Canton Lake Ranger Earns top Award for Interpretive Excellence

by Brannen Parrish

It’s difficult to forget Park Ranger Shawna Polen. The Canton Lake park ranger is known by coworkers and visitors to the project for her enthusiasm and friendly disposition.

Polen was recently named the 2018 Chief of Engineers Natural Resources Management Hiram M. Chittenden Award for Interpretive Excellence by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The Chittenden Award is a national-level award for outstanding contributions in interpretation and environmental education. It’s based on the demonstration of creativity and originality to produce a positive visitor experience at Corps of Engineers projects.

A notable example of Ranger Polen’s efforts includes the development of a Junior Park Ranger App for kids, which she’s continues to work on with the Tulsa District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Innovations Team.

Congratulations, Ranger Polen!