Retired Park Ranger Joe Kelley shared stories about his 30-year career with the U.S. National Park Service recently during the annual Wilderness Wildlife Week in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

Kelley said he entered college with plans to be a minister.

“I thought that was what I was supposed to do,” he said. “My pulpit was the National Park Service. I was led to it, and it turned out that the work we did was so much like a ministry and a community it compared so much.”

Read reporter Gail Crutchfield’s entire article about Kelley in The Mountain Press (Sevierville, Tenn.).

Even in retirement, Kelley continues to be a frequent instructor in the Smoky Mountain Field School, an educational partnership between the University of Tennessee and Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Online registration for the Field School’s 2010 season is already available.

Darrin Devault, UT Professional & Personal Development

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