Wrangell-St Elias National Park and Preserve
Noelle Windesheim was born and raised in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She grew up traveling and
camping with her family which turned into love for outdoor spaces and the National Parks. The places
she has traveled to are Connecticut, New York, Minnesota, Arizona, Hawaii, Alaska, North Carolina, U.S
Virgin Islands, Thailand, and Laos, to name a few. She graduated in December 2020 from the University
of Colorado, Colorado Springs with a BA in Organizational and Strategic Communication and a minor in
Leadership. She didn’t know about the possibility of outdoor leadership until her first internship with the
National Park Service through Student Conservation Association in the summer of 2019 at Wrangell-St.
Elias National Park and Preserve (WRST). Since then, she knew she wanted to work with organizations
who worked in, and around outdoor spaces and she fell in love with Alaska. Once she graduated
college, she was presented with an opportunity to apply for the CVA position through Conservation
Legacy and work back at WRST in Alaska and that was a chance she could not pass up. This will be
her second year as a CVA at WRST and she is thrilled to work with volunteers, get to learn more about
the Volunteers-In-Parks Program, and gain experience as a volunteer coordinator to hopefully advance
into a volunteer management position either within the NPS or a partner organization. She is also
ecstatic to enjoy the midnight sun and get out exploring!