Hi, I am Aodhan Lane. I am 11 years old and I am a homeschooler in the 6th grade. I live in Austin, TX but I like to tell people that I am from everywhere because we travel a lot.
When I was 5 years old, my mom took me on a 3-month camping trip. This was my first experience in the national parks. Since then, I have been to over 350 National Park Sites. I have visited national parks in the US, Canada, Denmark, and France.
I love our National Parks because as a person with disabilities, they are a place where I can find peace, unless there are mosquitos. My favorite thing to do in a National Park is to talk to park rangers because they have the best information about the parks. I also like to volunteer. One time at Cape Lookout, I helped clean the beach. There was a lot of garbage. I found a tent, a mattress, toilet seats, water bottles, and balloons. As a Student Ambassador, I want to help teach people how to protect our parks and not litter.
I recently made a movie called Mission: Junior Ranger at San Antonio Missions National Park. It is about becoming a Junior Ranger during the pandemic and how to explore, learn, and protect the parks.
I promise that as a Student Ambassador, I will share how parks are important to people with disabilities and advocate for more inclusivity for us, especially people with invisible disabilities like me. I will share why are parks are important for us to explore, learn, and protect, and how to become involved in the junior ranger programs.
You can follow me on my blog below and on Instagram @jrranger_aodhan
20 Gift Ideas for Junior Rangers
Ambassador Aodhan has rounded up 20 gifts for Junior Rangers of all ages!
Homeschooling with our National Parks
Learn how Ambassador Aodhan and his family integrate National Parks into their homeschool lessons.
My Visit to Amistad National Recreation Area
Read more about Student Ambassador Aodhan's trip to Texas's Amistad National Recreation Area.