My First Experiences in Nature Led Me to My Career With State Parks

An “About Me” story

Kim Zuch
Tea with Mother Nature

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Photo of the author, taken by J. Thomas.

Hello, friends. My name is Kim. I grew up in a small town in Northeastern Utah that is surrounded by mountains, lakes, and rivers. My dad loved fishing, camping, hunting, and hiking, in that order. My sister and I weren’t really interested in fishing or hunting, but we learned anyway. Most of the time though, we would go exploring while he was fishing.

When I was in Junior High School, around the age of 13, I joined an outdoor club called the Escape Club. The club’s extracurricular activities included hiking, after-hours tours of museums and parks, and service projects where we planted trees and improved natural areas. (I still have a scar on my left thumb where I cut myself with a hand saw while we were transplanting willows.) At the end of the year, if we’d participated in enough activities and service projects, we got to go on the “Moab trip,” which was a three-day camping trip in Southeastern Utah.

I loved the hikes and other activities, but the Moab trip had a major impact on my life. We spent a day hiking in Arches National Park, a day hiking to a waterfall, and a day rafting the Colorado River. I fell in love with the desert and the red rocks.

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Kim Zuch
Tea with Mother Nature

I write about nature, birdwatching, the outdoors, and conservation issues. I like to share pictures and sometimes my dogs show up. Twitter: @kimclawson2