful, with great views of the Hogback and the Gap and the water is always inviting. And, if you don't like the weather, just wait five minutes. It's Colorado."Come say hello to Kristen at Rifle Gap Visitor's Center.Girl Scout Troop 1679Rifle Gap State Park Complex is proud to join the Girl Scouts of America/Girl Scouts of Colorado and Troop 1679 from Littleton in celebrating Flag Day and 100 years of making the world a better place. Show your patriotism by joining Troop 1679 as they raise the stars and stripes on June 16 and 17 at 9 a.m. at the Rifle Falls State Park entrance station. Join the troop as they lower the flag on June 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Rifle Falls State Park Mountain Mist Amphitheater. Other special programs at the park in cooperation with Troop 1679 include a unique Cat's Eye Hike, starting at the Rifle Falls State Park Mountain Mist Amphitheater on Friday, June 15, at 8:30 p.m. Visitors can also attend a "Geocaching 101" program on Saturday, June 16, at 10 a.m. at Rifle Falls State Park, near the wildlife gazebo. You might wonder what the connection might be between Rifle Gap and Troop 1679. Our connection is through me. I live in Littleton and worked with this troop at Rifle Falls in the summer of 2010. Rifle Falls is one of the troop's favorite places to camp, so they decided to come back and make it an official weekend of earning badge requirements and providing community service. I personally can't wait to find out what a Cat's Eye hike is and learn more about geocaching with the troop. It should be a great weekend with lots of learning. I look forward to seeing you at Rifle Falls.Rifle Gap, Rifle Falls and Harvey Gap are managed by Colorado Parks and Wildlife, created with the merger of Colorado State Parks and Division of Wildlife. The agency manages 42 state parks, all of Colorado's wildlife, more than 300 state wildlife areas and a host of recreational programs. For more, go online to www.parks.state.co.us and http://wildlife.state.co.us.Terry Wise is the summer season park naturalist and volunteer coordinator for the Rifle Gap State Park Complex.

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