Dean Henson is a professional Naturalist and outdoorsman whose career spans over 25 years with the Kentucky Department of Parks. He grew up in Kentucky’s eastern foothills, amidst the natural wonders of the Red River Gorge and adjacent natural areas.
Coming from a long family line of outdoor careers, his predisposition for natural history placed him on the path to nature appreciation and interpretation at an early age, and a voracious enthusiasm for outdoor pursuits was born.
Dean has been a long-time hunter and fisherman and outdoor adventure is part of his everyday life. His work calls upon him to conduct a wide assortment of natural and cultural history programs for the public. These occasions include guided elk tours, backpacking adventures, photography workshops, survival seminars, and an array of special events annually. He also performs resource and wildlife management tasks and oversees maintenance of a sizeable trail system. Dean is frequently called upon for natural talks, lectures, and A/V shows, as well as radio/TV appearances and is regarded as a regional science and nature resource across southeastern Kentucky.
Aside from his work with parks, he’s also an accomplished essayist and noted photographer specializing in natural history subjects. His work is currently published and frequently featured in a variety of outdoor, coffee-table magazines and his future plans include both a nature picture book and a digest of collected essays.
Dean’s fervent and self-appointed mission is to understand, showcase, conserve, preserve, and inspire deep appreciation for Kentucky’s last great natural places.