Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument scientist Peter Frenzen has been selected as Forest Service Region 6 Interpreter/Conservation Educator of the Year.
During his long tenure at the monument, Frenzen instituted interpretive and educational projects of local, regional and national significance. He was instrumental in the development of the monument’s three original visitor centers and interpretive sites, and is starting that process anew, leading the current effort to replace dated exhibits and film at the Johnston Ridge Observatory.
Frenzen also has helped train several generations of seasonal interpreters and has been key in the development of educational materials, symposia and programs, said a monument news release.
Many people consider him to be the “voice of the Monument” because of his frequent appearances on television and radio and in print media interviews and educational films.
Frenzen has worked at the monument for 22 years.
He will represent the Pacific Northwest Region in the national competition for the Gifford Pinchot Award for Excellence in Interpretation and Conservation Education. The winner will be announced this November at the National Association for Interpretation’s (NAI) National Interpreters Workshop in Las Vegas.