Volunteer of the Month

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.

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This month we want to recognize:


Volunteer of the Month

Dane Scarff


Born Norfolk, VA into U.S. Navy family living in NJ, RI, SC, Puerto Rico, and FL

Joined the U.S. Army 1968 and retired 1993.

Student at Augusta College, graduated B.S. Medical Technology from Medical College of Georgia 1997.

Supervisor of Phlebotomy Laboratory, MCG 1997-2000

Laboratory Technician for Depts Biology/Chemistry/Physics at Augusta State University and Georgia Reagents University 2000-2013.

First visited Phinizy as part of Creak Freaks with granddaughter in 2004.  Asked Ruth Mead if I could volunteer and work with her and the Creak Freaks.  I have enjoyed every day of the past 15 years being associated with “The Swamp”. Ruth has been a good mentor and close friend.

I enjoy showing children the joys of science. I have combined my hobbies of fossil and mineral collecting and use of microscopes into presentations at schools. Digital imaging combined with hands on contact brings science directly to the students. Besides ever known a child that didn’t like shark teeth, petrified wood, and dinosaur poop.

I have advertised Phinizy Swamp Education Classes and joys of nature to anybody and everybody I meet.