Name: Leah Duran
Hometown: Newington, Connecticut
Work/Site Location: We leave our home in Hawley, MA, to work in parks across the Commonwealth from the Berkshires to Cape Cod.
Dream job: National Geographic correspondent, thus entwining my love of writing, nature and travel.
Favorite authors: Hunter S. Thompson, Kurt Vonnegut, Jack Kerouac
Favorite movie: Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas
Favorite park: It’s a toss-up between Yellowstone and Zion
Most memorable SCA moment: The view of Arizona’s Verde Valley from the top of Montezuma Castle, an 800-year old Sinaguan Indian American cliff dwelling situated 100 feet high in a limestone cliff face at Montezuma Castle National Monument.
Something few people know about me: I once recorded my own CD of original lyrics and melodies (with the help of a friend and fellow musician).
Background: Nature has held a continual beauty and power for me, whether playing in the woods of Connecticut as a child, hiking in the deserts of Arizona during college, or gazing at the rocky seashores of New Zealand while working abroad. I graduated with a degree in print journalism from Arizona State University, and by way of life’s unpredictable wisdom, have dedicated the last year to serving with the SCA, first in the Park Service as an interpretive ranger and currently with SCA Massachusetts’ corps program. I’m always ready for adventure and the chance to learn something new.