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[DNR] Pokagon SP interpreter earns hospitality honors
Start Date: 5/14/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 5/14/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
Entry Description
Pokagon State Park interpreter Fred Wooley was recently awarded with the Lieutenant Governor’s Hoosier Hospitality Award.

The award recognizes several Hoosiers each year for exceptional service to Indiana tourism. Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann presented the award to Wooley and 17 others during a ceremony at the Indiana Statehouse.

Within the Department of Natural Resources, Wooley is known as the “gold standard” for hospitality, according to Vicki Basman, chief of interpretation for DNR’s Division of State Parks & Reservoirs.

As a park interpreter, Wooley’s job is to teach visitors about the natural and cultural history of Pokagon through events, educational programming and one-on-one interaction. He has worked at Pokagon for 32 years. The park is in Steuben County in northeast Indiana.

Basman cited Wooley’s hard work as the main reason why Pokagon’s interpretive center is one of the busiest in the state. Visitors to Pokagon know they will receive special attention from Wooley and come to the park to talk with him.

“If I could clone a hundred more Fred Wooleys to place in our parks from north to south, I would,” Basman said.
Contact Information:
Name: Vicki Basman
Phone: (317) 234-4926
Entry Type:
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