Staff Spotlight, Penny Wilson

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Park Ranger, Penny Wilson

Fort Cooper State Park

Penny Wilson is a Florida native, born and raised in Inverness, Florida.  She has always loved nature, hiking, kayaking and camping, and that love for nature and the outdoors led her to become a park ranger.  Today she enjoys learning new things about Fort Cooper State Park and its history. 

Penny has been a ranger at Fort Cooper State Park for about a year and a half. As the only full-time park ranger at the park, she wears many hats. Penny functions as the volunteer coordinator, park interpretive chairperson, Lake Watch sampler, and helps to eradicate exotic invasive plants as well as being a part of the park’s fire team for prescribed fires.  She also runs the park’s popular interpretive programming, some of her most successful programs at the park being bat viewing, monthly nature hikes, geo-caching for beginners and breakfast with a ranger.  Her favorite part of the job is interacting with the visitors and helping them get the most out of their experience at Fort Cooper.  She is very knowledgeable and strives to provide excellent customer service, taking great pride in keeping the park clean for the visitors to enjoy. Her favorite part of the park is the Dogwood Trail and Coot Marsh because of all the wildlife, birds and serenity that you can find there.  She loves her job and is always friendly and approachable. She hopes that she will see you soon at Fort Cooper State Park!

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