Jennie Lay is the newest member of Nat Hab's marketing team, bringing her talents as a writer and editor to our communications endeavors. She works from her off-the-grid log cabin at the rural edge of Steamboat Springs, a Colorado mountain community where skiing cowboys and hot springs set an inevitable trap for ski bums more than a century ago. Soon after college, Jennie was lured by these natural wonders and boundless year-round adventures. She arrived for one winter of telemark turns and never left.
Before coming to Nat Hab, Jennie has written and reported on energy, the environment, land conservation, sustainable living and eating, the nuclear West, wildlife, art and culture, outdoor adventure and far-flung travel. Her work appears in High Country News, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Scuba Diving, Yoga Journal, Wilderness, Ski Magazine, 5280 and other publications.
Her adventurous spirit makes her a perfect fit for Nat Hab. On past assignments, she scuba dived with sharks in Denver’s aquarium, raced go-karts against real-life race car drivers, learned to surf with female pros in Mexico, practiced yoga on the rooftops of Marrakech, skied the Great Sand Dunes, explored the reefs of Turks & Caicos and tracked reintroduced lynx through the Rockies. Off the clock, she has spent her honeymoon trekking in Nepal and Tibet, danced her heart out in Guinean villages, explored tropical paradises from Honduras to Vietnam to Hawaii, and communed with a Bengal tiger in India.
Jennie grew up in Los Angeles and earned a B.A. in political science from the University of California Berkeley, then a master’s in journalism, plus a graduate interdisciplinary certificate in environmental policy, from the University of Colorado Boulder. She spent a decade editing for Steamboat Magazine, a beautiful publication that looks at the environment, culture, lifestyle and recreation in northwest Colorado. Before that, she covered arts, entertainment and county politics for her hometown newspaper. And before becoming a journalist, she worked as a land trust grant writer, radio DJ, concierge, camp counselor and odd
array of seasonal jobs that allowed her all the advantages of living in a ski town and harboring a chronic travel bug.
Jennie’s passion for adventure is matched by her deep sense of awe for wild landscapes. On the heels of her own transformative visit with Churchill’s magnificent polar bears, she looks forward to sharing the diverse stories of Nat Hab’s conservation-minded expeditions. Newton, a handsome bright-orange retriever, is her snuggly office companion and trusty trailmate who promises to hang close through the entire creative process.