Brad Bennett, superintendent of Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park, the friends regularly that the goal of the Centennial of the National Park Service is to connect with and create the next generation of park visitors, supporters, and advocates. To accomplish the Centennial Goal and provide opportunities for the next generation, the Friends of Moccasin Bend are partnering with UTC to offer a Centennial Ambassador internship opportunity. UTC curriculum emphasizes internships to prepare students to work in a professional setting and to gain real world, work experience.
The Friends of Moccasin Bend are proud to announce our Centennial Ambassador and UTC Intern, Kathryn Franklin. Kathryn’s love for parks started in childhood. Born and raised in Rossville, Georgia, she spent many weekends biking through Chickamauga Battlefield with her father exploring the grounds and learning the Civil War history. Since then, Kathryn has visited many parks throughout the southeast from state parks and forests to national seashores and recreation areas.
Kathryn is currently majoring in political science at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She is passionate about protecting the wildlife and historical sites around her hometown. As an intern for Friends of Moccasin Bend, she hopes to help raise awareness of the nationally significant American Indian history of Moccasin Bend. She draws inspiration from her own family history, as well as the television female role model, Leslie Knope.
“If we are to have broad-thinking men and women of high mentality, of good physique and with a true perspective on life, we must allow our populace a communion with nature in areas of more or less wilderness condition.”– Arthur Carhart, Former official, U.S. Forest Service