Following a long career with the NPS and a post-retirement role as the senior vice president for the Student Conservation Association’s strategic initiatives and business development, Flip continues his work on access to the outdoors for all by serving on diversity committees for nonprofits that inspire stewardship of the environment, strategic initiatives and business development teams and boards like NatureBridge. Thanks to the hard work of many individuals, there are recognizable changes he can see today.
“That community [at Prince William Forest] is so broad and so diverse today,” he said. “The faces of the kids that are serviced from the area are a truly eclectic mix, so that is a real, true change. And over time, I think who is provided service at the park will continue to evolve.”
That evolution is why Flip remains so motivated to continue the volunteer work and service that he does today. The outdoors provide a different kind of learning, one that is so critical for our young people, Flip explained. It’s the kind of learning that allows for hands-on engagement: you smell it, you touch it, you taste it and that is quite impactful. Sitting in his home in Virginia, Flip acknowledges that his story with Prince William and the outdoor world has come full circle.