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Marianne Skeen

Marianne Skeen

Advocating the Outdoors for Future Generations

A retired zoology professor from Emory University, in Atlanta, Georgia, Marianne Skeen is a role model for outdoor stewardship and education. As a member of the Georgia Appalachian Trail Club for over 25 years, Marianne has been recognized consistently for her commitment to youth outreach and trail maintenance.

In 2007, Marianne became an advocate for developing the Lebanon Mountain Trail, in Lebanon. However, her visit to the Middle East ended abruptly after a conflict arose between opposing militia. Upon returning home, Marianne was interviewed on NPR about the experience. And true to form, she praised her teammates' determination to finish the project, despite the conflict.

Whether she is at home or abroad, Marianne’s devotion to outdoor conservation is unwavering. Her passion for teaching is evident in everything she does. Marianne regularly guides young people on hikes, where she discusses the importance of Leave No Trace® principles, as well as a healthy appreciation of the outdoors.

To find out more about the Georgia Appalachian Trail Club, visit http://www.georgia-atclub.org/.