Episode 20: Conservation and Experience – Jerryne Cole

Episode 20: Conservation and Experience

Interview with Jerryne Cole

This week’s episode is brought to you by Oru Kayak. Thank you to them for the support!


Jerryne “Jerri” Cole believes experience is key to the conservation of public and private land. For Jerri, a lifetime of connection to nature has correlated to a lifetime of stewardship for the natural world. Jerri is a member of the board of Public Lands Alliance and the owner of Camp Denali, for-profit lodging near Denali National Park. Learn about raising kids in the Alaskan interior in the 1970’s and maintaining a for-profit model with a “not-for-profit” mission.

Our talk with Jerri gave us a lot to think about:

1) How companies on private land can respect and uplift the missions of our public land organizations.

2) How the way you grow up so impacts your relationship with the outdoors.

3) How experience is key to stewardship. And

4) How we all make choices every day when it comes to the footprint we leave on the earth.

Learn more: Camp Denali & Public Lands Alliance.

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Music is MindsEye, Ryan Little, and Chris Zabriskie via freemusicarchive.org

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Life in Alaska in 1975

Jerri (purple bandana) with her family.

Photos courtesy of Camp Denali

Links mentioned in this episode:

Camp Denali, Public Lands Alliance, Little House on the Prairie Series, & Subaru Zero Landfill Initiative.

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  1. Addy Polet says:

    What an incredibly inspiring story! Great podcast – again! ????????

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