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I, Mark Danenhauer, am a writer, blogger, and father who loves to spend as much time outside as possible. I have a B.A. from the University of California at Santa Barbara in environmental studies and a M.A. from the University of Illinois at Springfield in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development. I grew up in Southern California where I developed a love of the natural world. I have been fortunate enough to travel throughout the United States and the world, visiting the Rocky Mountains, the Himalayas, the Andes, Africa, and the mountains of Madagascar and New Zealand.

After college I spent three years working with the Peace Corps in Madagascar.  The first two of which I spent working with a new national park, where I taught local guides, did environmental education in the schools, and worked on developing interpretive materials for the park.  In my last year in Madagascar I was the Regional Representative for the south of the country where I served as a liaison between the Peace Corps and local communities.

After the Peace Corps, I went to graduate school in the flatlands of Illinois.  When I graduated, I moved to Salt Lake City and worked with the non-profit Utah Rivers Council where I advocated for protection of rivers across the state. My work there included researching water issues, writing reports and campaign materials, giving presentations, and testifying to City Councils and the State Legislature.

I am a father of two children, a seven-year old boy and nine-year old girl. I spend as much time outdoors with my children as I can, hiking, camping, fishing, and helping them develop a love for and appreciation of nature.