Bob Wild, Interpreter at Wilderness Visitor Center
Bob Wild graduated from Northern Michigan University with a Bachelor's degree in Outdoor Recreation Leadership and Management. Bob gained experience in a variety of outdoor programs and positions after graduation, including the Michigan Civilian Conservation Corps, Seney National Wildlife Refuge, Moosewood Nature Center, and even worked for the Michigan State Parks as an Outdoor Explorer Guide (then called Adventure Ranger). In 2005 Bob transferred from Tahquamenon Falls State Park to became the interpreter at the Wilderness Visitor Center.
As an interpreter, Bob oversees the educational programs for the park, including guided nature hikes, various interpretive programs and activities, exhibits in the visitor center and special events. He also researches, writes, designs and coordinates the placement of the signs throughout the park that inform visitors about the park's features—not only in the Porcupine Mountains but also in all of the state parks in the western Upper Peninsula.
The appropriately named Bob Wild is passionate about the outdoors, trekking out into the woods even on his days off to hunt, fish, hike, canoe and backpack.
"I'm fortunate that I can spend time not just teaching people about the outdoors, but walking them through it. There's always something to see and do in the park, no matter what time of year it is," says Bob.