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Kristie Ridgway

Kristie Ridgway

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State: Indiana

Age: 24

Bio: I am a senior at Ball State University, majoring in Natural Resources with a minor in Biology. I will be graduating in December 2012, and am really excited to start the next chapter of my life. During my time at Ball State I have participated in field studies in both Colorado and New Mexico, as well as studied abroad for 4 months in Australia. I love the outdoors and thoroughly believe that just getting some fresh air can cure almost anything that ails you. I have a passion for Interpretation, and hope to pursue a career as a full-time Interpretive Naturalist upon graduation. I currently work as a Seasonal Interpretive Naturalist for Upper Wabash Interpretive Services, and love my job. I also have a tremendous family and amazing friends, and I wouldn’t be who I am today without them.

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I Am A State Park Ambassador Because:
I have become a State Parks Ambassador because I truly love Indiana’s State Park system. I believe that if Richard Lieber (the father of Indiana State Parks) were alive today, he would be immensely proud of what Indiana State Parks have become. The majority of my most cherished childhood memories were of my mom and I and our camping trips to different State Parks. As an Ambassador I hope to promote our Parks to others, so that they too can make some of those wonderful memories. Each State Park is unique and offers something special to every visitor. Whether you enjoy water sports, hiking, biking, horseback riding, Interpretive programs, or simply spending time with family outdoors, Indiana State Parks have something for everyone. I really hope to showcase this to my readers through documenting my experiences.

Schools Attended: Blackford County High School & Ball State University

First State Park: Ouabache State Park

Favorite State Park: Ouabache State Park

Park I Am Really Eager To Visit: While I have visited many State Parks, my goal would be to explore them all.

I've Visited State Parks In: Colorado, West Virginia

Coolest Thing I've Seen In Parks:
When I was younger, my mom and I would frequently go camping at Ouabache State Park. While hiking a trail we caught a glimpse of a hummingbird flying up to a nearby tree. We soon discovered that it was gathering materials to build its nest. We sat on a log for over an hour just watching it as it built its new home. It was a really cool experience and a fond childhood memory of mine.

Interests: Hiking, Kayaking, Reading, Camping & High Thrill Activities (Whitewater Rafting, Skydiving, etc..)

Music Played At My Campfire: Country, Bluegrass, & Classic Rock

What Not To Miss In My State's Parks: The many exciting and educational programs that are offered throughout the year.

Who I Would Go On A Hike With If I Could: Robert Frost, John Muir, and my grandpas.

This Sums It All Up For Me: Life is too short to be anything but happy.