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Blogger Earns National Award For Promoting State Parks

Last updated on Thursday, November 28, 2013

(UNDATED) - An Indiana blogger was named “Ambassador of the Year” by America’s State Parks for promoting the outdoors to other young adults.

Lance Gideon was one of eight volunteer bloggers from Indiana who wrote for the America's State Parks Youth Ambassador program, documenting their experiences at Indiana's state parks for the ASP website, AmericasStateParks.org.

In 2013, Gideon wrote 28 entries on the website about visits to Tippecanoe River, Spring Mill, Fort Harrison, Summit Lake, Whitewater Memorial, Mounds and Brown County state parks and Brookville Lake.

America's State Parks said Gideon was a "true outdoorsman."

Gideon, 22, is from Modoc and studied journalism at Indiana University. He has also worked as a gate attendant, laborer and security guard at Summit Lake State Park.

He received an Old Town kayak, paddle and life jacket as a prize for the award.

Americas State Parks is an alliance of public and private organizations established in 2009 to promote and enhance the country's system of state parks. The Ambassador Program targeting young adults is America's State Parks flagship program.

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