Posts by Marinell Chandler

by Marinell Chandler | Posted Tuesday, August 26, 2014

As of today, our new puppy is over two weeks old. His eyes have opened, and he is growing very quickly from the little...

by Marinell Chandler | Posted Thursday, August 14, 2014

The next generation of Denali’s wilderness protectors has arrived!

This past week, the kennels became a whir of activity preparing for...

by Marinell Chandler | Posted Thursday, August 7, 2014
As summer in Denali National Park and Preserve begins its swift progression to fall, we at the sled dog kennels are anxiously awaiting the arrival...
by Marinell Chandler | Posted Thursday, June 19, 2014

This post originally appeared on Denali National Park’s Runnin’ With the Kennels blog. Above photo: 2014 SCA Summer Kennel Interns, Kelly Bell and...

Marinell Chandler

Denali National Park and Preserve

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Name: Marinell Chandler

Position Title: Sled Dog Kennels Intern

Site Name: Denali National Park and Preserve

Hometown: Baton Rouge, Louisiana

School: Appalachian State University (Boone, NC)

Major: Sustainable Development, Environmental Studies concentration (graduated 2013)

Dream Job: National Park Service

Current favorite song: “Dirty Paws” by Of Monsters and Men

The person who inspires me most is… John Muir

If I could pass a law… Federally mandated nature time

If I was a shape shifter I’d turn into… A bear! Or a sled dog…

My motto“I am hopelessly and forever a mountaineer… . Civilization and fever, and all the morbidness that has been hooted at me, have not dimmed my glacial eyes, and I care to live only to entice people to look at Nature’s loveliness.” John Muir, Travels in Alaska

My most memorable outdoor momentBoating in Redoubt Bay, 12 miles south of Sitka, AK where I spent my first summer working with the SCA. There had been a humpback whale feeding nearby, and we shut the boat off to see if it was still there. Sure enough, we saw a fluke, a fin, bubbles, and the smooth back of the humpback as he surfaced to breathe. For several minutes he returned to the surface time after time, seemingly showing off for us, until he disappeared. We waited five, ten minutes, convinced that it was the end of our encounter, until all of a sudden, our friend launched above the still water at least twenty yards from the boat. We gave a shout – I ducked – and the humpback spun in the air, landing on his back. What an incredible moment! I never thought I would see such a beautiful creature from so close up, in such a remarkable way.

What forces, events, or influences in your life inspired you to become a conservationist? Growing up in Louisiana and being exposed to the issue of coastal wetland loss inspired me to follow a path of conservation that was nurtured by my studies at App State, with the Blue Ridge Parkway right in my backyard. Now, I’ve fallen in love with the natural beauty of Alaska, and never want to go back!

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