This month we held our first volunteer appreciation event at the Reserve to acknowledge and thank the people who give their time to help make our programs successful. Volunteers are integral to the operation of the Reserve and they participate in all of our programs. We could not put on an event like Estuaries Day or host over 30,000 visitors each year at the Nature Center without their help. Dedicated individuals assist us with education programs, outreach, clean up events, restoration projects, research and monitoring. We recorded more than 2,000 volunteer hours last year.
The sea turtle monitoring on St. George Island is run entirely by volunteers and interns. This year, our new sea turtle volunteer coordinator, Janice Becker, has done such a great job that we’ve asked her to stay on through the winter to build our volunteer pool for the rest of the programs at the Reserve. With her assistance, we hope to expand our volunteer opportunities and do more recruiting to meet our goals. If you are interested in volunteering at the Reserve, please email Janice Becker.