Growing up in Chicago, if Amy Slusser wanted to be surrounded by nature or go camping she had to drive several hours outside of the city. Understanding the importance for people to connect with nature is what led Amy to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Ecology and Conservation. After graduation Amy was drawn to the Florida Panhandle where she became a park ranger with Florida State Parks. Amy spent 12 years as a park ranger before being promoted to administrative assistant.
Amy most enjoys helping others make a connection to the outdoors through the vast array of interpretive programs the park offers. Her favorite program is the nature hike to Long Pond because it explores many different ecosystems within the park. During the program she talks about subjects like the importance of snakes, bats and prescribed burns.
Amy says that the best part of working in the park is the breathtaking views. Standing on the boardwalk at the observation tower overlooking the saltmarsh is one of her favorite places to be. She encourages anyone who is thinking of visiting to make sure they bring or rent a kayak and explore the Big Lagoon Intracoastal Waterway.