Emmett Henry was destined to become a Park Ranger. He spent his youth exploring the seemingly endless woods behind his home in the Appalachian Mountains, spelunking in caves, cooling off in the lake in Greenwood Furnace State Park, paddling down the Juniata on multiple-day camping excursions, sleeping under the stars, and never allowing anyone to dampen his curiosity about the world that surrounded him. In this atmosphere he knew that eventually he would find a career that allowed him to be the person he is today and to share his love of nature with others.
Today Emmett describes himself as intrepid, meaning “…..a fearlessness to remain curious…..to explore….and to push forward even if circumstances attempt to direct you down the path of least resistance.” He studied Environmental Geology at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania and went on to become an Environmental Stewardship Specialist for Paradise Farm Camps. He is currently a member of Octoraro Watershed Association and was previously a stream clean-up coordinator for Chester Ridley Crum Watershed Association. Aquatic ecosystem health remains one of the most important aspects of his career.
Ranger Henry values the ability to assist in providing a place where people have room to breathe and find their inner peace. He works each day to provide moments of positivity to others whether it’s helping someone who is lost on the trails, relaying the historical significance of the land to park visitors, getting people excited about the ecological diversity in their own back yards, or simply by being a friendly face and letting people know that he is always present should the need arise. Emmett works with the hope that as a Chester County Ranger his efforts will inspire others to preserve and pass along the gifts of open spaces and preserved lands to the many generations to come.
Ranger Emmett cites the most rewarding aspect of being a park ranger to be improving lives, helping individuals in in need of assistance and rescuing animals in distress. He supports his fellow rangers and values their common passion for nature, open spaces and preserved lands. Emmett is an artist and musician who loves photography. He dedicates his life to the preservation of nature, thereby providing safe spaces where visitors may come and create memories that last a lifetime.