Shenandoah National Park
Corrina Wendel forged a deep connection to public lands from a young age. She enjoyed camping with
her family in southern Illinois as a child and now feels the most herself in the backcountry. Pursuing an
ambition to work outside, she earned a BS in Environmental Sustainability from the University of
Illinois. Corrina joined the Peace Corps soon after graduating, serving as a Forestry Extension Agent
and Volunteer Leader in Zambia. She collaborated on dozens of garden ventures, planted countless
trees, and jumped in whenever there was dancing. Corrina first worked for the National Park Service as
a Visitor Use Assistant at Yosemite National Park. She spent two years welcoming carloads of people
to the park each day and eagerly chatting about hikes whenever the line permitted.
Corrina hopes to use her career to sustainably remove obstacles to meaningful experiences for all on
public lands. She is grateful for the opportunity to support others as they build connection through
volunteerism and to grow the Adopt-An-Overlook program at Shenandoah National Park.