Pete Griffin, the Storytelling Ranger, will tell some of his tales of the Alaskan Wilderness at the White Rock Branch Library at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 22. He tells personal stories that blend growing up, natural history and natural resource management dilemmas.
Growing up in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, a career as a wildlife biologist exploring the woods and waters Griffin loved was a natural. On the other hand, his transmogrification from an introverted wildlife biologist who just wanted a job all by himself out in the woods into a storyteller standing on the stage in front of hundreds of strangers seems a bit of a stretch. He still can’t explain it.
Griffin’s 37-year career with US Forest Service spanned Michigan, Minnesota and Alaska. As Ranger in Juneau he managed recreation, mining, wilderness and timber, on 3-1/2 million acres of the Tongass National Forest, including the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, the third most-visited attraction in Alaska.
Griffin is currently the artist-in-residence at Bandelier National Monument. Bandelier has generously agreed to share his talent with the Library. His recordings include “The Skunk Whisperer,” “Welcome to Alaska-Tales from the Tongrass Forest and Beyond,” and “Tales from a Michigan Childhood.”
The Los Alamos County Library System is presenting this event. The White Rock Branch Library is located at 10 Sherwood Blvd. in White Rock, directly across the street from Smith’s. For more information about library events, visit www.losalamoslibrary.org and click on the “events” tab. Event information also is available by calling 505.662.8253, and by calling 505.662.8265 for the White Rock desk.
Griffin’s website has samples from his recordings at www.thestorytellingranger.