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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced the opening of the 2019 application period for the Campground Ambassador program as part of the state’s Adventure NY initiative to connect more New Yorkers with the outdoors. Volunteer Campground Ambassadors support DEC campground staff in welcoming and assisting the millions of visitors that vacation in the Adirondack and Catskill parks each year. The program was introduced last year, and the first group of ambassadors were working in the field during Summer 2018.

“This summer, DEC’s first-ever Campground Ambassadors were on the ground helping DEC enhance the customer service experience at our facilities for campers by organizing fun, educational, and meaningful programs and projects,” said DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos “Introducing new visitors to DEC’s facilities, serving long-time visitors, and providing our campers with quality programs is an integral part of the continued success of our campground program and ensuring campers return year after year.”

DEC encourages New York residents who are passionate about camping and the outdoors to help introduce new campers to DEC facilities and other outdoor activities. Ambassadors also aid in connecting campers and day users to nature via environmentally themed activities and programming.

Ambassadors will serve two weeks, between July 1 and Labor Day or from September 30 through Columbus 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 & Day Use Area
North South Lake Campground & Day Use Area

Adirondacks
Cranberry Lake Campground & Day Use Area
Fish Creek Pond Campground & Day Use Area
Frontier Town Campground, Equestrian & Day Use Area
Lewey Lake Campground & Day Use Area
Moffitt Beach Campground & Day Use Area
Nicks Lake Campground & Day Use Area
Rogers Rock Campground & Day Use Area
Rollins Pond Campground

To apply for the 2019 program, visit the Campground Ambassador Application website. Applications must be received by January 31, 2019.

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

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.

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 the ReserveAmerica website.

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.