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August 23, 2010

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August 23, 2010

I have been a member of CDRI since my college days in the early 1970's. Over the years I have seen many changes and a lot of growth of both the Institute and the land site. My husband and I have both been employees at CDRI....it is truly the most inspiring work environment either of us has ever had. We now both volunteer throughout the year and only wish we had more time to offer. Being a CDRI volunteer is very rewarding, and we feel that we are in some small way helping to preserve the desert environment we so love.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

local people's interest in appreciating and wanting to preserve the desert environment.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

it is local, easy to access, and results are eaily seen.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 16, 2010

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August 16, 2010

A few months after my husband passed away I was looking for something to do. My background had been with the National Audubon Society where I was Director of two of their Audubon Centers. CDRI was a great fit for my previous work and my natural history interests. When I approached the Executive Director about possibly volunteering she was enthusiastic. Since that time I have spent time greeting visitors, editing newsletters, working in the gift shop, leading field trips, mopping floors, cleaning restrooms, weeding in the Botanical Garden. Whatever needs to be done. I am now privileged to be on the CDRI Board.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

completion of the MAP Assessment.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 13, 2010

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August 13, 2010

I am the President of Central Texas Trail Tamers (CTTT), a central Texas based volunteer organization that builds and maintains trails. I am also a docent and volunteer at the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center and a member of the Capital Area Master Naturalist. I am organizing a CTTT work trip to CDRI (11-22 thru 11-26), to work with CDRI and other area volunteers, building a trail from the canyon trailhead to the top of the overlook area. Although this is the first actual work I will have performed at CDRI, I have been a member of and visitor to CDRI for the last couple of years. Based on my other volunteer activities over the last 10 - 15 years, I have been very impressed with not only the displays and gardens filled with area native plants, but also the knowledge and cooperative attitude of the staff at CDRI. In conclusion, I have been fortunate enough to visit several native plant and botanical gardens in the U.S. and U.K., including the Kew Gardens. Although I still consider myself a novice, in my opinion, CDRI ranks highly in must places to visit, right up there with the "big boys".

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Dealing with the motivated, very knowledgeable staff, from the gardener to the volunteer coordinator to the volunteers who staff the gift store and the administration building.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 13, 2010

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August 13, 2010

Having Kelly Bryan give a hummingbird banding demonstration is one of many activities I admire about CDRI. They are mindful of ALL age groups and have plenty of programs to participate in. CDRI organizes excellent lectures at Sul Ross for older people in the community and little camps and hikes for the younger people. CDRI isn't just a place for interests in plants and animals but is a place for historians and geologists as well! We are quite lucky to have this place in our area!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

anyone I've talked to about CDRI activities. People really enjoy the programs and lectures provided!

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 12, 2010

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August 12, 2010

Wonerful facility. Competent personnel. magnificent gardens. Lots of hiking trails that are varied. Educational exhibits. Better than a bargain on Ebay.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

being better educated about the Chihuahuan desert flora, fauna and geology

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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