Hi all, my name is Ryan Kennelly, I’m from a northwest suburban town of Chicago called Sleepy Hollow, maybe you’re familiar with the name. I’m a senior at the University of Illinois right now, graduating this spring, and really looking forward to getting up to the Adirondacks. Since high school I’ve gotten really into the outdoors and environmental science. It led me to pursue a degree in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences with a concentration in Fish and Wildlife Conservation. I love learning about the ecology and ecosystems of different areas, and I think that’s what attracted me to the Adirondacks. Getting out of the corn-land of the Mid-West is a definite goal of mine, and getting into the Adirondacks’ mountainous fresh air, and hanging out in a canoe on the lakes satisfies that goal pretty well I’d say. I love being outdoors, working or playing. I really enjoy hiking, camping, canoeing, mountain biking, and whatever kind of sport you can do outside (some classic rock tunes in the background are always nice too). I’m really hoping to get into the National Park Service sometime in the future, and I’m excited to test the waters with this conservation crew.