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NEW ENGLAND WILD FLOWER SOCIETY
March 30, 2011

After having worked in a hospital setting for more than thirty years and then retiring from that setting, I wanted to return to my love for the natural world. It is not enough for me to simply walk around outside. I need a purpose-- like learning something new, making a difference by improving a habitat, helping to keep rare species flourishing. Somehow, I found NEWFS, and the folks there let me, as well as other volunteers, enter right into the work they do on a daily basis to learn about and protect the plants and their natural habitats. The staff at NEWFS have lifetimes of expertise, yet freely share their knowledge with volunteers by teaching them at every opportunity and by working alongside them in the field. This element of sharing has me returning as often as possible, and has showed me how to share with others what I have learned.

The Great!

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

being able to join and contribute to the open space committee in my town, something I would not have been able to do without my experiences as a volunteer at NEWFS.

Ways to make it better...

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

increase fund raising in order to hire more staff to expand their influence more comprehensively throughout New England.

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I survey for rare and invasive plants, I assist in NEWFS habitat management activities.