I felt like a four year old dragging my feet through the sand and pouting despite the fact that I was in one of the most beautiful places in the country and had just witnessed a breathtaking sunrise at Delicate Arch. One of my friends was visiting from the east coast, so on my much-needed day off I agreed to spend the morning in the park and found myself regretting it immediately.
Posts by Jacqueline Keating
by Jacqueline Keating | Posted Friday, August 30, 2013
by Jacqueline Keating | Posted Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Where are you from? Sounds like a simple question, right?
by Jacqueline Keating | Posted Monday, August 12, 2013
The National Park Service does a great job of providing on-site housing for their seasonal volunteers and employees. Here at Arches, my roommates and I share a beautiful house that is surrounded by giant red rock cliffs and includes a backyard that features an array of desert life including our own juniper tree and an adorable rabbit that we’ve affectionately dubbed Marcel.
by Jacqueline Keating | Posted Tuesday, August 6, 2013
“In the wilderness is the preservation of the world,” wrote Thoreau, perhaps on a dark stormy New England night by a wood burning stove after a blissful day wandering under enormous pine trees and through secluded bodies of water. The preservation of the world… what a lovely thought.
Arches National Park
- Position Title
Park Guide Interpretation Intern
- Field Site Name
Arches National Park, Moab Utah
Rochester, New York
Ithaca College Graduate
B.A. in Sociology; B.S. in Strategic Communications
- Dream Job
College Professor in Environmental Sociology and Published Author
- If I could pass a law…
Studying abroad would be mandatory (as it is in other countries)
- The person who inspires me post is…
Always been a big Henry David Thoreau fan!
- If I were a shape-shifter, I’d turn into…
a black bear, they are the most beautiful animals
- Most memorable outdoor moment
On a tramping trip in New Zealand, we were staying in an alpine hut in the middle of the country’s highest peaks. I stepped outside alone under a sky filled with southern hemisphere stars and I couldn’t stop walking across the snow. It was the only time I ever heard true silence, and I remember my heart beat sounding like the loudest noise in the world. I will never forget the stillness of that night, and I often return to it when placed in stressful situations.
- Favorite Song
Wake Me Up- Avicii
“The core of man’s spirit comes from new experiences.” –Chris McCandless
What forces, events, or inﬂuences in your life inspired you to become a conservationist? I’m very lucky to have parents who took us camping since I can remember, which is where I first learned to appreciate the outdoors. But halfway through college, I randomly took a job working with the Adirondack Mountain Club in upstate New York where I spent the entire summer living in a tent and hiking with every ounce of spare time I had. When I returned to school to complete my communications degree, everything suddenly felt extremely fake, and it is at this point that I realized the importance of the natural environment in our increasingly superficial world.