Sam Register, Park Ranger
Sam grew up in Jasper, Florida. She loves being outdoors and working with her hands, so becoming a park ranger was a logical career move. She has worn multiple hats since she entered the Florida Park Service in 2013.
First, as an events assistant at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park, she provided support for the Festival of Lights and the Florida Folk Festival. In 2018, she was promoted to park ranger at O’Leno State Park. She served as an administrative assistant for O’Leno, River Rise Preserve, Dudley Farm Historic State Park and Ruth B. Kirby Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park using her organizational and computer skills. Realizing she missed the interaction with visitors and Interpretation opportunities, Sam joined the ranger team at Ruth B. Kirby Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park in 2021.
Samantha’s favorite bird is the American crow, often seen at the park. Other bird sightings at Gilchrist Blue include, swallow-tailed kites, wood storks, great blue heron, turkeys, bluebirds, anhingas, Mississippi kites and sometimes even a bald eagle!