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Benjy Duke ’10

Date: January 31, 2013
Chesapeake Semester graduate and CES Intern Benjy Duke ‘10 discusses where his experiences have taken him:

“Since I have graduated, I have achieved my own personal goal of keeping my work experience in partnership with my own passion of being outside within nature. I was the head fly fishing guide for the A Bar A Guest Ranch in Encampment, Wyoming the summer of 2010. I have worked for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department as a fish tech to a few fisheries biologist last summer, and have spent the last two winters as a ski instructor at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. All of which have taught me how to interact with people and our environment on a professional level. But, what I’m most looking forward to is my upcoming summer. I am going back to work for the A Bar A Ranch, but this time as the lead guide and coordinator for the inaugural season of the Expedition Program. The Expedition Program is an interesting new way to lead guests through the vast open plains, mountains, and rivers of southern Wyoming by means of horseback, foot, and raft while teaching them about the natural ecosystems and cultures. The program is not designed to just entertain our guests, but rather teach them about the environment and the importance of western ranch heritage and how the relationship between the rancher and his natural resources must reflect proper stewardship. My position as the lead guide will give me the opportunity to guide remote streams and rivers, ride across wild land on horseback, and to camp under the stars. All of which will be accompanied with western education. I can say without hesitation that the Chesapeake Semester has taught me how to think about my environment and why proper stewardship is so important.”


Thesis Title: 

“Observing Nature for the Complete Understanding;
Environmental Writing, Landscape Painting, and Landscape Architecture”

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