The Lang family came to America from Scotland in 1907.  The following summer they visited Block Island and established a tradition that continues over one hundred years later.  Growing up in the summer on Block Island inspired in me a life- long interest in the natural world, photography, literature and land conservation. 

In 2001, I co-authored with Scott Comings, On This Island, The Block Island Trail and Nature Guide, which was updated and reprinted in 2006.  The Guide continues to be popular with walkers and others interested in the island’s natural features.  All proceeds benefit the Block Island Office of The Nature Conservancy.

Beginning in 2003, I have published a calendar, Visions of Block Island in Photographs and Words.  Each month contains an island scene accompanied by a quotation from a poet, writer or lyricist.

I have been fortunate to have incorporated my interests in my work life as a senior aide to the late United States Senator John H. Chafee, an environmental champion as a legislator and governor of Rhode Island; the first state director for The Nature Conservancy in Rhode Island; and, in my current position, Executive Director of The Champlin Foundations, charitable foundations whose areas of focus include funding land conservation and environmental education.  

I have a BA Degree in Literature from The American University in Washington, DC.  My most memorable experience from my college years was spending my junior year abroad at Lancaster University in England. 

I am a resident of Block Island where I spend as much time as possible.  My greatest enjoyment is being there with my wife and daughter, both artists, whose connection to family and the island is as strong as mine.

Keith H. Lang
Block Island, Rhode Island