Stories can engage us and transform the way we look at the world and the people around us. Stories can also exclude and diminish those left out. My hope is that we can reconcile these two concepts by telling expansive and truth-seeking stories, stories that capture the imagination while building empathy for all players, stories that originate within our own perspective but link us to more.
Editor’s Note: The Young Women and Science program, now in its 26th year, was created to support the development of 8th and 9th grade students as leaders in the field of science. The program is designed to build science inquiry skills, knowledge of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, and leadership for a future generation of women scientists.
“My dream is that someday we’re going to come in here on a Saturday night, order a bunch of pizzas, and unplug everything in this room. Then, we’re going to put it all back together and hope everything still works.” -Scott Daily, Information Technology Director
We arrive at Cottonwood Ranch on a chilly, overcast October morning. We are met by owner Freddie Botur, who takes us into his ranch office. Tall and lean, Freddie is every bit the proverbial American cowboy. He is dressed in muddied work boots, blue jeans, and a full-brimmed hat and bandana.