My name is Chelsie, and I live year round in Talkeetna. I’m originally from Buffalo New York, but I’ve been up here year round for 4 years now. I work for Denali National Park, as a seasonal ranger here at the Walter Harper Ranger Station. I also work part time for Alaska Nature Guides as a hiking/naturalist guide. During my off season I travel, work part time, visit family and friends. I spent a lot of time outside as a kid, and my love for the outdoors and the natural world has only increased as I’ve gotten older. My father always had a small garden, in which he would have me and my two younger sisters help him from start to finish. From turning the dirt, planting the seeds, waking up early before school to water, to harvesting. I enjoy plant identification, and being enrolled in the EBOT program I’ve loved learning about the uses. I have done some harvesting, but would like to work more on becoming more comfortable with forging plants.
Some of my favorite plants are: