Timucuan Ecological Historic Park
Andrew Mentrup grew up in the suburbs of Cincinnati, Ohio. In his youth, his family toured around to national parks across the nation. In 2010, his family set off on their largest trip to date: a cross country road trip that visited many parks, including Mt. Rushmore, Yellowstone, and Glacier National Park. It was on this trip that he developed a passion for the park service and the land and history they preserve. In high school, Andrew always found the time to volunteer at schools, churches, and parks around his hometown to help those in need, and to help preserve the beauty of these areas. During his college tenure at The University of Cincinnati and The University of New Mexico, Andrew studied Chemistry, Biochemistry, as well as Geology. In 2018, Andrew became a Student Conservation Association intern at the Colonial National Historic Park on Jamestown Island, and in 2019, he was the Community Volunteer Ambassador for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There he helped lead the Smokies volunteer program to new heights and resurrected several volunteer events, such as the Smokies Service Days. Andrew has always been a self-driven leader who always puts the needs of others before his own. He is a positive influence on those around him and is always willing to lend a hand to someone in need.