Hey everyone I’m Jeremy Maple and I am the new AmeriCorps member serving with the Ohio Hill Country Heritage Area. I’m a small town kid who grew up going hiking and in the wilderness all my life. Ever since I was a little kid, the world around me has always been my passion from the animals and plants in the forest to the history of where we all come from. This new position I have will let me learn more than I ever had thought was possible and I decided that if I’m going to be on this amazing journey that I wanted to share those experiences with everyone else to show that no matter where you’re from or where you’re going, that the history of our small towns and wildernesses are worth knowing and worth experiences for yourself. So as I continue with my service I am going to be documenting my experiences in a blog once a week to truly show how I’m just the same as everyone else and how amazing these experiences can be.

To get things started I’ll tell you a little more about myself. I’m 21 years old from a small little village in Tuscarawas County called Midvale. I grew up playing sports and hanging out with my friends just like any other kid. I graduated from Indian Valley High School and Buckeye Career Center in 2013, then went straight to college like so many others. I attended Hocking College from 2013-2016 and Graduated with a dual major of Wildlife Resources Management and Natural and Historical Interpretation. I love being outside and am always with some friends. My journey is not unlike many others, straight out of college into a new position trying to find my way in the world while still trying to enjoy life. This new journey will be a once in a lifetime experience and I hope you will join me and see how amazing the natural areas and history of this state can be.

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