New York DEC seeks volunteers for 2024 campground ambassadors – Outdoor News

Albany — The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced is taking applications for the Campground Ambassador program, a volunteer effort which helps connect New Yorkers and visitors with the outdoors.

Like other campground host programs, volunteer Campground Ambassadors assist DEC staff in welcoming and assisting the millions of visitors to State campgrounds in the Adirondack and Catskill Parks each year. DEC encourages New Yorkers who are passionate about camping and the outdoors to take part and help introduce new campers to DEC facilities and outdoor recreation.

“During the 2023 season, Campground Ambassadors helped DEC enhance the visitor experience at our facilities with fun, educational, and meaningful programming opportunities,” DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said.


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DEC operates 51 campgrounds and four day-use areas in the Adirondack and Catskill Forest Preserves. The camping season runs through the summer months; some facilities remain open during fall foliage and hunting seasons.

Campground Ambassadors serve two weeks during the DEC’s core camping season (July through Labor Day). Ambassadors also aid in connecting campers and day users to nature via environmentally themed activities and programming.

In consideration for services provided, DEC provides a campsite for the duration of the Ambassador’s stay at one of the following participating locations:

In the Catskills:

• Kenneth L. Wilson Campground;

• Little Pond Campground;

• North South Lake Campground.

In the Adirondacks

• Ausable Point Campground;

• Buck Pond Campground;

• Cranberry Lake Campground;

• Fish Creek Pond Campground;

• Frontier Town Campground, Equestrian;

• Lewey Lake Campground;

• Luzerne Campground;

• Meacham Lake Campground;

• Moffitt Beach Campground;

• Nicks Lake Campground;

• Northampton Beach Campground;

• Rogers Rock Campground.

Applications must be received by Feb. 1. More information can be found at: