Jacob Ross found a love for the National Park Service as an agency of the Federal Government while working as an intern in a congressional office on Capitol Hill.

Learning about the national parks’ role as America’s classroom, he developed a passion for cultural interpretation that leads the public to a deeper understanding of American democracy. He believes that national parks are not only places vital to the environmental and physical health of our nation, but also the health of our national heritage and democratic process.

Since earning a double B.A. in Political Science and History with a minor in Civil War Era Studies from Gettysburg College, Jacob has been a strong advocate for heritage interpretation. He has been involved with organizations like the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College and the National Association for Interpretation. Along his path he had a variety of duties that included everything from interning as a guide on Civil War battlefields to working as a Visitor Guide at the United States Capitol. He hopes to keep exploring our nation’s history by visiting all 419 national parks, especially the smaller and often-overlooked cultural sites that are just as spectacular as the larger, more frequently visited parks.