Frank Herman was a crew leader at St. Croix State Park during the summer of 1988, however, as he talks about his experience it is as if he served just last summer. “The memories have never left,” says Frank. “My experience spirals through my whole life. It was such a unique experience and the people I met that summer became like family.” Frank has recently gotten reconnected with the Corps through a Corps Class of ’88 Facebook Group and as a new Alumni Council Member. After starting a family and becoming the Principal of Robbinsdale-Cooper High School, Frank wants to give back to the organization that helped shape him.
During his Corps service, Frank served at a variety of State Parks clearing trails and hauling brush. He learned the importance of hard work and perseverance while on spike in exceptionally hot weather creating new trails. Also, his passion for working with High School students was affirmed while leading crews of young people, including Deaf & Hard of Hearing students. Serving with the Corps also taught him the balance between preserving natural resources and creating accessibility for recreation.
Frank is an avid outdoors traveler and is on a mission to visit all Minnesota State Parks with his daughter. They traveled to 41 last summer! Frank is excited to be a part of the Alumni Advisory council this year and hopes to help spread the word of the Corps. “I love to see what the Corps sparks in people and how the people I worked with during that time have grown.”