Bennington Garden Club celebrates national parks with speaker


Rick Kendall, superintendent of Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, to visit

BENNINGTON >> The Bennington Garden Club is celebrating the 100th Anniversary of our National Parks. We are holding a presentation at the Bennington Museum May 5 at 6:30 p.m. The speaker, Rick Kendall, superintendent of Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park and the NPS Stewardship Institute in Woodstock, Vermont will address conditions in our National Parks.

Information on Every Kid in a Park, free passes for all 4th Grade students to our National Parks (, Youth Conservation Corps programs and internships for high school and college students, and the Green Mountain Pass applications for Vermont Seniors will be available.

Families, students and adults are all welcome to come celebrate with cake and discussion.

About Rick Kendall

Kendall is the superintendent of Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park and the NPS Stewardship Institute in Woodstock, and Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish, N.H.

Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP is a park dedicated to telling the history of the conservation movement in the United States while the Stewardship Institute is dedicated to advancing conservation practices for the future. Saint-Gaudens NHS preserves the home, studios, and artwork of American sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens. Kendall has been superintendent of Saint-Gaudens NHS since 2010 and superintendent of all three units since 2015.

Kendall began his career as a backcountry ranger at Olympic National Park in Washington, starting as a volunteer intern before being hired into a seasonal position. He also worked seasonally as an interpreter at Saguaro National Park in Arizona before being hired permanently as a park ranger interpreter at Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area in Washington.

Kendall moved from Lake Roosevelt, a water-based recreation area, to Death Valley National Park, the hottest, driest place in America in 2004 where he managed a variety of programs including the historic Spanish-style mansion, Scotty's Castle. He also served in a temporary capacity as chief ranger at the USS Arizona Memorial in Hawaii (now part of World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument) running one of the busiest visitor services programs in the western United States.

In 2008, Kendall left Death Valley for Washington DC where he completed the two-year Bevinetto Congressional Fellowship. He spent the first year of his fellowship assigned to the House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources working with congressional staff on a variety of public lands legislation. The second year of the fellowship was spent as a policy advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, the senior executive overseeing the National Park Service.

Since leaving Washington at the end of the fellowship for New England, Kendall has been sent on several other short assignments for the National Park Service, including as Associate Regional Director for Communications and Legislative Affairs for the Northeast Region and as Superintendent of Gettysburg National Military Park.

Kendall's educational background is in archeology and he holds a Bachelors' degree from the University of Georgia and a Masters' degree from the University of Arizona. Kendall, his wife Laura and two children, Lilly and Will, live in Hartland.


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