Steve Keating, a child of the suburbs, had his interest in the natural world first significantly stimulated by a family vacation to West Virginia's Watoga State Park, located in the same county as the National Youth Science Camp. As an adult, he has continued to stare at trees, turn over rocks, play in creeks, and collect bugs and fossils. And whenever possible, he has looked for a way to make these activities a part of his job. To pay the bills, he has taught a wide range of biology courses including microbiology, biochemistry, zoology, evolution and ecology at St. Francis University (Pa.) and currently at Penn State University. At the moment, his greatest professional pleasure is teaching a field ecology course for Penn State students in the Blackwater Falls-Canaan Valley-Dolly Sods region of West Virginia.