Michael Trzaska found his true calling when he became a Chester County Park Ranger. His passion for the land and area that he grew up on led him to realize the importance of fighting to preserve, protect and interpret public open spaces while bringing their history and ecology to the forefront. Being a part of the Parks’ philosophy that all of us own public lands is rewarding, but Mike believes that the true reward comes in successfully interpreting and passionately explaining this philosophy to others. He finds it exciting when others realize everything there is to explore and learn about the lands we all own together and he has a passion for sharing the many vast and varied learning opportunities Chester County has to offer.
Ranger Trzaska is a proud graduate of Owen J Roberts High School. He went on to Stockton University to earn a BS in Marine Sciences with a minor in Biology, a BA in Education and a Master’s Degree in the Art of Instructional Technology. He has a certified Teaching license in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Prior to becoming a Chester County Park Ranger he taught high school biology and marine ecology for the Atlantic City School District. He is currently certified in water rescue, emergency medical responder, prescribed fire squad boss, SCUBA, PA ACT 235 and serves as the department TAC Officer.
Trzaska never hesitates to pass along the best advice he’s ever received: Don’t ever push your belly button. Your butt will fall off. He has a knack for conflict resolution, especially in difficult situations that involve opposing personalities. He tends to see obstacles and lofty goals as challenges that are to be met with an undying fervor that will just not give up. Ever! Therefore, it certainly comes as no surprise that he has been the recipient of the same award every year since 2004 – a “World’s Greatest Father” mug. Mike has received other awards along the way but it is these mugs that he prizes the most.
Ranger Trzaska believes in the Chester County Ranger Code of Ethics and does his best to live by one particular aspect of that Code: “Service to others above self”. He is quietly a member of an organization that does volunteer and charitable work, and he has a talent for bringing people together. He is a passionate “people person” and he loves connecting with visitors of all ages – whether they have just discovered Parks and Preservation or have been coming to the parks system for decades. He does his best to live each day by his personal motto: “Never miss an opportunity to go the extra mile” and is ready to offer a helping hand wherever he sees the need.