Ambassador Tigran: Let’s Get Digital!
Our Buddy Bison Student Ambassador, Tigran Nahabedian, is always up to something extraordinary to benefit our nation’s parks! This month, he traveled all the way from his home in California to Baltimore, MD, to assist in designing a new park experience...in the digital world! Read more about his accomplishments below.
“The National Park Service requested my assistance, along with a special group of National Park Rangers and industry/education/non-profit leaders, to help brainstorm and co-design the National Digital Junior Ranger Experience at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine in Baltimore, Maryland. Our leader was Allison Druin, who led the rest of the participants in sharing many incredible ideas that could be implemented into a new digital junior ranger experience. We don't know what the final product will be, but we talked about virtual reality, holograms, augmented reality, reverse augmented reality and much, much more. I am very excited for the future and hope to work on this project again. The donations I received to fund this trip also allowed us to connect a busload of Buddy Bison students from Mt. Washington School in Baltimore to Fort McHenry the same day, led by Katie Zimmerman from the National Park Trust.
The next day, I delivered a check to the Board of the National Park Trust and had a meeting at the National Park Service headquarters in Washington, D.C. Deputy Director Denise Ryan gave me a rooftop tour with amazing views of Washington, D.C. Also, one of the cool things I got to do was to sit in Director Jonathan Jarvis' chair. It’s VERY comfortable!
It’s the holiday season and I would like to take the time to say thank you to everyone who has supported me, including those on social media and those who have generously donated funding to me so I could have these great opportunities.”