Alumna Adrien Keables (Art History and History, '08) recently sent this picture of her during her work as a Park Ranger in Interpretation at Glacier National Park. The picture shows Adrien at the left helping two Junior Rangers show off a wolverine pelt.
Adrien had this to say about the way her Art History degree helped her in this work:
When people look at art, they all bring their own perspectives, experiences, and ideas; everyone gets something different out of it. The same thing happens when people encounter nature or wilderness. For an interpreter, the trick comes in finding out a little bit about visitors' perspectives, meeting them where they are, and then working from there. Imagine you're outside talking to a group of people and a deer walks by. Now, kids who grew up on Bambi will respond differently than, say, a hunter, or someone who can't keep deer out of her garden, or even someone who has only ever seen a wild animal in a zoo. The interpreter in this instance has to talk to all those people at once and help them appreciate and understand the deer beyond their first reaction. That's the idea anyway. A lot like taking your extended family to an art museum.