Denver, Colo.  – An amateur videographer, who volunteers at Colorado State Parks, created a short video about growing up to become a state park ranger. The video is one of 19 finalists in America’s State Parks’ annual contest. America’s State Parks, a non-profit organization, works to enhance the quality of life by promoting the 6,000 state and national parks nationwide that attract more than 725 million visitors a year.

Colinda de Groen works with the state park staff on the filming and interviews. To see her video, visit http://www.americasstateparks.org/filmmaker/index.php#finalists. Scroll down to “Chatfield State Park – Grow up to become a State Park Ranger by Colinda de Groen.” If you like what you see, please vote for de Groen’s entry. The voting deadline is Nov. 1.

The finalists, all amateurs, were selected by a panel of judges based on creative elements, such as cinematography, editing, soundtrack and the use of special effects. The judges also made their selection based on technical elements, including film concept, originality and coherence. The prizes include a Sony VAIO Notebook computer.

De Groen, a working mother with one daughter, spends her spare time as a volunteer at Colorado State Parks, filming videos.

“The Colorado State Parks have been a great retreat for me, during the week after work, and on weekends. The state parks offer a nice ‘day-cation’ close to home, said de Groen. “The rangers and volunteers at the parks do such a good job educating children and adults about nature and safety through programs, brochures and the State Parks website

Colorado Parks and Wildlife gets everyone outdoors! Attracting more than 12 million visitors per year, Colorado’s 42 State Parks are a vital cornerstone of Colorado’s economy and quality of life. Colorado State Parks encompass 224,447 land and water acres, offering some of the best outdoor recreation destinations in the state. Colorado Parks and Wildlife is a leader in providing opportunities for outdoor recreation, protecting the state’s favorite landscapes, teaching generations about nature and partnering with communities. Colorado State Parks also manage more than 4,300 campsites, and 63 cabins and yurts. For more information on Colorado State Parks or to purchase an annual pass online, visit www.parks.state.co.us.

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