Her parents also took her camping every summer in the High Sierra or Yellowstone National Park. “We’d stay in there three weeks and never see anybody and I loved it,” she told WRC-TV. “Yellowstone became my second home.”
So, it’s no surprise at all to discover that Betty White did not grow up dreaming of becoming a famous actress. She grew up dreaming of becoming a forest ranger. Unfortunately for White, but not for her legions of adoring fans, the Forest Service did not allow women when she was a young adult. White was well into her entertainment career by 1957 when the service hired its first female forester. It wasn’t until 1979 that the agency appointed its first female district ranger and can now boost that women are 38% of its workforce, according to the Forest Service.
But not to disappoint, when the Forest Service learned of White’s early dreams, they looked at her “lifelong dedication to protecting wilderness and wildlife” (via Forest Service) and at the age of 88 in 2010, they proclaimed the longtime actress and animal advocate an honorary forest ranger.