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Bob Dispenza has been with Allen County Parks since 2001, first as Director of Environmental Education, then as Park and Education Manager at Metea County Park.

Bob is a life member of the National Association for Interpretation (NAI), and is certified as an Interpretive Trainer and Interpretive Guide.  He has earned the NAI Region 4 Distinguished Service Award in 1997, the Region 4 Distinguished Professional Interpreter Award in 2007, and the National NAI Master Front Line Interpreter Award in 2007.  He has a Bacheolors Degree in Environmental Interpretation from The Ohio State University and earned a Masters of Business Administration from California State University in 2008

Bob is also a NWCG certified Wildland Firefighter.  His hobbies include woodworking, cycling, pocket watch collecting and repair, caving, hiking, Civil War reenacting (Union Navy), camping, skiing, working on the electric car and music (church and community groups). 

 
Allen County Parks
Allen County Parks
Allen County Parks Mission…. “To establish and manage a permanent park system incorporating conservation, education, outdoor values, and nature preservation, and to provide recreational opportunities for the people of Allen County within this structure” Allen County Parks provide: Natural areas for recreation and nature study, Environmental education for thousands of Allen County school children, Natural and cultural history programs of all ages, Careful management of county park system resources to maintain and increase natural diversity and recreational opportunities, and Rental facilities in a beautiful natural setting. Allen County Parks are owned by the people of Allen County and are operated by the volunteer Allen County Parks Board, appointed by area public and elected officials. Allen County Parks are funded by Allen County government and by user fees, facility rentals, program fees, grants, donations, and gifts. Staff salaries are provided by county tax revenues, with ALL operating and maintenance expenses supplied by user fees and other sources.
 
National Association for Interpretation (NAI)
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National Association for Interpretation (NAI)
The National Association for Interpretation (NAI) is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit professional organization dedicated to advancing the profession of heritage interpretation, currently serving about 5,000 members in the United States, Canada, and over thirty other nations. Individual members include those who work at parks, museums, nature centers, zoos, botanical gardens, aquariums, commercial tour companies, and theme parks. Commercial and institutional members include those who provide services to the heritage interpretation industry.

Our Mission is to inspire leadership and excellence to advance heritage interpretation as a profession.

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Bob Dispenza has been with Allen County Parks since 2001, first as Director of Environmental Education, then as Park and Education Manager at Metea County Park.

Bob is a life member of the National Association for Interpretation (NAI), and is certified as an Interpretive Trainer and Interpretive Guide.  He has earned the NAI Region 4 Distinguished Service Award in 1997, the Region 4 Distinguished Professional Interpreter Award in 2007, and the National NAI Master Front Line Interpreter Award in 2007.  He has a Bacheolors Degree in Environmental Interpretation from The Ohio State University and earned a Masters of Business Administration from California State University in 2008

Bob is also a NWCG certified Wildland Firefighter.  His hobbies include woodworking, cycling, pocket watch collecting and repair, caving, hiking, Civil War reenacting (Union Navy), camping, skiing, working on the electric car and music (church and community groups).