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April 23, 2010

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April 23, 2010

The Sibley Center has been extremely influencial and benefical to me. It has taught me about my ecoregion and its uniqueness and significance. I am an educator and the Center has helped me to convey knowledge of our area to my students and made me a better and more effective educator. We just completed a full day field study, journaling and taking digital photography on the Sibley nature trails. It was a life changing experience for my students that instills a respect and love for where we live.

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

the Texas Master Naturalist program. Taking my students to do field studies at the Learning Center.

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

meeting others that love to experience and enjoy nature. Educating myself about the area I live in so that I can share it with others.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

some of the most intelligent and knowledgeable people I have ever met, yet totally unpretentious and humble (also a great sense of humor)

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

educate more people about our area. Hire more folks to run programs, build more trails for people to hike on.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 22, 2010

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April 22, 2010

Recently, the Sibley Environmental Learning Center asked me to provide examples of the nature photography that I have done and then presented a show of my work! I would never have dreamed just a few years ago that I would become a featured nature photographer with my own show. This year, I became the President of the Llano Estacado Chapter of Texas Master Naturalists which is sponsored by Burr Williams, Executive Director of the Sibley Environmental Learning Center. With Mr. Williams encouragement, we created a facebook page for the chapter. We post nature photos taken by members of the Llano Estacado habitats and then share them with the world. Many interesting discussions have occurred and experts from all over the country weigh in with valuable interpretive information. As a result of one effort, a PhD candidate studying Selenia jonesii came to collect samples from wild populations we had located just this Spring. She has been studying the plant for three years and had never seen a live specimen. I hope that a picture is beginning to emerge of a dynamic non-profit organization that is improving the understanding of Llano Estacado of west Texas and improving the quality of life for the people who live here. The Sibley Environmental Learning Center is only limited by scarce resources. If more resources could be found,

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

the improvement of my own quality of life. That is, my life is richer for having participated as a volunteer and supporter of the Sibley Environmental Learning Center.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

hire more staff and create more opportunities for people to learn about and interact with the natural environment of the Llano Estacado!

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

that I have been given the opportunity to participate, to learn, and to share what I learn with others!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

incredibly knowledgeable about the environment within which we live. They are amazingly dedicated to helping our people learn about and celebrate the diversity of the Llano Estacado.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reach the entire area through education and outreach efforts. It is vitally important that our citizens have an understanding of the place they live. Without education, most people are unaware of the beauty, diversity, and wonders of their home.

Ways to make it better...

the Sibley Environmental Learning Center could create more programs to increase the understanding of the history and culture of the Llano Estacado of west Texas.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

finding the funding to expand environmental education efforts to reach more people, and having the funding to hire more staff to expand the on-going outreach programs of the Sibley Environmental Learning Center.

One thing I'd also say is that...

being in west Texas, we are geographically isolated and often forgotten by the funding entities that are the life blood of non-profit organizations. The expanses of Texas make it difficult for our citizens to access programs available in larger cities.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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