Marylou Blakeslee

Marylou Blakeslee began her involvement with the natural world through drawing and painting. Her work is included in collections across the U.S. and also internationally.

For the past 20 years, while continuing to paint, she has traveled the world sharing her love of wild places, lecturing on a number of topics from the bears and wolves of the Arctic, to the leopard seals and whales of the Antarctic, to the turtles and fish of the Great Barrier Reef.

For the past 23 summers, Marylou has been a park ranger at Glacier Bay National Park. Fall finds her guiding trips among the polar bears in Churchill, Manitoba. Her naturalist work in Antarctica in the austral summer provides ample opportunity to share observations of interactions between ice, climate, and marine life. Late winter, Baja beckons with grey whales birthing in warm lagoons, desert wildflowers in bloom, and leading trips to Yellowstone for a glimpse of the wolf in its winter world.

Leading hikes, lecturing, kayaking, snorkeling, wildlife spotting, and painting are some of her favorite things to do. Come share with her the varied natural treasures and beauty this world has to offer.