Meet the National Park Service’s oldest ranger who just turned 100



And she still has a job …

Think for a second about being 100 years old. If your centenary was this year, you would have been born in 1921. Think about all the things you would have seen in your 100 years. It is difficult to get an idea.

Now I want you to think about being 100 years old and still working. Not because you have to, but because you want to. Many of us dream of retiring and traveling the world as soon as possible. However, for a woman, being 100 doesn’t mean throwing in the towel.

It means tying up your boots.

Meet Betty Reid Soskin. She is the oldest National Park Service ranger in the United States. And she just turned 100.

At the age of 85, Soskin became a Park Ranger. Yes, at an age that a lot of people can’t even live in, she went to work. Her goal was to educate people about the importance of all women in history, especially during WWII. Soskin is currently working at Rosie the Riveter / WWII Home Front National Historic Park in Richmond, California.

After 15 years, she said her job was not yet finished.

So how does such a hardworking woman, who has reached triple digits, celebrate such a milestone. If you ask me, I’m sure Soskin would have liked to do what she loves in her job. However, the California community around her took it to the next level and gave its name to a college. Richmond students will now attend Betty Reid Soskin Middle School.

It is a great honor for someone who has devoted so much time to educating others.

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Today, these parks are spread across the country in 25 states and the US Virgin Islands. The land around them was bought or donated, although much of it was inhabited by native people for thousands of years before the founding of the United States. These areas are protected and revered as educational resources about the natural world and as spaces for exploration.

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