The National Park Service at Fort Frederica National Monument is pleased to announce the parkâs Chief Ranger, Kim Coons, received the Southeast Region Freeman Tilden award for excellence in interpretation. Coons was nominated for her leadership and guidance in the development of the Fort Frederica Junior Ranger Adventure Book. âThis book would never have been possible without the creativity and drive of an excellent teamâ, said Coons. Coons has been employed by the National Park Service for 20 years and has worked at Ocmulgee National Monument, Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, Appomattox Court House National Historical Park and has been at Fort Frederica National Monument since December 2002.
The Freeman Tilden Award, sponsored in partnership by the National Park Service (NPS) and the National Parks Conservation Association, annually recognizes outstanding contributions to the public through interpretation by a Park Service employee. It is named for Freeman Tilden, the author of The National Parks, What They Mean to You and Me and Interpreting Our Heritage. Tildenâs writings have had considerable influence on interpretation and education within the NPS. The award was created in 1982 to stimulate and reward creative thinking and work that has positive effects on park visitors. Nominees were judged on creativity, originality and contributions to enhance public understanding of the Park Service and the resources it protects.