National Park Service Superintendent John Donahue has announced the selection of Carla Beasley as the new Chief of Interpretation, Education, and Partnerships at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.


National Park Service Superintendent John Donahue has announced the selection of Carla Beasley as the new Chief of Interpretation, Education, and Partnerships at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.
As chief, she serves as a member of the park’s management team and supports the protection of the park’s natural, cultural, and recreational resources by ensuring inspirational interpretation and education programs to the visiting public. She is responsible for visitor center operations, the park’s partnership and volunteer program, and a variety of special park events.
“We are at a point in time where we are working to further enhance the Interpretation, Education, and Partnerships Division and are just very pleased to have someone with the experience and capability of Carla to lead the division,” said Donahue.  “She brings a level of excellence through her work performance and inspires the many people around her,” he added.
Beasley, a career National Park Service employee, comes to Delaware Water Gap from Dinosaur National Monument in Colorado and Utah, where she served as the Chief of Interpretation for the past four and a half years. She previously worked at Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, Buffalo National River, Fort Smith National Historic Site, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, and Ozark National Scenic Riverways.
Her National Park Service career, spanning more than 20 years, has provided great experience in a wide variety of interpretive programs and projects, including visitor center exhibits, wayside exhibits, publications, web design, and interpretive training. She has achieved certification in the National Park Service’s ten benchmark competencies in the field of interpretation. She also has experience in wildland fire, search and rescue, horse patrol, water quality monitoring, and maintenance.
A native of Fort Smith, Arkansas, Beasley is a 1992 graduate of Arkansas Tech University, where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Management Interpretive Specialist. In 2005, she completed a Master’s of Science program in Resource Interpretation at Stephen F. Austin State University.
Delaware Water Gap NRA, the eighth most visited area in the National Park System, encompasses 70,000 acres of ridges, forests, lakes and rivers on both sides of the Delaware River in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The park offers exceptional opportunities for outdoor recreation, a rich and diverse sampling of regional flora and fauna, historic structures, craft centers, as well as environmental and outdoor education facilities. The Delaware River, the longest undammed river in the eastern United States, is a designated river within the National Wild and Scenic River System. For further information, visit the park’s web site at www.nps.gov/dewa.