Ranger Phil McCord fondly remembers family visits to state parks near his childhood home in Indiana. Those visits started a lifetime love of parks and nature that he now gets to express here, at Crystal River Archaeological State Park.
After a career in the U.S. Army, Ranger McCord settled his family in Florida and continued the tradition of visiting state parks. During a visit to the Ellie Shiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, he encountered park staff on the boardwalk who talked with him about what it was like to work as a park ranger. That conversation inspired Phil to join the park service family and be part of the team responsible for protecting and preserving these amazing places.
Today, Ranger McCord can be found at the museum docent desk greeting visitors, leading groups of school children on a field trip, working with volunteers or tackling work projects required to sustain and improve the facilities. According to Phil, the best days at work are those days when a visitor makes a personal connection with the park and the resources that it protects. Come see Phil some day soon at Crystal River Archaeological State Park!