Ian Kessler

Big Thicket National Preserve

Ian grew up in Bloomington, Indiana, and was introduced to the outdoor world at a very young age. His family took many trips to local state parks and national parks while growing up, and it helped him fall in love with public lands and what they do for people. He was also involved with scouting growing up as well as other programs that involved getting kids outdoors. In High School, he interned with the City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department, and it was there that he realized that he wanted to pursue this career path. He graduated in 2019 from Indiana University School of Public Health with a degree in Outdoor Recreation, Parks & Human Ecology as well a certificate in Underwater Resource Management. Throughout college, He worked for the campus recreational sports program with the aquatic’s division, the local Boy Scout council in numerous roles, and IU’s Center for Underwater Science as a Divemaster, where he worked on projects involving aquatic resources and instruction. In the summer of 2019, he moved to the Florida Keys to work as a Dive Professional with the Boy Scouts of America, teaching participants how to scuba dive as well as teaching about the cultural and natural history of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.