Alan Wernette, Interpreter at Ludington State Park
Alan has been an Interpreter with the DNR since 1988. He started at Waterloo Recreation Area in Chelsea, moved on to P.J. Hoffmaster State Park in Muskegon, and settled in at Ludington State Park in 1998. Prior to working for the DNR, he was the Park Naturalist for three years with the Eaton County Park and Recreation Department.
Alan holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State University. His main focus of study was Interpretation both in historic and natural resources. Alan, also, holds an Associates Degree in Architectural Design from Lansing Community College. All of this was an outgrowth of growing up on a farm and developing an appreciation for, and desire to learn more about, the world around him.
At Ludington State Park, Alan takes great care in having visitors learn about the unique historic and natural resources this "Queen of State Parks" offers. Alan is responsible for the year-round interpretive programs for school groups, campers, and day visitors. As an extension of the programs, interpretive signs throughout the park greet and let visitors know the significance of the resources surrounding them. These include historic resources like the Big Sable Point Lighthouse, Old Hamlin Logging Village, the Hamlin Dam, and several structures still in use that were built during the Great Depression by the men of the Ludington State Park Civilian Conservation Corp Camp.
Of course, the natural resources draw most of the attention with the miles of pristine Lake Michigan coastline, thousand of acres of undeveloped sand dunes, a river that is great for fishing, bird watching, and seeing large salmon spawn in autumn, and the inland beauty of Hamlin Lake. "I enjoy helping people take a closer look at the features of the park" said Alan. "People love this park, not only for all there is to see and do, but also for its perfect vantage point. It's a beautiful place to watch sunsets over Lake Michigan."