They give generously of their talent and time so children to great heights can climb. They educate our young people about the natural world around them and offer them this precious gem.
They bring games and stories, and fun art projects to teach how everything in nature connects. They educate kids about nature's way of doing things, bird and bat wings, and how a tree gets its rings.
They hold children's minds in rapt attention as they talk about the earth's inventions; food webs and wildflowers, spring storms, and summer showers. They open up imaginations with a fun activity and an air of festivity.
They bring their knowledge and experience to this fantastical world of nature and science. They bring a love for what they do and their passion for what they teach, their enthusiasm for education and the young minds they hope to reach. They are generous, selfless, confident, and intelligent with an interest in the environment. (Not to mention they are also loads of fun.)
This article is dedicated to the Teacher Naturalists and other volunteers who help the Warren County Conservation District with our summer camp programs, the Warren County Envirothon, and also our in-class programs like Birth-of-a-Tree.
Without the generosity of our talented volunteers, the environmental education of Warren County's youngsters would surely suffer.
So everyone can hear say it loud and clear, "Three Cheers for Volunteers!"