Congratulations Maranda and Christine!

We are so happy to announce that Moreau Lake State Park Environmental Educators, Maranda Welch and Christine Mascord, are now certified NYS DEC Licensed Guides for both hiking and camping. NYS DEC Licensed Guides have proven expertise in their respective categories and are able to safely and responsibly lead, direct, instruct or aid others while enjoying outdoor recreational activities. NYS DEC Licensed Guides are also certified in CPR/AED, First Aid, Water Safety and must maintain physician’s proof of fitness.

Maranda and Christine began working towards this goal at the start of 2022. Their intention has always been to enhance the experience and instill confidence with all the patrons visiting the park every year – and our park attendance exceeds 400,000 visitors annually!

It is a significant accomplishment for them personally, a win for everyone who participates in their hikes and events and recognition throughout NYS Parks being the only two NYS DEC Licensed Guide educators statewide!

Next time you see them at the park, make sure to congratulate them and thank them for their dedication!


To learn more about the program CLICK HERE