~ Park Rangers Association of California
Professionalism Through Unity Since 1976
PRAC Honorary Lifetime Member 1989
Jerry Lawrence was born and educated in Modesto, California. He attended Sacramento State College where he received a B. S. degree in Park Management in 1966.
Jerry's park background includes a summer working at White Wolf Lodge High Sierra Camp in Yosemite where he met his wife Barbara. The next summer, he and Barbara managed Glen Alvin High Sierra Camp. While a park management student, Jerry worked four summers in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park.
After graduation, Jerry began what to date has been a twenty-two year career with the City of Palo Alto. During this time, Jerry has worked as a ranger, naturalist, employee trainee, and supervisor. He has managed 4,000 acres of open space, two interpretive centers, and the landscape maintenance of downtown parks.
Currently, he is responsible for Foothills Park, the Arastradero, and BayIands Nature Preserves. He has a staff of 14 full-time and part-time rangers. Jerry was very active in the early days of the Park Rangers Association of California.
He was one of the original nine committee members who founded the association in 1976. He served as the first acting director and first president of the association and organized and conducted its second annual conference in Santa Cruz in 1979.
PRAC is proud to present the 1989 Honorary Lifetime Member award to Mr. Jerry Lawrence