Anthropology Graduate Students Selected for National Park Service Park Break Program

Posted on 1/27/2014 9:13:09 AM

Anthropology graduate students Casey Campetti and Katie Turner were selected for the National Park Service Park Break Program. Both were selected from a competitive pool of applicants to take part in this year’s George Wright Society Park Break at Keweenaw National Historic Park.

Keweenaw National Historic Park LogoPark Break is an all-expenses-paid, park-based field seminar for graduate students who are thinking about a career in park management or park-related research and education. Park Break puts students in a national park unit for a week’s worth of field and classroom activities in close collaboration with park scientists and scholars, managers and administrators, and partner organizations. The primary goal of Park Break is to let promising graduate students experience the challenges of managing a national park unit. Through instruction from and dialogue with park resource managers, researchers, administrators, interpreters, and other professionals, Park Break participants begin to understand the complexity of park research and management. This unique program is not offered anywhere else, as it focuses on scientific and intellectual inquiry at the graduate level specifically related to national parks.  

Turner and Campetti will participate in the Park Break at Keweenaw National Historical Park, located on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. This Park Break focuses on increasing understanding of, and appreciation for, the Keweenaw’s nationally significant archaeological resources. In this session, students will develop a curriculum module to help the NPS and its partners educate visitors and school groups about the area’s nationally significant archaeological resources, and to encourage their preservation and interpretation. There will be nearly two days of fieldwork, with the rest being classroom sessions.

Department of Anthropology