Poem from Anja Iversen (Volunteer of 20 Years)
It's morning at Warner Nature Center
Ad in the lounge volunteers enter
Soon questions are sprinkling through the air:
"Is the coffee ready? Who is going where?
We're changing WHAT? Who is teaching today?
Kathy, Kelly, Kirk, Julie or Paul?
Not that it matters, we love them all.
Can I do the 'egg station'? I think it's my turn."
But before teaching kids, volunteers first must learn.
About Aquatics, Bidrs and Winter Adaptation
Reptiles, Deer and Nature Observation
and how insects belong to a certain Order
like Hymenoptera, Orthoptera, Odonata and more
which some of us did not know this before.
We learn something new each time we are here
That's why it's so great to be a volunteer
The staff, always supportive, guiding us in every way
Announcemnets about change, often but, not every day.
And when we need help, they five us advice,
Most of them good, some No Surprise
Like this one:
"Okay guys, some ponchos are duct-taped to stop the rippin;
The red ones are cut, to prevent smaller kids from tripping.
Now go outside when the rain is pouring
Staying in can become somewhat boring.
We have some towels that you can use
And Oh, don't forget to stop by the mews!"
It's advice like this we all love to hear
That's why we too, come back year after year
So I suggest that we make a vow
That we'll still be here 5 years from now
And I promise by that time
I will not write another rhyme.
Thank you to ALL of the Staff for always encouraging us
Listening to us and believing in us.
By Anja Iversen,
Volunteer of 20 years at Lee & Rose Warner Nature Center