We have hundreds of volunteers that have shared their time, heart and expertise to our organization through many many hours, sometimes through blood, sweat, and tears too. Without our volunteers, our park and our programming would not be what it is today. We wish we could give back to them as much as they give to us.
One way we would like to show our gratitude is by putting the spotlight on a volunteer each month. This person just stood out to us and we would like to recognize him or her.
This month we want to recognize:
Volunteer of the Month
I am Nancy Banister Clements.
I have lived in Richmond County since before Phinizy Swamp and Nature Park was even an idea. When I was a child, my Uncle Pete Fulcher managed Gracewood State School and Hospital’s property that is now the park that is on Lock and Dam Road. I watched the progress on the park, but did not become a frequent visitor until I retired from a career teaching high school math and art and working as an elementary media specialist.
I began walking a few years ago and looked for pretty places to inspire me to keep on walking. I had taken some continuing education classes at the swamp while I worked and continued to walk the trails in retirement.
I became a serious swamp fan after I saw a flyer about the Georgia Master Naturalist class. I took the class taught by the amazing Ruth Mead and developed a deep appreciation for the trails and vistas of the park and other outdoor spaces.
I’ve enjoyed helping with moonlight hikes and Earth Day celebrations.
I’m currently volunteering in the Visitor’s Center where I enjoy meeting local people as well as people who come from around the world and across the nation to enjoy the treasures of our beautiful swamp.
Come out and spend some time with the lush vegetation and diverse wild life. Your life will be better for it.