Colorado Parks and Wildlife - Roxborough State Park
2021 Outstanding Retiring Environmental Educator Recognition Recipient
Angel Tobin is retiring after 20 years of coordinating and managing the volunteer program and visitor services at Roxborough State Park. She discovered what she wanted to do with her life when she heard a naturalist speak in a campground. Angel decided to promote the wonders of nature to children and to increase environmentally friendly decisions by those who would eventually be the decision makers. In 2001, after completing her degree and learning about all aspects of interpretation and environmental education, she was hired to develop awareness and understanding of the natural and cultural resources at Roxborough State Park. She had found her dream job.
Angel continued and enhanced the intensive orientation and training program she inherited. She has created a collaborative culture, encouraging a friendly and stimulating learning environment for volunteers and visitors alike. She helps volunteers find their niche, pursue their passions and identify opportunities. In 2019, 110 active volunteers contributed a total of 9,000 hours (the equivalent of 4.5 full-time employees). Her commitment to providing high quality and resource-relevant information for volunteers and visitors resulted in an archeology exhibit that displays and explains the rich history of ancient peoples and Native Americans in the area. Finally, she worked with History Colorado to make Roxborough an official repository for the State’s archeological and fossil collections, an award winning model for other state parks.