Their “offices” are located among the mountains of coastal California, the towering sequoias of the Sierra Nevadas, the cliff dwellings of Colorado’s ancient native tribes and the historic ranchland of Montana. Four alumni of California State University, Northridge returned to their urban alma mater this month to help celebrate the National Park Service’s centennial and to encourage current students to follow them into careers at the national parks.
The four panelists — most of them recent alumni — shared their stories, career advice and experiences coping with issues such as park overcrowding and diversity recruiting at an Oct. 5 town hall program, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea. The event took place in Johnson Auditorium at CSUN’s Jacaranda Hall and was supported by the CSUN Distinguished Visiting Speakers Program and the Center for Recreation and Tourism.
Cliff Spencer ’84 (Recreation and Leisure Studies), superintendent of Mesa Verde National Park and Yucca House National Monument in southwestern Colorado, returned to CSUN for the first time in 28 years to participate in the event.