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  • Candace Ward

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    Candace Ward is a Park Ranger in the Visitor Services Program, who supervises the Refuge’s Education and Information Program.  She manages the Refuge Visitor Center in Soldotna.  She supervises the work of permanent and seasonal staff, seasonal interns and volunteers and coordinates special projects including exhibits, publications, and special events. 

     

    She began her work at Kenai National Wildlife Refuge over 30 years ago starting out as a volunteer then becoming a seasonal Youth Conservation Corp leader moving forward to a permanent field law enforcement ranger and eventually becoming a supervisor for the Education and Information Program.  In her off time, she enjoys wildlife observation, hiking, canoeing, snowshoeing, and cross country skiing.

     

    email: candace_ward@fws.gov 

  • Gary Titus

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    Gary Titus is the Refuge Cabin Manager and Historian. When not coordinating historic cabin restorations around the Refuge and the entire state, Gary enjoys researching the life and times of early Kenai Peninsula pioneers and hiking significant distances to explore the local environs.

     

    Public-use Cabins on the Kenai Refuge are available for reservation at recreation.gov.  

    email: gary_titus@fws.gov 

  • Scott Slavik

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    Originally from Saint Louis, Missouri, Scott Slavik came to Kenai National Wildlife Refuge in 1990 as Student Conservation Association intern for what he thought would be a 12-week volunteer position.  Twenty four years later he is still here and currently oversees the Refuge’s trails program, Youth Conservation Corps program and Volunteer program as well as serving as a collateral duty wildland firefighter.


    Scott coordinates seasonal trail crews, youth crews and volunteers completing project work to improve the programs, facilities and structures that support and enhance visitors’ recreational experiences on the Refuge.
    Scott earned his BS from the University of Missouri – Columbia in Outdoor Recreation and Park Administration and believes the worse day out on the refuge still beats the best day in the office.

     

    email: scott_slavik@fws.gov
     

  • Michelle Ostrowski

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    Michelle Ostrowski oversees the Refuge’s Environmental Education Program.  An outdoor science educator and naturalist at the Refuge for over 16 years, Michelle continues to connect people with nature on a daily basis. Known affectionately in the community as “Ranger Michelle” she strives to help instill a sense of wonder for our natural environment in students and visitors of all ages. 

     

    e-mail: michelle_ostrowski@fws.gov
     

     

  • Leah Eskelin

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    Leah Eskelin is a Visitor Services Park Ranger and Natural Resources Interpreter who has lived in Kenai since 2003.  She enjoys developing hands-on programs for Refuge visitors and is available for outreach programs on nature topics in the central Kenai Peninsula.  In her free time, Leah enjoys sharing her love of nature with her two daughters, birding with her ornithologist husband, and experiencing new cultures through travel.

     

    Leah has a Masters of Science in Resource Interpretation from Stephen F. Austin State and is a member of the National Association for Interpretation.

     

    email: leah_eskelin@fws.gov 

Last Updated: Jun 27, 2014
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