Volunteer Spotlight, Irene Bergeron

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Irene Bergeron

Ravine Gardens State Park

Irene Bergeron started her volunteer career with the National Park Service as a park host, a job that she loved dearly. After 10 years of service with the National Park Service, she left to start volunteering at Florida State Parks after her son Don became a park ranger with the Florida Park Service. That was in 2002.

Since that time Irene has worn several hats at Ravine Gardens State Park, ranging from gift shop manager to front gate clerk. Irene is always up for volunteering at events, often working the registration table or the front gate helping visitors. Staff and visitors alike look forward to seeing Irene, as she is so positive and clearly loves the park and the time she spends volunteering.  

Irene loves anything related to nature and the outdoors. Ravine Gardens State Park has a special place in her heart because of the memories she has created at the park with her husband and her family. She enjoys giving back to the community and educating the next generation on state parks. She thinks that engaging with young people will help influence the next generation of volunteers for the park. By doing so she knows that the park will be taken care of. 

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