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
My name is Debbie Myers.
I’m from Augusta and have lived here almost all of my life. I love being outdoors – running, hiking, gardening – maybe because I make my living as a pharmacist and spend a lot of time inside!
I first visited Phinizy way back in 2006 when I ran the December Dash 10K. It was a great run that meandered through the wetland cells. I was immediately taken with the beauty (not to mention all the birds!) and knew that Phinizy was something I wanted to be a part of.
I’ve been a volunteer off and on since then. I first volunteered with the school field trips, hikes and special events. Later on, I started taking all the classes that were offered – Master Naturalist, Field Ornithology, Herpetology and Dendrology. In fact, I enjoyed Dendrology so much that I took the whole series twice! I’m really interested in plants, particularly our native plants, and how we can use them to support our native bees and butterflies.
These days, I help with the Pollinator Garden. I was sad when the first garden had to be abandoned, but am excited that the new one is coming along. We’ve planted some really tough natives that should do well, if we can just get through this hot, dry summer! People often stop to chat when I am working in the garden and I love answering questions about any of the plants or the park, so please ask!
If you’ve never been out to Phinizy, make a point to visit! There are excellent classes and activities for all ages and you’ll quickly find yourself caught in the energy and enthusiasm of the staff and volunteers. Or if you just want a peaceful walk in the woods, there are many trails to explore. Then come back often, you’ll be amazed at how everything changes with the seasons. And take your time – the more you look, the more you see!