DCNR Appoints New Park Manager for Kings Gap Environmental Education Center

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania — Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn today announced the appointment of Gavin Smith as Park Superintendent of Kings Gap Environmental Education Center in Cumberland County.

“Gavin’s experience and personality will be a wonderful addition to Kings Gap and the South Mountain community,” Dunn said. “During his time at DCNR, he has demonstrated a commitment to exemplary service and leadership, while helping to advance the department’s mission. I can’t wait to see his impact at the park.

Smith will manage the park, which consists of 2,531 acres of forest on South Mountain, with more than 25 miles of hiking trails, a permanent orienteering course, picnicking, hunting and other recreational opportunities and educational.

Kings Gap is one of several state parks specifically dedicated to providing environmental education and recreation programs to the citizens of Pennsylvania. A variety of programs are available for children, teachers and the general public to increase knowledge and awareness of the values ​​and function of our natural resources.

“To have this opportunity at this point in my career is really special – it’s like a dream,” Smith said. “I love this park and look forward to continuing the great work of the staff and volunteers, understanding the unique partnership and mutual support the community offers at Kings Gap.”

Originally from Baltimore, Smith moved to York County where he finished elementary school and discovered his love of the outdoors. He holds an associate’s degree in social science from Harrisburg Area Community College and a bachelor’s degree in parks and resource management from Slippery Rock University.

Smith worked for DCNR in a number of roles, beginning as an Environmental Interpretation Technician and Environmental Education Specialist at Pine Grove Furnace State Park. He entered the Manager’s Training Program and spent two years in the Parks Operations and Maintenance Division within the Bureau of State Parks.

Smith then spent 10 years as assistant manager at Gifford Pinchot State Park before taking over at Kings Gap. He succeeds longtime park manager Scott Hackenburg, who recently retired.

Visit the DCNR website for more information on Kings Gap Environmental Education Center or call 717-486-5031.

MEDIA CONTACT: Wesley Robinson, 717-877-6315

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