What We Do:

SSPRD Park Rangers are community assets that protect visitor safety and park resources through customer service, education, and rule enforcement.

How to Reach Us:

Reach the on-duty ranger seven days per week from 6:30 am to sunset by calling 303.435.8227. You may also email us at rangers@ssprd.org.

Check us out on Twitter, too! @rangerssprd

Reasons to Contact Us:

  • Questions or concerns about our Park Rules & Regulations.
  • Reports of rule violations or safety concerns.
  • Wildlife sightings or conflicts.

Where to Find Us:

Rangers are based at Carson Nature Center in South Platte Park (3000 W. Carson Dr., Littleton, CO 80201). However, we serve and roam the entire District! Rangers can be found in any of South Suburban’s 125+ parks. Visit our Parks Map to explore the District.


On-Duty Ranger:



Visit the Fishing page to view the latest South Platte Park fishing report and submit photos of your fish to be featured as the Catch of the Week! 

Junior Rangers:

Become a Junior Ranger today!

South Suburban Park Rangers have an important duty to help keep visitors safe while they are having fun in our parks. We need your help! Print and complete the Junior Ranger Guide, and take the pledge at the end to become a Junior Ranger. Pick up your FREE Junior Ranger sticker by turning in your completed guide at the Carson Nature Center. Printed guides are also available at Carson Nature Center, or from the Park Rangers you may meet out in the parks.





B.A.R.K. Rangers

Love hanging outside with your favorite paw-tner? South Suburban’s pet-friendly outdoor spaces are the perfect playground for your pup. To keep these spaces safe and clean, we need your help!

South Suburban is looking for pet ambassadors to become B.A.R.K. Rangers! These dogs and owners follow basic principles to ensure guests of all types have a paw-sitive experience.

B = Bag your pet’s waste
A = Always leash your pet
R = Respect wildlife
K = Know where you can go

If you and your best friend are interested, stop by one of our pop-up ranger booths to take the pledge. Your dog will get a certificate, as well as a badge to identify as a B.A.R.K. Ranger.

Stay tuned for upcoming pop-up booth dates and locations!

Meet Your Park Rangers

Park Rangers can help answer questions about open spaces, trails, park rules and much more. 

Ranger Ryan

Ryan is a full time law enforcement ranger. Originally from Chicago, Ryan grew up in Evergreen, Colorado where he developed a passion for fishing, hunting, hiking, and camping. Ryan has experience as a park ranger and animal control officer for the city of Aurora and was a seasonal park ranger with South Suburban at Rueter Hess Reservoir in summer of 2021. Ryan loves to share his knowledge of parks, natural resources, fishing, and wildlife with all who visit the parks, and makes the best venison jerky this side of the Continental Divide.

Ranger Maddie

Ranger Maddie is a full time law enforcement ranger. She grew up in the heart of the South Suburban district in Littleton, Colorado. Maddie has experience as a Park Ranger in the Denver Mountain Parks and the City of Lakewood. She is a certified interpretive guide. Maddie is an avid angler and is always on the hunt for the best tasting hotdog!



Ranger Emily

Ranger Emily started as a seasonal ranger in 2022 and is now a full-time South Suburban Ranger. She has several years of loss prevention and seasonal ranger experience here and in Maryland at Fort Frederick State Park. A new Colorado transplant (who is definitely happy about less humidity), she is excited to learn more about Colorful Colorado and to find a better sandwich (aka hotdog) than Maddie.

Ranger Ben

Ben is a full-time law enforcement park ranger who began his career with South Suburban as a seasonal park ranger in spring 2022. Ben is a certified Leave No Trace trainer, you’ll often find him pick sticking snack wrappers while walking SSPRD parks. Some of Ben’s favorite activities are camping, hiking, DnD and birding.

Ranger Rob

Born and raised in Virginia, Ranger Rob got a Sport and Recreation Degree at James Madison University before moving to Colorado in 2021 to pursue a career as a park ranger. Rob started as a seasonal at South Suburban in the spring of 2022 before being hired full time late 2022. He is still enjoying learning about all the different wildlife and plants in this part of the country. In his free time, you’ll likely find him hiking with his dog, watching a new movie, or reading a good book.

Ranger Sam

Sam is a full time law enforcement ranger. He has had experience working as a Park Ranger for the National Park Service; City of Colorado Springs; Columbia, South Carolina; and now here at South Suburban. He enjoys recreating in the outdoors any way he can, from reading in a camp chair, to climbing rocks in the mountains. He can be found in the parks in his off-time walking his dog, Frankie; or riding bikes with his partner.

Ranger Gwen GanowRanger Gwen

Ranger Ganow grew up in Las Cruses, NM and moved to Denver in 2003. She has been a Park Ranger for 13yrs, working at Roxbourgh State Park and Denver Mountain Parks/Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater. Ranger Ganow thanks her parents for teaching and raising her to love and preserve nature and the outdoors. In her time off you can find Gwen spending time with family, working on her house or playing with her animals.