SEEK was a program that ran for a few years to bring urban kids out into the wilderness to work in the parks. This site is dedicated to the first year of that program.
A couple years ago, after seeing an article in the NY Times about Nick Fahey living alone on Cyprus island, my curiosity was peeked. I tried to learn more about SEEK and refresh my memories of that summer spent as a counselor by going onto the web. I could find nothing, which I thought was too bad.
For some of us, it was a pretty intense experience. The actual work done to clear trails or whatever was minimal. The park service was not actually eager to have the work done, and we were a motley crew that really was never successfully mobilized to work. So we spent six weeks moving among six sites, mostly in the Olympic National Park trying to live with each other. It was a racially mixed crowd. Many participants had no experience of living in the wilderness. Conflicts were many. I remember the staff almost coming to blows at the final meeting which was intended to evaluate the program at its conclusion.
The sites were beautiful.
The kids were between 12 and 15. They were often "out of control" as Governor Evans was promptly informed about the group that settled the first week at Sucia Island.
None of us are kids now. This is an early attempt at a website dedicated to that summer.
I would like to hear from any and all of you who were involved as kids or staff. What did the experience mean to you? What are your memories?
Write me. I would like to hear from you. Perhaps we can build this site up to reflect where people have gone.
firstname.lastname@example.orgEmail me with any thoughts
|Lake Ozette||13||James W. Sollars||Tim White||Micheal Hester|
|Leroy McCullough||Micheal Jackson|
|John E. Johnson||Robert Young|
|Wes McConnell||David L. Jackson|
|Quilla Joel Lofton|
|Allen D. Raine|
|Humes Ranch||13||Brian Shera||William Burton||Edgar Batiste|
|Richard Mesmer||Limmie Dillard|
|Corbet Clark||Delo Hayes|
|Gregory Alex||Luther Jenkins|
|Third Beach||12-13||William Hopf||Matt Witt||Jefferson Banks|
|Doug Pullen||Robert Turner|
|Dennis Brown||Anthony Owens|
|Frank Longstreth||William Thrasher|
|James Earl Bryant|
|Deer Lake||14-15||Doug Leen||Jay Sasnett||Carlos Carter|
|Michael Stone||Martel Calhoun|
|Ronald Ray Woods||Dennis Myers|
|Kimball Hoelting||Stephen Raible|
|Big Flat||12-13||Charles B. Jones||Jeffery Jackson||Tom Davis|
|Theodore Sheimo||Charles Dillard|
|Hulet Gates||Curtis Brown|
|Jim Barr||Micheal Thurman|
|Sucia Island||13-14||Doug Thiel||Donald Thomas||Micheal Adams|
|Robert Livingston||Allen Bell|
|Herbert Frey||Marlon Johnson|
|Micheal R. Smith|