As a 5th grade teacher in the mid 2000’s I was part of a team of teachers from Beaver Dam that brought students to MacKenzie Environmental Center for a two-day, one-night experience in environmental education. Back then we teachers did all the instruction. We taught fire building, tracks and scat, orienteering, and tree identification. I led the tree identification group. It was a thrill to be part of an effort to help our students grow in their understanding and appreciation of the natural world.
I joined the Friends group after my experiences in the mid 2000’s. Most of my support since then has been financial. I have attended many annual meetings though, and it was at the January 2020 meeting that my nomination as a board member was presented (to my surprise). I considered this way to expand my involvement with this dynamic group and said yes to the nomination! I am glad to be a part of this group of enthusiastic people devoted to the promotion of environmental awareness and experiences to youth and families.